Are endocrine disruptors making it hard for you to lose weight?
If you’re facing problems such as weight gain or feeling run down, you’re probably not blaming endocrine disruptors. Whether you’ve heard of them or not, endocrine disruptors can wreak havoc on your body’s regular hormone function.
Plus what’s worse is that they are in products that you use on a daily basis. Quite literally, your everyday personal products could be making you fatter! Yeah, you read that right. There are toxins everywhere that could be disrupting your endocrine system. The good news is that there are ways to avoid these harmful toxins.
Here are eight ways you can reduce your exposure to endocrine disruptors:
- Use non-toxic laundry and cleaning products
- Reduce your household fragrances
- Buy natural cosmetics
- Store your food in glass
- Avoid perfumes
- Eat fresh, unpackaged foods
- Swap your skincare products
- Ditch non-stick cookware
What are ‘Endocrine Disruptors’ Exactly and Why are They Dangerous?
These hormones create changes in your cells, responding to your body’s needs. Endocrine disruptors or Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that throw off your natural hormone processes. You come across them every day from your cleaning products to your skincare routine.
Endocrine disruptors can interrupt with the production or activity of hormones which can lead to cancerous tumors and weight gain, amongst other health problems. They can stop and start hormone production as well as imitate them, tricking your body into doing something it shouldn’t.
Endocrine disruptors can be found in so many everyday products, making it hard to go completely cold turkey but there’s plenty you can do to reduce the risk of exposure. Endocrine disruptors can be found in:
- Air fresheners
- Cleaning products
- Laundry detergent
- Flame retardants
There is a wide range of substances that are thought to cause endocrine disruption. However, chemicals that are currently known to be endocrine disruptors include:
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
- Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
- Diethylstilbestrol (DES)
- Dioxin and dioxin-like compounds
Are Chemicals in Your Home Causing Weight Gain?
You see it on the news, obesity is a worldwide problem but could the chemicals in your home be causing weight gain? Plus, it gets harder to stay lean as you age. More than two-thirds of the US population is overweight which leads to a higher risk factor for health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and joint problems.
There is mounting evidence showing that exposure to endocrine disruptors is associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes and obesity. The threat is greater with unborn children. Animal studies show even a tiny amount of endocrine disruptor exposure during the prenatal period triggers obesity later in life.
Some endocrine disruptors have been shown to be obesogens. These are believed to contribute to obesity. Obesogens don’t directly cause weight gain but may increase sensitivity, or susceptibility in gaining weight. Some 20 chemicals have been identified as obesogens so far. Despite taking part in regular exercise and eating healthily, some people still struggle to lose weight.
The Environmental Working Group reported that exposure in the womb to BPA and air pollution were associated with increased body mass index and fat when children reached school age and adolescence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity in children has tripled since the 1970s with almost one-fifth of American children being obese.
What Can You do to Reduce Endocrine Disruptors in your Life
Use Non-Toxic Laundry and Cleaning Products
Many cleaning products in your home could be exposing you to endocrine disruptors. Start removing toxins from your home by looking at your laundry and cleaning products first.
Glycol Ethers are common solvents in brake fluid, paint and you guessed it, cleaning products. The solvent is listed as one of the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors. Avoid products with ingredients including 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME).
Find green, 100% organic, non-toxic alternatives to clean your home. Pure Haven’s non toxic lifestyle bundle includes essentials for around the house. With no sulfates, dyes, or fragrances, clean your house with the knowledge you’re not introducing any pollutants to your home for you and your family. Be careful when choosing your new products as something that is “natural” might not necessarily mean safe.
Reduce Your Household Fragrance
It’s easy to reach for the plug-in air freshener or aerosol to give your house a boost of fragrance. But, you can keep your house smelling just as fresh without air fresheners. Before cleaning rugs and carpets, remember to change your vacuum filter for maximum freshness.
Open the window, put out some fresh flowers or try a reed diffuser with essential oils. If you like to use candles to set the mood and scent of a room, look for candles that emit no toxins whatsoever. Try to avoid using artificial air fresheners to help reduce your exposure to endocrine disruptors.
Buy Natural Cosmetics
Many cosmetics can contain chemicals that are endocrine disruptors. It can be difficult to figure out which ones are safe to use. Parabens are commonly used as an inexpensive preservative in cosmetics and are definitely one to watch out for. Parabens are chemicals with estrogen-like properties and estrogen abnormalities are involved in the development of breast cancer.
There are so many ingredients used in cosmetics, swapping to a natural alternative is a great way to minimize your endocrine disruptor exposure. Steering clear of parabens, phthalates, and plastics is a big step in reducing your exposure to harmful toxins. Look for makeup that’s organic and free from harmful chemicals to add to your collection.
Store Your Food in Glass Containers
Phthalates are chemicals that make plastic soft and are often found in lots of everyday products such as plastic containers, sandwich bags, food packaging, and plastic wrap. Phthalates are also endocrine disruptors. Try and eliminate plastic sources wherever possible, use a glass or stainless steel water bottle and straws.
Fats absorb phthalates more easily so be especially careful when storing fatty foods. Store your food in glass containers and they will stay fresh and toxin-free. Try to avoid heating or freezing food in plastic containers as extreme temperatures can release the phthalates, meaning you can ingest it.
A study by Harvard University researchers found that PFAS chemicals may increase the chances of gaining weight after dieting. With women with higher levels of PFAS chemicals in their blood, regaining an average of 3.7 to 4.8 pounds more than women with lower levels of the chemical. PFAS chemicals can be found in food packaging materials and even cosmetics.
Avoid Perfumes & Fragrance
Many of you may love your signature scent but it most likely contains some sneaky ingredients that could be interfering with your body’s functions. There’s no need to ditch fragrances altogether but it’s important to know what your spraying on yourself and the amazing natural alternatives that are available.
Perfume ingredients are usually considered a company secret, therefore, manufacturers can hide numerous chemicals under the term “fragrance”. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that 70% of the perfumes they tested, contained phthalates.
One study found that the urine of pregnant women who used perfume have phthalate concentrations 167% higher than non-users. Fret not, there are natural alternatives that smell delicious and are chemical-free. Natural perfumes made from essential oils and plant ingredients are free from synthetic chemicals. Avoid anything that lists “fragrance” as an ingredient.
Eat Fresh, Unpackaged Foods
Your diet can be a source of endocrine disruptors due to packaging and food processing. By choosing fresh, unpackaged foods as well as BPA-free cans, this will help to reduce your exposure to BPA, phthalates and other endocrine disruptors trying to get in.
Due to current farming practices including pesticides, herbicides, and general industrial runoff, even healthy products can become endocrine disruptors. If you can, shop locally and organically, ideally buying produce at your nearest farmer’s market.
Swap Your Skincare Products
Swap your conventional skincare products with their harmful chemical-free counterparts. Choose non-toxic, environmentally-friendly skincare products such as shampoos and soaps. Look for items that are free from parabens, phthalates and synthetic chemicals.
Pure Haven’s non toxic skincare bundle has everything you need to jump start your new skincare regime. For a glowing complexion, the products are 100% safe and healthy, made with essential oils and botanicals.
Ditch Non-Stick Cookware
Generally, non-stick surfaces are aluminum pans coated with a synthetic called polytetrafluoroetheylene (PTFE), which is also known as Teflon. At high temperatures, toxic fumes can be released from pots and pans.
A Norwegian study found that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), found in non-stick frying pans, can affect the body’s steroid hormones. This includes estrogen, testosterone and cortisol, the hormones essential for regulating a number of bodily functions. Instead, consider cast iron or stainless steel cookware.
In today’s modern world, it can be difficult to avoid endocrine disruptors entirely. However, you have control over your home environment and you can do your part in helping to minimize your exposure.
How to Start your Toxic-Free Journey!
Your home should be safe haven for you: pure, clean, and free from toxic chemicals. Our company pledges to keep our products 100% free of toxins and use ingredients the way nature intended. We did the homework on what ingredients to avoid so you don’t have to! Our products are organic, free of toxins, sustainable, and cruelty free.
To learn more about the ingredients to avoid in your personal and home care products, check out this list of harmful ingredients and why you should steer clear of them. This list is not comprehensive of course, as there are more than 80,000 ingredients out there and we wanted to keep the list to a single sheet of paper. It’s a good starting point to take a look at some of the products in your home – we know you’ll be shocked as how many toxins are lurking in there!
Contact one of our team’s amazing consultants, to find out more about Pure Haven products and/or to make a purchase or get involved in some way! We can help you start simply and answer your questions. We can help you look and feel your very best, and take your health into your hands without stress and overwhelm, and without breaking your wallet!