Growing up in Washington Heights in the late 90's & early 2000s, there wasn't a lot of health education. Whole Foods was not a thing in my community and we used products that were affordable to us. We didn't read labels or care about what went on our skin because everyone was using the same products, it was normal. Why would there be products out there that caused us harm (cancer/infertility/depression)?
In 2007 my sister became pregnant with her first baby. We all became researching monsters and found out about all the 'crunchy granola' health info there was to find on the internet. Suffice to say that we were shocked. This is when we, as a family, started changing the way we ate and changing the products we used. (We still buy crap every once in a while though, sometimes you can't help it)
In recent years, there has been an increase in hormonal imbalances in women and men, which has made an impact on fertility and overall health.
Our endocrine system is responsible for healthy and balanced hormone levels. Endocrine-safe products are those that are free from ingredients that can disrupt the body's endocrine system.
The endocrine system is a network of glands and hormones that regulate many important functions in the body, such as metabolism, growth and development, and reproductive health.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are a group of substances that can interfere with the normal functioning of the endocrine system. These chemicals can be found in a variety of products, including personal care items, household cleaners, and food packaging.
Exposure to EDCs can have a range of negative health effects, including increased risk of cancer, reproductive disorders, and developmental delays. It's especially important to avoid EDCs during pregnancy, as they can affect the developing fetus and cause long-term health problems.
To avoid EDCs and protect your endocrine system, it's important to choose products that are free from these harmful chemicals.
Look for products that are labeled "endocrine-safe" or "EDC-free," and avoid those that contain known EDCs, such as parabens, phthalates, and triclosan.
In addition to choosing endocrine-safe products, you can also reduce your exposure to EDCs by:
Reading labels and avoiding products that contain known EDCs
Choosing organic and natural products when possible
Avoiding processed and packaged foods, which often contain EDCs in their packaging
Buy products that have no added fragrances (use diluted essential oils)
EDCs and Infertility
Exposure to EDCs can have a number of negative effects on fertility, both in males and females. In males, EDCs can interfere with the production of hormones such as testosterone, which can affect sperm production and quality. This can lead to decreased sperm count, reduced sperm motility, and abnormalities in sperm shape, all of which can make it more difficult to conceive.
In females, EDCs can also affect hormone production and disrupt the menstrual cycle. This can lead to irregular periods, ovulation disorders, and other conditions that can make it difficult to get pregnant. EDCs can also affect the development of the reproductive system in the womb, leading to problems with the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries that can make it difficult to conceive.
Detoxing From Endocrine Disruptors
If this is the first time you're hearing about all of this, I'm sorry, I know it's a lot! The good news is we can remove these toxins from our body and heal!
There are a few steps you can take to help detox from endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs):
Avoid exposure to EDCs as much as possible. EDCs can be found in a variety of products, including personal care items, household cleaners, and plastic products. Avoid using products that contain EDCs, and choose products that are labeled as "organic" or "natural" instead.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help support the body's natural detoxification processes. Avoid processed foods and foods that are high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, as these can interfere with the body's ability to detox.
Drink plenty of water. Water is essential for the body's detoxification processes, and it can help flush out toxins and waste products. Aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day, and avoid sugary drinks and alcohol, which can dehydrate the body and make it more difficult to detox.
Exercise regularly. Exercise can help support the body's natural detoxification processes, as well as improve overall health and well-being. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day, such as brisk walking, jogging, or cycling.
Consider incorporating detox supplements into your routine. Certain supplements, such as milk thistle, dandelion root, and activated charcoal, can help support the body's natural detoxification processes. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider before taking any supplements, as they can interact with medications and other supplements.
Saunas and steaming help the body sweat and expel toxins.
Using Steam to Detox
If you follow me and my business then you already know that one of my favorite ways to cleanse, ground and detox is to steam! I love steaming with our Clearing & Cleansing steaming blend. Get your steaming herbs here.
Steaming can provide a number of potential benefits for detoxing, including:
Increased sweating: Steaming can cause the body to sweat profusely, which can help to flush out toxins and waste products through the skin. This can help to support the body's natural detoxification processes, and may provide some relief from symptoms of detox, such as headaches and fatigue.
Improved circulation: The heat in a steam can cause the blood vessels to dilate, which can improve circulation throughout the body. This can help to transport toxins and waste products to the liver and kidneys, where they can be eliminated from the body.
Reduced stress: Steaming can provide a relaxing and peaceful environment, which can help to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Stress can interfere with the body's natural detoxification processes, so reducing stress can be an important part of a detox program.
Increased oxygenation: The heat in a steam can cause the body to take in more oxygen, which can support the body's natural detoxification processes. Oxygen can help to neutralize toxins and waste products, making them easier for the body to eliminate.
*consult with a healthcare provider before using a sauna or steaming for detoxing, as the heat and steam can be intense and may not be suitable for everyone.*
In conclusion y'all, read labels and consider using cleaner products, detoxing every 3-6 months and commit to living an overall healthier lifestyle. You'll feel so much better!
Let me know if you have any questions and happy detoxing!!