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All You Need to Know About Xenoestrogens: Risks, Sources and Tips

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Xenoestrogens are the technical name for a class of man-made chemicals that mimic the effects of estrogen. When absorbed by the body, xenoestrogens are highly cancer-causing and hormone disruptive, as they are estrogen dominant.

Xenoestrogens increase the risk of:

  • Breast cancer (1, 2, 6)
  • Uterine cancer (3)
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Prostate and testicular cancer (4, 5)
  • Male and female fertility problems (4)
  • Heavy periods

Sources of xenoestrogens:

  • Pesticides (used on animals, farms, produce, lawns, golf courses)
  • Beef (cattle in Canada and US are given zeranol or estradiol, which are estrogenic and convert to estrogen)
  • Dairy products; strong association between cheese consumption and testicular cancer (5)
  • Cosmetics that use phthalates and parabens (6)
  • Plastics mainly use BPA and phthalates, that leach into water and food
  • Cleaning chemicals
  • Fabric softeners containing benzyl acetate, ethanol, camphor, linalool, pentane
  • Bleach when used to whiten tampons, pads and toilet paper
  • Pharmaceuticals that contain synthetic estrogen, which is toxic estrogen and gets stored in fat cells

Tips to minimize xenoestrogen exposure:

  • Buy local produce and get informed on your local farmers’ practices
  • Buy organic pending pesticide levels and GMO factors on certain produce (click here for more info.)
  • Avoid all dairy products. Choose alternatives like almond milk and nut cheese
  • Avoid meat products. Choose a plant based diet for optimal health
  • Avoid plastic (use a reusable glass bottle for your water, glass containers for food)
  • Use natural cleaning products (like vinegar, baking soda, lemon essential oil)
  • Buy cotton tampon or pads
  • Avoid synthetic hormones
  • Increase your daily fiber intake at least by 35 grams

 

 

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