Chemicals are everywhere, plastics, pesticides, make-up, household cleaning products, shampoo the list really does drag on. Phthalates and DDE are two which are strongly linked to causing female reproductive problems. Bosphenol-A or BPA has now been linked to obesity, IQ loss and male infertility.
We need to reduce our exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals. But how? Simply start making concious changes in your home and surrounding environment. The next time you need washing powder take a look at the ingredients, your shampoo or your deodorant. Women in particular use more chemicals on their skin then men. Take your morning routine, how many products do you use? Shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, cleanser, toner, moisturiser, make-up, deodorant, perfume and even sanitary products are loaded with endocrine disrupting chemicals. These are all placed directly on to our skin and absorbed straight into our blood stream.
Infertility is huge problem today for both men and women. Lifestyle is a huge factor and lots can be done to help restore hormonal balance in our bodies.
Below is a swap list I have tried and tested.
Shower Gel– Don’t be fooled by all natural labelling. Look the ingredients, check out your local health food shop, they will have a huge range even Holland & Barrett. I use Neal’s Yard as its one of the most ethical and organic companies going.
Shampoo – As above check the ingredients, you can even make your own, it does take a good bit of practice to get the mixture right. I also use Neal’s Yard.
Toothpaste – Fluoride does not belong in our body! Always choose fluoride free. I use Forever Living Aloe Vera and for my son I buy Jack N Jill Organic.
Face Products – Again its Neal’s Yard but there are loads of great other options out there.
Deodorant – If you don’t change anything please change this.. I used to have achy breasts during my cycle. Doctors will say this is perfectly normal. NO ITS NOT. Pain anywhere in the body in not normal. The minute I changed I had instant relief. Personally I like Forever Living Aloe Vera roll-on, it gives me the best protection all day. You may have to try a few before you find one that suits your body.
Washing Powder & Fabric Softener – We all have super sensitive skin and if you or anyone in your family suffers from eczema this could well be a serious contender. I use Soap Nuts 100% natural, biodegradable, can be used up to 6 washes and no need for fabric softener. You will save a small fortune.. For nice smelly clothes add in a few drops of your favourite essential oils.
Bleach – Here is a link to make your own alternative its every bit as effective and can be used as a all round cleaner. I purchased everything off eBay Click Here.
Do your own research, and make informed decisions when it comes to your health and that of your family’s. It doesn’t have to cost the earth to make small changes. I can promise by swapping one product you will notice huge benefits.