THE LINK BETWEEN YOUR WATER BOTTLE, PERFUME & WEIGHT GAIN
Whilst doing some “behind the scenes” reading over the last couple of weeks as I update my website, I discovered that one of my most popular blog posts is one where I write about xenoestrogens – a term used to describe “foreign oestrogens” which are chemicals in the environment that accumulate in your body and act like hormones, playing havoc with your endocrine system.
By “playing havoc”, I mean they have been shown to cause weight gain, hormonal imbalances, infertility, reduced sperm count and contribute to mood disorders amongst other conditions.
As a naturopath, one of my common treatment goals is to educate you about reducing your exposure to these endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), because while they are ubiquitous in the environment and cannot be completely avoided, you can definitely work on reducing the amount that you are exposed to.
For example, one of the most common xenoestrogens is BPA, the plastic that a lot of water bottles and takeaway containers are made from. This is why there’s a big push to create BPA-free plastics…however that’s not really a solution as they have found that other plastics also contain xenoestrogens – I personally prefer to use stainless steel or glass water bottles and containers, especially when cooking in my kitchen (because heat has shown to increase the leaching of these EDCs into food or water).
Phthalates are another common EDC – they’re also used in plastics to help make them more flexible. However, another common use for them is in perfume – to help the perfume adhere better to your body…which is what you’d expect from an expensive perfume…but perhaps without the side effects mentioned above!
As usual, I don’t like to be all “doom and gloom” in my newsletters, but rather offer some solutions to help you reduce your daily exposure to EDCs – here are my top 5 tips:
1. Buy organic fruit and vegetables where possible (many conventional pesticides contain EDCs)
2. Consume a variety of foods to reduce repeated exposure to a pesticide that may be typically used on one plant
3. Choose glass or stainless steel over plastic for water bottles and food storage
4. Reduce your exposure to chemical cleaning products by purchasing organic and natural products to use in your home (send me an e-mail if you’d like some tips on products I buy to use at home, I’ve recently switched to a new brand)
5. Use natural perfumes and fragrances so that you don’t have phthalates sitting on your skin all day (Nourished Life is a great website for all natural products and they have some beautiful perfumes on there).
To reducing your daily exposure to xenoestrogens & staying healthy,
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