As if the toxicity, potential cancer causing properties and pseudo-hormonal activity that BPA’s initiate in the body weren’t bad enough. There is now scientific proof that exposure to BPA’s in the blood stream actually interferes with the counts of contractions of cells that were taken from the heart muscle.
BPA is everywhere
As you’ve probably heard before, BPA which is short for Bisphenol A, a chemical that is used to make plastics. It is used in the lining and coating for millions of cans, bottles and other containers used to make food products has been implicated in a number of health issues.
Our exposure is so high to these chemicals that most people register fairly high concentrations of the compound in their urine. Those with high concentrations may not only be exposing themselves to health issues such as increased risk of various types of cancer. They also may be opening themselves up to a higher risk of heart disease.
BPA disrupts heart rhythm
BPA’s have the ability to interfere with the normal, methodical contractions of the heart muscle. Therefore, high exposure to the chemical has been linked to a higher risk of cardiac arrythmias and heart attacks as well as various types of heart disease that are related to heart arrythmia and irregular heartbeats.
To avoid BPA’s, use only stainless steel or glass to drink from if possible. Never keep plastic water bottles in your car to drink from, as the heat just draws out the BPA’s from the liquid inside even faster.
Have you ever noticed that a bottle of water that has been exposed repeatedly to heat in your car “tastes like plastic”. That’s because it’s been repeatedly soaking up BPA’s from the plastic.
If you buy canned tomatoes, buy them in cans that are labeled BPA free. Tomatoes are one of the highest risk canned goods to buy with BPA lined cans because they are highly acidic and this makes them more likely to draw out more of the chemical as they sit longer.
Avoid cooking your food in the microwave with plastic containers. Of course, not microwaving your food at all is preferable to maintain optimal nutrients, but microwaving in plastic containers is even worse because the heat draws the BPA’s from the plastic into your food.
While it is nearly impossible to avoid ALL BPA exposure in today’s world, it is certainly possible to dramatically minimize your exposure by following the above guidelines.