Bisphenol A (BPA) is a type of commonly used plastic that mimics estrogen in the body and has been linked to a whole host of serious health problems such as breast and prostate cancer. In recent years BPA has been removed from many products, particularly baby bottles, water bottles, and food storage containers. You have probably noticed lots of BPA-free products on supermarket shelves.

However, using bisphenol A free plastic isn’t necessarily a better option, because there are several bisphenol compounds and they all seem to have hormone-disrupting activity. These plastics can interfere with normal cell growth and metabolism and in this way fuel the growth of hormone-dependent tumors. They have also been linked to an increased risk of asthma, diabetes, and neurological problems.

Bisphenol S is a common substitute for BPA. According to professor Cheryl Watson, senior author of a paper on a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives "Our studies show that BPS is active at femtomolar to picomolar concentrations just like endogenous hormones -- that's in the range of parts per trillion to quadrillion". "Those are levels likely to be produced by BPS leaching from containers into their contents."

There really is no entirely safe type of plastic; there are just degrees of toxicity.

Your best option is to minimize your use of plastic as much as possible, and rely more on glass or stainless steel. It is critical to avoid heating foods in plastic (such as in a microwave) because that significantly increases the leaching of plastic into your food.

Here are some more suggestions:

  • Reheat food on the stove: This is a healthy alternative to using a microwave. Turn on the stove, get out a pot or pan and heat up your food. It really doesn’t take that much more time to heat your food on the stove.
  • Juicing helps to detoxify your body: Juicing different colored vegetables and fruits will concentrate all the wonderful nutrients and antioxidants. Drinking fresh juice floods your body with these concentrated nutrients, reducing inflammation and oxidation in the body, and supporting the detoxification pathways. The book Raw Juices Can Save Your Life has many delicious raw juice recipes for any ailment.
  • Move your body and sweat: Exercise gets your body moving and your blood flowing. It also stimulates sweating, which is fantastic because sweat is one of the main ways that toxins can escape the body. The more you sweat, the more toxins, chemicals, heavy metals and waste products that you can get rid of. Getting into a sauna, or doing the gardening in hot weather will also cause you to sweat and help detoxify your body.
  • Take a liver tonic: Livatone Plus contains selenium, St Mary’s thistle, turmeric extract, taurine, B vitamins and vitamin C, and helps to support healthy liver detoxification, protects the liver cells and has antioxidant benefits.
  • Do a cleanse: With modern day life, our bodies are bombarded with toxins from all angles and are under immense pressure to filter these out whilst maintaining other important bodily functions. They can become overwhelmed and sluggish, and don’t work as efficiently. Doing the 15 Day Cleanse can help to reset your system and support your liver, bowel and kidneys in clearing out excess toxins from the body.

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.