Chemicals in products and how it affects you
Environmental factors around you can play a huge role on how your hormones respond. The chemicals that are used in everyday products such as deodorants, cleaning products, candles, makeup, food containers and cooking utensils can reap havoc on your hormone system by causing imbalances due to an increased toxic load. When you are using products on yourself or in your environment it’s extremely important to read the labels and know what’s in the products that you are using. Whenever possible natural is always best!
Here a few of the most common chemicals used and how it may impact your body.
- 1,4-dioxane is a synthetic chemical commonly found in deodorants, food supplements, cosmetics, shampoos and dyes. The EPA classifies this chemical as a likely human carcinogen. Symptoms from using this chemical may include eye, nose and throat irritation and in severe cases kidney and liver damage.
- BPAs (bisphenol A), has been banned from majority of plastic products nowadays however is still present in some canned foods (always check your labels). BPAs have been known to cause hormonal issues resulting in reproductive toxicity and birth defects, as well as cancer.
- Phthalates can be found in hair spray, nail polish, food packaging, plastics, shower curtains and many other common house hold products. The national institutes of health have linked swallowing and inhaling products that contain Phthalates to affecting reproduction and fetal development, and in some cases cancer.
- Dioxins, a chemical commonly found in animal products, dairy products, soil and sediments have been linked to causing impairment in the immune, nervous and endocrine systems as well as reproductive functions.
Although this is only a handful of the chemicals that you may be exposing yourself to on the daily, there are many more out there. If you do feel concerned about your chemical exposure, look into the ingredients in the products that you use and seek alternative products that don’t contain these nasties. We are lucky to live in a health conscious society that is constantly creating new chemical free products, if you are lost on where to begin there are plenty of great blogs, instagrams and podcasts dedicated to chemical free living.