There is a lot of talk these days about xenoestrogens and the effects they have on our health. Xenoestrogens, man-made chemicals that mimic the effects of natural estrogen, are found in our environment. These estrogen mimickers have the ability to take the place of natural estrogen and in this way they disrupt the body’s natural hormone balance.
Xenoestrogens are everywhere and can have a negative effect on both men and women, as well as children. They are found in everything from toothpastes, hair products and cosmetics to conventional foods (xenoestrogens are found in chemical pesticides). Parabens used as preservatives in personal care products are another common source of exposure to xenoestrogens.
Although it is difficult to completely avoid xenoestrogens, increasing awareness about them and making a few lifestyle changes can help significantly reduce your exposure.
How to reduce your exposure to xenoestrogens:
- Source hormone-free meat
- Avoid conventional fish, poultry, pork, and products made from conventionally raised dairy
- Eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables
- Use natural skin care and cosmetic products free of parabens
- Store food in glass or BPA-free containers. BPA (Bisphenol A) is a common additive to the lining of canned goods and is a known xenoestrogen
There are also supplements made specifically to help the body detoxify these xenoestrogens. Lorna Vanderhaeghe makes an amazing product called EstroSmart and EstroSmart Plus. Brad King offers individual products for women and men called Her Energy and His Energy. These supplements are designed to help your body restore a healthy hormone balance and reduce unhealthy estrogens.
Erin Jane’s Staff Pick:
Lorna Vanderheaghe EstroSmart Plus
This product has been labeled the “ life saver” for many of our customers that suffer from hormone imbalances leading to mood swings or period related issues.
Furthermore, estrosmart can provide support in preventing the possible harmful cancer causing effects associated with xeno estrogens.