Clean House – Get rid of toxic chemicals, including pesticides to help get ready for conception

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Mar 19
2013

When I say “Clean house”, what I mean is remove dangerous toxic chemicals from your home and your body.  We are bombarded with toxic-chemicals everyday.  Many of them  are considered endocrine disruptors, which means they actually mimic hormones naturally found in your body.  Exposure to endocrine disruptors disturbs both Estrogens, female hormones and Androgens, male hormones, leaving the body confused, overwhelmed and out of balance.

There is no way we can avoid everything that contains toxins, but removing as much as possible from our everyday life, can make a huge difference in your ability to get pregnant.

Here’s a list if the biggest offenders, where they are found, how to identify it and why it’s dangerous.  This is a major step toward optimizing your health both in regards to conception as well as preventing chronic illness and cancer.  Trust me, it’s worth the effort.

BPA (Bisphenol A)

Where is it found:
Hard plastics such as water bottles, food storage containers, baby bottles, lining of metal food cans…

How to identify it:
Plastic products with a number “7” on the bottom most likely contain BPA.  The best way to reduce exposure is to use glass and ceramic when cooking and storing food.  Do not microwave food in plastic and do not drink hot liquids out of plastic bottles.  Exposing plastics to heat increases the amount of toxins that leach into your food.

Why is it dangerous:
BPA mimics estrogen.  Your endocrine system is a delicate and intricate system of communication.  Hormones, like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, just to name a few, play a very important role in regulating reproduction.  When you are exposed to toxic-chemicals such as BPA or other endocrine disruptors, your body’s ability to start, stop and complete important processes is disrupted.  High levels of exposure to BPA can be devastating to reproduction.
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PARABENS

Where is it found:
Beauty products such as shampoo and conditioner, make-up, face wash, sunscreen, lubricants, deodorants, body lotion and even packaged and processed foods.

How to identify it:
Look for the following ingredients or any word ending in “paraben”: Methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or benzylparaben.  Parabens may also be listed as Germaben II.

Why is it dangerous:
Like BPA, Parabens have estrogenic activity and are considered endocrine disrupters.  Studies have shown that a high concentration of Parabens in males can lead to the development of breasts, low sperm count and decreased testosterone levels.  Exposure in women can lead to increased rates of cancer, early onset of puberty and other estrogen dominant syndromes.  As mentioned above, the effects on reproduction make reducing exposure well worth the effort.

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VOC’s:

Where is it found:
Paint, new carpets, cleaning solutions, grocery bags, newspapers, rubber, clothing, household appliances, air fresheners, disinfecting chemicals, dry cleaning, moth balls

How to identify it:
Look for ingredients: toluene, benzene, formaldehyde, ethyl benzene, styrene, acetone.  It’s safe to assume any strong off-gas smell such as “new car smell” is a VOC’s.

Why is it dangerous:
Because VOC’s fat soluble, once they are inhaled they can pass through the fatty membranes of the lungs and get straight into the blood stream.  Once they hit the blood stream VOC’s can affect the brain often causing immediate feelings of dizziness and headaches.  VOC’s are a known carcinogen and studies have shown that “mothers who use paint during either preconception or pregnancy had a three-time higher risk of having a child with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.”  Men with high exposures have been found to have higher levels of abnormal sperm motility.

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PHTHALATES

Where is it found:
Shower curtain’s, food packaging, laundry detergent, nail polish, shampoo, toys, some types of flooring

How to identify it:
Look for DEHP, BzBP, DBP, DEP, DMP

What’s the problem:
Human studies have found that boys born to mothers with high exposure were found to have altered genital development.  Organ toxicity resulting from Phthalate exposure can lead to endocrine disruption, low birth weights and developmental defects.  Scary stuff!

Be suspicious of:

Non-organic produce
Shampoo
Conditioner
Makeup
Cleaning supplies
Laundry detergent
Plastic tupperware
Toothpaste
Lotions
Face wash
Carpet cleaners
Dish washing detergent
Hair spray
Nail polish
Lubricants
Sunscreen
Packaged foods
Lawn care products
Air fresheners
New furniture/carpets
Paint
Shower curtains
Bug spray
Coffee creamers
Canned foods

Here’s just a sample of companies that offer chemical-free products.  If you don’t find what you are looking for here, just search on-line for chemical-free, green, or toxin-free products.  Now a days, you can find almost anything you want!