I don’t eat soy because it has lots of estrogen. I also don’t eat conventional veggies in part because pesticides too contain xenoestrogens.
I’ve also known for a long time that plastic bottles leach estrogens but I have NOT cut out plastic bottles of water. It’s time I do. Lifestyle changes take time and this has got to be the next step!!
We have a water filter fitted under our sink now so all I have to do is get some non-plastic bottles for transport and cut the plastic OUT.
Estrogen also messes with anyone with endometriosis, like me and I know a few other readers here too.
It’s a great destabilizer for women who have mental health issues in general and it’s really bad for young girls. One of the reasons it’s believed girls are mensruating earlier and earlier is from all the estrogen they are ingesting from all the plastic bottles they drink from. This includes soda and other drinks as well…NOT JUST WATER.
Plastic packaging is not without its downsides, and if you thought mineral water was ‘clean’, it may be time to think again. According to Martin Wagner and Jörg Oehlmann from the Department of Aquatic Ecotoxicology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, plastic mineral water bottles contaminate drinking water with estrogenic chemicals. In an analysis1 of commercially available mineral waters, the researchers found evidence of estrogenic compounds leaching out of the plastic packaging into the water. What’s more, these chemicals are potent in vivo and result in an increased development of embryos in the New Zealand mud snail. These findings, which show for the first time that substances leaching out of plastic food packaging materials act as functional estrogens, are published in Springer’s journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.
Wagner and Oehlmann looked at whether the migration of substances from packaging material into foodstuffs contributes to human exposure to man-made hormones. They analyzed 20 brands of mineral water available in Germany – nine bottled in glass, nine bottled in plastic and two bottled in composite packaging (paperboard boxes coated with an inner plastic film). The researchers took water samples from the bottles and tested them for the presence of estrogenic chemicals in vitro. They then carried out a reproduction test with the New Zealand mud snail to determine the source and potency of the xenoestrogens.
They detected estrogen contamination in 60% of the samples (12 of the 20 brands) analyzed. Mineral waters in glass bottles were less estrogenic than waters in plastic bottles. Specifically, 33% of all mineral waters bottled in glass compared with 78% of waters in plastic bottles and both waters bottled in composite packaging showed significant hormonal activity.
And let’s not forget…we have to lose the plastic for the sake of the planet too. Seriously…that’s really a even more important reason. No planet, no life. It doesn’t get more compelling than that.