It’s no secret that there are hundreds of toxins our bodies are exposed to everyday. The body does a pretty good job of being vigilant and actively working to deactivate and remove many toxins on a daily basis. However, there are some that are particularly persistent and unfortunately ever-increasing numbers and types of toxins in our environment mean that the body can at times become overwhelmed. Some of the most detrimental impacts of toxins are on our hormones.
Toxins that interfere with hormones are known as endocrine disruptors.
An endocrine disruptor can interfere with any body tissue that is governed by hormones. This can create the kind of cellular chaos that may be associated with infertility, cancerous tumours, birth defects and other developmental disorders. Signs that your body may be challenged by hormone disruption include, painful or heavy periods, infertility or miscarriage, cystic breasts or ovaries, endometriosis or fibroids, acne, fatigue, reduced libido, early puberty, and for men, enlarged prostate or male breasts.
According to the Environmental Working Group (a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment), there are at least 12 serious offenders. Here are 5 of the most potent endocrine disrupting chemicals you should aim to avoid.
· BPA – found in recyclable plastics, and canned foods.
· Phthalates – in plastic food containers, children’s toys, plastic food wrap, personal care products and fragrances.
· Fire retardants – in protective clothing, furniture, foam, carpets, insulation.
· Perfluorinated chemicals – non -stick cookware, stain and water-resistant clothing, furniture, carpets.
· Organophosphates – widely used in pesticides and insecticides. (check here for things that might be under your kitchen sink or in your garden shed, like mortein!) https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/publications/ocp-trade-names.
Aside from reducing exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals, we can also assist our body to detox or cleanse it’s hormonal systems. Nature’s helpers include:
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Green Tea
- Globe artichokes
Choose organic where possible, and include one to two servings of at least three of these foods in your diet every day. A great way to boost detoxification is to include organic cold pressed vegetable and fruit juices including these ingredients and others.
To assist the body in getting rid of waste, it’s critical that all the detox organs are working at their best. Sweating, dry skin brushing, sauna, colonics, massage, yoga and drinking plenty of filtered water are all helpful.
If you are concerned that your body has become overwhelmed by toxins or that you have signs of hormonal disruption, naturopathic medicine can offer a wholistic approach to help you feel good again, and trust your hormones to do what they are supposed to. Get in touch or book in for your complimentary discovery call to make a start on finding the best solutions.