three chemicals to avoid to cut your cancer risk
Statistically speaking, cancer is the number two cause of death, just after heart disease. Do you know what contributes to cancer that is found in your body and environment? Our hormones, for both men and women. Women have a 1 in 8 lifetime chance of getting cancer. Hormones have many roles in our body, beyond the sex hormones, from regulating your metabolism, to blood pressure, water conservation and more. Most hormones are released from glands in your body, but there are chemicals that act like fake hormones, called xenoestrogens. These chemicals can come into your body by using products that are made with the following:
- Parabens- a perservative found in many personal care products, shampoos, lotions, etc.
- Phthalates-found in plastics, ie water bottles, some personal care products, vinyl flooring.
- Bisphenol A-found in lining of cans, toys, and plastics.
Many women have been placed on HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), to treat symptoms associated with menopause. Unfortunately, sometimes this can do more harm than good, as noted in the “Million Women Study” from Cancer Research UK, showing an increase in cancer rates, of 1 in 4. There are alternatives to HRT, talk to a local holistic doctor and get your hormones tested.
For both men and women look at your household and kitchen products, along with personal care items to avoid these 3 harmful ingredients. Choose items that are labeled “Paraben Free” etc. Also, think outside the box, hormones can be found in food too! Animals these days are injected with growth hormone, and more in attempts to increase size for more profits. Buying organic food is best when possible, including eggs, hormone free meats, and milk. The Environmental Working Group makes a list called “The Dirty Dozen” which names the crops that are the most heavily pesticided, so if you have to make a choice of organic or not, definitely consult this list first.
Health is in your hands, you have power each day to choose your food and products!