There are many factors that affect our body’s ability to produce healthy amounts of hormones. The most devastating factors, besides stress, diet and lifestyle, are the chemicals, toxins, pesticides and herbicides that we ingest, absorb and inhale on a daily basis. It’s important to do a ‘’Lifestyle Inventory” of where you may be exposed to these types of substances, known as Endocrine Disruptors.
Here are some helpful suggestions for identifying and changing your personal environment to a healthier one. Not everyone will have the incentive to make all of these changes, however, each change a person does make will make a difference!
- Avoid scented products (‘’fragrance” as an ingredient)—including perfumes, colognes, aftershaves, personal care products, air fresheners, potpourri, etc. Be careful about ‘’unscented’’ products—these products can use a ‘masking fragrance’ to cover up the original fragrance, and can be doubly toxic.
- Avoid fabric softeners, dryer sheets, bleach and scented detergents. These products are toxic and are also harmful to the environment.
- Avoid pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and fertilizers. Pesticides are neuro-toxins (they affect the central nervous system), and they don’t know the difference between bugs and you! For fleas, roaches, ants, etc. use diatomaceous earth, boric acid or nemotodes, which can be obtained from health food stores and pet supply stores with directions for proper application.
- Use only non-toxic cleaning products and personal care products.
- Drink and bathe in filtered water. Taking a shower in chlorinated water causes chlorine to go right into your bloodstream. You can purchase shower filters that easily attach to the shower nozzle from water supply stores. The best water filters are either the reverse osmosis type of a water distillation system. Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools.
- Eat organic food (food grown without pesticides or fertilizers) as often as possible. Wash vegetables and fruits, even organic produce, unless you are peeling them. Avoid processed foods, foods with colors and dyes and preservatives. Never consume any product containing aspartame or “Nutrasweet”.
- Wear only 100 percent cotton, linen, wool, silk, bamboo or soy) make sure the clothes are not ‘permanent press’’ or ‘wrinkle resistant’ ––these fabrics have been treated with formaldehyde that does not wash out.
- As much as possible, avoid plastics (store food in glass jars), plastic wrap, particle board, plywood, glues, inks, paints, foam rubber, vinyl, carpet, synthetic rugs, varnishes and solvents.