FYI! Natural Grocers has Hydro Flasks on sale until November 30th 2018. I got this 40oz flask for $31.86!
Just because your plastics say it’s BPA FREE doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain other plastic chemicals that when heated (or even cooled) may leach into your water and food!
These chemicals coming from ingredients of the plastic material, byproducts of manufacturing and chemicals adsorbed from the environment have been shown to cause reproductive challenges in laboratory animals. Another study showed that BPA can actually accumulate in reproductive organs and act as an endocrine disruptor owing to its structural similarity to estrogen. YIKES.
In our body, they are known as Xenoestrogens (or foreign). They are synthetic chemicals that mimic estrogen and may wreck havoc hormone balancing. This mineral water study concluded first evidence for a broad contamination of mineral water with xenoestrogens and stated that “it is probable that this estrogenic contamination originates from plastic food packaging materials because mineral water bottled in PET is more estrogenic than water bottled in glass.”
Our environment can also contribute to xeno exposure but there are things you can do to “ditch the plastics”.
- NEVER heat up food in plastic or Styrofoam containers
- Consider switching to glass containers
- Eat fewer canned goods
- Buy BPA canned good or AT LEAST rinse your canned food
- Buy foods in glass jars
- Reconsider your plastic coffee maker
- Choose to use glass or stainless steel water bottles
- Buy non-toxic toys
- Use the “good china” instead of plastic ware
- Apparently BPA is also known to found in baby formula, researchers recommend switching to powdered formula instead of liquid
Other ways to reduce toxic chemicals:
- Eat organic always -> Strawberries, spinach, nectarines, grapes, tomatoes, celery, potatoes, sweet bell peppers, apples, pears, cherries, peaches -> Dirty Dozen, the top fruits and veggies that have the most pesticides.
- Read body care product labels – look for phthalates and paraben free
- Cut out conventionally raised animal meats and dairy because toxins are stored in animal fats – choose organic and grass fed
- Switch to “Green” cleaners
- Clean your air with salt lamps
- Drink plenty of water