Did you know that most people are exposed daily to products containing chemicals that can disrupt the normal function of your endocrine system? These chemicals belong to a class of hormone disrupters known as xenoestrogens.Small amounts are not harmful but large amounts have a cumulative effect. In this article, I will explain what are xenoestrogens and tips to avoid them.
What are Xenoestrogens?
Xenoestrogens are a manufactured chemical compound that mimics estrogen. These chemicals can cause an overabundance of estrogen in your bloodstream that is hard for the body to detoxify. Your body will store the excess fat cells. Studies show that this can cause serious health problems for both men and women.
What problems do they cause?
Xenoestrogens may potentially contribute to the following conditions:
- Early onset of puberty
- Breast, ovarian and uterine cancer
- Insulin Resistance
- Infertility in men and women
- Low sperm count
- Prostate and testicular cancer
- Adrenal fatigue
- Heart disease
- Estrogen Dominance
Where are they found?
Xenoestrogens environmentally exist everywhere. They can be found in soil, water, air and food supply. Common sources of exposure are pesticides, food animals injected with hormones, pesticides, plastics, cleaning supplies and personal care products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and lotions.
How to avoid them
Despite the fact that they are so prevalent, there are some ways to limit your risks and decrease your exposure.
1.Buy organic foods
Buying organically grown fruits and vegetables will help you to avoid exposure to pesticides. An additional bonus is that they will taste better than well. Peel and wash non-organic produce before eating it. Purchase meat and dairy products that are labeled hormone free.
2. Choose natural and biodegradable household products.
Use natural, uunbleached paper products such as paper towels, napkins, and tissue as much as possible. The regular ones often contain chlorine residue related to the manufacturing process.
Look for cleaning products and detergents that are labeled biodegradable and do not contain artificial chemicals. You might want to consider making your own cleaning products from ingredients you most likely already have at home.
Here are 2 that you may want to try:
Vinegar is very versatile. It removes dirt dissolves grease and destroys mold and mildew. It can be used on almost all surfaces including countertops. Walls, tile, appliances and glass.
Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on the surface then wipe clean.
For glass and mirror, spray the wipe with a microfiber cloth for a streak-free shine.
To mop floors, mix 1cup of vinegar to a bucket of hot water. Adding 10 drops of lemon essential oil will make it antibacterial and eliminate unpleasant odors.
Baking soda can be used to clean tile, porcelain, and stainless steel without scratching the surface. Make a paste with baking soda and water and apply it with a cloth, scrub and rinse.
To clean your oven, mix baking soda with water to form a paste. Spread on the bottom of the oven and let it sit overnight. The next morning spray with vinegar on top of the baking soda to create a foam. Use a damp cloth to wipe the foam. Rinse with water
To unclog a drain, pour 1 cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain. Wait 15 minutes and follow with 2 quarts of hot water. Repeat as many times as necessary.
3. Filter your drinking water
It is common for chemicals to seep from PVC plumbing into your tap water. Installing a reverse osmosis filter will greatly reduce the amount of fluoride and chlorine you ingest.
Avoid the use of plastic water bottles and pitchers .Most of them contain a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA).This chemical can also seep into your water for a long time after the container was manufactured. Store your drinking water in glass pitchers and metal water bottles instead. You will also be helping the environment by doing this.
4. Avoid plastics when storing food
Several manufacturers have removed BPH from their food storage containers but be aware that older ones will still contain this chemical. For this reason, it is better to store food in glass or ceramic containers. Also, use aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap.
Do not use plastic containers in the microwave. Chemicals are released from the plastic containers when they are heated.
5. Use natural and organic cosmetics
Parabens,stearal konium chloride, and phenoxyethanol are a common preservative used in soap.shampoos, lotions, and cosmetics. These ingredients are absorbed 100% by the body.
Benzophenone-3, homosalate, 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor, octalmethoxycinnamate, octal-dimethyl-PABA are xenoestrogens found in sunscreens.
6. Be aware of VOCs when choosing home décor
If you are building a house or remodeling your home be aware that synthetic thread carpets, particle board, paint and artificial woods often emit a hormone disrupter known as a volital disruptive compound.VOC is a gas that is infused with the materials age and deteriorate over time
Here are some ways to minimize your risk:
- Use non-toxic paint
- Avoid vinyl floors, furnishings, and wall coverings purchase carpet made from natural fibers such as wool, cotton. Look for low VOP on the label.
- Some low VOP floor options are tile, linoleum, and hardwood sealed with water-based polyurethane. Unsealed hardwood floors contain formaldehyde.
- Do not install carpet in areas where it is more likely to get wet such as the bathroom. Use tack strips instead of an adhesive.
Xenoestrogens are everywhere. They may be impossible to avoid all together bout there are ways to minimize the risk by buying organic products and avoiding plastics as much as possible. Following these tips will likely result in a better environment for everyone.
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