3 Things in Your Home That May Be Disrupting Your Hormones

Updated 05/16/17
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We've established the importance of hormones—they regulate everything from fertility to mood and can even influence your weight. But despite our efforts to balance our hormones via food and supplements, there's a third influence at play that's arguably the most pervasive: lifestyle. "Our environment has a huge effect on our hormones," said Burt Webb, MD, to Bustle. "It can throw your hormones off by causing your organs to alter their production of hormones." 

We don't suggest you live your life according to your hormones, but understanding the many factors at play can significantly improve the quality of your day-to-day. As Sara Gottfried, MD told MyDomaine, "When your hormones are in balance, neither too high nor too low, you look and feel your best." Here are the environmental factors to be aware of when trying to balance your hormones at home:

Plastic Containers

A study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that plastic actually releases chemicals that have a similar effect on the body as estrogen. BPA, specifically, can actually cause cancer if exposure reaches chronic levels.

The fix: Do a plastic cleanse—stock up on reusable water bottles, compostable takeout containers, and eco-friendly toiletries

GMO Foods + Fabrics

GMO stands for genetically modified organism, which is a scientifically engineered organism not found in nature. The jury is still out on the safety of genetically modified foods, but studies have linked GMO foods with hormonal imbalances and infertility. Fabrics can also contain GMO cotton derivatives, including clothes and linens.

The fix: Play it safe and stick to non-GMO brands, like Vitacost, Eden Foods, and Solo Organix.

Your Couch

Many couches contain a compound to make them fire retardant, said Sara Gottfried to our sister site Byrdie. Unfortunately, "These chemicals have been directly associated with endocrine disruption and have even been shown to impact thyroid function in pregnant women."

The fix: Brands like West ElmCrate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, and more are all fire retardant-free.

Head over to Bustle for more, and read up on the hormone-balancing foods to fill up on today.

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