What is BPA? It stands for ‘BISPHENOL A’, a plastic-hardener and epoxy additive that may affect children’s brain development and that some believe may be linked to breast and prostate cancers. PHTHALATES (found in some plastics and added to products like lotions to bind fragrances) and TRICLOSAN (an antibacterial ingredient in many soaps, toothpastes and cutting boards) are also common chemicals that disrupt hormones.
I keep a spill-proof flip-top water bottle strategically placed behind my pillow every night. Of course, it’s BPA free. However, sometimes the meat I buy is wrapped in plastic. Just about all the cheese I buy is wrapped in plastic.
This NYTimes article is about a mom and daughter who tried to reduce their chemical levels. No make-up, deodorant, nail polish, no riding in a car (plastic interior), and no touching store receipts which carry chemicals. It’s fascinating how much they reduced the chemicals in their body in just a few days, and now made some easy changes that will have a lasting impact.