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640. How To Reduce Chemicals That Disrupt Your Hormones

When’s the last time you checked the labels on your cleaning products or personal care products?

Yes, I’m talking about shampoos, body wash, toothpaste, dishwasher soap, laundry detergent… all of it! 

Many of the traditional brands contain endocrine disruptors and they are trashing your hormones…

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mess with your hormone levels, causing problems in development, reproduction, the nervous system, and the immune system. They’re commonly found in things we use every day like plastics, personal care items, and household cleaners.

They can disrupt how hormones are produced, blocking the way glands like the thyroid, ovaries, and adrenals do their job. They can also block the receptors that hormones bind to, making it impossible for the hormones to work properly. Imagine a hormone as a baseball trying to land in a glove, but the glove is tied shut by the disruptor. Plus, they can interfere with how hormones are detoxified in the liver and gut, leading to imbalances like estrogen dominance, which can cause headaches, skin problems, and irregular periods.

Since it’s tough to avoid these chemicals entirely, it’s best to focus on reducing exposure where you can. Start by looking at the products you use most often. 

  • Opt for non-toxic detergents, soaps, and cleaners, and pay attention to items that touch your skin a lot, like mattresses and sheets. 

  • For personal care, switch to non-toxic shampoos, conditioners, body washes, and skincare items. 

  • The EWG Healthy Living app can help you check the safety of various products. Eating organic foods and staying hydrated can also help your body detoxify naturally.

Testing your hormone levels, like the DUTCH test, can give you a good idea of how your hormones are doing and help you make a plan to address any issues.

Yes, switching to ALL non-toxic products right away can be overwhelming and expensive. Take it slow, starting with one area of your home at a time, and replace items as you can or when they run out. Progress is more important than perfection.

A brand I’m currently loving: ATTITUDE Living. They offer a wide range of non-toxic household and personal care products, from laundry detergents to shampoos, which are highly rated for safety and effectiveness.

While avoiding endocrine disruptors completely is pretty much impossible, reducing exposure and supporting your body’s detox processes can greatly benefit your hormones. 

What are your favorite non-toxic products? 

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