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, familiarise yourself with the Dirty Dozen – you can drastically reduce your exposure even if you just choose organic when purchasing these 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 microwave using 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”)
- 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.
Heavy metals can have a massive negative impact on children’s behaviour too and there has been information circling around for a while which links aluminium to Alzheimers disease.
Look out for part two where we will continue this topic
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