BPA Exposure and Brain Development

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A few years ago, the world went crazy about BPA in plastics, soup can linings, and other products. And while several products on the market now proudly claim that they don’t contain BPA, several more are still quietly using this deadly product.

This chemical disrupts a gene in the body, hampering and even altering the development of the central nervous system, including the brain. This disruption reduces the body’s ability to create proteins that help to “clean” neurons, limiting the brain’s overall function. It’s also been linked to obesity, diabetes, and reproductive problems, three incredibly complex health issues that are on the rise year after year.

So how do you steer clear of this yet unbanned substance (thanks a lot, Government)? Start by eliminating as much plastic from your life as possible, opting instead for glass water bottles and ceramic cookware. And when you do use plastic, make sure the product’s recycling symbol is a 2, 4, or 5.

If you’re regularly handle receipts or money, which are coated in BPA, wear gloves. There are also steps you can take to limit the effect that any remaining exposure has on your body and your brain. Probiotics and royal jelly may be able to help break down BPA in the body and limit its effect on your body’s hormones, especially estrogen.

In the end, the only thing that will really work is getting the US government to ban BPA all together. However, given their track record, this isn’t likely to happen any time soon.