Friday, May 1, 2009
Estrogen is a hormone that is in both males and females (not as much in males though) and so you would think that consuming things with it would be alright, right?
Well, no, and many probably already know that. I'm determined to make you learn something anyways!
So, without getting into the role that this hormone plays in our body, I'll mention some things that it's found in and the first three main things that come to mind are:
1 - Plastic - the more flexible the plastic the worse it is, and the more toxic ____ (feel in the blank) it leaches into your food. I still use plastic, but I'm trying to stop! I have a glass water bottle, and it's kind of heavy, and I'm deathly afraid of breaking it, but with a little extra care I've been fine. I've also read somewhat about SIGG bottles which supposedly don't leak toxins. If you are interested in them, you could go here. No, I am not affiliated with them or anything :)
2 - Flaxseed - this one is sad for me, I'm really working on finding a good omega-3 supplement for my diet right now. This would have made the hunt simple. But no. Even though it is plant based, it still is like the estrogen in your body and can raise your levels. Your body produces all you need.
3 - Soy - Soy is supposed to be a health food but it's not. There are some good things about it, but the bad far outweigh the good. The soy companies lead us to believe that like the Chinese eat tons of soy, but they eat hardly any at all, just a few teaspoons a day. And the soy they do eat is fermented (which is another story) so it's easier to digest. Soymilk tastes really good, but it's definitely a bad choice. Your best choice is probably to avoid soy altogether, unless maybe you're chinese and your body is used to it.
Other different hormone disrupters:
1 - Phthalates - Usually in things you use to care for your body, like shampoo. The shampoo/conditioner/chapstick I use is almost completely natural (like 98%). It's not organic though, but it will have to do. I read that the lipstick you put on all ends up being absorbed, so you are basically eating it.
2 - Pasteurized Dairy - Try to find raw milk. If you look around and it's not illegal where you live, then you should be able to find some. Popularity for it is definitely growing!
Oooh. Here are some more good ones, after doing a search. I'll summarize them below.
3 - Propyl gallate - A preservative used to prevent fats and oils from spoiling.
* Hair products
* Adhesives and lubricants
* Processed meat products and potato products
* Chicken soup base
* Chewing gum and candy
* Dried milk
* Baked goods, and more
4 -4-hexylresorcinol, which is used to prevent discoloration in shrimp and other shellfish.
* Pharmaceutical acne treatments
* Anti-dandruff shampoo
* Sunscreen lotions
* Antiseptic mouthwashes
* Skin wound cleansers
* Throat lozenges