When it comes to hormone health, some of the biggest problems could be hidden in plain sight in your bathroom, bedroom and kitchen.
Lots of ingredients in your beauty and bathroom products contain chemicals that are known as endocrine disruptors. These have the ability to mimics the effects of key hormones, which can have a serious effect on your health. Some of the hormones that can be affected include estrogen (a female sex hormone), androgen (a male sex hormone) and thyroid hormones. Endocrine disruptors can change the way that these type of hormones are produced or used in your body. Let’s talk a look at some of the big culprits:
Personal care products: Shampoos, deodorants, moisturizers and makeup (to name but a few) can contain phthalates and triclosan. Phthalates are a “gender bending” chemical that have been linked to feminization of males in many species of wildlife. Because of all the hormone disrupting chemicals in personal care products, I made the switch to Beautycounter years ago.
Canned foods: Even your kitchen cupboards can be a dangerous place, with Bisphenol-A (BPA) found in many canned products. BPA is a known endocrine disruptor that can mimic estrogen and can alter immune function, increase your risk of obesity, encourage hyperactivity in children, and affect prostate health. It’s also linked to some cancers.
Non organic food: Pesticides can be hormone disrupting, as can herbicides. Eating organic foods can cut the risk factor a lot.
Plastic food containers and non-stick cookware: There’s yet another set of culprits in your kitchen in the form of plastic food containers and non-stick pans. Both of these can be sources of endocrine disruptors. Plastic containers can contain BPA, while non-stick cookware can expose you to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The latter is linked to fertility problems, reproductive problems, developmental issues and thyroid problems.
Cleaning products: Cleaning products are a big culprit for chemicals that can disrupt hormones. Glycol ethers are banned in Europe because of fears around their safety, particularly for fertility and potential effects on unborn babies. You may see them on labels as 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME), for example. A great resource when looking for healthy cleaning product options is the Environmental Working Group.
If you are ready to take a more active role in your hormone health, schedule a free Hormone Relief Discovery Call to learn more about the Path to Hormone Health Group Program.