Health Tip #42


The Endocrine System

The endocrine system and the hormones they release influence every cell in the body.  The endocrine system hormones regulate mood, growth and development, metabolism, sexual function and reproductive processes.  Chemicals in plastics can be endocrine disruptors and wreak havoc on our hormones.    Two of the main culprits in plastics are Bis Phenol A (BPA) and Phthalates.


BPA mimics the effects of estrogen in the body.   BPA has shown to damage chromosomes, eggs, sperm and is linked to spontaneous miscarriage, and birth defects.   BPA is used as a coating in 75% of cans in North America and is found in the blood of most North Americans.  Many companies have begun to replace BPA with Bisphenol-S (BPS) which is just as toxic.


Phthalates have been implicated in infertility, miscarriage, endometriosis and lowered egg count.  Phthalates are used in: polyvinyl chloride (PVC), air-fresheners, dryer sheets, personal care products and makeup.

How to Avoid Them Both

Some ways of limiting BPA and Phthalate exposure include:

  • Eat a whole foods diet to avoid cans and plastic packaging
  • Eat organic foods
  • Buy foods in glass containers
  • Avoid plastic water bottles
  • Store food in glass containers
  • Avoid plastic food wrap
  • Heat microwaved foods in glass
  • Use glass baby bottles for infants
  • Avoid take out coffee lids
  • Wash your hands after touching cash register receipts
  • Switch your personal care products 
  • Drink filtered water

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