Each day, we are becoming more and more aware of how chemicals are affecting our hormones. However, this means we have to be more aware of what we are using daily. In Part One, we dove into 6 of the dirty dozen chemicals. However, there are 6 more hormone-disrupting chemicals you have to know about!
The first 6 hormone-disrupting chemicals we looked at was BPA, Dioxin, Altrazine, Phthalates, Perchlorate, and Fire Retardants. A lot of these chemicals can be found in our make-up, skincare, and hair care. However, it can also be found in our drinking water, furniture, and the air.
Before we dive into more hormone-disrupting chemicals, I want to make sure you know I’m not trying to scare you. I want to educate you so you can make the best decisions for you and your loved ones.
6 More Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals
These are the last 6 chemicals from the dirty dozen list of endocrine disruptors!
This isn’t actually a chemical, but a metal. Not only is it toxic for people, but also for animals as well. Lead affects all bodily function especially sex hormones and hormone signaling. what is key here is to be mindful of your environment and your nutrition. A well functioning immune system can help reduce exposure, but also remove it from the body. Common products are crumbling old paint, tap water, contaminated soil, lip products, foundation, eye shadow, and other external make-up products. Source: Here
You’ve probably heard of this one if you are obsessed with crime shows like me. However, trace amounts of this can be found in our water and food supply. The concern here is that it disrupts our glucocorticoid system. This is our hormonal system to breakdown sugar and carbohydrates. This can trigger weight gain, insulin resistance, weight loss, and a suppressed immune system. Common products are toothpaste (both kids and adults), a color additive in makeup, conventional produce, and tap water. Source: Here
We’ve got another heavy metal! You have probably heard about the concern with Tuna and other mercury-rich food. The concern with mercury as it is in air and water due to the burning of coal. Especially for women it can cause serious birth defects and can disrupt ovulation. The way mercury messes with our hormones are by binding to them. Common products are mercury-rich fish (i.e. tuna) and there are trace amounts in make-up as a preservative. Source: Here
Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)
What is exciting about this chemical is that it is NOT in beauty products! This is one chemical that beauty brands all agree to not put in their products! However, this is a very common ingredient when making non-stick cookware. The concern here is the use of PFOA. It has been linked to disrupting sex hormones, thyroid function, and sperm quality. Common products are the non-stick pans and any products containing stain- or water-resistant coatings (i.e. clothing, furniture, and carpets). Source: Here
We can’t talk about hormone-disrupting chemicals without talking about pesticides. This specific one is used to disrupt the nervous system of insects. Scientists have created different lines of pesticides from organophosphate, in which it is the most commonly used product. In males, it is has a major impact on the hormone testosterone as well as the thyroid function in both sexes. Common products are conventional vegetables and fruits.
This is the final chemical on our dirty dozen list! It has been found to shrink the testicles in male rats. It is a very common chemical in paints, cleaning products, brake fluid, and cosmetics. This can cause fertility concerns in unborn children let alone the impact it has on the mother and father. Common products are generic cleaning products, liquid soaps, and the majority of cosmetics.
What you can do to reduce your exposure
Now that we have gone over more hormone-disrupting chemicals. These are some of my favorite non-toxic products to use!
- DoTERRA Essential Oils – For cleaning, perfume, and general well-being.
- Beautycounter – For skincare, haircare, and makeup.
- Branch Basics – Cleaning Products
- EO – Handsoap, lotion, body wash, and haircare.
- Native – Deodorant, toothpaste, and body wash.
- Himalaya – Toothpaste
When switching your products I always recommend doing the top 5 first. This includes deodorant, cleanser, moisturizer, foundation, and lipstick. Or if you truly want you can throw out or donate your products and start brand new!
When it comes to healing from gut dysbiosis, autoimmunity, and hormonal imbalances this is where everyone should start! Due to the chemicals, heavy metals, and pesticides they can all prevent healing.
If you’re still bloated after going through a protocol, try switching your personal care items! Thank youu so much for reading and I’d love it if you’d share this with others!
**This information is not meant as medical or nutritional advice. Always check with your qualified healthcare professional before incorporating new supplements or nutritional changes into your routine. A Primal Health Coach (PHC) is trained to evaluate nutritional needs and make recommendations for dietary changes and nutritional supplements. A PHC is unable to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or medical condition. I cannot guarantee any specific result from recommendations as we are all bio-individually different. If you are under the care of a healthcare provider, it is important that you contact them and alert them to any changes in your lifestyle in regards to nutrition and supplements. A health coach may be a beneficial addition to more traditional care, and it may also alter your need for medication, so it is important you always keep your physician informed of changes in your nutritional program.