Nutrition 301: Don’t Throw Out the Baby With the Bath Water

Now that you know what an obesogen is and that it is quite likely in your bathwater how do you reduce your exposure? Our environment is full of these chemicals but many you can avoid with a little effort. Here’s the list and the best way to avoid them wherever possible. It mainly just requires you read the labels and vote with your dollars!

BPA (Bisphenol A): found in plastic bottles for water or baby formula, store receipts, plastic food containers for storage, aluminum cans such as soup, tuna, soda, and vinyl products such as shower curtains

  • Use glass or BPA-free food storage containers
  • Look for water bottles labeled BPA-free
  • Avoid containers labeled plastics 3 or 7 on the bottom
  • Use tuna pouches that are BPA free versus canned tuna
  • Eat fewer canned foods and opt for fresh foods wherever possible
  • Get meat from the butcher counter instead of pre-packaged as BPA can found in the plastic
  • Don’t microwave plastic containers as it causes the BPA to leach out into the food
  • Use cloth shower curtains or those labeled BPA free

Phthalates: found in anything with fragrance such as detergents, air fresheners, perfume, hair products, lotion, cosmetics

  • Ditch the canned or plug-in air fresheners and open a window or opt for reed diffusers
  • Cut down on the amount of perfume you wear
  • Cut out toiletries that include phthalates all together, products made by Now FoodsCarol’s Daughter or Shea Moisture are great alternatives for skin and hair care
  • Switch your laundry detergent and household cleaning supplies to environmentally friendly brands such as Mrs. Meyers, Seventh Generation or Method

Parabans: preservative found primarily in cosmetics to prevent the product from spoiling during shipping

  • Opt for paraban and methylparaban free items

Pesticides/Herbicides/Fungicides: various chemicals sprayed on foods to kill insects, prevent mold, and kill weeds

  • Buy organic fruits and vegetables where you can. If you can’t afford the higher cost focus on foods with thin skins that you eat such as apples, pears, plums, etc.
  • Wash produce very well with a special made, preferably organic, wash that contains vinegar to clean off all residue

Antibiotics/Hormones/Soy/Steroids: given to livestock to help them grow faster and go straight into your body

  • Purchase beef (an other red meats) and poultry items that have not been injected with hormones, and is grass fed
  • Antibiotics aren’t given to livestock but they are given to fish to help them grow faster
  • Avoid farm raised salmon where color is added to give it its pink look, opt for wild caught instead

 Other tips to address a broad spectrum of obesogens: there are more out there than what’s on this list

  • Install granular activated carbon filter on your faucet or in a water filtration system in your refrigerator
  • Reduce the intake of soy which mimics estrogen and is found in just about everything
  • Drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning to encourage the elimination of toxins
  • Include psyllium in a protein shake 2-3 times a week to promote bowel movements (some people are walking around with 10-20 pounds of waste in their colons releasing more harmful toxins)

Make your way down this list and begin with small changes. These options can be a little more pricey, but you can get excellent prices online . Large consumer packaged goods companies are starting to create products that meet this list while small companies are starting to proliferate. I had to give up some much loved products, but it has been worth it. My skin is more clear and my digestive system is happy. I’m working on drastically reducing soy as I believe I am ultra sensitive to its estrogen-mimicking properties.




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