Cleaning up the environment is very important at the global level and also at the personal level. I often talk to my patients about how removing toxins is beneficial to their health. Harmful chemicals in the environment take a toll on our endocrine system, neurologic system, cause cancer, among other things. From a gynecologic perspective it’s especially relevant because, there is overlap between the metabolic pathways that eliminate estrogens and other toxins that enter the body. It’s possible for the human body to get overwhelmed with those metabolic demands. Certain compounds will build up in your system if they aren’t eliminated efficiently. So, for women who suffer from symptoms of estrogen dominance (think PMS, heavy periods, severe cramping, mood swings) detoxification is key. Even if you are not suffering from estrogen dominance, please consider making these key lifestyle choices. I promise you will reap the rewards of a cleaner, healthier life!

I always advise starting with the basics: food and water

  • Eat organic whenever possible
  • Drink filtered water
  • Consider getting a whole house water filter if possible
  • Get an air filter for your bedroom and living room
  • Avoid plastic containers
  • Avoid eating fish that have higher mercury levels such as tuna, swordfish, eel, shark
  • Avoid using non-stick pans

Next think about what you put on your skin:

  • Choose skin care and beauty products that are free of harmful chemicals
  • Choose sunscreen that is also clean
  • Consult Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database to check the safety of your favorite products:
  • Switch to clean soaps for laundry and dishes
  • Switch to organic wool dryer balls instead of dyer sheets
  • Limit dry-cleaning your clothes

Next think about what makes it into your house:

  • Leave your shoes at the door. Wear indoor slippers around the house
  • Purchase furniture and rugs that are free of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde
  • Choose low-VOC paint for interior painting
  • Choose an organic mattress
  • Dust and vacuum regularly
  • Use a vent hood to remove smoke when cooking

It can be overwhelming to try to do everything at once. I encourage my patients to take it one step at a time. Little by little you can make significant changes in your day to day life that will benefit your long-term health.