When we think of hormones, we often think of menstruation, menopause or pregnancy. But hormones influence everything in us: our mood and thoughts, our body temperature and our libido. From the sleep hormone melatonin and the stress hormone cortisol to thyroid hormones and insulin; they are indispensable for our daily functioning.
What happens when this finely tuned hormonal balance is disrupted by external chemicals? We are surrounded by hormone disrupting substances, which we call endocrine disruptors or xenoestrogens. These chemicals, which we encounter in everyday products such as pesticides, plastic additives and certain cosmetics, can be harmful. They can affect the production, release, transport, metabolism and elimination of our natural hormones and even disrupt the interaction of hormones with their target organs. This is how you get into hormonal imbalance.
“If you are healthy, your body can also solve it better,” Francisca van den Berg explains. “But many women with hormonal complaints are already in imbalance and then these hormone disruptors can have a major effect.”
“Not only cosmetics and food, but also kitchen utensils can contain these hormone disrupting substances,” Francisca explains. “Plastic cutting boards often contain chemicals such as phthalates and bisphenols. These substances can be released from the plastic and come into contact with food, especially if the plastic has been exposed to heat, acids or fats.” These hormone disrupting substances enter your food via a plastic cutting board and this affects the hormonal balance in your body.
“Pay particular attention to the substances phthalates and bisphenols. These substances are released when heated, including when you put your plastic cutting board in the dishwasher,” Francisca notes. “This of course also applies to other plastic such as food containers that you use in the microwave.”
She emphasizes how important it is to consciously choose your kitchen utensils. “Switch to wood, bamboo or glass. I work with wood myself and I really like it, but of course you also have to clean it properly.” When using wooden cutting boards, it is important to use different boards for meat, fish and vegetables for hygienic reasons. “And if you do choose plastic, avoid plastic with codes 3 (may contain phthalates) and 7 (may contain bisphenol A or other bisphenols).”
This article was previously on Libelle.nl.