Chemicals hidden in everyday products that disrupt hormones
Let’s face it, in this modern day and age we often find ourselves surrounded by and exposed to a plethora of toxins and chemicals every day.
Some of these toxins and environmental chemicals are more harmful to us than others and could be affecting health more than you think, including your hormones.
These chemicals are known as obesogens and without being properly broken down by our systems or safely excreted, they can have a negative impact on our health and are often stored in the cells, creating further damage.
What are obesogens?
Obesogens are environmental toxins or chemicals that disrupt fat metabolism and cause weight gain, hormonal imbalances, brain fog, fatigue, irritability, headaches and migraines, and inflammatory symptoms like joint pain.
Why are they harmful?
Many of these environmental toxins or chemicals are xenoestrogens, which mimic our body’s natural hormone function and cause irregularities and imbalances.
Exposure to these toxins also put a considerable burden on our liver function, and for many women, their livers are already under great strain and pressure.
Where are they found?
Obesogens are lurking everywhere!
We encounter obesogens in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and even the personal care and household products we buy. They may even be present on our living room rugs and furniture!
Here are just a few examples of everyday products that we consume or use that may contain obesogens:
- Highly processed and preserved foods
- Plastic water bottles and storage containers
- Make-up, hair and skincare products
- Soaps, detergents and other laundry products
- Dry cleaning agents and household cleaners
- Flame retardants applied to furniture and furnishings including mattresses, carpets, curtains, and fabric blinds.
Perfume is the most unassuming yet harmful product that most women use every day that affects hormones.
Scents are often filled with many different xenoestrogens which impact hormonal balance. This is because perfume is often sprayed on the thyroid area, and as the thyroid is a tissue gland it absorbs many of these toxins.