About DEHP Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or DEHP is widely used, mainly for making PVC soft and pliable. DEHP offers good all-round performance as a plasticizer, is cost-effective, and therefore used in many general purpose products including building materials such as flooring, cables, roofs etc. DHEP is classified by United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as a potential human carcinogen. Unfortunately despite its known health effects, DEHP is also added as a substitute for edible oil in food and drinks products due to its low cost.
DEHP Effects on human health
DEHP is highly fat soluble and is loosely chemically bonded to the plastic. Therefore it readily leaches into blood when consumed or when there is contact during consumption. Animal studies show that exposure to DEHP can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system (particularly the developing testes of unborn males or males that are newly born). Children who consume 350ml of tainted fluid containing 12 parts per million (ppm) of DEHP on a daily basis for 12 consecutive months are six to eight times more at risk of developing problems with their reproductive system when they become adults, a recent research by the National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan showed. (www.taipeitimes.com). DEHP is suspected to be an endocrine disruptor,which could lead to the shrinking of penis size and testicles in men and thyroid dysfunction.
A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) revealed that “American men with abdominal obesity or insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes) were more likely to have high levels of [DEHP] metabolites in their urine than men without those problems”.
Reducing DEHP exposure
Limit your consumption of canned soda and beer.
Limit your consumption of canned or processed food by eating fresh food.
THE Danger OF DEHP
If you have a newborn, avoid baby bottles or sippy cups made of polycarbonate plastic.
Use a BPA-free reusable water bottle, such as unlined stainless steel bottle.
Avoid drinks and foods that are contaminated with DEHP.
You may try the following products to maintain a healthy deph free body:
Helps to detoxify the body and is good for the body that suffers from underperforming detoxification.
Can help to neutralize dangerous free radicals through the action of vitamin A, C and E and other naturally occurring nutrients.
Rich in amino acids, minerals and vitamins which can help to accelerate the process of tissue repair and normal cell growth.
Perfect blend of juices that is high in antioxidants – pomegranate, blueberry, blackberry, mangosteen, pear, raspberry and grape seed extract.
The high powered antioxidants may help to protect cellular DNA from damage by free radicals.
Fields of Greens
A number of studies found that chlorophyll-rich food can decrease body’s toxicity. Chlorophyllin found in chlorophyll act as as chelating agents of heavy metals and other toxins.
Wheat grass contains many alkaline minerals and is high in chlorophyll content. These help the body to expel heavy metalsand toxins.
Young barley grass contains 2-0-GI (2-0-Glycosylisovitexin), an antioxidant which acts as a free radical scavenger.
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