When it comes to our personal care products and environment, it can be full of chemicals, dyes, and fragrances. If you’re healing from any gut dysbiosis, hormonal imbalances, or autoimmunity, take a look at what you use daily. Just like the dirty dozen for produce, there is a dirty dozen for hormone-disrupting chemicals.
Women can use up to 12 products per day. Yes, you read that right 12 or more products daily! This includes products such as:
- Make-Up (i.e., Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Foundation, etc.)
- Hair Styling Products
- Nail Polish
- Body Wash/Lotion
I’m sure I forget some, but you get the picture. What is scary is this exposes us to 168 or more chemicals daily! Source: Here
However, this doesn’t only affect women as men can use the same amount or more products. What is important to understand is how endocrine-disrupting chemicals (aka hormone-disrupting chemicals) react in the body.
What the chemicals can do is mimic normal hormones (usually our sex hormones) in the body. This directly impacts our thyroid, ovaries, and adrenals. Even though they mimic our hormones, we get zero benefits. Not only are a lot of these chemicals in personal care items, but our food, water, and even furniture. Source: Here
More importantly, there are concerns with these chemicals causing congenital disabilities, disrupting our menstrual cycles, digestive issues (bloating, I’m looking at you), and autoimmunity. That is why I believe it is important to understand these chemicals. Knowledge is power, ladies!
6 Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Plastic and canned goods often contain BPA. The downfall of this chemical is it mimics Estrogen in both men and women. How it affects us is it can seep into our food and drinks. Once it is in our system, it can cause reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty, and serious cancer forms. Common products that contain BPA are hand sanitizers, creams, soaps, and sunscreens. Source: Here
The concern with this chemical is it disrupts the communication between sex hormones. More importantly, it can influence sperm count and quality in men. Common products that contain Dioxin is tampons/pads, make-up pads, and facial tissue. Source: Here
Atrazine is a herbicide that is used on crops like corn. However, it is becoming more and more apparent that this herbicide is infecting our water supply. Whether through drinking, washing your face, showering, etc., it is getting into our bodies. Atrazine can be found in our food and water supply.
When talking about chemicals, I can bet that you know about this one. The concern for this product is it triggers the “death-inducing signaling” in the body. In men, it has been known to affect testicular cells. Both sexes also face the concern of thyroid imbalances, obesity, and diabetes. Phthalates can be found in plastics, fragrances, and hair care.
Just like Atrazine, this product is used as a herbicide in produce and dairy production. The concern here is that this chemical (used in rocket fuel, mind you) influences iodine. This important nutrient is needed to create thyroid hormones. In which if we can’t produce hormones, it affects all bodily functions. It is found in sunscreens: water, and conventional dairy.
I agree that this does seem important as we don’t want our items catching on fire. However, being exposed to this chemical daily can cause breast milk changes, thyroid hormones, and child development. Not only is it affecting us, but it is affecting animals as well. Fire retardants can be found in rugs, furniture, and nail polish. Source: Here
As you can see, there are chemicals in everything. The purpose of this blog post isn’t to scare you but to educate you. EWG provided all this information. You can start doing now by reading your personal care items and making small changes as products run out.
I would aim to switch out your deodorant, cleanser, moisturizer, foundation, and lipstick first, as those are often the products you use most! Thank youu so much for reading, and I’d it if you’d share this with others.