Plastics, Xenobiotics and Endocrine Disruption |Part 2 of 2|

Welcome to part two of my two-part series on Xenobiotics! If you haven’t read part one, CLICK HERE for my explanation of what xenobiotics in plastics are and how they cause problems with our hormones; particularly oestrogen.

What can Xenobiotics Exposure Mean For Me?

The implications for exposure to BPA and BPS and the corresponding increased oestrogen in the body are enormous – it can contribute to:

  • progression of female gynaecological issues such as endometriosis and PCOS
  • Progression of female reproductive cancers (breast, cervical, etc).

Raised oestrogen in children can contribute to precocious puberty in girls, as well as other hormonal imbalances in children. 

Raised oestrogen in men can be a contributing factor in the development of male breast cancer and bowel cancer.

Finally, it has been shown that BPA in particular is a contributing factor to infertility in male and female test subjects (keeping in mind that this is mostly rat-based research).

What can you do about Xenobiotic Exposure?

There are two major steps to reducing the harm that plastics and other xenobiotics can do to you: reduce your intake and improve your ability to detoxify!

Reducing your intake of BPA, BPS and other Xenobiotics

In order to reduce your intake of harmful plastics and petrochemicals (anything made from petroleum – the main ingredient for plastic), changes need to be made in your diet and lifestyle.

Things to avoid:

  • Plastic water bottles
  • Plastic tupperware
  • Tinned food
  • Take-away coffee cups

Things to do instead:

  • Use a glass or stainless steel water bottle
  • Use glass or stainless steel tupperware/food containers
  • If you have to get tinned food, choose organic tinned food – the lining is BPA free
  • Use a glass, stainless steel or ceramic re-usable coffee cup (ideally with a silicone or other non-plastic lid)

Signs you’re not detoxifying well

How do you know if you need support with detoxification? Here are some simple ways of knowing:

  • Pay attention to your poo. See my “what your poo says about you” post for guidance on what to look for.
  • Any kind of diagnosed liver or gallbladder disease – if you have hepatitis, gallstones, cirrhosis or other conditions which affect your liver and gallbladder, this means you won’t have the best ability to fully clear waste from your body.
  • Worsening or development of skin conditions such as acne and eczema. These can absolutely be exacerbated by poor ability to clear waste through the bowel and liver – the next detox organ of choice for the body is the skin!
  • Migraines. If you experience headaches and/or migraines with aura that have a pattern around your menstrual cycle, this is a strong sign that you are having issues with oestrogen metabolism and clearance (it’s why the prescription of the combined oral contraceptive pill is avoided in these cases).

If you’re worried about your plastics exposure and what it might be doing to you or your children, my Naturopathic approach can really get to the root cause for you and help bring you back into balance.

  Lauren Booth

Lauren Booth

Naturopath