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Is Your Environment Throwing Off Your Hormone Balance?

Hormone disruptors could be lurking in your home.

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Chemicals are found everywhere in our modern lives. From the air we breathe to the food we eat to the home and personal care products we use daily; chemicals are part of our environment. 

And that’s not always such a bad thing. Many chemicals are naturally occurring and may even help us live better. As for synthetic chemicals, low-level exposure isn’t usually a threat. But unfortunately, some chemicals can negatively influence our well-being, especially when it comes to hormone balance. 

If you’ve been struggling with infertility, menopause, mood swings, metabolic issues, or other hormone-related issues, endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) could be making matters worse. Let’s take a closer look at what’s lurking in our environment and reduce our exposure to these potentially harmful chemicals. 

What are Endocrine Disruptors?


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Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with our hormone balance and cause a range of health problems. These chemicals can be found in everyday products like plastics, pesticides, home cleaning supplies, soaps, and some cosmetics. 

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While endocrine disruptors may not immediately cause harm, they can build up in our bodies over time and lead to issues such as reproductive problems, developmental delays, and even cancer. 

So, how do endocrine disruptors influence hormone balance? One way is by either mimicking hormones or blocking their normal actions. For example, some endocrine disruptors will mimic estrogen and bind to estrogen receptors in the body. This leads to an overstimulation of the reproductive system, which can lead to irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, reduced sperm count, and breast cancer.

Another way endocrine disruptors can influence hormone balance is by interfering with the normal production, transport, or metabolism of hormones. It’s common for these disruptors to stifle the production of thyroid hormones, leading to thyroid disorders like hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

The Most Common Hormone Disruptors to Avoid 

 

  • BPA (Bisphenol A)
    BPA is a chemical that is used to create soft and flexible plastics, as well as in other everyday items such as garden hoses, food and beverage cans, and plastic toys. It is also commonly present in receipt paper. Recent research has shown that BPA can have adverse effects on women’s fertility and hormone balance. In particular, BPA has been linked to irregularities in ovulation and other hormonal imbalances that can impact reproductive health.
  • BPS (Bisphenol S)
    Like BPA, BPS can also interfere with reproductive hormone balance. This compound specifically disrupts the delicate balance of estradiol and can cause damage to the tissues of the ovaries. BPS is usually found in thermal receipt paper and is used as an alternative to BPA. Check that your “BPA-free” products are also free of BPS!Grayscale Photography of Woman Spraying Perfume
  • Phthalates
    Phthalates are a family of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible (like your shower curtain) and to make conventional fragrances last longer. Unfortunately, they can also disrupt the production and function of both testosterone and estrogen by interfering with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. This can lead to reproductive issues and hormone imbalances in both men and women.
  • Parabens


    At Moringa Natural Health, we have treatment plans for menopause and hormone imbalance. We personalize each plan according to each person’s unique biological makeup. Want to learn more about our treatment plans? Schedule your free appointment with Dr. Fernandez today!


     

    Parabens are typically used to prevent bacterial growth in cosmetics and skincare products. While this extends their shelf life, it can also disturb your hormone balance and reproductive health. Parabens have been shown to interfere with a healthy menstrual cycle in women and may contribute to the development of cancer. In men, they may lower testosterone levels and reduce sperm count.

  • PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls)
    PCBs are often found in house and car materials, like paints, plastics, rubber, and electrical products. They have been linked to infertility, failed IVF cycles, and low birth weight.
  • Flame retardants
    Flame retardants are chemicals added to certain products, such as furniture, electronics, and building materials to slow or prevent the spread of fire. They have been linked to developmental issues, hormonal imbalances, and reproductive problems.

 

Clean Living Tips for Healthy Hormone Balance 

Because endocrine-disrupting chemicals are found in some of our most common daily products, it can be challenging to avoid them entirely. But the good news is that you can significantly reduce your exposure by making smart personal care choices like these:

  • Limit your plastic use.
    Plastics are a main source of pesky endocrine-disrupting chemicals, which is why finding plastic alternatives is one of the best steps you can take to limit your exposure. This is particularly important in the kitchen – avoid storing food or reheating your meals in plastic containers. This can increase the chemical’s absorption into food (and therefore into your body). Glass containers are the safest (and most eco-friendly) alternative.

    Similarly, avoid using plastic wrap in favor of foil, parchment paper, beeswax wraps, and high-quality food-grade silicone.
  • Switch to natural soaps and skin care.
    Since the majority of standard personal care products on drug store shelves typically contain parabens and other EDCs, limiting your use of these will help you reduce your exposure and restore your hormone balance. Thankfully, there are so many natural and EDC-free options today for shampoo, conditioner, cosmetics, body wash, facial cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and other personal care products that get the job done. Search for products labeled as “paraben-free” and those made with natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals.Round wooden table with decorative vase soaps and brush
  • Switch to home remedies for home cleaning.
    You’d be amazed at how well simple, natural cleaning ingredients can clean your home! Baking soda, vinegar, borax, lemon juice, essential oils, castile soap, and water can take care of most household cleaning tasks without harmful chemicals.
  • Use natural fragrances or essential oils.
    Beauty store perfumes usually contain a range of endocrine disruptors, including phthalates, that have been linked to reproductive problems and hormonal imbalances. So, let’s ditch the harmful perfume and go directly to the source. Natural fragrances and essential oils offer a beautiful scent plus additional health benefits.
    For instance, orange oil can help lift your mood while ylang-ylang helps to calm anxiety. If hormone balance is your goal, consider a blend with clary sage or sandalwood. Be sure to mix your essential oil with a carrier oil like almond oil to prevent skin irritation and help your scent last longer.
  • Do a detox.
    Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can linger in your body and “clog” up your system. They also throw a wrench in your liver’s natural hormone detoxification process, which can lead to hormone build-up and imbalances. A strategic detox or cleanse can help flush the body of these chemicals and jumpstart your path to healthy hormone balance. 

At Moringa Natural Health, we have treatment plans for menopause and hormone imbalance. We personalize each plan according to each person’s unique biological makeup. Want to learn more about our treatment plans? Schedule your free appointment with Dr. Fernandez today!


 

Find Your Balance at Moringa Natural Health Center 


Navigating hormone issues can be tricky, especially when hidden chemicals are sabotaging your balance. Avoiding endocrine-disrupting chemicals in your daily environment is key, but it’s just one part of the hormone balance puzzle. 

 

At Moringa Natural Health Center, we help you get to the root of your hormone imbalances by identifying all the causes of your symptoms. Along with lifestyle recommendations like these, we will help you start a treatment plan that restores balance naturally through bioidentical hormone therapy, a hormone-friendly diet, cleanses, acupuncture, and more. 

 

With a healthy lifestyle and a strategic wellness plan, you can overcome hormone imbalances and feel your best. Request an appointment to get started today!

 

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Much love,

Dr. Lena Fernandez

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