The natural parental instinct is to protect children from harmful environmental factors. We keep them away from tobacco smoke, cleaning products and gasoline fumes. We buy Bisphenol A free baby bottles, which are banned by the FDA for potential health risks. But not everyone thinks that these and other hazardous substances can affect the mother - in one way or another, affecting the child.
In 2015, the Endocrine Society released a scientific statement providing evidence of how chemicals affect hormones in the human body throughout life. A year earlier, an article on the effects of bisphenol A highlighted how seriously this substance affects women's health and reproductive function - from ovarian cysts to changes in the uterine lining. Working mother.
Unfortunately, BPA is not the only chemical still in use today, it can be dangerous for women and their offspring. It is already known that the previously proposed alternative to bisphenol S has already demonstrated its toxicity. And this problem is not unique.
What should mom do? Fortunately, there are safe and simple measures to reduce the effects of the most dangerous chemicals on the mother and her baby.
1. Avoid canned food. Research shows that stopping canned food can reduce urine BPA levels by as much as 90% or more. Bisphenols penetrate easily and hold well in all foods, be it soda or peaches. Tetra Pak is a good alternative and contains no BPA at all.
2. Discard paper checks. Most supermarkets are switching to electronic receipts, which avoids contact with the coating containing bisphenol A. One check may be more dangerous than water from a polycarbonate bottle that you drank for years!
3. Be careful with makeup. Phthalates and parabens contained in these products can destroy sex hormones. Look at the product label and do not buy anything that contains phthalates or flavors. A recent study found that choosing personal care products that are labeled as phthalate-free, paraben, and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals can reduce the harmful effects on 27-44%.
4. Be attentive to the plastic you use.... You can also limit your exposure to harmful elements by examining the numbers stamped on plastic bottles and containers - avoid 3, 6, and 7. Do not wash plastic items in the dishwasher - just run them under the tap with mild soap and water. If the plastic food container is cracked, it's time to throw it away.
5. Eat organic foods. The difference in prices for organic and regular food is narrowing and it becomes easier to buy them. Here is official list of products in the US causing cancer, infertility and obesity, published in April last year, also lists the least dangerous “common” foods.
Such simple measures can significantly reduce the harm both for you and for your children and seriously affect production trends. It seems that your initiative means nothing? Recall that the ban on the use of bisphenol A in baby drinking bottles was initiated by the mother.
Even if you think you can't have the same impact at the state level, remember: your money matters. By not buying harmful products, you not only benefit your health, but also “vote” with the dollar against hazardous production. It will definitely work!