02 May 2013
XenoWHAT? 8 Simple Steps to Avoid X-cess Estrogen in Your Environment
Excess estrogen can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms in women….bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, insomnia and crying spells for no reason. Estrogen is balanced by progesterone, but in perimenopause, progesterone production slows and estradiol production increases as ovaries age.
Other less commonly thought of sources of estrogen are found in our environment. Xenoestrogens (substances that act like estrogen, but aren’t) are everywhere. They come from chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis and lurk in seemingly harmless things like plastics and fire retardants.
Xenoestrogens are obnoxious hormone party-crashers and can stay stored in fat tissue for decades!
We are exposed to more than 700 of these compounds on a daily basis. The consequences of this can be seen in just about everyone…male and female. Xenoestrogens can cause “man boobs” and have been linked to the onset of early puberty in our kids.
So what to do? Unless you live in a bubble, it’s impossible to completely avoid these. The best approach is to try to limit exposure as much as possible. Here are some tips to do this:
- Reduce the amount of canned food you eat. Xenoestrogens can be found in can liners.
- Avoid eating from plastic containers. Stick with ceramic, stainless steel and glass.
- Don’t microwave food covered in plastic wrap.
- Remove your shoes in your home. This avoids bringing pesticides into your home.
- Use organic bedding. Conventional mattresses are full of formaldehyde and other chemicals.
- Wear shoes made of natural materials. Plastic can be absorbed by the soles of your feet.
- Don’t eat commercially raised meat products. Some farmers fatten up their livestock with xenoestrogen injections and supplements.
- Check the ingredients list of your sunscreen and UV block. Researchers in Europe found that certain chemicals found in sunscreen and UV-block products can mimic the effects of estrogen. Five chemicals to avoid include benzophenone-3, homosalate, 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC), octyl-methoxycinnamate and octyl-dimethyl-PABA.