Another title for this post could be:
How to Get Out of Your Hormones' Way So They Can Do Their Jobs
The majority of the products we are exposed to –- both at home and in the outside world –- contain hormone (endocrine) disruptors.
Is this really a big deal??? You better believe it!
According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Science:
"Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife."
The damage is believed to be most severe during prenatal or early pregnancy exposure.
Research spanning the last 25 years implicates endocrine disruptors in many health problems, including:
- male reproductive disorders
- premature death
- obesity and diabetes
- neurological issues
- breast, liver, and prostate cancer
- endometriosis and other female reproductive disorders
- immune disorders
- thyroid disorders
- lower IQs in children
Definitely less than desirable!
I'VE HEARD OF XENOESTROGENS. WHAT ARE THEY?
Many products contain chemicals called xenoestrogens, which mimic our natural hormone production and block or bind to hormone receptors. This can be detrimental to hormone-sensitive tissues and organs.
Xenoestrogens have estrogen-like effects and can increase estrogen levels in your body leading to estrogen dominance. And yes, both men and women can be affected by estrogen dominance!
In women, common symptoms of estrogen dominance include PMS, heavy bleeding, irregular menstrual periods, mood swings, breast tenderness, irritability, and decreased libido.
In men, it can manifest as male breast growth and lead to prostate cancer.
A great way to know if you have estrogen dominance is through a Dutch Hormone Test
, which shows your estrogen metabolites.
The good news is that you can proactively prevent or reverse estrogen dominance!
What we put on our skin, what we ingest – including what we eat and drink, and even what we breathe (the quality of our air) – can have a huge impact on our hormone health.
The best strategy is avoidance!
Body detoxes can be useful and effective, but they won't make much difference if you don't first address the ongoing toxin exposures.
Okay, so where do we begin?!?
To help guide you through this journey, here are 6 simple ways to reduce your at-home toxin exposure.
#1 Open Your Windows
Did you know inside air is often more polluted than outdoor air? Weather permitting, let fresh, clean air in. It won't cost you a penny!
#2 Vacuum Carpets Daily
Chemicals get trapped in dust. In turn, dust gets trapped in your carpets. Vacuuming helps reduce how much stays on your carpet.
#3 Remove Shoes at the Door
I once read that our shoes track in 75% of the dirt in our homes! They also bring in pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins you don’t want in your oasis.
The solution is to become a no-shoes household. I grew up in one and have maintained that posture to this day. If you must wear shoes indoors, have a specific pair for this purpose that never goes outside.
#4 Swap Out Toxic Makeup & Skincare Products
This one is a must-do! Our skin is our largest organ. It readily absorbs endocrine disruptors that then circulate throughout our bodies!
Message me with questions about detoxing your skincare or makeup routine, or about these bundles in particular!
#5 Swap Out Toxic Cleaning Supplies
Avoid purposefully adding toxins to your home while cleaning! My Toxin-Free Master List contains safe, non-endocrine disrupting products across every category of cleaning product. Download it here
#6 Reduce EMF Exposure
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from your phone, laptop, and other devices are invisible toxins. We can all benefit from reducing our exposure to EMFs as much as possible, as they could be part of the cause of our foggy thinking, depression, aches & pains, stress, fatigue, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), trouble sleeping, or infertility!
Our homes, offices, restaurants, and stores are filled with EMFs, but there are thing we can do to decrease their impact on our health.
Turning our cell phones and WiFi off at night is one of the easiest places to start.
I know it may feel overwhelming to start on a non-toxic journey. You can start out small with these strategies I shared above, and slowly build on that.
Or you can go all in and really make BIG changes. My toxin-free living community
exists to help you move forward, no matter where you are on your journey. Consider joining us!
Or message me ANYTIME if you need help moving forward!