Levels of this common chemical are almost 5 times higher than previously thought.
Consumers are routinely ingesting bisphenol A (BPA) by eating processed foods in cans and plastic. “It takes as little as one serving of canned foods to expose a person to levels of BPA that have been shown to cause harm in laboratory animals,” says Bobbi Chase Wilding, organizing director of Clean New York.
The latest lab research on BPA significantly links this chemical to a painful condition called “leaky gut.” Exposing both human intestinal cells and living rats to dosages of this chemical—10 times lower than what most governments consider safe—shows that BPA damages the intestines, allowing toxins and pathogens to enter the body more easily.
French scientists find that the gut “shows a very high sensitivity” to BPA, increasing intestinal inflammation. The result is abdominal discomfort, chronic muscle pain, depressed immune function, and poor nutrient absorption.
Dr. Ann Louise’s Take:
Don’t set a place for BPA at your dinner table! Over 130 studies have linked this hormone-mimicking chemical to an enormous range of health problems from birth and reproductive defects to cancers, diabetes, and obesity.
One can of Del Monte French Style Green Beans contains 1,140 parts per billion BPA, finds the National Workgroup for Safe Markets, which recently tested levels in common canned foods. Not only did 92% of the canned foods tested contain BPA, but the average level was also 77 parts per billion—almost 5 times higher than what was found in earlier FDA tests.
By contrast, Eden Foods has only traces of this chemical in their canned foods, and Muir Glen is planning to remove BPA from its canned tomatoes. Whenever possible, choose glass jars instead of cans—and eat as much fresh and frozen food as possible.
Heal Your Gut
Damage to the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract can result in acne, asthma, brain fog, celiac disease, chronic fatigue, eczema, intestinal infections, liver dysfunction, pancreatic insufficiency, and ulcerative colitis. It’s critical that you repair any damage to the mucosal lining of the GI tract.
An amino acid, L-glutamine plays a vital role in healing this kind of damage. Without glutamine, the villi (the parts of the small intestine that allow nutrients in) become too porous, and molecules that would normally be too large to breach the intestinal wall start to enter the bloodstream where they can cause allergies and all sorts of other problems.
Glutamine, however, supports the intestinal lining, so that it can allow nutrients in, while barring allergens, pathogens, and toxins. It even supports the growth of probiotics (beneficial bacteria) that help defend against infectious bacteria.
As an added feel-better bonus, L-glutamine feeds the immune cells that live in the intestinal tract—where 75% of your body’s immune system resides! Polish scientists have found that this versatile amino acid revives lymphocytes in people with damaged GI tracts—and improves their absorption of protein and other nutrients.
Protect Your Gut
I like the pure free-form crystalline amino acid powder which is the easiest to assimilate. One level scoop or teaspoonful provides about 3 grams or 3000 mg of L-glutamine. I recommend at least one scoop or teaspoonful in 8 ounces of cold water at least 1 – 3 times per day. L-Glutamine is best taken before meals ( at least 20 minutes) or between meals. Make sure it is mixed in cold or room temperature water. Heat as well as stomach acids can deactivate the healing activity of L-glutamine.