TOXICITY | Bisphenol A (BPA)
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Our Bisphenol A (BPS) test determines your exposure to bisphenol A, triclosan, and 4-nonylphenol which are considered harmful endocrine disruptors and are found in many of the products we use every day.
If you do have BPA toxicity, this test is a useful tool in designing your treatment plan.
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mimic our own hormones, in particular, estrogen. These chemicals are called 'xenoestrogens' – ‘xeno’ means ‘foreign’ or ‘from the outside’.
Xenoestrogens weakly bind to estrogen receptors and block our thyroid hormone action, and negatively affect our endocrine, nervous and immune systems.
Endocrine disruptors are found in many plastics, conventional body products and fertilizers. You could be exposed to them if you use conventional body products, drink water from plastic bottles, eat fast food in polystyrene containers, and if you eat non-organic fruit and vegetables that have been sprayed with pesticides.
Why test for BPA?
Toxicity often lies at the root of many lifestyle-related chronic illnesses. Endocrine disruptors may play a role in hormonal and neurological development disorders, obesity, thyroid disruption, and adult-onset diabetes.
Babies in the womb, babies and children are most susceptible to hormonal and neurological development issues from exposure. Xenoestrogens can affect the development of their tiny reproductive organs and neurological systems even while in the womb.
A mother's body uses breast milk, like sweat, to excretes many of her body’s toxins. A baby’s early exposure to endocrine disruption can lay the foundation for various lifestyle-related chronic diseases later in life. This test is a great option for women thinking of falling pregnant.
Awareness of your possible toxicity with these endocrine disrupting chemicals is a very useful tool in your treatment plan. Stopping the source of the endocrine disruptors and regularly detoxifying your bodying is another in achieving optimal wellness.
Sources of exposure
Bisphenol A (BPA) is found mostly in plastics labelled with the recycling codes 3 or 7. BPA is a key monomer used to produce polycarbonate plastic. This type of plastic is usually clear and shatter- proof. Other uses of BPA consist of epoxy resins, which are used to coat the inside of food and beverage cans. BPA studies have been linked to obesity, neurological development delays in infants, thyroid disruption, developmental issues of sexual organs in infants, and sexual dysfunction in adults. Exposure to BPA occurs mostly through digestion of food and liquids that have been stored and heated in plastic materials.
- Baby bottles
- Water bottles
- Food containers
- Beverage containers
- Plastic dinnerware
- Thermal paper receipts
- Medical and dental devices
- Eyeglass lenses
- Household electronics
Triclosan is an antimicrobial and preservative agent used in personal care products such as toothpaste, shaving cream, and hand soaps. Exposure occurs from use of these products in the home. Triclosan bioaccumulates in the body and is considered to block thyroid activity affecting metabolism and thyroid hormone signalling.
- Shaving cream
- Hand soaps
- Cleaning supplies
- Children's toys
Often used as a surfactant, 4-nonylphenol is found in industrial detergents, foaming agents, dispersants, and emulsifiers. Most exposure is through the skin. 4-Nonylphenol is also an endocrine disruptor.
Evaluate levels of these endocrine disruptors with our Bisphenol A (BPA) test to determine if avoidance and detoxification are needed.
Who would benefit from this test?
Anyone with 1 or more of the following symptoms or condition:
- Adult-onset diabetes
- Autoimmune conditions
- Brain fog
- Chemical sensitivities
- Chronic bacterial, fungal and viral infections
- Chronic neurological illnesses
- Cognitive difficulties
- Development disorders
- Early puberty
- Hormonal imbalances
- Increased risk of cancer
- Mood disorders
- Neurological development disorders
- Reproductive system disorders
- Thyroid disruption
"Our hormonal system is very intricate and delicate. Hormones do their normal job in very tiny amounts. What's alarming is that only very tiny amounts of these endocrine disruptors are needed to cause harm in our bodies. What's even more alarming is that there's very little research showing the combined effect of more than one of these endocrine disruptors in our bodies at one time. Even if you think the body products only contain very small amounts of endocrine disruptors, you might be using them every day or more than once a day. There is very little research on their effect when combined.
Our bodies battle to get rid of them so can store them in our fat tissue – ‘The solution to pollution is dilution’. Over time, they can cause weight gain due to the toxic burden they create on the body.
I recently did my annual Urine Hormone Metabolites | BIG – the test now measures BPA as well. Mine BPP level was raised. This is very concerning, but very empowering because I can now work to eliminate the source of BPA before it contributes to the development of a lifestyle-related chronic disease or a recurrence of my breast cancer.
Use this test to evaluate possible levels of these endocrine disruptors in your body and to determine if exposure avoidance and detoxification are needed".
Benefits | Features
- Simple urine collection
- Simple to do at home
- Easy to do yourself
- Test is applicable for all ages
- Highly accurate results
Measures exposure to the common endocrine disruptors BPA, triclosan, and 4-nonylphenol.
Toxicity: Environmental pollutants
Test sample report
Test sample type
About 2 weeks
Lab's name for test
Bisphenol A (BPA) Profile - Urine