Common sources of xenoestrogens are food, plastic, skin care products, building supplies, pesticides, and contraceptives. Here are a few ways to reduce your exposure the xenoestrogens:
- Avoid pesticides by choosing organic, locally grown, and in season foods.
- Peel non-organic fruits and vegetables.
- Buy hormone free meats and dairy products.
- Avoid plastics in the following everyday kitchen products:
- Water bottles
- Canned foods (most are lined with plastic)
- Teflon and other non-stick cookware
- Plastic wrap to cover food and by removing plastic covered food as soon as you get home from the store
- Choose household products carefully. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s website for green cleaning products.
- Choose chlorine free alternatives for the following products:
- Paper towels
- Tampons and menstrual pads
- Toilet paper
- Coffee filters
If you would like more information or an individualized plan for you, make an appointment with any of the Highlands Health and Wellness providers. You can also check out more information about safe products in these categories and more at EWG.org.