There are a lot of different things in your life that can have an impact on your hormonal health, some of which you may not even think of to begin with. Such as what you eat, the clothes you wear, and the products you use. Read this post written by a Bendigo naturopath near me and learn what are those endocrine-disrupting chemicals and some lifestyle tips that you can implement to reduce your exposure to these harmful elements.
Being aware of the things that can influence your health – and hormones – helps you to support your own wellbeing by reducing the toxic load on your body.
What Are Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals?
The first thing you can do to help reduce your exposure to chemicals, specifically endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), is to check your product labels. EDCs are known to damage hormones. Exposure to chemicals during pregnancy can affect the health of your baby. Additionally, some chemicals have been shown to have a negative impact on the next generation. This means that if you are exposed to the chemicals, it will impact the health of your future grandchildren.
This is because EDCs can mimic, block, or interfere with the way your body’s hormones normally would work. Examples of EDCs include BPA, phthalates, pesticides, dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls, parabens, quaternium-15, butylated hydroxyanisole, butylated hydroxytoluene, lead, and fragrances made from petrochemicals.
Lifestyle Tips To Reduce Exposure
Here are some tips and lifestyle changes that you can implement in your life to help reduce your exposure to EDCs:
- Incorporate organic foods into your diet where possible; try famers markets and organic butchers.
- Wash, and peel, fruits and vegetables before you eat them. Produce often has pesticides or waxes on the external surface.
- Avoid tinned foods or foods that are packaged in plastic.
- Indoor plants help to filter the air in your house.
- Switch to organic haircare, make-up, and personal care products.
- Look for milder household cleaning products or make your own.
Implementation of Lifestyle Changes
This is a lot of information, and a lot of changes to consider. Don’t feel like you must jump in and do all these things at the same time. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself. Start small and make the changes that you can over time.
If there are things on this list, you can’t do don’t worry. The idea is to try and achieve a balance to improve your life not put extra pressure on yourself by trying to chase perfection.
Book your appointment with a Bendigo naturopath near me if you want to have a more detailed guide.