Bisphenol A otherwise known as BPA, is a chemical that exists in many hard plastics and epoxy resins that coat the inside of food and drink containers commonly used every day. BPA exists everywhere in the environment and we are exposed to it daily as it leaches into food and water supplies. However, most health experts agree that BPA levels are low and not an immediate danger.
Why Be Concerned About BPA?
- Research has found a correlation between exposure to BPA and cardiovascular diseases such as: atherosclerosis, hypertension, angina, heart attack and many others.
- Studies also indicate conditions such as: fertility problems, male impotence, erectile dysfunction and a reduction in sexual desire have been linked to high level BPA exposure.
- BPA exhibits estrogen-like behavior and hence could increase the risk of contracting cancers such as prostate, breast and others.
- Exposure to BPA may also be a contributing factor in developing insulin resistance leading to Type 2 Diabetes and may also have an adverse impact on body weight and composition.
- Other studies have found that environmental BPA exposure may affect fetal brain development leading to issues with hormonal imbalances and abnormal effects on DNA. These issues could lead to behavioral issues after birth. Prenatal BPA exposure has also been linked to wheezing and asthma.
WHY BATTLE SHAKERS ARE DEHP FREE
DEHP, which is an abbreviation for di (2- ethylhexyl) phthalate, is a manufactured chemical that is commonly added to plastics to make them more flexible..
Why Be Concerned About DEHP?
- Research has found a correlation through animal studies between exposure to DEHP and damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system, particularly the developing testes of prenatal and neonatal males.
- Phthalates such as DEHP are known as “gender benders” believed to have serious adverse effects on the endocrine system, especially in males causing serious hormonal imbalances.
- DEHP, like BPA, exhibits estrogen-like behavior and hence could increase the risk of contracting cancers such as prostate, testicular, breast and others.
- In 2000, the CDC tested 289 adult Americans and discovered high levels of phthalates in all that were tested. It stands to reason that continued exposure to phthalates such as DEHP could compound the adverse effects of these toxic substances.