If your hormones are out of balance, your whole body is out of balance. Thousands of women suffer from hormonal imbalance and experience symptoms such as weight gain, anxiety, mood swings, migraines, night sweats, acne, painful breasts, depression, cravings, bloating, thyroid issues, insomnia, vaginal dryness and hot flushes.
The biggest contributors to an imbalance are nutritional deficiency caused by poor diet, stress, and xenoestrogens.
What are Xenoestrogens?
Xenoestrogens are man-made chemicals that mimic the effect of the hormone and disrupts the endocrine system. The endocrine system regulates the hormone production and releases a necessary amount of hormones normally. However, xenoestrogens have estrogen-like effect, and constant exposure to these chemicals increases the total amount of estrogen in the body- resulting in estrogen dominance which is the underlying cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovarian cysts, fibroids, and PMS
How to Avoid Xenoestrogens?
Xeno-estrogens are everywhere from plastics to skin care products. If you are serious about improving your hormone health, I suggest you start with your home and replace products that contain harsh chemicals.
Plastics: What food container do you use? Is it made of plastic? If so it is time to start using glass containers. Plastics contain bisphenol A (BPA) which is xenoestrogen and endocrine disruptor. Moreover, even low exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as BPA can cause cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer and infertility, according to The Endocrine Society. Replacing plastics with glasses and limiting the overall plastic consumption could be a great start towards better health.
Cleaning products: Did you know your everyday cleaning products contain xenoestrogens? That includes washing powders, toilet cleaners, stain removers and even your favorite hand soap. Make sure to choose cleaning products that are toxic and xenoestrogen free or try using DIY natural cleaners such as lemon, vinegar, and baking soda.
Skincare products: The skin is the largest organ in the human body and whatever comes into contact with its outer layer is absorbed into our bloodstream. Many skincare and haircare products contain toxic xenoestrogens including 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC), righParabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben commonly used as a preservative) and Benzophenone. If you find above chemicals on the ingredient list of your skincare products, I recommend you to make a switch to natural and organic products right now.
Tampons and sanitary napkins: Conventional tampons and napkins contain dioxins, chlorine, fragrance, wax, surfactants, and rayon. All of these ingredients may affect the endocrine system and disrupt hormones.
Don’t use tampons and napkins that are made of processed and bleached materials.Look for brands that use only organic cotton or other natural materials instead.