Chemicals That Are Messing Up Your Hormones

5 Chemicals That Are Messing Up Your Hormones

Chemicals are everywhere. From clothing and plastics to pesticides and genetically modified  foods, it can be a challenge to step out of the chemical soup. To help you make sense out of this  mess, we have summed up some substances that are worth ditching. Keep reading to learn what  to look for, where these things are and what you can use instead!
BPA Chemicals That Are Messing Up Your Hormones

Written by Guest Blogger: Lisa Stern, Health Coach.

5 Chemicals that mess up your hormones:  

Here are the top 5 chemicals that are harmful to your body and mess your hormones but sadly they are present all around us! 

BPA:

BPA or Bisphenol A is an environmental estrogen that can damage your endocrine system and  lead to major hormonal disorders and even cancer. Found in plastics, canned items, and on up  to forty percent of retail thermal receipt paper, BPA is a hormone disruptor.  

To reduce your exposure, opt for glass food packaging. BPA-free cans and plastics might seem  like an okay option, but they too have been found to contain hormone-disrupting chemicals. 

Dioxin: 

Dioxins are chemicals that form during industrial processes when chlorine or bromine are burned  in the presence of carbon and oxygen

The EPA notes that dioxins

  • Are highly toxic and can cause cancer, reproductive and developmental problems,  damage to the immune system, and can interfere with hormones. 
  • Are found throughout the world in the environment and they accumulate in the food chain,  mainly in the fatty tissue of animals 
  • More than 90% of human exposure is through food, mainly meat and dairy products, fish  and shellfish. 

While it’s nearly impossible to avoid dioxin exposure, you can reduce your risk of consuming it by  avoiding animal products; the EWG says that products including meat, fish, milk, eggs and butter  are most likely to be contaminated. 

Mercury: 

Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that is naturally occurring. Research shows that mercury impacts the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal gland, and gonads (testis and ovary); all are  hormone-producing and hormone-sensitive organs

While there are ways to detox mercury from the body, it’s best to avoid it in the first place. Most  of the mercury in the environment is a result of coal burning, steel production, and some forms of  manufacturing. However, mercury is present in some glass thermometers, amalgam dental  fillings, and some seafood. According to the EPA, novelty jewelry can contain mercury as well as  some thermometers, barometers, switches, thermostats, and electrical switches. One other  common source of mercury is in Thimerosal, a preservative in some vaccines.  

To reduce exposure, insist on mercury-free dental work, steer clear of coal-burning stoves and  coal plants 

Perchlorate: 

Perchlorate is a component of rocket fuel that is also in fertilizers. It contaminates produce and  soil (and groundwater as a result too!) When perchlorate gets into the body, it competes with  iodine, which the thyroid needs to make thyroid hormones. In addition to hindering thyroid  hormone balance, perchlorate impacts gut health too.  

The Environmental Working Group suggests that you can reduce perchlorate in your drinking  water by installing a reverse osmosis filter. (You can get help finding one at  www.ewg.org/report/ewgs-water-filter-buying-guide). It’s pretty much impossible to avoid  perchlorate in food, but you can potentially reduce its effects by getting adequate iodine in your  diet. Sea vegetables like nori and dulse or even iodized salt are good sources of iodine.

Perfluorinated Chemicals: 

PFCS are designed to make surfaces non-stick. According to the EWG, “Perfluorochemicals are  so widespread and extraordinarily persistent that 99 percent of Americans have these chemicals  in their bodies. One particularly notorious compound called PFOA has been shown to be  “completely resistant to biodegradation.” In other words, PFOA doesn’t break down in the  environment – ever. That means that even though the chemical was banned after decades of  use, it will be showing up in people’s bodies for countless generations to come. This is worrisome,  since PFOA exposure has been linked to decreased sperm quality, low birth weight, kidney  disease, thyroid disease and high cholesterol, among other health issues. Scientists are still  figuring out how PFOA affects the human body, but animal studies have found that it can affect  thyroid and sex hormone levels.” 

To avoid them, stay away from non-stick cookware and non-stick bakeware. Also avoid stain and  water-resistant coatings on clothing, furniture and carpets 

Final Verdict:  

These are just five chemicals that mess with your hormones. Unfortunately, there are many more. It can get overwhelming if you dig into all the harmful things in the environment, food supply, and  in things we use daily. Do your best to be mindful and reduce your exposure where you can.  Take steps to support your body’s innate detox system. Eat healthily, sweat daily, ditch negativity,  and stress less wherever possible. Hormone balance is within reach. The more you know…  

Guest blogger,

Lisa Stern

Lisa Stern lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Her mission is to help women refine their habits and harmonize their hormones to embrace a vibrant, confident, happy life.

To learn more about Lisa at Lisa Stern Coaching, please visit www.lisasterncoaching.com or  come join her private Facebook group  about Hormonal Harmony HERE.

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