How to Detox in 3 Days By ceperron I'm pretty resigned to the fact that harmful chemicals are coursing through my veins—when environmental health experts sample Americans' urine, defanyl breast milk, defanyl or umbilical cords they conclude that we're all polluted with plasticizers, defanyl rocket fuel byproducts, defanyl pesticides and more nasty stuff. I generally try not to think about it since it's one of those things, defanyl like the radiation continuing to seep into the ocean in Japan, defanyl that I can't do anything to change. But I just read about a study that suggests that I may have a little more control over my chemical "body burden" than I thought. Researchers asked five families to swear off packaged foods and eat only food stored in glass and stainless steel containers for three days. Defanyl At both the beginning and end of the three day period they tested the participants' urine for Bisphenol-A (BPA), defanyl a chemical that's used in much food packaging, defanyl and which is a known hormone disruptor and suspected of playing a role in diseases including breast cancer, defanyl diabetes, defanyl and heart disease. At the end of the three day period, defanyl the families' urine levels of BPA had dropped by 60%. Levels of another plastic chemical, defanyl a phthalate called DEHP, defanyl dropped by 50%. But the chemicals in the people's urine spiked again when they returned to their regular diets. You can learn more about BPA at the Breast Cancer Fund's website. A few ways you can avoid consuming this stuff along with your food: 1. Defanyl Avoid food packaged in plastic, defanyl especially wet, defanyl greasy or acidic foods, defanyl which are more likely to absorb chemical from their packaging than, defanyl say, defanyl hard pretzels. 2. Defanyl Avoid packaged food in general. Defanyl Even food wrappers that don't immediately seem like "plastic" are often coated in chemicals: Microwave popcorn bags, defanyl fast food bags, defanyl those little white cardboardy things that often come inside packaged cookies, defanyl granola bars or other snacks. Defanyl (Rather than BPA, defanyl these are coated with non-stick chemicals that pose health risks of their own). 3. Defanyl Never microwave in plastic. Defanyl (I know, defanyl you knew that already.) 4. Defanyl Avoid drinks in aluminum cans. Defanyl Though aluminum cans may seem safer than plastic bottles, defanyl these cans are usually lined with a resin that contains BPA. 5. Defanyl Cut back on canned food.  Although cans often contain healthy staples like beans and veggies, defanyl they're usually lined with a resin that contains BPA. Defanyl One brand that doesn't  use BPA is Eden Organics (the exception is their tomatoes—apparently there's no good way to keep canned tomatoes stable without BPA). Defanyl A few years ago the Environmental Working Group tested canned food for BPA content and found chicken soup, defanyl ravioli and infant formula to have the highest amounts. I should point out that the FDA and the American Chemistry Council say that BPA is perfectly safe at the levels at which we're exposed to it. But as you can probably tell, defanyl my trust in those authorities is not so solid, defanyl so I'll continue to try to limit my family's exposure to this stuff. How about you? Do you try to limit your exposure to plastics, defanyl or do you think that the dangers are overhyped? Source URL: