Water, Plastic & Hormone Disrupters

People are ingesting thousands of tiny plastic particles each year from plastic wrapped goods and bottled water – apparently 74 000 particles in total per person , per annum.

According to a recent report  published in  Environmental Science if you drink water  exclusively from plastic bottles you are doubling this intake.

Picture below: Food-grade-plastic-bottle-bpa-free-leak-proof

Plastic is not only bad for the atmosphere , nature and the environment but it also is rich in obesogens – a chemical which plays havoc with our hormones causing major disruptions and leading to weight gain.

Further to this – these particles are small enough to enter our tissues, where they tend to cause even more problems. They trigger heavy metals and toxins to be released that accumulate in our tissue and fat- affecting our waistline and interfering with our gut microbiome and general health

BPA is part of the culprit- or  Bisphenol A-  mimicking estrogen in the body. A huge number of studies on endocrinology show that BPA disrupts hormone production causing estrogen dominance in both men and women.  This essential y leads to moobs or man boobs in men and weight gain in women, with potential autoimmune issues.

Increasing the  risk of asthma and acne.

if you look at a plastic containers, there are usually 7 different numbers that you can read – those numbers reveal different information

Number 1 is usually what you see on big drinks bottles or jars of spreads ( peanut butter and jams ) made from the thicker plastic.  This can break down when it gets exposed to heat or light.- dangerous – if left in a car , transported via a hot vehicle or put near to a window the plastic particles will break down and be carried in the contents

Plastic number 2 is sturdier plastic like a milk jug.  A bit less likely to leach, so technically from a plastic standpoint, it is a safer plastic than number 1.

Plastic number 3 is what you find in plastic pipes., cling film, shrink wrap and condiments like salad dressing containers. It is  called polyvinyl chloride and is a pretty bad one.  It contains thalates which mimic human hormones and if they wash out into the water, they affect fish and ocean life.

Plastic number 4, called low density polyethylene.  It makes up rubbish bags etc It’s fairly flexible, relatively dishwasher safe, relatively heat stable and like number 2, one of the least damaging of the plastics.

Number 5 is called polypropylene, found in cups, drinking straws,

Plastic 1 and 5 should be avoided

Number 6 is polystyrene, Styrofoam.  In plastic tableware, and take away containers. This a major component of plastic debris in the ocean where it is toxic for marine life and  it’s hard to recycle.

Plastic number 7 is everything else. food containers, Tupperware, it’s  Polycarbonate and is probably the most well known one-it leaches a lot of BPA.

The BPA-free plastic was supposed to be really heat stable, really chemical resistant, really resistant to plastic degradation. However there was a recent study that found that BPA is not free of what’s called astrogenic activity which means that it can actually be a hormonal disruptor and what we thought BPA-free plastic specifically were safe, they are indeed potentially harmful and can leach and aren’t necessarily the safest .

There’s even some evidence that some of these BPA-free plastics might be even more estrogenic than BPA itself especially if they get heated.

They did tests and found that normal contact with food or water in a slightly heated situations was enough for the chemicals to leach into the food and into the water.

Try instead the stainless steel containers from Amazon called lunchbots or pyrex to store food and Clean Kanteen or Nature gulp for water and liquids.

Katie Handyside – Personal Trainer

+34 636 322 959





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