Nurture your hormones
Nowadays people spend a lot of time thinking about what they put in their body but. I wonder how much time they give to what they actually put on their skin and in their hair?
In the UK we have a love hate relationship with parabens. Today we question the safety of these pesky preservative. A type of preservatives used in health and beauty products. We recognise it has benefits in improving the shelf life of our health and beauty products but we have also become increasingly aware of the dangers of parabens.
Researchers believe that parabens interfere with our normal hormone process and activities of the body. They are believed to disrupt hormone function by mimicking oestrogen; one of the main female sex hormones. Although oestrogen plays a bigger role in women’s bodies men also produce oestrogen. The primary function of oestrogens is the development of female secondary sexual characteristics. These includes breasts, endometrium, regulation of the menstrual cycle etc. Generally needed for puberty. Exposure to parabens have resulted in reduced fertility, abnormal foetal development, delayed onset of puberty, disruption of ovarian function, abnormal lactation, early onset of reproductive aging and breast and other cancers.
In males, oestrogen helps in the maturation of the sperm and maintenance of a healthy libido. Oestrogen is partly responsible for creating healthy sperm. When oestrogen levels are high, sperm levels may fall and lead to sterility. Other issues are, oestrogen may stimulate breast tissue growth. Cause Erectile dysfunction.
So, take care when choosing health and beauty products for you and your children. Take time to read the labels. Don’t just look for paraben as the name of this ingredient may have morphed into some other name, like butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben.
Better still, use our safe, organic skin and hair products, found at Sknhr.com