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 you may 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 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.
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 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.
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.
You are what you eat! Eat organic.
Don’t Drink Water From Plastic Bottles
Our water, just like our food supply, is polluted with endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Especially, if you are drinking water in 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 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 use a variety of natural skin care 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 onto your own skin, and don’t stress out about what you cannot control.
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.
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