Xenoestrogens

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Endocrine Disruptors

Xenoestrogens mimic the functions of our natural oestrogens. They can interrupt our hormone balance, producing symptoms such as PMS, heavy periods, mood swings, PCOS, fibroids, etc

  

Oestrogen Dominance is one of the most common causes of  menstrual conditions such as PMS, mood swings, painful periods, breast tenderness, weight gain, bloating, headaches, insomnia, fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovarian cysts, and irregular menstrual bleeding. Many of the contributors to oestrogen dominance are in the foods we eat, the shampoos we use, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.

These contributors are called xenoestrogens, foreign oestrogens that mimic the functions of our natural oestrogens. When they enter our body, they ‘dock’ onto our cells’ receptors, taking over the natural oestrogens’ functions to control growth and development.


Here’s a list of 10 major sources of xenoestrogens -

1.Commercially-raised meat and dairy products

Reduce your consumption of commercial meat and dairy. Source hormone-free, grass-fed, and humanely raised animal products whenever you can.

2.Anything that contains insecticide or pesticide residues

Everything we eat, including grains, fruits, nuts and legumes, and veggies. So, eat local organic or spray free foods whenever possible. These can generally be sourced from local Farmer’s Markets.

3.Tap water

Unfortunately, much of our water source is contaminated with petroleum derivatives – the primary source of xenoestrogens.

4.Parabens

Avoid shampoos, lotions, soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics and other personal care products that contain paraben or phenoxyethanol chemical compounds.  These are often used by cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries as preservatives.

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5.Phthalates

Soft plastics, such as glad wrap, may be treated with chemical compounds called phthalates, a xenoestrogen, to increase its flexibility. Plastic wrapped foods, heated in the microwave, contain some of the highest xenoestrogen levels. When the plastic is heated, it leaches chemicals into food.

6.Artificial food additives

Including artificial sweeteners and MSG

Many processed foods contain unhealthy additives, either in the packaging or the ingredients, it’s a good idea to cut back on both processed and packaged foods. Buy bulk and buy local whenever possible.

7.Foods that contain soy protein and soy protein isolate

These foods are packed with  unnaturally high amounts of plant oestrogen, which can also lead to oestrogen dominance.

8.Dryer sheets

Dryer sheets contain xenoestrogens to make your clothes feel soft and fresh. These residual xenoestrogens can penetrate the skin and enter your cells. 

9.Birth control pills and conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

HRT contains synthetic hormones that can interrupt our natural hormone balance. There are natural, effective birth control methods available without the side effects of the pills.

10.Disposable menstrual products

In conventional tampons, the FDA (in America) has detected dioxins, a class of chemical contaminants that may increase the risk of cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, heart disease and diabetes.

Avoid tampons and sanitary napkins that contain chlorine, fragrance, wax, surfactants & rayon. Use those made of organic cotton or other natural materials instead.