Do you know how many chemicals you are coming into contact with every day and what they may be doing to your system?
You are being exposed to thousands of toxins daily. Many of these toxins can block or promote oestrogen and other hormones, affecting your hormone balance and causing numerous problems that you maybe mistakenly attributingto stress, aging or just normal aches and pains.
A scientific statement issued by the USA Endocrine Society in 2009 expressed concern about EDCs (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals) and the grave health issues they can cause, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, PCOS, obesity, thyroid disease, and reproductive issues.
Close to 800 chemicals are known or suspected to be capable of interfering with hormones.. The vast majority have not been tested at all. WHO, 2012
Some of this exposure is unavoidable, however youcan be more mindful about the way youdo some things and really reduce your contact with some of the worst hormone disrupting chemicals.
TIPS TO REDUCE YOUR TOXIC EXPOSURE
When it comes to living a healthy and natural lifestyle, what you put on your body is just as significant as what you put in your body. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it. Many cosmetics, moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners often contain ingredients that disrupt your hormonal balance.
Avoid wearing allot of make up and highly fragranced products and perfumes. I always look for Parabens, Phalate and SLS free productsall available at Healthy U. Use natural moisturisers like coconut oil, I often put it in my bath too to keep my skin hydrated.
There are a range of hormone disrupting/oestrogen mimicking chemicals used in the production of hardened plastics but one of the most researched is Bisphenol A (BPA), a hormone disrupting carcinogen (cancer causing). BPA can leach into food from the coatings of canned foods and from plastic food storage containers, water bottles and baby bottles. The degree to which BPA leaches into food and liquid held in plastic containers is thought to increase as temperature increases and with the age of the container.
3 things you can do right away:
Swap BPA plastic for glass or stainless steel
Eat fewer canned foods especially highly acidic foods like tomatoes which leach more BPA from can linings. Try and buy fresh or in jars.
Store leftovers in glass containers avoid making contact with food and plastics and clingfilm.
These are the chemicals found in non-organic food produce, insect repellent sprays (DEET), weed killers. They are designed to kill living organisms such as plants, bacteria, insects and fungi. Imagine what they are doing to your friendly gut bacteria and immune system? And because they are fat soluble, they are stored in your fat cells, and most likely messing up your metabolism too.Buy organic produce wherever you can OR grow your own, and use natural alternatives for pest repellents.
The Environmental Working Group compiles a list every year of the most (dirty dozen) and least contaminated (clean 15) produce and updates it every year check out their website to get your free guide http://www.ewg.org.
Check out this link for the best ways to wash your veggieshttps://foodrevolution.org/blog/how-to-wash-vegetables-fruits/
4. MEAT AND POULTRY
Allot of commercially farmed meat and poultry can be loaded with hormones that, once eaten, will end up in your body throwing your hormone balance totally out. These hormones build up the animalsso that farmers can get the highest possible meat, milk or egg yield. Just think, those same hormones used for making a cow huge are going into your body when you eat themeator drink the milk.
To reduce exposure, look for organic, grass-fed, and free range products from small or local farms that are committed to raising animals using methods that are healthier for both the animals and the humans who consume them.
Here are a couple of local sources:
The Well Hung Butcher –firstname.lastname@example.org
Highland Castle Farms – email@example.com
5. KITCHEN AND COOKWARE
The coatings in nonstick cookware, plastic wrap and plastic containers, especially when heated are toxic. The less you use them, the better.
Use glass containers for food storage.
Cook with less toxic cast iron and ceramic cookware options.
If you use a microwave, heat foods (frozen or not) in microwave safe glassware or ceramic containers; never plastic, no matter what the label says!
Bin your old, flaking, plastic cooking utensils, strainers and cutting boards for metal or sustainable bamboo versions.
6. CLEANING PRODUCTS
Look at what products you are currently using to clean your house, I bet many of them are loadedwith industrial chemicals that have the potential todisrupt your hormones.
Try cleaning with greener alternatives or blend up your own using natural, non-toxic ingredients like old-fashioned soap, lemon, vinegar, etc. There are lots and lots of websites with great ideas for non toxic cleaning.
I use the ecover range of cleaning products at home which I know areexpensive but they do work and I feel at peace with that decision. I have NEVER used bleach in my house since the day we moved in.