We’re getting robbed every day.
No, not of money, but something a million times more valuable. Our health.
Researchers from the University of Michigan have discovered that two commonly-found chemicals in our environment are literally stealing from us an amazing nutrient that helps crush cancer cells.
It’s a vitamin that fights viral infections and can nip a serious asthma attack in the bud.
That’s right, I’m talking about the MVP of vitamins: good old D.
Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take right now to protect yourself against this insidious form of theft.
You could call this the invasion of the vitamin D snatchers!
First, there’s BPA.
For years now I’ve been warning you about this chemical and how to avoid it. If you think the problem was solved because so many products now say “BPA Free,” well, it’s not (more on that in a minute).
And that isn’t the only culprit behind this vitamin heist. The Michigan researchers also discovered that other endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) called phthalates can do the same kind of damage.
Like BPA, phthalates are also found in food packaging. But unlike BPA, they’re also used in a shocking number of everyday products like cosmetics, soap, plastic wraps, mini blinds and shower curtains.
The researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health combed through five years of health data collected from over 4,600 adults for this study.
Those people with the highest levels of BPA and phthalates in their bodies were also found to have the lowest levels of vitamin D. And this was especially true where women and phthalates are concerned. The researchers believe that these EDCs may destroy vitamin D the same way they harm our reproductive and thyroid hormones.
This is a loud and clear wake-up call that we all need to be more diligent than ever about getting enough daily sun exposure. And during late fall and winter, vitamin D3 supplements are no longer just a good idea, but essential!
Along with making sure we’re taking (or making!) enough vitamin D, comes reducing our exposure to these EDCs. And you can do that three ways:
- Defeat dust: Rigorous control of house dust with HEPA filters and HEPA vacuum cleaners can dramatically cut back on exposure to phthalates and other EDCs.
- Ditch the cans: Cut back on the canned foods you buy, especially soup. Just this past summer I told you about a study that revealed BPA levels are off the charts for people who regularly eat canned foods. Veggies and fruits in cans will significantly boost exposure, canned pasta almost doubles it, and soup upped BPA levels by 230 percent!
- Don’t fall for the BPA bait-and-switch: Two alternate chemicals called bisphenol S (BPS) and bisphenol F (BPF) are being used to replace BPA in food can linings. But guess what? These two bisphenol siblings are also EDCs and are considered just as bad as BPA.
From now through October (especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.) try to get from five to 15 minutes of daily sunshine outside without applying any sunscreen. And during the winter months, the recommended dose of a D3 supplement is 2,000 IUs daily, taken with a meal that contains fat to maximize absorption.
“Chemical exposure linked to lower vitamin D levels” Endocrine Society, September 20, 2016, ScienceDaily, sciencedaily.com