Plastic- One of your Thyroids Worst Enemies- How Plastic can interfere with your Immune system

The effect of plastic on autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism

One of the major problems with autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and others is that there are certain triggers that cause the disease to flare up. There are some factors you can control – like avoiding gluten, diary, GMOs, the nightshade family of vegetables and even lectins. However, there are many triggers that are simply not in your control – it is difficult to control environmental triggers that are responsible for triggering the autoimmune response in your body.

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Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a trigger

BPA is in the news due to wrong reasons as researchers have recently found how toxic it really is. Unfortunately, BPA is still found in most plastics, including:

  • Water bottles
  • Plastic coffee cup lids
  • Can and bottle liners
  • Plastic utensils
  • Ink used in store receipts

As such, it becomes difficult to avoid the all-encompassing presence of plastics even those containing BPA and yet, it is important to do so, particularly if you are suffering from Hashimotos’s hypothyroidism.  When plastic is exposed to heat like coffee or tea, or acid in cold beverages, the BPA leaches and goes into your beverage and when you ingest it, you are at greater risk of flare ups.

If you suffer from Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism it is crucial that you avoid all kinds of triggers. It makes sense that you have your beverage in a ceramic or glass container. If you think you would be safe if you get your drink in a plastic bottle, think again – you will still be taking in large amounts of BPA with your drink.
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It’s also important to avoid plastic bottles, especially if they are heated or contain an acidic beverage such as soda or fruit juice. You should absolutely never drink an acidic beverage such as soda from a plastic bottle as you will be drinking high amounts of BPA. And when you do this on a daily basis, you can be taking in really large quantities that have a cumulative negative effect on your health. It is easy enough to make the switch to glass or ceramic for your favorite beverage drink.

The link between plastic and thyroid and other hormones

Research studies have shown the impact of plastic on all kinds of hormones. For instance, the chemicals that bind with hormone receptors and impair hormone products, hormone receptor signaling and gene expression are known as endocrine disruptors. Even small amounts of these can have a negative effect on thyroid hormone production and receptor site responses. Another research study showed that there was a definite connection between urinary phthalate (found in plastics) and BPA concentrations that affect thyroid hormone levels.

That is why it is crucial that you take the steps necessary to improve thyroid function in a natural manner and an important step in this direction is to reduce your exposure to different kinds of plastics.

You can limit your and your children’s exposure to BPA by:

* Limiting your exposure to plastic products

* Avoid canned products

* Do not use liquid infant formula that has BPA lined in the bottles (this generally only occurs in the pre-made infant formula

* Use bulk food, rather than food that comes in plastic packaging

* Avoid plastics #7 and #3

* Use stainless steel or glass containers and bottles

* It is very difficult to completely eliminate our exposure to plastics, but if you take away one tip from this post, please do not microwave plastic containers. Even if they are BPA free, they still might leach other chemicals into your food.

For more information:

https://healthfinder.gov/News/newsstory.aspx?docid=658121

https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/sya-bpa/

https://www.aoec.org/pehsu/aboutus.html

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