Xenoestrogens 101

 
 
What are Xenoestrogens?
 
Xenoestrogens are chemicals that mimic estrogen in your body. 'Xeno' means foreign, so xenoestrogens are compounds that act like estrogens from a foreign source. They are man-made chemicals that mimic estrogen and impact hormone balance. Xenoestrogens are also referred to by many other names, including the following:
 
  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC's)
  • Endocrine Disruptors
  • Hormone Disrupting Chemicals
  • Hormone Disruptors
  • Xenobiotics
  • Fake Estrogens
  • Estrogen Mimicking Chemicals
  • Metalloestrogens
  • Oestrogens
Why Should I Be Concerned About Xenoestrogens?
 

Xenoestrogens wreak havoc on your hormonal balance and endocrine system and can create numerous problems. Recent research indicates that xenoestrogens are affecting the world we live in, from male alligators unable to reproduce to parabens linked to breast cancer in women. These endocrine disruptors can cause physical discomfort by suppressing hormones in your thyroid which can lead to fatigue, muscle and joint pain.

Additionally, endocrine disrupting chemicals may cause endometriosis, fibro cystic breast disease, ovarian cysts, migraines, severe PMS, uterine cysts, infertility, increased breast cancer, reduced testosterone in males and even behavioral changes. The effects of xenoestrogens are world-wide and affect wildlife and humans alike. 

Where Do Xenoestrogens Come From?
 

Most personal care products like shampoo, hair spray, lotions and perfumes are riddled with xenoestrogens that come in the form of phthalates, parabens and petroleum chemicals. These chemicals are added to help smooth the skin, allow scents to linger and create long lasting bubbles. Unfortunately, these products may also come packaged in BPA/BPS or phthalate laced plastic containers that may leach even more estrogenic chemicals.

Many household cleaning products, especially products that contain antibacterial ingredients like Triclosan, are tainted with multiple xenoestrogens. Even though there are countless studies on the harmful effects of endocrine disruptors many of them haven't been tested for human safety and go unregulated.

What Can I Do to Avoid Xenoestrogens?
 

Zero Xeno exists to create a xenoestrogen-free world! The Zero Xeno Movement aims to raise awareness about harmful xenoestrogens found in products the average consumer uses every day. Individuals who join this movement are becoming aware of where harmful estrogen-mimicking chemicals are hidden and are in the process of switching to products that are natural and free of endocrine disruptors.

Zero Xeno’s mission is to educate consumers how to make informed choices and help them avoid xenoestrogens. We focus on teaching people how to read ingredients and check labels so that they can identify products that may harm their health. By limiting exposure to xenoestrogens, we can achieve a xenoestrogen-free world!