Natural Housekeeping for Healthy Hormones
Do you suffer from fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritability, low libido, memory loss, or unwanted weight gain? Although these complaints may seem unrelated, they are all symptoms of hormone imbalance. Hormone imbalance isn't just something experienced by menopausal women. It can affect anyone and is frequently caused by lifestyle factors like stress, poor diet and lack of exercise. Sadly, even if your lifestyle is impeccable, you might still be affected.
Xenoestrogens: The Estrogen Imposters
Today, one of the most common causes of hormone imbalance are xenoestrogens in the environment. Xenoestrogens are chemicals that are structurally similar to estrogen and act like estrogen in your body. Xenoestrogens are most commonly found in plastics, personal care products like shampoo and makeup, laundry detergents, air fresheners, canned foods and household cleaners.
Signs of hormone imbalance in men that might be attributed to xenoestrogens include sexual concerns like problems maintaining an erection and low libido, decreased muscle mass and increase in fat, development of breasts, hair loss and night sweats. When exposed to xenoestrogens, women may experience vaginal dryness, hot flashes, unexplained weight gain, inflammation and an increased risk for female concerns like fibroids or endometriosis.
Restoring Balance With Natural Cleaners
If you're one of the millions affected by xenoestrogens, never fear—it IS possible to restore balance! The first step is steering clear of these estrogen imposters, allowing your body time to flush out those that have accumulated over years of exposure. One of the easiest ways to begin is by substituting natural household cleaners and detergents for the regular, often toxic, store-bought brands. Don't worry—it's simple and easy. In fact, you probably already have everything you need right in your cupboard! Here are some quick recipes for all-natural cleaning alternatives that will leave both your hormones and your home happy and healthy!
Combine one cup of white vinegar and one cup of water in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice for fragrance. Just spray on the surface to be cleaned, let sit for 5-10 minutes, and scrub! Rinse with warm water when done. (Vinegar may damage marble surfaces so use sparingly on these.)
Soap Scum Remover:
Mix one cup biodegradable or non-toxic dishwashing detergent and one cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on the surface to be cleaned, let sit for 10 minutes and scrub. Rinse with warm water when finished.
Scouring Solution for Bathtubs/Sinks/Toilets:
Combine a cup of baking soda, two squirts of biodegradable or non-toxic dishwashing detergent, and ¼ teaspoon lemon juice in a bowl until it's the consistency of a paste. Use a scrubber or sponge to apply to the surface and scrub. Rinse with warm water when finished.
Mix one quart of water and two teaspoons of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray solution on the glass and wipe with a soft cloth or newspaper.
In a large bucket, combine ½ cup white vinegar, ½ cup water and ¼ cup biodegradable or non-toxic dishwashing detergent with two gallons of warm water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance if desired. Use on any floor surface.