Endocrine disruptors: How to avoid excess estrogen

Endocrine disruptors are chemical which can mimic hormones or which can disrupt our endocrine system and cause a hormonal imbalance in the body.  These endocrine disruptors can be present in food, water or even cosmetic products.

Tanushree Singh
Mind BodyWritten by: Tanushree SinghPublished at: Nov 01, 2016Updated at: Nov 01, 2016
Endocrine disruptors: How to avoid excess estrogen

Our endocrine system is a complex, inter-dependent arrangement in which each hormone plays a very specific role. In such an intricate and complicated system, endocrine disruptors, or the chemicals which mess up our endocrine system are certainly an unwelcome thing.


Endocrine disruptors How to avoid excess estrogen


Our world is now filled with synthetic chemicals which affect our hormones and their production. They are present in the plastics, cosmetics, fragrances and even the dust that collects in our homes. Many of the changes which are caused by these endocrine disruptors are irreversible, but we can make efforts and avoid exposure as much as possible. Here is how to avoid endocrine disruptors in our day to day life



Clean and vacuum the dust accumulated in your home regularly. Our household products are filled with flame retardant chemicals, which are used to avoid the products catching fire. These chemicals escape from the household objects and accumulate as dust.


Wash your hands

We encounter endocrine disruptors on daily basis in the form of fragrances, pesticides and dust. Washing your hands with soap before eating can get rid of the chemicals prevent them from entering your system. Try to avoid scented soaps and antibacterial soaps as they themselves might contain endocrine disruptors.


Go organic

Organic food products are not exposed to harmful chemicals from pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Try to include as much organic produce in your diet as possible. Decreasing the amount of meat you eat is also a good way to avoid these chemicals as the concentration of these endocrine disruptors and other harmful chemicals increases as we go up the food chain.


Birth control

Birth control pills contain estrogen and can be a regular source of excess estrogen in the body for many women. What’s worse is that this estrogen, once flushed from the body, stays in our water and circulates through the food chain. Adopting a different birth control method is one of the ways to lower estrogen levels in your body.


Eat right

It is very difficult to completely avoid the excess estrogen and hormone disrupting chemicals, but there are ways to minimize toxic estrogen in your system by eating anti-estrogenic diets. Raw foods are not only good for your health, they also help flush out harmful toxins from your body. Fresh vegetables are good at deflecting xenoestrogen and certain vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower are very effective at removing excess estrogen out of your system.


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