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Written by Rachelle Fordyce on April 2, 2012 – -
- by Dodee Schmitt
In the modern world, your body can be exposed to xenoestrogens, or what are also known as xenohormones. These are synthetic hormones that caricature estrogen in the body.
If you do your research, you will find they are in common household products, make-up, most plastics, tampons, non-organic pads for menstruation, hair spray, perfumes, soda cans, the lining in tin cans…
… and there are tons more.
Plastic Wrap – especially toxic when heated
Commercially Raised Meat Products (Not only are the animals fed estrogenic drugs to fatten them up, but the food they eat is also laden with chemicals.)
Birth Control Pills
pesticides, herbicides and fungicides
But before we get any further, let’s remind ourselves what exactly is the endocrine system…
The endocrine system is made up of the following glands:
Since the endocrine system rules the regulation of your mood, growth & development, tissue function, metabolism, sex function and reproductive organ health, it is best to follow a natural way of living in order to keep this system running clean and efficient.
If you are a woman, it is vital to become wise about xenohormones, especially during your moon cycle.
Stop using tampons and commercial menstrual pads!
For starters, switch to an eco-friendly reusable menstrual products, such as a menstrual cup or cloth menstrual pads, which are also known as moon pads, lunapads, and glad rags. These pads are made from organic hemp or cotton fabric, and used in place of commercial tampons or pads; it’s a reusable cloth that your body can bleed into at your time of menstruation.
Another alternative to conventional menstrual pads and tampons are menstrual cups. There are a few brands out there; The Keeper Moon Cup and The Diva Cup are good examples. (One cool thing you can do with using menstrual cups to collect your menstrual flow is that you can later mix the collected menstrual flow with water and then use it to feed and water your house plants or your garden!)
With reusable menstrual pads and cups, you can assist mother earth as well, by lessening the waste dumped into landfills and onto wildlife.
You can feel more harmonious at this time of the month while allowing your blood to flow naturally. This relates to letting go of the emotions that are no longer serving you.
Also recognize that women have an opportunity to cleanse their body of toxins and be grateful for this. Unlike men, women are given a chance each month to cleanse. Wow!!!
Tampons and pads are mostly laden with chemicals and xenoestrogens, which cause serious disruption to the delicate hormone balance of the body. This can cause undesired hair growth in women, especially around the mouth and chin. It can also cause cysts in the breasts, as well as ovarian cysts. A cyst is the body’s way of collecting accumulated toxins into one specific area in a way to try and protect itself.
Another negative side effect that comes from tampon use is the accumulation of toxins from the plastic, which tend to gather in the arms and legs of the body. The tissue will start to harden and the skin’s layer will begin to “glue” to the muscle. This is the beginning of fibroid tissue formation. There are many other factors that contribute to fibroids, and this is one of them!
A healthy period of menstruation should be about 3 days in length, easy, and effortless. This means no pain or cramping. The blood flow should be minimal and not excessively heavy. In Chinese medicine we know that when we have an excess of blood flow we have an insufficient amount of Chi or Life Force. The more stagnant or congested the Liver Chi, the more inconsistent the woman’s cycle is. If the spleen is weak, you will notice insufficient amounts of blood leaving the body, which means not enough chi.
It is imperative to build your blood and learn how to increase your chi. This way your body – and especially in this case your endocrine system – will have the beautiful opportunity to run clean, efficient, free and harmonious with the natural cycle of life!
So, in short, there’s one simple change you can make to improve your overall health: Switch to a more natural way of collecting your blood during your menstrual cycle!
Give back to Mother Earth as an offering of gratitude!
Do you currently use a non-conventional menstrual product, like moon pads or a menstrual cup? How would you compare it to use of conventional pads and tampons? Don’t be shy… let us know! Dodee Schmitt is a Natural Lifestyle Enthusiast, a Writer & Co-Founder of The Vital Life Foundation. With an enthusiasm for living life on purpose, Dodee provides articles, tools, techniques and coaching on living a Vital Life.With a deep passion to share her enthusiasm with the world for living a natural lifestyle she moved to California where the juice bars, health guru’s & hiking trails abound. In Southern California is where she had the privilege of working with Lou Corona (Health Educator & Healer) to empower people with the 4 Principles of Life and teach Living, Plant Based, Cultured Food classes.She resides in Sunny Southern California where she shares her love and commitment to living a Natural Lifestyle. The artist in her comes out in her writing and you can find nutrient dense articles on her website: www.dodhisattva.comFor a complete, head-to-toe natural makeover of beauty on the cellular level, please join us for our BE Beauty program. It’s 30 days of learning the most efficient, empowering natural beauty tips you need to know. Wrinkle-cream and powder puffs just don’t cut it anymore for women who long to reveal their natural, radiant beauty and sparkle with a vibrant glow reflective of the health and well-being happening on a cellular level.
A few years ago I decided I no longer wanted to waste money on dangerous, disposable pads. I switched to the Keeper, which I still use occasionally. I found it a nice solution, but you have to be OK with getting menstrual fluid on your hands when you empty it! I prefer to empty it only at home, where the sink is right next to the toilet and I can rinse/wash the cup without moving.
Later, I ended up buying a few cloth pads, and I liked them so much I started making my own with flannel scraps and odd towels. There are many free patterns online and they are easy to make. I primarily use cloth pads now, even when I travel. I keep one or two in my purse with a ziplock bag. If I’m out and about and need to change my pad, I just tuck the used one in the ziplock bag until I get home – no big deal. I occasionally still use disposable pads – when I have no other choice – but I find the cloth ones soooo much nicer that I never want to go back! Plus, I get to save money and create less waste.
Regarding the menstrual cup – I do like that I only have to worry about it checking it about twice a day, instead of every few hours as I do with pads of any sort. It’s a little less comfortable for me than pads, but only when inserting/removing it – the rest of the time I almost forget it’s there! Other women I know have found the menstrual cup much preferable over pads or tampons. Some water their plants with the nutrient-rich, diluted menstrual fluid, another likes being able to measure exactly how much fluid she releases each cycle, and others just find them convenient and comfortable! I am definitely an advocate of these ‘alternate’ methods!!
Oh, don’t forget menstrual sponges, too. I’ve never tried these, but I’ve heard of them being used by women who preferred tampons but do not like the rigidity of the menstrual cup or find them too expensive.
I have been using the Diva Cup for maybe 18 months. I absolutely love it and wish I had tried it sooner. It is recommended to replace the Diva Cup once a year. My second one was on sale for 25$. I had always used tampons, let’s say for $10 a month. Just in the price it makes a huge difference. I tell everyone to get a Diva Cup, it is so reliable and convenient. Tampons would dry me out and it would become almost painful to insert them. The cup is washable and super practical. I never realised I was blocking the release of negative emotions by using toxic tampons and adding synthetic hormones into my body. Thanks for the enlightenment!
I have been using The Keeper for almost a year now, and I will never go back to using tampons. When inserted properly, it is completely leak free and comfortable. I typically only have to empty it once or twice a day while I’m in the shower. Such a wonderful investment!