When a woman approaches her late forties or early fifties and the menopause kicks in, so do a myriad of side effects. Ladies, you know what we’re talking about. There’s insomnia, hot flashes, weight gain, the night sweats and a whole lot of other icky symptoms which may lead you to have a slight grudge against all the men out there. Your hormones are also on overdrive…fluctuating up and down like a roller coaster at an amusement park.
As awkward and as uncomfortable as it may be, it’s the circle of life and a natural part of getting older. There are some ways you can may the journey of menopause slightly more comfortable and they all avoid treating your body like a well-oiled machine, nourishing your body with what makes it feel good and avoiding what can potentially make it feel bad. Things like hormone disruptors.
What are hormone disruptors?
Hormone disruptors or endocrine distruptors (EDCs) are a group of man-made chemicals which mimic or interfere with the body’s endocrine system, a system made of glands that produce the body’s hormones. They carry messages from cell to cell and influence almost every organ and function in the body. Used as inexpensive preservatives in skincare, the four most common ones on the market are parabens, phthalates, benzophenones and bisphenols.
Why are they bad?
When ingested, inhaled or applied to the skin, EDCs can interfere with the production, actions and/or elimination of our hormones naturally present in the body. These hormones deal with everything from the production of oestrogen and testosterone to the production of insulin. So it’s not really something you should be messing with by exposing it to hormone-altering ingredients. In fact, science has linked hormone disruptors to a host of serious disorders including low sperm count or even infertility, endocrine-related cancers such as breast, ovarian, testicular, prostate and thyroid as well as obesity and type-2 diabetes.
Hormone disruptors and menopause
While the risk is potentially there for people of all ages and abilities, menopausal women should take particular care when it comes to avoiding these ingredients. With all of the extra hormones swirling around their bodies, menopausal women are potentially more vulnerable to the effects of hormone disruptors. Women at menopause age are already more susceptible things like breast and ovarian cancer, so why add even more hormones to the mix? Especially ones that can interact with your naturally occurring ones, elevating your symptoms and making it hard for you to get a good nights rest.