We’ve become accustomed to products that effortlessly clean our homes and bodies but haven’t given enough thought to the chemicals in these products – many of which can contain EDCs, or endocrine-disrupting chemicals. EDCs are now linked to a growing list of hormonal system problems. Since some forms of migraine headaches are hormone related, it’s a good idea to make some simple changes for overall health, wellness and headache-free living.
So make small changes to ditch the chemical EDCs in your personal environment. Here’s a short but impactful list of ways to start detoxing your routine.
1) Detergents and cleansers are enemy No. 1 so buy products that have the EPA’s Design for the Environment seal that certifies that the products are safe.
2) Store food in metal or glass – plastic contain EDCs which can leach into food over time, especially when microwaved.
3) Use bar soap – antibacterial soaps and body wash contain hormone interfering chemicals.
4) Packaged Foods – we know this but it’s a good reminder that high levels of EDCs are found in packaged foods. As a rule of thumb, the fresher or less processed the food, the lower amounts of EDCs the food likely contains.
5) Avoid fake scents- air fresheners; candles and hand lotion all contain EDCs. Anything that’s artificially scented most likely contains an EDC.
While these changes don’t guarantee that you’ve had your last headache, they’re a great place to start.
If you’re ready for your personal headache consultation, contact me for the next available appointment. We can often schedule same day appointments for existing patients.