Remember the book I told you I started the other day? Well, it’s packed full of all kinds of interesting information. I have only made it to Chapter 5 (there are 16) and I am already loving it. Much of the medical information I already knew or at least had heard of, but nonetheless, it’s all still very interesting. Xenoestrogen in particular. Lorraine Pintus, the author of Jump Off The Hormone Swing, refers to Xenoestrogen as Estrogen’s evil twin sister. “She looks like estrogen but she comes into your body from a foreign place.”
If you’re a male and you’re thinking this post isn’t for you, hold on a minute, because even though we’re talking about “estrogen”, it involves you too. Everyone is exposed to xenoestrogens through our environment. They are in the air we breath (chemicals, pollution) the water we drink (plastic bottles, pollution), the food we eat (non-organic foods, animals being given hormones and being fed GMO products), and the products we use (anti-aging creams, lotions, cleansing products, makeup, laundry detergents).
Lorraine says everything from diabetes to infertility are being linked to the “evil twin sister”. Also, many women who suffer from sever PMS and perimenopause symptoms are estrogen dominant. Xenoestrogens are a big part of that dominance problem.
If you would like to learn more about xenoestrogens in particular, here are a couple more websites. Or, you can just Google “Xenoestrogens” and you’ll find all kinds of information.
http://flowinghealth.org/xenoestrogen_patient_handout.pdf http://endojourney.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/a-list-of-xenoestrogens/ .
So, without getting completely obsessive and hyper about it, let’s look at it logically. Lorraine uses the 80/20 rule, which I think is a great idea. 80% of the time we can pretty easily control what we use, how we use it, what we eat, and what we are exposing ourselves to. If you leave your house, which we all do, then it makes a lot of sense that 20% of the time, you can’t control it, nor should you worry about it. Life is meant to be enjoyed. So approach this with the attitude of, I’m going to take control of what I put in and on my body and expose myself to, as much as possible. A little awareness and action is better than none.
Lorraine lists a website in her book with a database of all of the common cosmetics, cleansers, and lotions we use. What’s so cool about that you might ask? Well it has a number rating for each item based on how toxic it is. Yep. And let me tell you, it was an eye opener. Even the “natural” things you are buying might shock you. The ratings include reproductive organ toxins as well as cancer toxins, allergies & immunotoxicity, and overall health hazards. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Here is a quick look at their toxin number rating system:
0-2 Low Hazard 3-6 Moderate Hazard 7-10 High Hazard
Just to give you an idea, here is a list of things that I use on a regular basis that I researched on their website and their toxicity number level:
Organix Shampoo & Conditioner = 4-5
Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser = 5
Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub = (new on the market, not listed yet)
Dessert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil = 0
Yes To Cucumbers Sensitive Skin Calming Night Cream = 2
Kiss My Face Olive & Aloe Lotion (I use it for body lotion) = 5
Colgate Optic White (They didn’t have the specific one, but all of the other whitening toothpastes are the same score) = 5
Bare Minerals Foundation in Medium = 2
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil SPF25 = 7
Bare Minerals Blush = 2
Bare Minerals Eye Shadow = 4
Almay Line Smoothing Concealer for the Eye = 9
Maybelline Lash Stiletto = 4
(If you have trouble looking up your specific item, just type in the brand name click on the brand, go to the left and click on what item it is..and then scroll down the list to see if it is rated.)
So, before you go gather all of your toiletries and cosmetics to check how awful they are for you, remember the goal is to minimize your exposure to unhealthy things, because truthfully, it is impossible to avoid them 100%.
When you’re finished looking everything up you can go to the upper tool bar on the website and click on whatever you like to find lists of products from different companies that are non toxic. You can order them online, or print them out to see if you can find them locally.
And just in case you aren’t freaked out enough by the toiletries you’re using, here’s another website she listed so you can look up all of the chemicals in the other every day products you use.
*But even before you do that, you may want to self medicate with a nice cup of soothing tea and my Fig Pillows. Because we all know that pie crust pretty much makes anything better.
Fig Pillows with Fig Glaze & Almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2 Portions of Gluten Free Pie Dough
GF Flour For Dusting & Rolling
Trader Joe’s Fig Butter
Pure Almond Extract
Raw Almonds, finely chopped
Roll out one portion of dough and slice into 30 squares with a sharp knife.
Add about a teaspoon of the fig butter to each square. Then, roll out the second portion of dough and slice into 30 squares.
Using a flat knife (I use a frosting spatula), take one square of plain dough, pat it out just a little with your fingers.
Take the patted out piece of dough and cover the fig jam carefully pressing down around the sides. Score each side with a fork, poke once in the middle so air can escape, and place the fig pillow on a parchment lined baking sheet. Continue with the remainder of the dough until they are finished.
Bake in a preheated oven for 22 minutes and remove to a cooling rack.
While the cookies are cooling, make a glaze with the powdered sugar, fig butter, almond milk, and pure almond extract (about 1/2 tsp.), and finely chop about 1/4 cup raw almonds.
Leaving the fig pillows on the cooling rack, drizzle with glaze and sprinkle with nuts.