by Alicia Voorhies, RN
Did you know that you can make a dramatic difference in your health by making one simple change for the greatest overall effect? It's true – but we'll talk about what that is in a minute.
Endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) should be at the top of your list when you're laying out a plan to create a healthier environment for your family. EDCs like BPA are synthetic chemicals that mimic or block hormones and disrupt the body's normal functions – even at low doses – especially in children. And because manufacturers are not required to label their products with materials used or recycling codes, we're left swimming in a sea of unknown exposures.
The great news is that over the last couple of years manufacturers have responded to the outrage of parents across the nation to remove BPA from most food and drink containers. So your next priority should be avoiding BPA in canned foods. Several recent studies have shown that some brands can spike urine levels of BPA by over 1,000 times after just one meal! So just think – if you simply replaced most of the canned foods in your diet and started eating naked, you'd be eliminating a huge source of chemical exposure in your everyday life.
Eat Naked! Seriously.
Our suspicions about the health of eating naked have been undoubtedly confirmed by our friends at the Breast Cancer Fund. They conducted a landmark study in humans over a 2 year period where, for 3 days, several families ate only fresh food, no cans or plastic packaging. The effect was shocking! Who'd have guessed that their BPA levels could ever drop a whopping 60 percent in such a short time frame?