Mar 052011

Xenoestrogens, or artificial estrogenic compounds, are widespread in plastics (including water bottles, juice bottles, etc.), shampoos, soaps, lotions, cosmetics, dish detergents, and laundry detergents. The chemical BHA is used in many cans and can leach into the food within. While this website does not advise going without antiperspirant or soap, there are healthier alternatives that won’t steadily accumulate in your organs or disrupt your endocrine system. The Skin Deep cosmetics database is a great source for finding health-friendlier products. For example, I use an olive oil soap that has three ingredients: saponified olive oil, water, and salt. Shampoo and detergents are a bit tougher — I’ve found that Seventh Generation products are reasonable dish and laundry detergents, and for scrubbing pots I use Earth Friendly Products. There are several good options — just browse your local health food store or even your supermarket.