14 May 2014
8 Simple Steps to Avoid Estrogen Masqueraders in Your Environment
Your ovaries make most of the estrogen in your body. That’s what Mother Nature intended. But as our society has become more industrialized, chemicals that act like estrogen can be found in our environment. They’re called xenoestrogens and they lurk in seemingly harmless things like plastics and sunscreens.
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 metal can liners.
- Avoid eating from plastic containers. Stick with ceramic, stainless steel and glass.
- Don’t microwave food covered in plastic wrap. If the plastic melts, chemicals leach into your food.
- 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 through 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 other cosmetics. 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.