Are Xenoestrogens Harming Your Health? A Deep Dive Into The Dangers And Ways To Avoid Them
Are you familiar with the term, “toxic load”? It refers to the cumulative burden or amount of toxins and substances that accumulate in our bodies over time. Our bodies have natural detoxification mechanisms, which primarily involve the work of our liver, kidneys and lymphatic system. When our toxic load exceeds our body’s ability to eliminate toxins and substances, they accumulate in our body and negatively impact our health.
Unfortunately, we are all exposed to chemicals in our daily lives which increase our toxic load. One group of chemicals that has gained a lot of attention are xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are synthetic compounds which mimic the effect of estrogen in our bodies. Xenoestrogens are commonly found in everyday items, such as plastics, pesticides, personal care items, and particular foods. Like other toxins, xenoestrogens can enter our bodies through different routes, including inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption. Once inside our bodies, xenoestrogens can wreak havoc and disrupt our delicate hormonal balance.
The Dangers of Xenoestrogens
*Disrupted Hormonal Balance: Xenoestrogen exposure can lead to hormonal imbalance for both men and women. This can present as reproductive imbalances, menstrual cycle dysregulation, and fertility issues. Of note, thyroid dysfunction is often linked to xenoestrogen exposure. Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are challenging conditions which can result from this xenoestrogen exposure, with symptoms ranging from mood disorders to fatigue and weight changes.
*Developmental Effects: It’s important to know that xenoestrogens pose a significant risk to the development of fetuses and young children. Exposure in utero or in early life can disrupt normal sex development, and also increases chances of infertility and reproductive issues later in life.
*Increased Cancer Risk: Studies show that xenoestrogen exposure increases one’s risk for certain cancers, particularly ovarian, breast, and prostate cancers. Xenoestrogens have been found to promote the growth of cancer cells while simultaneously disrupting our body’s natural defense mechanisms against cancer.
Reduce Your Toxic Load
Now that you know the dangers of xenoestrogens, what can you do to avoid them?
It is possible to reduce your toxic load through making different lifestyle choices.
*Choose Organic and Hormone-Free Products
Whenever possible, it is best to buy organic. Organic products are grown without fertilizers or pesticides, which often contain xenoestrogens and other harmful chemicals. It’s especially important to opt for hormone-free meats and dairy products in order to decrease your exposure to xenoestrogens and other hormones.
*Always, Always, Always Read Your Labels!
Being an educated consumer is one of the best ways to lower your toxic load. Always read labels on your food and personal care items. It’s best to avoid plastic altogether, but if you are using plastic make sure it is phthalate-free. Choose personal care items which are paraben-free and avoid products containing BPA (bisphenol A) and BPS (bisphenol S). In general, if you see an ingredient on a product and you aren’t sure of its safety, research it. At Edye’s Naturals we believe that if you wouldn’t put it in your body, you shouldn’t put it on your body!
*Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products and Natural Personal Care Products
One of the best ways to lower your toxic load is to replace chemical products you use often with natural alternatives. You have the most control over limiting xenoestrogens and other chemical exposures within your own home. Avoid chemicals by utilizing natural products such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice for cleaning. Choose organic personal care products and avoid synthetic fragrances (which are hormone disruptors). Ideally, use plant-based products.
At Edye’s Naturals we offer products for every skin care need. The best part is that our ingredients are good for your health and that of the environment. All of our products contain a hand selected blend of plant-based, organic oils, which nourish and support your skin.