3 Easy Ways to Ditch Hormone Disrupting Toxins In Your Home
If you are a nontoxic, plant-based living guru I’m sure you already know this, but if you’re anything like I used to be, you might not be very familiar with endocrine disruptors aka hormone disruptors. These are seriously cringe-worthy and something worth learning about! So I’m here to try and break these things down, let you know what they are, and where they are hiding. Ready to dive in?
As the name suggests, endocrine disruptors are chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system. The endocrine system is everybody’s internal messaging system that produces hormones. The endocrine system is made up of several glands…
Reproductive organs (ovaries and testes)
Each one of these organs has a special part to play in making, sending, and controlling the release of hormones. The endocrine system is really responsible for almost every cell in your body. If your natural hormone production is interrupted or your hormones are out of whack, you may experience fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, weak bones, insulin and blood sugar problems, diabetes, infertility, heart disease, stress, hyper or hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, PCOS, the list goes on and on.
As you can see from our mini biology lesson, it’s so important to maintain healthy hormone balance and keep our bodies functioning properly. Unfortunately, endocrine disruptors do not allow us to do that. Endocrine disruptors mimic and/or interfere with our body's natural hormone production system. I would encourage you to do your own research on endocrine disruptors because there is a lot of information out there on these guys, but let me give you a crash course on some of the more common ones and where you might find them.
Bisphenol A (BPA) found in plastics and food storage containers
Perchlorate is a by-product of weapons, aerospace, and pharmaceutical industries that can be found in fireworks...and drinking water
Phthalates are ones you may have heard of before. These are found in cosmetics, children’s toys, medical devices, and food packaging
Phytoestrogens can be found in soy products like soy milk and tofu
Triclosan is found in liquid body wash and personal care products
PBDE and PFAS can both be found in textiles, carpets, paper, and non-stick pans
I hope this isn’t information overload for you yet. Can you even believe it?! How is it possible for the products we use literally every single day to be filled with chemicals that can harm us and interfere with our body's natural processes? Think about how many years we spend exposing our bodies to this stuff. It starts when we are in the womb really because whatever happens to mom happens to us. We spend a lifetime being exposed to harsh chemicals that have been scientifically proven to cause developmental, reproductive, brain, and immune problems and we wonder why obesity rates are skyrocketing, everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and 25% of women experience a miscarriage. We have got to start waking up here friends. This isn’t some tree-hugging, hippie-dippie, save-the-planet mumbo jumbo. It’s a blessing that science is able to bring us this information and give us the opportunity to change the course for our future. You are the gatekeeper of your home. You are the one who allows what comes in and what goes out. That means you have the choice to do something better for yourself and your family.
With that being said, you might be wondering what you have in your home that contains these nasty endocrine disruptors. Instead of trying to read all the ingredients on labels that you can’t even pronounce, let me make it simple for you.
If you use Bath and Body Works products, you use products with endocrine disruptors
If you use regular deodorant (as in not all-natural) you use products with endocrine disruptors
If you use cologne or perfume, you use products with endocrine disruptors
If you use any products with “fragrance” listed as an ingredient i.e. dryer sheets, laundry detergent, shampoo, dish soap, literally everything, you use products with endocrine disruptors
This is nuts, right?! If you are as shocked as I was when I started learning about this and want to make a change but don’t know where to start, it’s okay. Take a deep breath. I know this information can seem overwhelming, but don’t freak out and throw away everything you own. Moving away from products that contain harmful chemicals like this is a process and a transition, something that Tyler and I are still in the middle of. Don’t feel like it has to be all-or-nothing right off the bat, and don’t feel bad about using the things you’ve been using! We trust that manufacturers wouldn’t give us products for our homes that could be harmful. You don’t know until you know. There are, however, some really easy way to start transitioning your home from a hormone-disrupting haven to a safe, nontoxic nest.
Ditch your deodorant and switch to something natural. I made the transition to natural deodorant and it was the best choice I ever made! I could write a whole post on this alone but start by at least trying something aluminum-free. If you’re having irritation, go for something that’s also baking soda free, and if you feel like you’ve got a little funk going on, (it's called BO, we're human, let's be real) use bentonite clay masks under your armpits.Primally Pure and Native are great clean deodorant brands.
Ditch your candles or plug-ins and switch to 100% pure essential oils. A lot of times the oils we pick up from chain retailers like Walmart or Target can have added fillers or synthetics in them. Stay away from that stuff. Now, oils might seem overwhelming because there are sooo many amazing uses for them but start by getting a diffuser and some basic oils like lemon, lavender, and frankincense; you know, the 100% pure ones straight from plants and flowers like we talked about. This was my first ditch and switch as far as home products go and I am so thankful I went this route! I got hooked up with the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living and it was 1000% worth it. Over $400 value for just $165. If you want more info on this feel free to leave a comment below, shoot me an email, or send me a DM on Instagram, @courtneyamize
Ditch dryer sheets and switch to wool dryer balls. Did you know dryer sheets are one of the most toxic items in your home? You use them in your laundry, then you wear your clothes, sleep on your sheets, and dry off with your towels, and all those toxins are being soaked into your skin every single day. Natural wool dryer balls are a great alternative to dryer sheets and you can even drop some essential oils right on them before you put them in the dryer to help your clothes smell clean and fresh without all the junk.
Okay friends, there you have it. A long blog post that’s just a brief overview of endocrine disruptors. I hope you found this information helpful! Let me know below what you think about all this and if you want to try ditching and switching some of the things in your home too. Let’s live cleaner and safer, together.