Xenohormones, Oestrogen in disguise

In the modern world, your body can be exposed to xenoestrogens, or what are also known as xenohormones. These are synthetic hormones that minic oestrogen in the body. If you do your research, you will find they are in common household products, make-up, most plastics, tampons, non-organic pads for menstruation, hair spray, perfumes, soda cans, the lining in tin cans, the list is long. Some other places where you’ll find xenohormones include…

 

  • Plastic Wrap – especially toxic when heate
  • Commercially Raised Meat Products (Not only are the animals fed estrogenic drugs to fatten them up, but the food they eat is also laden with chemicals.)
  • Commercial Shampoos and Conditioners
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Sun Screen
  • Petro-chemically derived pesticides, herbicides and fungicides
  • Fumes from things such as paint, dry cleaning, and nail polish
  • Synthetic estrogens and progestins, are found in oral contraceptives abd conventional hormone replacement therapies.
  • Commercially grown animal products that contain added hormones or pesticide residues (this includes most meat and dairy products sold in grocery stores).
  • Commercially grown vegetables which contain pesticide residues.
  • Car exhaust.
  • Industrial wastes such as PCBs and dioxins.
  • Almost all plastics, especially when plastics become hot or are heated.
  • Petrochemical compounds found in almost all creams, lotions, soaps, shampoos, mineral oil, perfume, hair spray, room deodorizers, new carpet, cooking with plastic.

 

Of course, there is probably no way to ever completely avoid ALL xenohormones, because they are just everywhere and in everything that we do. However, by being diligent and working hard to avoid xenohormones whenever we can, we can limit our exposure.  You can do a few things to limit your exposure, including limiting the use of all pesticides and chemicals at home.

  • Eat organic whenever possible, including meats, veggies and fruits.
  • Try to use cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, etc. that are pure and natural whenever possible.
  • Do not ever use plastic to microwave your foods, and try to avoid drinking out of plastic water bottles.
  • Avoid spermicides and spermicidal condoms.
  • Making your own household cleaners is a great way to avoid some xenohormones as well.
  • Using natural feminine care products can also help. Wear natural fibres, stop wearing polyester clothing (it is made out of plastic).
  • Buy hormone free organic meats.
  • Buy organic produce, vegetables and fruits grown without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers or hormones.
  • Use glass or ceramics whenever possible to store food and water.
  • Heat food up in the microwave in glass or ceramic covered dish.
  • Use a simple detergent with lesser chemicals. This includes laundry detergents and household cleaners.
  • Use certified organic soaps, shampoo and personal care products.
  • Use natural pest control not pesticides.
  • Use antioxidant supplementation of Vitamin A, C, E to combat xenoestrogen effects.
  • Eat broccoli, cabbage vegetables high in phytoestrogens.
  • Avoid parabens used in skin care products. Organic skincare products are free from SLS, parabens, petrochemicals, artificial fragrance and phthalates.
  • Do not use air fresheners, a healthy alternative would be using air fresheners that are made with essential oils.
  • Do not use fabric softeners