Updated: Apr 1
In my work with hundreds of women with hormone imbalance including adrenal fatigue & PCOS, reducing their toxin exposure has been an essential way to ensure symptom relief and improve their fertility.
The majority of the products we are exposed to both at home and in the outside world are hormone disruptors. Many of these are chemicals called xenoestrogens & are contributing to your hormone issues.
Xenoestrogens mimic our natural hormone production & block or bind to hormone receptors which can be detrimental to hormone sensitive tissues.
They mimic our natural hormone production & block or bind hormone receptors which can be detrimental to hormone sensitive tissues & organs.
They have estrogen-like effects & increase the amount of estrogen in your body leading to estrogen dominance.
Both men and women are affected by estrogen dominance.
In women common symptoms of estrogen dominance include:
PMS, heavy bleeding, irregular menstrual periods, mood swings, breast tenderness, irritability, and decreased libido.
And in men it can manifest as male breast growth and even lead to prostate cancer.
A great way to know if and confirm you have estrogen dominance is through a Dutch hormone test which shows your estrogen metabolites.
The good news is that you can proactively prevent or reverse estrogen dominance!
What we put in and, on our skin, what we ingest, including what we eat and drink, and even what we breathe (the quality of our air), can have a huge impact on our hormone health.
It may be tempting to go on a detox after learning more about how many toxins you are exposed to, and doing one safely and with guidance of an expert can be incredibly beneficial. However, know that the best strategy is avoidance first, detox second. This will make any treatment that much more effective.
Okay, so where do you even begin?!
To help guide you through this journey, here are 5 simple ways to reduce your at home toxin exposure.
#1 Open up your windows
Let fresh, clean air in. Did you know inside air is often more polluted than outdoor air? Open up your windows for at least 20 minutes a day.
#2 Vacuum Daily
Chemicals get trapped in dust, and dust gets trapped in your carpet. Vacuuming helps reduce how much stays in your carpet.
#3 Leave your shoes outside
Your shoes track dirt! They also track pesticides, heavy metals, & toxins you don’t want in your home. Try becoming a no-shoes home.
#4 Reduce EMF exposure
EMFs from you phone are invisible toxins. Place your phone on airplane mode at night. Bonus points if you turn your WiFi off!
#5 Swap out cleaning supplies
Use Human Safe cleaning products like Branch Basics.
Branch Basics is a multi-purpose concentrate that replaces dozens of toxic cleaning products including laundry detergent. If you are interested in trying it for your family use code MONICA20 for 20% OFF.
It can often be intimidating for people to start on a non-toxic journey. You can start out small with these free strategies I shared above, and slowly build on that. Or you can go all in and really make BIG changes.
I started out 5 years ago by swapping out my laundry detergent for Branch Basics which I love and use to this day. I then replaced all my plastic ware for glass ware. And then swapped my conventional shampoo, body wash, and skincare to non toxic products alternatives. My point is, you can start small.
All About Monica:
Monica Cormier is a registered dietitian and women’s hormone health expert focusing on PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and HPA Axis Dysfunction (adrenal fatigue). She worked as a clinical dietitian for 6 years before transitioning to private practice and focusing on women’s health. Her personal struggles and journey with hormone health inspire her work today. She currently supports women all over the world in her virtual private practice. Monica integrates a holistic approach to healing women’s hormones and optimizing their fertility. One of her favourite parts of her work is empowering women to make small shifts to reduce their toxin exposure at home and showing how small shifts can have a big impact on their overall health.
She is the CEO of Dietitian Monica, a successful business supporting women’s hormone healing and reversing PCOS and HPA Axis Dysfunction through her signature course Holistic Synergy. She guides successful business women with hormone imbalance who are tired and overwhelmed to thriving and confident so they can fully show up and build their empires.
Monica loves holistic living. From biohacking her health & hormones through sunbathing and grounding, to using powerful tools like mouth taping and blue light blockers to optimize her sleep, she integrates a holistic approach to health.
Monica Cormier, MS, RDN
Intuitive Healer and Hormone Expert