What are Phthalates?
Phthalates are chemicals added to plastics to increase their flexibility, durability and transparency. They are also used in products such as cosmetics, cologne and perfume, water bottles, sex toys, and even fishing lures just to name a few. Because of their cost efficiency, phthalates have been widely used in many products all over the world.
Why Should I Care About Phthalates?
There is a lot of controversy surrounding phthalates. Some experts say that in small doses, phthalates are harmless and will not cause human beings any long term damage. This is true of products that we don’t “eat”, like sex toys or fishing lures. However, on the flip side, because phthalates have been so widely used in food packaging products, 75 percent or more of Americans have detectable levels of phthalates in their system. This is bad not only because phthalates have been linked to cancer, but they also mimic estrogen in the body and can cause unwanted weight gain. This is obviously not only bad to your overall health and well being, but to your sexual health, as well.
How do I Avoid Phthalates?
Before you panic, there are some things that can be done to avoid ingesting these little devils. The main way to avoid phthalates is to steer clear from plastic water or beverage bottles with 3 or 7 recycling codes. Safer choices are bottles with the recycling codes 1, 2 or 5. Another way to avoid phthalates is to not microwave food in plastic containers, or put these plastic containers in the dishwasher. Microwaving or dishwashing can cause damage to these plastics and cause them to leach phthalates into the food you eat.
How do I rid my Body of These Toxins?
Eating a clean diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grain carbohydrates will help detoxify your system. Avoid eating food or drinking beverages from containers known to have phthalates in them. The good news here is that because of health concerns, the United States, Canada and some European countries are phasing out the use of phthalates in products that cause harm to our health.