Xenoestrogens are chemical compounds that are not naturally found nature. These foreign chemicals are usually found in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics and organochlorines. Xenoestrogens are found in many plastic food containers, such as yogurt, juice, milk, baby bottle and water container. They are also found in pesticides, detergents, bleached products and makeup. These chemicals are so popular that there are more than 100,000 xenoestrogens in use today.
Food and drink stored in plastic are usually contaminated with xenoestrogens, because they can leach out of plastics. Although, the contamination may be small. Studies have shown that even small amounts of xenoestrogens can disrupt hormone levels.
Babies born in industrialized countries usually have a higher risk of consuming these chemicals, because they usually drink milk from plastic bottles. Because babies are still growing and developing, they are very sensitive to xenoestrogens.
Our body usually does a good job getting rid of natural estrogens, but xenoestrogens are a different story. As we keep consuming food contaminated with xenoestrogens, these chemicals will accumulate in fatty tissues, such as the breast or prostate. Certain researchers agree that high levels of xenoestrogens may cause genetic mutations, disrupt hormonal balance and increase the risk of cancer. To reduce these chemicals in your body, avoid eating foods that are stored in plastic, especially microwave food. Also, go on a detox program or eat more organic fruits and vegetables. The high levels of fiber and nutrients found in fruits and vegetables can help your body remove xenoestrogens.