I’ve always been a sucker for “natural” stuffs and a “less toxic” life though I’ve never been really good at it. But for the last few months, I’m in a serious changeover and I’m really happy with it. According to people around me, I IMMEDIATELY find a job because the more I have time, the more I learn and the more I learn, the more I’m being annoying :) Well, I don’t care what they think because I start to live healthier and I’m feeling great.
Even If you are not reading health magazines or blogs regulary , I think you are still conscious about the chemicals and toxins in our daily lives. I’m not going to write down all about it in detail but I want to share a few things that surprise me when I found out and how I am in the phase of switching to a non toxic lifestyle.
I can say this transition is not easy for everyone. At least for us. We’re taking baby steps now. But if it’s in the right direction, it’s better to take small steps instead of doing nothing :)
Chemicals and toxins. They are everywhere. They are in anything. Our clothes, foods, cosmetics, cleaners… Everything you touch. It’s seriously scary. But it is also amazingly eye opening to start to know all about them.
Anyway, if you are reading my blog, you are definitely aware of my obsession about clean eating :) We’re not eating 100% clean but we made a serious progress. We cut down all the processed foods in an important level. We’re shopping as organic as we can. We eat out rarely. This was our first step and we want to advance more. Eliminating chemical substances from your food is the first and the most important step. We also said goodbye to our microwave oven. Somehow I was not comfortable with using it for years and I’m really happy we got rid of it.
Secondly, just have a look at your house, whereever you are, and count the plastic goods and stuffs around you. Do it in your kitchen. In mine, not more than 3 or 4 things. I threw all of the plastic stuffs out of my kitchen. Except my emercengy Tupperwares, I only have my chinas, and glass plates and containers.
No Plastico, Only Glass.
When Mr. T first mentioned me about the danger of plastic bottled water, I tought it was an urban myth. But when I did a research about it, I saw that the transfer of substance between plastic packaging and its content is inevitable. It’s stated that, leaving plastic bottled beverages in a hot car or higher temparatures may imply a greater degree of migration of substance from the plastic to the liquid. Now we only have glass bottles in our car as in our home.
The most important thing that you need to be aware of is the substance Bisphenol A (BPA). It is a chemical used for creating polycarbonate products. Some studies show that BPA can leach into foods and beverages they hold. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, recent studies raised concerns over the effect of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate glands of fetuses, babies and young children.
In order to avoid of the exposure to this chemical, you should seek out BPA-free products. There are some BPA-free labelled products in the market but it is claimed that they may be BPA-free but in its place, BPS a very close chemical to BPA which is equally as toxic, is used by these companies. So it is obvious that you can not trust 100% to any platics.
Do not hesitate to ask it before you buy something. Because last month, it turned out that the yogurt maker I wanted contains BPA. So we bought a smaller one but it has seven glass jars.
If you have to use them, never ever put boiling or very hot liquid or any other things in plastic bottles or containers. Do not warm plastic bottles in a microwave oven. Avoid the use of plastic dishes and other tableware and try to buy glass as much as possible. And never forget these chemicals have really serious effects on human health like; it’s linked to higher rate of miscarriage, It can cause fertility and reproductive problems. And I think there is no need to write all about environmental danger?
I’m really happy to eliminate the platic from our lives and our bodies.
In the second part of this post, I’m going to write about personal and house cleansing products and what we have changed in our house and lives.
Below you can read some researches about the dangerous effects of BPA on human body.
*What are the possible health effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on humans?
- Reproductive disorders – scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital showed that BPA exposure can affect egg maturation in humans.
- Male impotence – Dr De-Kun Li, a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research in Oakland, California, reported in the journal Human Reproduction that BPA exposure may raise the risk of erectile dysfunction. Sexual desire and problems with ejaculation were also linked to BPA exposure among men.
- Heart disease (females) – BPA can cause heart disease in women, scientists at the University of Cincinnati found.
- Heart disease in adults – another US study linked BPA exposure to diabetes and heart disease in adults.
- Sex hormones in men – an August 2010 study linked BPA exposure to changes in sex hormones in men.
- Type 2 diabetes – A UK study linked higher levels of urinary BPA to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and liver-enzyme abnormalities.
- Brain function, memory, learning – US researchers linked BPA exposure to loss of connections between brain cells in primates, potential problems with memory and learning, as well as depression.
- Women’s eggs – Californian researchers found that exposure to bisphenol A may affect the quality of a woman’s eggs retrieved for in vitro fertilization (IVF).
- Chemotherapy – University of Cincinnati scientists found that BPA exposure may reduce chemotherapy treatment efficacy.
- Breast cancer – A Yale School of Medicine study found a possible increase in breast cancer risk among females exposed to BPA and DES (Diethylstilbestrol) in the womb.
- Asthma – A US study suggested a link between increasing asthma rates and a particular threshold of BPA