Xenoestrogens are chemicals which are able to mimic estrogens in our bodies. Their production, usage, and thus human exposure to them began around 1940. They are also called hormone disruptors as they affect other parts of the endocrine system as well; a typical pattern being estrogen dominance, progesterone deficiency and thyroid dysfunction.
Synthetic estrogens which are chemicals manufactured for their estrogenic affect on the body such as birth control pills, fertility drugs, and hormone replacement therapy may or may not be classified as xenoestrogens depending on the source.
Sources of Xenoestrogens
-Organochlorides-chlorine based chemicals.
-Animal products: for eg, some animals have been injected or fed estrogens to increase their fat or dairy intake. other animals such as fish can accumulate xenoestrogens from pesticide accumulation in their food or water run off.
How to reduce the effects of Xenoestrogens
-Maintain a healthy body composition (appropriate lean muscle, hydration and fat)
-Eat liver supportive foods to help metabolize xenoestrogens
-Avoid the use of plastics, especially for hot foods or drink or for reheating these. This includes plastic wrap.
-Use natural alternatives for household cleaning and maintenance supplies
-Eat organic as much as possible
-Talk to your doctor about nutritional supplements and herbs to help reduce estrogen levels
Click here to learn more at Organic Excellence: Xenoestrogens and How to Minimize Exposure. There are great sections in this article with more ideas to minimize exposure and protect our environment
Here's to your health,