There are many man made chemicals that can disturb the hormonal system within our bodies that we are exposed to on a daily basis, some of them come from fuel, pesticides, cleaning agents, and plastics. Although these synthetic chemicals have made our lives so much more convenient they also have the ability to create a very unhealthy environment for ourselves and our children.
Chemicals that we are exposed to are called hormone disrupting chemicals because they mimic hormones and are not easily broken down by the body, they remain and can accumulate within our fatty tissues and can be difficult to eliminate from our bodies. A women’s fatty tissue is concentrated in the breasts, ovaries and placenta during fetal development, also it is found in the brain and used in our bodies as padding and insulation. In the case of chemicals they are not stopped by the placental barrier, there are certain chemical compounds called hormone disruptors that are being transferred from mother to infant.
Hormones are potent organic compounds that deliver messages all over the body, cell to cell. Some examples of hormones are adrenaline responsible for the fight or flight response, insulin that helps regulate blood sugar and thyroid hormones that regulate metabolism and brain development. Hormone disruptors can carry the wrong message to the cell and can wreak havoc on our competent, effective body.
When our hormones are out of balance they can do more then urge us to eat a tub of ice cream or cry during a commercial. Hormonal imbalance can contribute to diseases like endometriosis, breast or prostate cancer, lowered sperm counts and our ability to fight off disease.
There are many things we can do to decrease our exposure to harmful toxins such as:
- Eat a diet low in processes, hydrogenated, and animal fats. Include good fats such as olive, sesame, walnut, and flaxseed oils. Organic oils are the best choice.
- Buy natural shampoos, pure natural soaps, creams and oils from your local health food store. Extra virgin coconut oil is an excellent way to stir fry your veggies or moisturizes your dry skin.
- Don’t use chemicals in the garden, there are many natural alternatives, check with your local gardeners and ask for their organic fixes.
- Use natural cleaning supplies such as lemon, white vinegar is great as a disinfectant or grease remover, salt and baking soda for scrubbing and removing tea stains.
- Don’t microwave foods in plastic and try not to store foods in plastic or aluminum foil. Use glass containers.
- While breastfeeding do not go on a diet to lose weight a recommendation form the World Health Organization. The weight will balance over time naturally and enhancing weight loss can stir up many toxins in your body and can be expressed into your breast milk.
- Consult with a holistic nutritionist to find alternatives to harmful chemicals and expelling toxins from your body.
Information and education on chemicals used in our products can be overwhelming, however knowing how and what to avoid can make a difference in your health, your children’s health and the health of our planet. Taking little steps day by day introducing organic foods, and purchasing less plastic can become routine and easily integrated into your lifestyle.
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