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Reducing Levels of Xenoestrogens

April 05, 20232 min read

What are Xenoestrogens?  They are found in a range of everyday items.  They alter the way our body naturally functions because they contain endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are a category of chemicals that alter the normal function of hormones.  In women, xenoestrogens can contribute to a condition known as estrogen dominance. This is especially likely during perimenopause, when the normal balance of progesterone and estrogen is out of balance leaving women prone to high estrogen levels. 

Most of us don’t even think twice about the plastic containers we use to store food or the makeup we wear, or the cleaning products we use. 

The food industry has become reliant on pesticides. Brands of insecticide, herbicide and fungicide have been approved for use and some fruit and vegetables are sprayed as many as 10 times before they reach the supermarket shelves.  

So how do we avoid xenoestrogens? 

  • Drink filtered water. Tap water or tank water contain a multitude of varying toxins that can quite easily be filtered out.

  • Switch to organic foods that haven’t been exposed to pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Organic foods are generally free of genetically modified ingredients and antibiotics and contain higher amounts of vitamins and minerals, in particular vital micronutrients like zinc, as they are grown on more nutrient-rich soil.  We understand that eating organic is good for us, but sometimes these can be expensive and we don’t want to pay the extra money.  If your fruit and vegetables are not organic, wash them thoroughly. Washing cannot alter the amount of pesticides already absorbed into the vegetables but it can at least take away some of the residue. 

  • Use BPA free plastic bottles and food containers

  • Remove food from plastic packaging as soon as possible

  • Do not heat food in plastic, especially in microwave ovens

  • Store all food in a glass dish in the fridge, avoid cling wrap and place a saucer or glass lid over it.

  • Eat grass fed organic meat 

  • Overhaul your personal care products. Only buy phthalate-free toiletries

  • Stop using perfumes. Essential oils can work just as well.

  • Choose natural cleaning products or make your own

  • If you are building or renovating choose safer products. Seek assistance in creating a healthy home. 

It is impossible to avoid all xenoestrogens so crucial to managing your menopause symptoms including menopause weight gain is to flush out the ones you are exposed to. By consuming plenty of good oestrogens which are naturally found in many fruits and vegetables, known as phytonutrients will lock into your cells and prevent them from taking in xenoestrogens. Your can also support your liver detoxifying it every morning with a cup of hot water with half a squeezed fresh lemon.

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Emma Bitz

Nutrition Coach | Weight-loss Practitioner | Neuro Change Master Practitioner | Meditation Coach - I help women navigate through all phases of life without expensive medications, restrictive diets or complicated plans! I use simple, easy to implement strategies that allow you to create long-lasting healthy habits, give you tools to reset and renergise your mind, and allow you to live a healthy and vibrant life.

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