For most girls, reaching puberty is a part of growing up that is a badge of honor moving into adulthood. However, it has become more and more the norm for girls to reach puberty earlier and earlier in age. This trend is both alarming to parents as well as the medical community. Precocious puberty is defined as the appearance of secondary sex characteristics like breast growth or pubic hair before age 8 or the onset of menarche before age 9. This trend seems to be growing and currently impacts at least 1 in 5,000 U.S. children each year. This trend seems to be more common amongst girls than boys and we need to be aware of way we are seeing this trend in young girls.
The average age for puberty used to be 15 and now the average age is approximately 12. This trend has slowly been moving the age of maturity for girls lower and lower. With this change, health experts are now seeing more emotional and behavioral issues linked to lower self-esteem, depression, eating disorders, alcohol use, earlier loss of virginity, more sexual partners and increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases. There is also evidence that suggests these girls are at an increased risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, including cancer, later in life. Take that in…this is cause for alarm. So, let’s discuss ways to try and improve our young girls health and life choices.
What can you do to avoid the hormone-disrupting substances found in our modern world? Here are 10 ways to simplify and eradicate toxins in your daily life that may be affecting our young kids.
1. Buy and eat organic produce, free-range and organic meats to reduce your exposure to added hormones, pesticides and fertilizers. Avoid milk and other dairy products that include rBGH or rBST.
2. Eat mostly raw, fresh foods. Avoid processed, prepackaged foods (of all kinds) as they are a major source of soy and chemical including BPA and phthalates.
3. Store food and beverages in glass containers instead of plastic. Avoid plastic wrap and canned foods.
4. Use glass baby bottles or BPA-free sip cups for babies and children.
5. Make sure baby toys are BPA-free (pacifiers, teething rings and anything your child will chew or suck on for soothing.)
6. Use only natural cleaning products in your home to avoid the phthalate exposure. A good way to rid your home of toxic cleaning is to switch over to Young Living Thieves household cleaning products. This amazing blend of essential oils will clean your house and save you money.
7. Switch your family’s toiletries to natural brands. This includes shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetic products. To see how your current line-up of products test, visit the Environmental Working Group website. This is a great resource for all. Young Livingalso offers a wide variety of toiletries for adults and children that are safe, smell amazing and will not expose you or your kids to unwanted chemicals.
8. Remove air fresheners, scented candles, dryer sheets, fabric softeners and other synthetic fragrances from your home. Many of these man-made fragrances may disrupt hormone balance. For laundry, I recommend investing in wool dryer balls which eliminates the need to buy dryer sheets in the future and remove toxic chemicals from your clothing and towels. See an earlier blog on how to use wool dryer balls. Instead of burning scented candles to relax, try using a diffuser with a wonderful mix of essential oils. I enjoy Lemongrass and Eucalyptus Globulus together. I also love a few drops of Young Living Joy for an uplifting experience.
9. Replace your non-stick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware.
10. Change your plastic shower curtain out for a fabric one.
As you can see from the list above, the key to leaving toxin-free begins with you. Be wary of commercial cleaning products, try to eat whole foods and avoid processed foods as much as possible. Clean out your toiletries and use natural products as much as possible. What ways are you living a toxin-free life? Please share in the comments below.
Cheers to Good Health!