Chemicals known as ‘xenoestrogens’, trick your body into making more estrogen.

While healthy levels of estrogen are necessary for men and women, excess estrogen is linked to health issues such as cancers, cysts, reproductive issues, irregular periods, estrogen dominance, fibroids, endometriosis, etc. 

Also, these chemicals, being fat-soluble, get deposited in the lower body (glutes, hips, legs). 

 

Here are five surprising sources of these chemicals:

 

Cosmetics – Topical cosmetics, including skin-care products are probably the most common and widely used sources of xenoestrogens. 

 

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A good resource to find safer products is http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

 

Non-stick cookware – Electric grills, non-stick pans when heated release a number of chemicals into the food. They increase the concentration of titanium in your blood which increases risk for heart attacks and disrupts thyroid function.

Cookware made of ceramic, cast iron or stainless steel are safer alternatives.

 

Air fresheners – Air fresheners and scented candles contain petrochemicals and phtalates that are known to be carcinogens and increase risk of asthma attacks. 

There are a number of cleaner air fresheners available now at health food stores that are usually made of 100% essential oils. 

 

Plastic containers and canned foods – Plastic bottles, tupperware and even coffee cups release toxic BPA into the food when exposed to higher temperatures. Cans of food are often lined with BPA. 

Some practical ways to minimize exposure include using glass containers, avoiding canned foods, using stainless steel water bottles and removing plastic lids off your hot coffee paper cups. 

 

Paper receipts – Majority of paper receipts are lined with BPA. So avoid taking receipts as much as possible.