A Guide to Avoiding Environmental Hormones & Supporting Hormonal Balance
From the hormones used in conventional farming practices to the use of prescription hormones, to industrial hormone-like toxins, it is safe to say our environment is overflowing with hormones. In general, our bodies are quite effective at producing hormones & we don’t need extra from our environment. In fact, exposure to exogenous hormone disrupting chemicals (substances that act like hormones that come from our external environment) can disrupt our health which is why they have been linked to numerous adverse human health outcomes including alterations in sperm quality and fertility, endometriosis, early puberty, altered nervous system function, immune function, certain cancers, respiratory problems, metabolic issues, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular problems, growth, neurological and learning disabilities, and more. Below are some ways you can reduce your exposure to these endocrine disrupting chemicals.
1. Avoid conventional dairy products.
2. Eat hormone-free meat & eggs & wild-caught fish.
5. Buy organic produce when possible.
12. Consider alternatives to hormonal birth control.
13. Use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter.
14. Avoid reupholstering foam furniture.
15. Take care when replacing old carpets. Make sure this is done in a well ventilated space.
16. Avoid the use of synthetic air fresheners & candles in your home & car. Instead diffuse therapeutic grade essential oils.
Dr. Stephanie Mottola is a naturopathic physician passionate about health education and the freedom it affords. By focussing on and nurturing our individual health we nurture the health of our families, communities, and the planet that graces us with life..