We’ve all heard the term “endocrine disruptors” by now.
They are the chemicals that interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse reproductive, neurological, developmental, and immune effects.
They also disrupt communication between endocrine glands and basically wreak havoc on the human body.
If you are suffering from an endocrine-related disorder like adrenal fatigue or thyroid disease, it would be wise to avoid these chemicals.
Unfortunately, this can be an arduous task because they are EVERYWHERE!
A wide range of chemical substances that cause endocrine disruption include:
- Pharmaceuticals – Diethylstilbestrol (synthetic estrogen)
- Pesticides and herbicides – atrazine, DDT, glyphosate
- BPA – polycarbonate plastics, including food and beverage containers
- Phthalates – plasticizers, food wraps, cosmetics, and timed released coatings on medication
- Parabens – cosmetic and personal care products
- Perfluoroalkyl acids (PFOA) – non-stick cookware, carpets, furniture
- Triclosan – toothpaste, antibacterial soap, cutting boards
- UV Filters – sunscreen, and cosmetics that contain sunscreen
These hormone-disrupting chemicals are found in many of the products you may be using on a daily basis.
Unless you live in a BPA-free bubble, sleep on straw bedding, own a hay-bale couch, grow your own food, and make all of your own skincare and cosmetics, you are going to be exposed to, and absorb endocrine disruptors.
With that being said, here’s my advice.
If you live on the earth, you are going to be exposed to chemicals.
This is true even if you live in the most pristine and beautiful places.
Unfortunately, this is what we have created in our world today.
Try not to stress out about it too much. We can still survive and do the best we can, even in the toxic environment we’ve created.
Prolonged high stress will have a negative impact on your entire endocrine system, your immune system, and your nervous system. Just remember that you are doing the best you can within the toxic environment we’ve created.
This is a no brainer.
Pesticide, herbicide, and fungicide-free food are a much better choice for the health of your endocrine system and your whole body.
Always remember that if the chemicals can kill the bugs, they will kill you, too.
It’ll just take a longer time because you are bigger than the little tiny bugs.
You are what you eat! Eat organic.
REDUCE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE CONSUMPTION
Our water, just like our food supply, is polluted with endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Especially, if you are drinking water from plastic bottles.
One solution is to drink tap-water… but our tap water has been contaminated as well.
According to studies done by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), PFAS chemicals linked with thyroid disease, birth defects, liver damage, high cholesterol, and cancer have contaminated the vast majority of United States tap water. – 1
To remedy this, simply filter your water, and then you can carry that clean water in BPA-free water bottles.
I use a Big Berkey filter because it gets the fluoride and other crap out of the tap water. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral, but when it’s added to our water and toothpaste, it becomes another one of those ubiquitous endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
After filtering my water, I add Concentrace Minerals back into my clean water to give it some minerals. It’s not the ideal, but it helps.
Remember, just do the best you can.
USE NATURAL SKINCARE PRODUCTS
The skin is your body’s largest organ.
What you put onto your skin gets absorbed into your body. You are not chemical-proof!
Use products that are BPA and paraben-free.
I use a variety of natural skincare products like Annmarie Skin Care that has no chemicals and no crap! Plus, it smells like I’m putting little flowers all over my face. Try a little sample kit. You may like it too.
I also use natural makeup. I haven’t used any type of chemical or endocrine-disrupting makeup in over two decades! I feel really good about that. One of my favorite brands for lipstick is Vapour Beauty I love the color Siren Desire.
There’s a lot you can do to ensure you’re not over-exposing your body to the wide variety of endocrine disruptors in our environment.
Start with what you put into your body and what you put onto your own skin. And, don’t stress out about what you cannot control.
If you are reading this post, it means you are still alive, so believe it or not… you are doing great!
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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