hormonal imbalance

Surprising Suspects: 3 Everyday Items That Can Cause Hormonal Imbalance

Collaboration with Genemedics

While you may be aware that hormonal imbalances are usually a result of old age, malfunctioning body organs, or certain diseases, they could also be caused by the things that you surround yourself with in your daily life. That said, read on to learn more about the otherwise inconspicuous items lurking around in your home:

Suspect No. 1: Your Make-Up Kit (and Other Toiletries)

Take a good look at the ingredients list on the back of your favorite brand of eyeshadow palette or powder compact the next time you shop for cosmetics. Unfortunately, a great number of make-up items contain chemicals called parabens and phthalates, both of which can wreak havoc on your hormones, especially if you come into contact with them too much. A study conducted by the University of Michigan found that increased exposure to items containing phthalates causes the body’s production of thyroid hormones to drop significantly. To make things worse, phthalates and parabens have also been associated with incidences of diabetes, cancer, and obesity, to name a few.

If you are confused by all of the chemical names on the packaging and are not sure what you should look out for, here is a quick list of the usual offenders:

  • formaldehyde
  • imidazolidinyl urea
  • isopropyl alcohol
  • methylisothiazolinone
  • methylparabens
  • paraffin
  • phthalates
  • propyl parabens
  • propylene glycol
  • sodium lauryl sulphate

Suspect No. 2: Your Artificial Sweetener

Though there are some diet experts that tout artificial sweeteners as the ultimate answer to weight loss and a complete replacement for natural sugar, it is not as simple as they may try to make think. In fact, there are many professionals in the medical field who believe that sweeteners may actually do more harm than good. For one thing, certain studies have shown that these sweeteners can actually cause people to start craving food more often. At the same time, it causes people to also gain larger amounts of weight than if they were to consume regular sugar instead. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio found that research participants who drank diet soda ended up with their waistlines growing by about 70 percent more than those who did not drink any soda at all.

Suspect No. 3: Your Medication

There can be all sorts of reasons for one to need medication, whether physical, mental, or emotional. However, while they may treat the specific condition they were originally used for, they might cause a slew of undesirable, harmful symptoms. Some of the more common types of medications that can cause all sorts of imbalances in your body’s hormone production include birth control pills, antidepressants, and antibiotics, to name a few.

Before you get the urge to throw everything you own out the window, take heart in the fact that it is never too late to stop using the products that have been linked to hormone-related symptoms. Start switching to healthier options, and think of the extra money spent as an investment in your future health.