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Avoid Common Triggers That Flare Up Autoimmune Symptoms

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Iautoimmune_attack_graphicf you have an autoimmune disease, you may already know it's important to avoid things that triggers flare-ups of your symptoms. While many autoimmune patients use an anti-inflammatory diet to avoid triggering foods, certain environmental chemicals can also cause flare ups.

One of the most common and overlooked thyroid autoimmune triggers is bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA is a chemical used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins such as plastic bottles and can liners. It is also found in store receipts and is absorbed into the bloodstream in just seconds of handling one.

For years BPA has also been known as an endocrine disruptor; it acts like estrogen in the body and has been linked to cancer, diabetes, obesity infertility, brain, nervous system and cardiovascular abnormalities, and other health issues. With newer research showing its connection to autoimmunity, we have even more reason to avoid it.

BPA is found in many common items

There is much awareness about BPA in water bottles and cans, however BPA is also found in many daily items:

  • CDs
  • Toys
  • Plastic dinnerware
  • Some baby bottles
  • Cash register receipts
  • Lids for glass food and drink bottles
  • Beer kegs
  • Water supply lines
  • Dental sealants and composites
  • Medical devices
  • PVC piping
  • Currencies around the world

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports detectable levels of BPA in 93% of subjects. If you have thyroid or neurological autoimmunity, you need to take your daily BPA exposure seriously.

Minimize your daily exposure to BPA

While we can't avoid BPA entirely in our environment, there is much we can do to minimize our daily exposure:

Use BPA-free products. Look for BPA-free labels; if a plastic isn't labeled, remember that some marked with code 3 or 7 may contain BPA.

Reduce consumption of canned foods. Most cans are lined with BPA-containing resins. When possible, buy fresh ingredients and make your own.

Avoid heating polycarbonate containers in the microwave or dishwasher. Exposed to heat, plastic can break down and release BPA into your food.

Avoid plastic coffee lids and paper cups. When your coffee or tea passes through the plastic lid, the heat and acidity leach BPA into the liquid. In addition, paper cups contain a thin, waterproof inner coating that contains small amounts of BPA. Ideally, brew your own coffee or tea and drink it from a glass or ceramic cup. If you must buy it to-go, bring your own ceramic cup, and if you must use the paper cup, forgo the plastic lid.

Ideally, use alternatives to plastic. While manufacturers are eliminating BPA, many are now replacing BPA with bisphenol S (BPS) and other chemicals, and recent research shows this new approach may be equally risky. Therefore, when possible, use glass, ceramic, or stainless steel containers for storing and heating food. It's easy to cycle out your old plastic storage containers and use large glass jars or lidded glass or metal bowls.

You can read more about BPA in plastic coffee lids and drink bottles in this important article.


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