What is a hormone disruptor?
I don’t know about you but hormone disruptor sounds like some kind of prehistoric dinosaur from the Jurassic Park movie.
A hormone disruptor is a hormone-mimicking chemical compound that interferes with the body’s endocrine system and produces adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in humans and wildlife.
So a hormone disruptor may not be a dinosaur, but it does sound pretty scary. I am thinking if we see one we should still run.
Hormone disruptors have been found to cause symptoms such as cancer, infertility, weight gain, cardiac disease, dementia, and much more. Hormones control every function in the body; when they’re out of balance, so is everything else.
How do we know where these hormone disruptors are hiding?
Are they labeled?
Are they easy to identify?
The problem is, avoiding them is easier said than done as hormone disruptors are all over the place, lurking in many everyday items such as food, personal care products, sunscreen, perfume, antibacterial washes, household cleaners, laundry products, vinyl shower curtains, plastic toys, electronics, household dust, bug sprays – the list goes on and on!
Top 10 Hormone Disrupting Products
- Plastic- BPA: Keep the plastic at a minimum and ditch it if it will be heated. The off gas of BPA plastic is a big hormone disruptor. Ex: Plastic/Vinyl shower curtains, plastic plates, plastic food storage containers, water bottles, etc.
- Liquid soaps: Soaps particularly the anti-bacterial ones may contain hormone-disrupting triclosan. Ditch the toxic soaps and find a more natural alternative. Our favorite is the Thieves Foaming Hand Soap.
- Body care products: Shampoos, conditioners, body washes and moisturizers that contain phthalates or parabens are filled with hormone disruptors. Keep in mind that most products labeled “natural” or “organic” may still contain these harmful chemicals. Read the labels closely.
- Perfumed personal care products: Synthetic fragrances often come complete with big doses of hormone disruptors. If you want your product to smell good choose products with natural fragrances like essential oils, or better yet add your own essential oils.
- Cosmetics: Yes, those products you use to make yourself look lovely on the outside, may be causing hormonal havoc on the inside. Minimize your make-up and look for organic cosmetics. See www.ewg.org for what cosmetics you need to ditch and what cosmetics have the least amount of hormone disruptors.
- Sunscreen: Sunscreen is packed with hormone disruptors and not-so-good-for-you chemicals. Ditch the chemicals and instead select organic and less toxic sunscreen while using them sparingly. Check www.ewg.org for their top sunscreen choices.
- Dishwasher detergent: Look for the greenest alternatives possible. Wash with the minimum amount of detergent you can and make sure it’s free of phosphates and fragrances. We love the Thieves Automatic Dishwasher Powder.
- Conventional Fruits and Vegetables: Eat local and organic foods as much as possible – they’ll be packing considerably fewer (if any) endocrine-disrupting pesticides and herbicides than the factory-farmed versions. Get to know the Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 – the Environmental Working Group’s list of fruits and veggies raised with the most and least amount of endocrine-disrupting pesticides – and buy accordingly.
- Canned Food: Ditch the cans! Unless they’re clearly marked “BPA-free”, to insure they’re not lined with endocrine-disrupting BPA (plastic) film.
- Weed and pest-killers: You may think you are doing what you need to do to have the perfect lawn and bug-free back yard, but what are these products loaded with hormone disruptors doing to you and your family. Look at buying non-toxic alternatives to protect yourself, your family, property and the creatures who share it from pesticide-induced endocrine disruption.
Putting It All Together
Living a proactive lifestyle means taking charge of your own health, one of the essential changes is to reduce your toxic load – specifically to ditch as many hormone disruptors as possible. It means we do not cover up and break down the world around us. We take that extra step to make our world and our home a better place.
Tip #22 was getting to the roots and toxins in our everyday products are often a big part of the root problem. Today many of our issues are related to hormonal imbalance caused by the excessive number of hormone disruptors all around us.
Taking the time to follow the 31 Tips: Living a Proactive Lifestyle will help you make little changes like ditching personal care products that are not helping you. It does not have to be a difficult process. Once you see what products you need to ditch, you replace them with a more natural product that allows your own hormones to work effectively. Our family and thousands of other Got-Oils? families have chosen Young Living Essential Oils products to decrease the hormone disruptors in our home.
If you are interested in finding out how proactive you are currently living, then I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to discover your Wellness Score.
Our Growing E-Course has great tools and recommendations to help you on your wellness journey. We have several days that will help you in replacing toxic chemicals in your home with more natural products. We have great DIY recipes including personal care recipes to keep you clean and beautiful naturally. If you would like to take part in our Free Growing E-Course click here.
I am enjoying this write 31 days challenge and I hope that you are finding these tips beneficial to living a more proactive lifestyle.
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Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.