I have been researching a lot about endocrine disruptors the last few years. The information is incredibly upsetting, but I am trying to take heart. Although we may feel powerless when it comes to the rule of money over health, there are steps we can take towards detoxifying our homes, bodies, and communities. The first step is knowledge.
What is an endocrine distruptor?
An endocrine disruptor is a synthetic chemical that enters the body and disrupts the natural processes of the endocrine system by mimicking or blocking hormones, or otherwise disrupting the endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for the production of hormones, resulting in the immense and complex actions they have in our bodies. Xenohormones are the synthetic chemicals that that have the ability to act as hormones in the body to produce physical responses.
Nowadays, endocrine disruptors are found in thousands upon thousands of products that people are exposed to on a daily basis, through the air, food, water, plastics, pesticides, personal care products, and more. Regretfully, if you live anywhere on this planet in this day and age, your body has absorbed a huge number of these toxins. They can cause an incredible number of problems and diseases- anything from mildly irritating allergies, to ADHD, obesity, cancer, and death.
What can you do to detoxify and protect yourself, your family, your community?
People are especially susceptible to the effects of endocrine disruptors when they are in the womb, through childhood, and adolesence. A person can develop issues in adulthood from even small amounts endocrine disruptors they were exposed to while in the womb.
Exercise and sweat regularly. Exercise keeps things moving and flowing through and out of the body. Reducing body fat if you are overweight is key because toxins can accumulate and store in fat cells. Sweat releases toxins.
Eat organic, whole, local, unpackaged, unprocessed foods. Meat and dairy have especially high levels of contaminants- reduce consumption of these and choose only organic, local, and fresh. Eat a variety of organic and fermented foods high in phytoestrogens.
Drink lots of pure, clean water. Do not drink water bottled in plastic. Do not drink tap water that has been contaminated with fluoride, chlorine, or other toxins.
Do away with plastic. Consider buying 100% glass and natural rubber containers for food leftovers- well worth the investment. Think of alternatives to plastic toys. Simply don’t buy things in plastic. Slowly but surely, take steps to eliminate plastic from your home.
Use only 100% natural care products. Don’t use commercial products that contain toxins, which happens to be true of almost any big company, including ones that market themselves as “natural”. Use natural cleaning solutions, throw out the make-up, and instead use personal care products you make yourself or buy them from someone you trust who does. Empower yourself and your family by learning to make things yourself.
If you can, think about planting your own organic garden, and/or restoring some of the local area back to its natural state. Remove trash, learn about organic permaculture gardening, forget the lawn mower and chemicals, and thank the earth you live on.
Learn about herbs and foods that can help you detoxify and stay healthy, and incorporate them into your life.
Educate yourself, and then also educate others in a gentle and kind way.
Hormone Deception, by Lindsey Berkson