Six years ago we began ditching chemicals in our home for many reasons and hormone-disrupting chemicals play a big part in our daily lives. Do you drink out of plastic water bottles? Do you microwave Tupperware? Do you use toxic makeup and skin care? There are many hormone disruptors lurking in the products that we use on a daily basis. These chemicals imitate the structure and properties of our hormones, fooling our body by binding to the same hormonal receptors and thereby changing, magnifying or blocking the functions of our natural hormones.
Here are some of the sources of hormone disruptors and ways to avoid environmental toxins that can interfere with our hormonal balance:
- Shop organic as much as possible. If budget or availability is an issue, familiarize yourself with the Dirty Dozen list [link to http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/] – you can drastically reduce your exposure even if you just choose organic when purchasing this 12 produce.
- Explore pesticide alternatives for your own gardening/lawn-use.
- Avoid PVC – such as that found in shower curtains.
- Avoid using plastic wrap, or at least minimize its contact with food.
- Reduce exposure to BPA by avoiding plastic containers marked with recycle #7.
- Reduce exposure to phthalates by avoiding soft plastics.
- Never heat food in the microwave using a plastic container. Use ceramic or glass containers instead.
- Reduce the use of plastic toys.
- Personal care products:
- The “fragrance” in some personal care products can contain phthalates. Read ingredients list carefully, and choose either fragrance-free products or once scented with essential oils. (Note: “fragrance-free” is different from “unscented” – chemicals can be added to products to neutralize the scent, rendering them “scent-less”)
- Heavy metal:
- Reduce lead exposure by checking for lead paint in your home, heating up cold tap water instead of using hot tap water when cooking, and getting the soil tested if you have a garden or a yard.
- Reduce mercury exposure by avoiding fish that has high mercury level, and requesting porcelain, gold, or composite fillings instead of mercury amalgam from your dentist.
If you think toxins may be the cause of hormonal imbalance reach out and let’s talk about how to get back on the healing path. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org