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 with an endocrine related disorder like adrenal fatigue or thyroid disease, it would be wise to avoid these chemicals at all costs.
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 people use 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 skin care and cosmetics, you are going to be exposed to, and absorb, endocrine disruptors.
With that being said, here’s the best advice I can offer:
Relax – If you live on the earth, you are going to be exposed to chemicals. That’s life. This is what we have created in our world today. Try not to stress out about it too much. Prolonged high stress will have a negative impact on your adrenals, thyroid and entire endocrine system.
Eat organic – This is a no brainer. Pesticide, herbicide and fungicide free food are a much better choice for the health of your endocrine system. Always remember that if the chemical can kill the bugs, they will kill you too. You are what you eat!
Drink filtered water – our water, just like our food supply, is polluted with endocrine disrupting chemicals. Filter your water. BUT, always remember to add minerals back into that water otherwise you may become deficient. I use a Big Berkey filter because it gets the fluoride out. Flouride is a naturally occurring mineral, but when it’s added to our water and toothpaste, it becomes another one of those endocrine disrupting chemicals. After filtering my water, I add Concentrace Minerals back in to my clean water. It’s not the ideal, but it helps.
Use natural skin care 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 started using a new skin-care product called Annmarie Skin Care, that so far, I really like. It’s natural and has no chemicals and no crap! And, it smells like I’m putting little flowers all over my face. Try a little sample kit. You may like it too.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. 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.