BPA And Why You Should Keep It Away From Your Children

In the recent years, the debate on the safety of the plastic products towards the human health has dominated the industry. Most people are questioning how the products have been impacting on consumers with most medical experts associating them with the chronic diseases such as cancer. Among the plastics/chemicals that have been focused on is the bisphenol A (BPA). The chemical is found in epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastics.

Products with BPA

BPA’s Effects on Kids

Polycarbonate plastics are mostly in food and beverage containers such as water bottles and other consumer goods. For the epoxy resin, the component may be found inside the metal products such as the dental sealants, food cans, and bottle tops amongst other products. But what has many worried is the impact that the chemical may have on kids. For your information, the chemical was detected in the urine of 93% of the kids above 6 years and above. Just ask any general practitioner in Brisbane, that’s how profound the chemical is.

According to studies carried on the BPA, it has been found that the chemical imitates the hormones such as oestrogen once it enters the body. In fact, most of the studies have shown that even a low exposure to the chemical can lead to reproductive complications such as poor sperm count, increased risk of cancer, obesity and depression, particularly in teenage girls. Due to its oestrogen-like shape, BPA can bind with the hormone (Oestrogen) receptors to influence energy levels, cell growth and cell repair thus affecting your body functioning.

Hormonal Effects of BPA

Hormonal Effects of BPAIn addition, bisphenol can also interact with other hormones receptors including thyroid hormone to alter their functioning, and this can be dangerous to the body. Since kids hormonal system is at the developing stage, they are like to be affected by this chemical more than the adult. That’s why you should try the best you can to protect them from the chemical.

But how can you protect your kids from this chemical? Well, there are numerous ways that kids can get exposed to BPA. First, you should burn eating canned food and beverages since it’s the most significant way of exposure. Secondly, ask your dentist to use BPA-free sealant on your children. Third, avoid all plastic materials that are labelled “PC” or #7 since they contain this chemical and lastly use alternatives such as grass and porcelain.  Also, make sure that you are not letting your kids play on toxic playgrounds. These are just ways through which you can protect your kids.

Reference:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/bpa/faq-20058331
http://www.medicinenet.com/plastic/article.htm
http://www.healthychild.org/easy-steps/keep-kids-away-from-bpa-in-plastics-cans-and-more/