The standard American diet has contributed greatly to many common health concerns today, from adrenal fatigue and Irritable Bowel Disease to diabetes and cancers of all types. Research increasingly points to the negative health effects of toxins in our food supply. Choosing our food carefully with the intention that it be “clean” as well as nutritious is becoming more and more important. And it’s not just our food that can be toxic.
Did you know that over 500 chemicals are found in beauty and body care products? Some of the most problematic are Xenoestrogens, synthetic estrogens that mimic natural estrogen and are a thousand times more potent than human estrogen. The right amount of estrogen makes women feel great but too much, coming from external sources, becomes a problem. Because these synthetic estrogens are absorbed easily through the skin, they wreak havoc on our endocrine system and can cause a condition called estrogen dominance.
Estrogen dominance is a strong risk factor for developing hormonal cancers in women and men alike. ( yes, men also have estrogen, at lower levels than women.)
The major sources of these chemicals are cosmetics, body care products, detergents, pesticides, petroleum products, and plastics. Consuming hot food or beverages from styrofoam, for example, is a potent source of xenoestrogens. Makes you think twice about the coffee you drink out of plastic cup each morning, doesn’t it?
Another unexpected source of xenoestrogens is the shiny coating on receipts. Have your receipts emailed to you or placed directly in the bag. Minimize your exposure to them.
Symptoms of estrogen dominance include:
- Weight gain
- Breast tenderness
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Fluid retention
- Uterine Fibroids
- Ovarian/breast cysts
- Hormonal cancers