What are Xenoestrogens?
Xenoestrogens, translated to “foreign estrogen”, are a category of endocrine disrupters that are not found in nature. Parabens and BPA both contain xenoestrogens.
Is exposure to Xenoestrogens bad for you?
Specifically, they have an effect similar to estrogen in the body only they are much stronger than our body’s own natural estrogen. Due to an increase in the use of environmental xenoestrogens through agriculture, chemical and industrial use, there has also been an increase in our exposure to them.
What does this mean for our health?
Xenoestrogens are extremely fat-soluble, meaning they easily build up in our body’s fat tissue. Many gynecological conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids and adenomyosis are conditions of excess estrogen of which we are learning xenoestrogens may play a role in the development. The extent of the effects of xenoestrogens on our health is still not fully known. However, as we see an increase in their use and accumulation, there have been several concurrent health trends including a rise in hormone dependent cancers, decreased sperm counts, and earlier ages of menarche.
Here are a few simple ways to reduce your exposure to xenoestrogens:
- Avoid the use of plastics (Bisphenol A and Pthalates). Replace food containers with glass or stainless steal. Do not microwave food in plastic containers
- Avoid creams or cosmetics that have parabens. For a comprehensive list of the cleanest creams and cosmetics you can visit the webpage Skin Deep by the Environmental Working Group.
- Avoid sunscreen with Benzophenone
- Avoid pesticide and herbicide use
- Eat organic when possible. Eat organic, grass fed meat and consult the clean fifteen and dirty dozen list when purchasing fruits and vegetables. This list can be found at ewg.org and is updated yearly.
- Wash and or peel all fruits and vegetables
- Remove unnatural household items such as cleaners (dioxins), paint materials and plastics (BPA)
Naturopathic Doctor Elizabeth Miller
Estrogen is a vital part of our body’s intricate hormone web. It lifts us up, and is the driving force behind reproduction. In clinic I often see women with symptoms of estrogen excess, and we work together to find the cause and establish hormone balance. At Marine Drive Naturopathic we offer a variety of options for hormone testing. Testing can be done through blood, saliva or urine. It can include hormone levels, or hormone metabolites to assess the efficiency at which your body is producing and metabolizing hormones.
For more information about Dr. Miller, read her bio here: Elizabeth Miller, BScN, ND
To book an appointment with Dr. Miller, visit elizabethmiller.ca or call 604-929-5772.