Environmental Toxins

Environmental ToxinsEnvironmental toxins are the harmful toxins we ingest and put on our skin on a daily basis without knowing it. The main ones are Bisphenol A (BPA) which we get from plastic and the other is Pthalates and Sulfates which are from creams, lotions, shampoos etc.

I would suggest to READ labels, stop using any products that say fragrance, parfum or anything that ends with pthalate and stay away from all things plastic!

This may seem extreme to some but if you look at the effect these toxins have on your body while you are trying to conceive or are pregnant or on your little one, you wouldn’t think twice!

Lets go into a bit more detail on these;

BPA:
One toxin that has been proven to compromise egg quality and fertility is BPA, which stands for Bisphenol A. This chemical is still commonly used in everything from plastic food containers to paper receipts, despite years of research and proof about its health dangers.

The suspected toxic effects are massive and include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and impacts on the brain and reproductive system of infants exposed during pregnancy.

The fact that companies are actually still allowed to use BPA is quite frightening! At least baby bottles now are not allowed to contain this, which is a start i guess.

So how do you avoid BPA?
The good news about BPA is that there is a lot you can do to reduce your exposure, and once you take a few simple steps, the amount of BPA in your system will decrease rapidly.

The first thing to do is to eliminate plastic from your kitchen; BPA is widely used in plastic food storage containers, tupperwares, bowls and cups. When this plastic is damaged by contact with hot foods, washing in hot water, washing with harsh detergent, or microwaving, it may begin to leach BPA into any food or drink it touches.

When you are buying anything plastic, the most important type of plastic to stay away from is polycarbonate. This is a hard, durable plastic often marked with a seven inside the triangular recycling symbol.

Often plastic containers listed as being ‘BPA free’ often contain more estrogens than normal plastic! So Instead of switching to BPA-free plastic, a better approach is to replace plastic in your kitchen with glass, wood, stainless steel, and ceramics.

Avoid plastic takeout containers. Be careful about regularly eating hot takeout food that comes in plastic boxes, and look for better alternatives.

Automatic coffee machines typically have plastic components that come into contact with hot water or coffee, thereby leaching BPA into your coffee.

Your kettle, if you are using a plastic kettle, please change it ASAP!

Be selective about canned foods. BPA is often used to make the lining of cans, and from there it leaches into food. The amount of BPA that leaches is often high if the food is acidic, such as fruit or tomatoes or canned soup.

A surprising source of BPA to be aware of is thermal paper. the paper receipts and tickets you are handed at the supermarket, movie theater, and airport can be coated with BPA.

Phthalates and Other Toxins:

Another type of toxin that may impair egg quality and severely effect sperm quality is a group of chemicals known as phthalates (pronounced THAL-lates).  Pthalates have also been proven to cause an increased risk of endometriosis as well as increase rate of miscarriage once conceived.  It ALSO  can cause deformities of unborn fetus while pregnant.

Reducing Your Exposure to Phthalates:

Cosmetics and personal care products such as hairspray, lotions, fragrances, and nail polish often have very high levels of phthalates. These chemicals can be absorbed through the skin from lotions or inhaled from products that are sprayed into the air. Phthalates can in fact be found in almost anything fragranced.  Read the label! Avoid anything that says parfum or fragrance;  Anytime you see the word “fragrance” in a list of ingredients, you can assume that the product likely contains phthalates.

Nail polish often has a higher concentration of phthalates than any other cosmetic product; this is reason enough to stop wearing nail polish while trying to conceive.  (I found a stunning product by Inglot that contain none of these)

You can sometimes recognize phthalates in lotions and other cosmetic products by their chemical names and abbreviations. Occasionally you will see the word “phthalate” buried in a long chemical name, such as di-n-butylphthalate (DBP) or diethyl phthalate (DEP), listed in the ingredients of deodorant, perfume, hair products, and moisturizers.

Another place to look for phthalates is anything made out of soft plastic such as PVC (polyvinylchloride), often called vinyl.  This type of plastic is used to make shower curtains, raincoats, yoga mats, school supplies, place mats and makeup bags. In fact, if a plastic product is flexible, it probably contains phthalates unless the label specifically says it does not. From these products, the phthalates can be released into the air and inhaled, or released into food.

Switch to laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and cleaning supplies that are made with only plant-based natural ingredients or specifically labeled pthalate free.

The most important skin-care product to replace is probably your body lotion because it is applied over a greater surface area, so you are likely to absorb more chemicals through your skin.

Choosing organic produce is a particularly powerful way of reducing your toxin exposure because doing so avoids the phthalates and many other hormone-disrupting chemicals found in pesticides.

Avoidg food packaged in clear plastic because packaging is often made from phthalate-laden PVC, which can be identified by the number 3 in the recycling symbol (triangle).

 

A brilliant read for a more in depth approach to all this is ‘It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF’. 

I Got mine off Amazon for kindle.

I know it may seem excessive but why would you want to poison yourself or your family intentionally?  Make the changes and see the results!