When we start to look at alternatives for the chemical laden products in our home, we come across some words that may not be easy to understand. There are many chemicals out there, that have multiple affects on the body, and one you will come across regularly is a hormone disruptor or endocrine disruptor.
Our endocrine system, is our hormonal system. The system that secretes our hormones to the inside of our body. When we think about hormones, we can think our reproductive area, for both men and women. This system is responsible for our ability to be fertile, as well as how we feel each month. Or our thyroid which plays a significant role in our metabolism and energy. Our sleep hormones which governs the quality of sleep we get. And our adrenal glands which are related to our cardiovascular system, immune system, and sex hormones.
So what does all this mean to you?
If you’re using products that have have hormone disruptor chemicals in them, they’re interrupting your bodily functions. They could be contributing to fertility problems, lack of energy, blood pressure issues, insomnia, low sex drive, etc.
Where would I find these chemicals?
Can you believe that many of these chemicals are found in various places in your home. Some of them include:
- Food Storage – plastics and canned good can contain BPA or BisphenolA which is an endocrine disruptor;
- Cosmetics – many of our cosmetics, skin care, nail care, etc contain chemicals that play around with our endocrine system;
- Cleaning Products – Most conventional cleaning products are packed with harmful chemicals, some of which can have an affect on our hormones;
- Air Fresheners
- Shampoos and Conditioners
What’s the solution?
It’s not all doom and gloom. We live in a time where there are some fantastic brands making all natural products, that are just as effective and have no harmful affects on your body. It’s about becoming educated, and seeking out those natural, ethical, sustainable options that are healthy for you and your family.