Excerpted from 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS
By Dr. Fiona McCulloch
Open: PCOS is a condition with genetic links that affects a woman’s entire body throughout her lifespan with symptoms such as weight gain, irregular periods, infertility, acne, hair growth on the face (hirsutism), and hair loss. PCOS also steps-up a woman’s risks for type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease as she gets older—and it doesn’t go away after menopause. Although it is true that endocrine disruptors are everywhere, there are ways we can reduce our exposure to them. Some things we can do include avoiding plastics in our food or when cooking, and being mindful of the beauty products and household cleaners we use, as follows:
• Avoid using plastics and choose stainless steel, glass, or ceramics whenever possible. Most containers are now available in these materials, thankfully.
• Never microwave or heat up plastic containers containing food. Chemicals from the plastic will leach into your food.
• Avoid plastic wrap when possible, and never use it for heating food.
• Don’t reuse plastic bottles. The BPA will leach out increasingly over time.
• Avoid canned foods or choose BPA-free cans.
• Do not use plastic water bottles that have heated up in the sun.
• Never use plastic sippy cups for children or plastic baby bottles. There are many glass and stainless steel options available.