What your water bottle, PMS and man boobs have in common
Does the term xenoestrogen mean anything to you?
Don’t be scared off by this complex sounding word.
I’m about to introduce you to a whole new world…something you may have heard of before, or maybe haven’t even considered. And while it is a little bit scary, it’s something you need to be aware of and limit your exposure to as much as possible.
Xenoestrogens are “foreign” oestrogens (hormones). They are man-made and toxic to your body. In simple terms – they’re not good for your health.
Xenoestrogens accumulate in your body and disrupt your endocrine system (because your body thinks they are oestrogens), playing havoc with your hormones.
They can cause all sorts of unpleasant symptoms such as PMS (Pre Menstrual Syndrome – like sore breasts, mood swings etc), acne, increased fat depositions in all the wrong places, depressed libido and the dreaded man boobs.
Still trying to figure out what water bottles have to do with all of this? Plastics contain bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates, which are both sources of xenoestrogens. Other types of xenoestrogens are found in pesticides such as those sprayed on fruit and veggies, cleaning products, cosmetics, dairy products and farmed fish.
As you can see, they are pretty widespread, and can’t really be avoided on an every day basis. However, there are some things you can do to reduce your exposure to a high amount of this toxic hormones.
The best tips I can give you to reduce your exposure to xenoestrogens today, is as follows:
- Never microwave food in plastic containers as they leach the chemicals into your food (ever wondered why they seem to get smaller and not as hard each time you heat up a plastic container or re-use it?)
- Never re-use plastic water bottles, buy glass or stainless steel instead
- Never drink water from a plastic water bottle that has been left in a hot car
Another way to ensure that your exposure to xenoestrogens is reduced, is to complete a detox program and in that program, increase your cruciferous vegetable intake – this includes veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, as they all support your liver in its role of breaking down these excess hormones.
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