Xenoestrogens are chemicals that function like estrogen in our bodies. Sadly, our modern world is practically awash in them, and they can wreak havoc on our hormonal health.
You're sure to find a ton of products that you use on this list. Don't freak out. Hormonal health can be regained, even in most cases where it has been thrown out of whack by this type of xenoestrogen exposure.
You won't be able to completely avoid xenoestrogens. They're just to common in our world today. But by limiting exposure to these culprits you give yourself a big advantage.
For a deeper dive into xenoestrogens and how they can influence your health, check out our article: The Xenoestrogen Dilemma
But if you're familiar with these chemical intruders, and want a basic guide on where you can find them in everyday goods, you're in the right place. Here are 14 Common Xenoestrogen Sources to Avoid:
1. Fabric Softners
This one stings for many of us who enjoy the way that fabric softners make our clothes feel and smell. But the chemicals used to make them work also produce xenoestrogen chemicals.
2. Nail Polish
This beauty product is one of the most common sources of xenoestrogens in our homes. If you apply nail polish regularly this can be a true sacrifice, but limiting your use goes a long way.
3. Plastic Food Containers
Almost everybody has plastic food containers in their home. We're talking about cups, plates, airtight food storage. But plastic is a petroleum byproduct that leaks xenoestrogens into our food. The problem tends to get worse if plastic is exposed to heat. Some plastic containers are rated as safe for microwave or other heated use, but the distinction can be difficult to make. It's smart to avoid heating plasticware, and better yet to move to a different material altogether.
4. Water Bottles
We feel good about drinking purified bottled water, and the convenience is also nice. But the plastic used for water bottles isn't special, and is subject to the same chemical exposure. Opt instead for a good home water filter, and a chemical-free carrying device.
Just like plastic, Styrofoam is subject to immense xenoestrogen leaking into its contents. Also like plastic, heat releases those chemicals at a much faster rate. And what drink do you think of when you think about a styrofoam cup... hot coffee!
6. Car Exhaust
The air that our cars expel is filled with the remnants of spent gasoline (another obvious petroleum product), and it's filled with the bad stuff. Fortunately, you probably aren't that keen on exhaust fumes anyhow, but it gives you one more reason to roll that window up tight when you find yourself in traffic.
7. Non-Organic Fruits and Vegetables
Why is organic food better for you? There are a variety of ways to answer that question, but for the purposes of this list, organic food hasn't been exposed to harmful chemicals. Commercial food producers spray their crops with pesticides in order to ensure that the produce makes it to market. But pesticides are also strong xenoestrogens. To avoid this exposure, buy organic when you can, or at least carefully wash the outside of your commercially bought produce carefully before consumption.
8. Non-Organic Meat
Non-Organic livestock are typically given hormones to help them grow large and fat. They're also fed with grain that has been treated with pesticides, which end up in the fat of the meat.
9. Non-Organic Dairy
The same problem that impacts a cow's meat also applies to the milk that they produce. If you can go organic, it's always best in terms of avoiding xenoestrogens.
10. Perfumes/Scented Products
The chemicals used to create perfume also act as chemical estrogens in many cases. And since perfumes are used to scent so many household products, the problem is made even worse. You can work around this issue by opting instead for natural essential oils.
11. Cleaning Supplies
Household cleaners have been one of the trademarks of a healthy home for a long time, but more and more is being discovered about their costs to our health. For a full breakdown of the xenoestrogen problem in our cleaning supplies, as well as great ways to clean without chemicals, check out our article: How to Clean Without Chemicals
Various glue products contain a high level of hormone disrupting chemicals. Care should be taken when using glue. Use gloves when handling glue, and try not to breathe in too much of the chemical waft of the stronger glue brands.
This may be the most common source of xenoestrogens on our list. After all, how many rooms aren't covered in the stuff? Avoid paint fumes or contact with paints as much as possible.
Finally, you'll want to avoid contact with solvents like rubbing alcohol, nail polish removers (painting your nails gets you coming and going), and paint thinner.
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