Xenoestrogens are a sub-category of the endocrine (hormone) disruptor group that specifically have oestrogen-like effects.
The thing is, all of the xenoestrogens we are exposed to on a daily basis add up. Together with stress, emotional issues, diet and lifestyle choices they can throw our hormones out of balance.
What can I do about xenoestrogens?
The Good News is that there are definitely some positive changes you can make. Here are my top 10:
- Talk to your Doctor or other health professional about your hormones and possibly getting your levels checked with a blood or saliva test. This way you’ll know if there is an issue.
- Increase your intake of good fats such as coconut, olive oil, seeds, nuts, avocado etc. as our bodies need the good cholesterol in these to make hormones.
- Looking After Yourself – this includes exercising for 20 minutes at least 3 times a week, avoiding stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol, increasing your water intake, getting 8 hours of beauty sleep each night to allow your body to reset itself, eating a healthy diet full of fresh organic foods, getting some fresh air and sunshine.
- Switch to glass, stainless steel, paper and cloth instead of plastic as plastic contains loads of xenoestrogrens.
- Switch to natural plant based personal care products such as shampoos, conditioners, moisturisers, soaps etc. Parabens, Phthalates and even Triclosan are xenoestrogens.
- Switch to natural mineral and plant based makeup.
- Switch to natural cleaning products.
- Buy as many organic foods as you can afford and wash everything. I wash my fruits and vegetables using the Thieves Household Cleaner.
- Cut out soy products – yes that includes soy lattes and cappuccinos.
- Talk to your health professional about your choices for contraceptives and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
Take my free hormone quiz. Or if you would like to book a face-to-face or Skype consultation with me (I’m a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist who specialises in women’s hormones) then email me and I’ll be in touch to book a time.
Read more about what causes hormone imbalance in the article below.