In my last post (link), I talked a bit about what xenoestrogens are and what they can do to our bodies – in particular, our endocrine system. In this post I´ll tell you a bit about the products in which xenoestrogens abound, and which ones you´ll probably want to avoid if you´re interested in keeping your hormone levels in check.
I´ve looked around the internet and made a list of products which feature an xenoestrogen abundance. As you will notice, this is applicable to products with which we are surrounded and use on a daily basis. However, with a bit of ingenuity it is possible to avoid most of these and replace them with more sustainable products. I will include these strategies as well.
- Foods that have been treated by insecticide or pesticide and possibly contains residues (grains, fruits, nuts, legumes and veggies). Wash your veggies thoroughly before you eat them (boiling will not eliminate chemical compounds). You can also buy them organically, buy them locally from a farmer, or cultivate them yourself! Soy-based products contain estrogen too.
- Commercially raised meat and dairy products. This includes beef, pork, chicken, butter, beef and ice cream. If you don´t want to become a vegetarian, you can cut back on your meat (and replace it with yummy, omega 3 rich fish), or buy animal products that have been organically raised (which means they have not been fed any growth hormones or antibiotics).
- Products that have been treated with chlorine. This ranges from drinking water, to sanitary products like wipes, diapers and disposable female hygiene products. The latter have been associated with dioxins, which is a chemical contaminant that increases the risk of cancer. The solution is to filter your drinking water and buy care products made of cotton or other natural material.
- Personal care products that contain parabens or phenoxyethanol chemical compounds. These are present in most shampoos, lotions, soaps, toothpastes and cosmetics. There are plenty of alternatives out there which don´t include any of these chemicals. Check the ingredients: usually these products boast of having no parabens right on the label.
- Soft plastics, most often used as containers, microwave dinners, hot beverages in Styrofoam cups, re-used plastic bottles. The solution is to not heat up any food in plastic containers, and to use an average (travel) mug to drink hot beverages from. Recycle any used plastic bottles, or just don´t purchase them at all (less plastic is better for our planet anyway).