Yep, you read that right!
Isn’t that a funny question to ask people, even I thought it was silly BUT recently after trying hard to shift a few kilos, heading to the gym and eating just right I landed myself in a doctors office knowing something else was wrong.
After heading to the doctors and finally getting some serious blood tests, I have been able to confirm that I had extremely high levels of estrogen in my system and no matter how good I ate or how much exercise I did I would never shift those kilos.
I have always been an advocate of my products being chemical free, but mailing because that chemicals are well known to cause cancer BUT I never knew that these same chemicals could throw out your hormones and make you hold onto weight!
After some awesome advise form my doctor, some natural pills to eliminate the excess estrogen and a massive clean out of things like soaps, shampoos ect that carry these “hormone mimicking” Chemicals, I lost 5 kilos over Christmas without ANY effort and I can tell you I ate sooooo much.
So I’m now focused on ensuring all my lovely Glam Ladies know what these nasty little chemicals are and how to reduce your exposure to them.
While there are so many to discuss for this occasion I just want to focus on the worst offender!
The main ingredient you want to avoid on package labels are phthalates, which are actually a class of chemicals. Phthalates are ingredients used to hold fragrance and color in a product.
A review of these nasty endocrine-disrupting chemicals, phthalates are generally associated with an increase in body size and obesity development in humans, so it may not be the extra slice of pizza you ate!
Phthalates are a synthetic estrogen, they basically mimic the natural estrogen in our bodies, and guess what? Too much of this hormone interferes with normal thyroid function and causes insulin resistance and the worst part is excess estrogen is linked to cancer WHAT!
Phthalates are so nasty they have this “anti-androgenic effect”, which means they counter “male” sex hormones and affect fetal development, particularly in males. They have also been directly linked to ADHD, breast cancer, decreased motor and mental development in children.
- Laundry detergent
- Makeup products
- Skincare products
- Dish soaps
- Hair sprays
- Scented candles
- Room freshener
- Fly sprays
- Nail Polish ect ect ect…
The lists is extensive, basically if it has a fragrance I’ts guaranteed to have a Phthalate in it somewhere.
So the big question is how can you avoid them?
Well my honest repose to this is it’s hard. Short of having A LOT of cash and throwing away everything you own, start with small changes as your “toxic products” run out.
Mineral makeup is and always will be the best alternative, providing its fragrance free, you will always need to check the labels carefully.
When you want the room to smell great in your home, use essential oils and a diffuser and why not try making your own candles at home with the essential oils too!
For more complex products there are many alternatives on the market but research will be key.
And while you may never get to replace all of these items, by making small changes you body will natural be able to restore itself at a faster pace.
If your concerned you may have an estrogen dominance head off to a doctor that specialised in women’s hormones, as your local GP wont offer the required tests for a full understanding of your body and its needs.
If you want to know more about this complex issue and much, much more jump onto our new group and join the Happy, Healthy Glam Tribe!