You may have heard that reducing toxic load is a huge element of hormone balancing. But have you found yourself wondering what’s the deal with plastic and hormones?
We are surrounded by plastic and it’s having a devastating effect on our environment. In addition to the impact on the world around us, plastic leached into our food and water is also having a devastating effect on our endocrine systems. Once ingested, chemicals found in plastics mimic oestrogen binding to oestrogen receptor cells and leads to oestrogen dominance, hormonally driving cancers and obesity
It is impossible to avoid toxins all together as every day we are surrounded by pollution, cleaning products, self-care products, non-organic foods, fluoride, pesticides, fire retardants and so on. It’s about controlling what we can and reducing our exposure to plastics is a great start.
And I get it, you’re busy. I am too. But I promise these 5 easy swaps won’t take much time.
Do you have a bag you always use for work/school/popping out? If so, set it up with a reusable (non-plastic) water bottle, coffee cup and cutlery. Avoid adding to landfill and exposing yourself to plastic whilst saving money as most coffee shops offer a discount when you use your own cup.
Fruit and Veg
Swap to an organic food delivery services such as Abel and Cole or Riverford. They deliver fruit and vegetable boxes direct to your door and the cardboard box is returned to the company to be reused. Plus, all produce is seasonal and organic – another big environmental tick.
I hate food waste – it’s one of my pet hates – and I am always on the lookout for the best ideas for storing leftovers. These reusable beeswax food wraps are a non-toxic alternative to plastic wrap, made from 100% organic cotton and infused with organic beeswax.
Every year in the UK 260 million plastic toothbrushes end up in landfill which take hundreds of years to break down. The Humble Toothbrush Company make bamboo toothbrushes that feel really nice in your hand and in your mouth. Humble also fund oral-care projects in vulnerable communities all around the world. Eco-friendly and socially responsible – what’s not to love?
Coffee pod machines are clean, easy to use, quick and make damn good coffee. But did you know that in addition to digesting plastic in the coffee, the pods are not recyclable? They end up in landfill, take up to 500 years to break down. And most worryingly 55 million pods are thrown away every day! Why not switch to real coffee using a plunger or a percolator – the coffee tastes just as good and you have the choice of selecting fair trade and organic too.
If you would like to find out more have a read of Toxins to Avoid for Hormone Balance.