Xenoestrogens - The New Health Risk Lurking in Your Home

abdominals Oct 19, 2020

 

You often exercise, eat healthily, and think that your chances of getting cancer are slim, right? Well, there are other factors at play when it comes to cancer. Xenoestrogens are placing your health at risk, and most products you use may contain this harmful chemical.

 

In this article, I will shed light on this scary new health risk and share smart tips that you can use to protect yourself and your family from the disastrous effects of xenoestrogens.

What is it, and what does it do to humans?

Xenoestrogen is an artificial hormone, which mimics the female sex hormone estrogen. The primary sources of these synthetic hormones are man-made and artificially added. If you think that your blood doesn't contain these fake hormones, think again. According to a recent study, xenoestrogens in your diet may be causing your estrogen levels to be up to 90% more than expected.

The effects of xenoestrogens

Since Xenoestrogen mimics estrogen, it causes an excess of estrogen in the body. This alters the levels of all your other hormones away from the primary balance nature intended. That's why xenoestrogens are also often referred to as hormone disruptors. Here are the dangerous impacts that this chemical hormone may have on you:

It may increase your cancer risk.

Research studies in Cancer Watch (http://www.canceractive.com/) pointed to 13 chemicals linked to developing cancer, all of them where artificial estrogen hormones like xenoestrogens.

It may cause you to have problems conceiving.

If you are desperately trying to conceive, you mainly need to watch out for fake estrogens. Getting a healthy baby soon may be as simple as avoiding all possible sources of xenoestrogens. A study published in 1992 by Danish scientists' team revealed that the average male sperm count had dropped by more than 45% in the last 70 years. The study also showed that environmental (chemical) estrogens are responsible for decreased fertility rates.

Xenoestrogens may cause your children to grow up too early.

Recent research also shows that chemical estrogens also affect children of puberty age and may cause extreme early puberty. If you want to prevent your kids from growing up before their time, try to limit their chemical hormones exposure.

The 2 main types of xenoestrogens to look out for

The primary source of xenoestrogens is man-made and can be found widely across your home and even in your favorite store's shopping cart. There are over 45 man-made chemicals routinely found in fertilizers, plastics, food, and even your favorite cosmetics that have been discovered to leak hormone-like substances into your body.

Dietary estrogens

The food you eat may be laced with artificial estrogen chemicals, which can wreak havoc on your body. Some fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides used on non-organic fruit and vegetables are known endocrine disruptors, increasing your risk of cancer. Some farmers also fatten-up their livestock with hormones that leak xenoestrogens into your food supply, not even to mention the chemicals in the animal's food supply. Processed foods may also contain chemical preservatives, which can have an effect on your hormone levels.

Household estrogens

Using plastics and drinking directly from your tap may increase your intake of xenoestrogens. You may have heard about a chemical known commonly as "BPA." BPA is leaked from plastics from overuse or from heating. Since some tap water is produced from recycled water, tap water has a high risk of added chemical estrogens. Experts also agree that some canned foods may also contain chemical estrogens and some beauty products.

How to avoid xenoestrogens and still have a life

I knew all this shocking information can make you feel like you have to avoid most things to avoid xenoestrogens. But I assure you, you can steer clear of chemical estrogens and still have a life.

 

Here are a few handy ways in which you can limit your contact with cancer-causing xenoestrogens.

Use plastics carefully and choose glass.

Since the chemical estrogen BPA is released from heating and overuse of plastics, never heat food in plastics and don't ever wash plastics in your dishwasher.

 

Try to eat mostly organic.

This includes organic vegetables and fruit, as well as organic meat, dairy products, and eggs. It may be challenging at first to eat only organic foods, so just try your best. Remember, you don't need to eat correctly to make a difference.

Reduce your risk of contamination in your home.

To make sure that you don't drink water containing chemical estrogens, place water filters on your drinking taps. Some household cleaners, especially laundry detergents, also have many chemicals, which may increase your risk. Try to buy eco-friendly cleaners that contain fewer chemicals.

Check your beauty products.

Some beauty products also contain loads of chemical estrogens. Chemicals are easily absorbed through your skin, placing you at higher risk with beauty products. Check your creams, makeup, and shampoos for the following chemicals - Paraben, Phenoxyethanol, Phthalates, Estradiol, 4-MBC, or other added estrogens.

Conclusion

Xenoestrogens may be everywhere you look, but you can reduce your exposure to this harmful hormone disruptor with the help of these tips. How far you take these tips all depend on your risk profile and personal circumstances. Remember, every small action will make a difference and decrease your risk.

Resources used

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenoestrogen

http://breastcancer.about.com/od/estrogen/a/estrogen_types_2.htm

http://www.alive.com/articles/view/20187/xenoestrogens

http://endojourney.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/a-list-of-xenoestrogens/

http://www.ehow.com/how_4515846_avoid-exposure-xenoestrogens.html

http://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/1391

http://www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=3148

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