After doing my research on hormone disruption, I’ve learned to steer clear of a few things:
- Did you know that fluoride has a very similar composition to your thyroid hormones? Therefore, if you have thyroid difficulties (like me!) you should reduce your intake of fluoride. Switch to a fluoride-free toothpaste and invest in a good quality water filtration system for your drinking water. We invested in a Zazen Water Filter System and have never looked back!
- Did you know that chemicals in household plastics mimic oestrogen? Research is finding that plastics in our environment can be blamed for early onset of puberty, breast cancer and fertility issues.
- Along with plastics, chemicals in beauty products can also disrupt our hormones. Steer clear of products consisting of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, EDTA, propylene glycol and talc. My favourite safe skincare brand is made by a Melbourne Naturopath named Jacqueline Evans. A review on her skincare products can be found here.
- Soy products can also have a serious impact on oestrogen levels and thyroid function. Soy is also often highly processed. I avoid soy altogether, however if you are trying to make the transition, you can switch to tempeh, which is fermented soy. The fermentation process negates some of the harmful affects.
Dr Nat Kringoudis of the Pagoda Tree in Melbourne wrote a detailed blog post on oestrogen dominance, and how it can lead to weight gain. This was an eye-opener for me, and I highly recommend every woman has a read.