Xenoestrogens, what are they and why should I avoid them?

Xeno-what?!

Xenoestrogens are chemicals that imitate estrogen and act like estrogen in your body, negatively impacting your hormone balance.  Health conditions associated with excessive xenoestrogens in the body include PMS symptoms, fibroids, endometriosis, breast cancer, early puberty, ovarian cysts, migraines and weight gain.

Probably the most famous xenoestrogen is BPA, the bisphenol-A found in plastic water bottles, plastic packaging, lining canned food and baby bottles (although Canada was the first to ban BPA from baby bottles in 2008).

BPA has gotten lots of publicity, even from the David Suzuki Foundation with their ‘12 ways to avoid hidden BPA.’

However, there are lots of other classes of chemicals that are considered xenoestrogens and can influence your hormone balance.  We are literally exposed to them everywhere, so it is impossible to eliminate them completely from our lives (unless you can live in a bubble!).

I like handing out the following list to my patients which contains many sources of xenoestrogens.  I suggest they take a look and pick 1-2 items that they are exposed to daily or in excessive amounts and make a change in their lives.  1-2 changes can go a long way to improving the health of yourself and your family.

Xenoestrogen list

What are you doing to make a positive change for your hormonal health? Feel free to share your stories and tips!

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Dr. Simone strongly believes that the mind and body are connected to your overall health and wellness. As a primary health care provider, her practice provides ongoing support throughout your healing journey. Her role as your Naturopathic Doctor is to assist you in discovering your needs, support you in personal growth and help you reach your health and wellness goals. With the belief that happiness and balance is possible for everyone, Dr. Simone strives to help her patients live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She has experience with reproductive health, working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children have also been a primary focus in Dr. Simone’s life in both her professional role as a naturopath and in her volunteer work. She believes that setting healthy habits at a young age can be critical for long-term health and wellness.

4 Responses to Xenoestrogens, what are they and why should I avoid them?

  1. Dominique says:

    Hi Dr. Simone!

    I liked the list, but in terms of birth control I was surprised that a copper IUD wasn’t in the suggested list. It’s definitely a must in the conversation!

    • Hi Dominique! Yes I agree the copper IUD is a great hormone free option. I do often discuss it as an option for women to ask their doctors about. The list I posted was not made by me, however I like how comprehensive it is and refer clients to it as a starting point. One day I’ll make my own 🙂

  2. Rita Jurdi says:

    This is an extremely educational article! I learned something new today! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Pingback: Good-bye period cramps! | Dr. Ellen Simone's Tips for Optimal Health

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