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Hormone imbalance

By Dr. Natasha Turner for

If your food cravings are out of control, your memory forgettable, your skinny jeans unwearable and sleep unattainable, you could be suffering from a hormone imbalance. There are five things that can throw your hormones out of balance, and they may just surprise you.

1. You don’t pay attention to your cosmetics: Phthalates and parabens are widely used in a range of cosmetics and have been linked to cancer, obesity, diabetes. In fact, a link between phthalates and thyroid hormone levels was confirmed by the University of Michigan in the first large-scale and nationally representative study of phthalates and BPA in relation to thyroid function in humans. As ingestion of these chemicals increased, serum levels of certain thyroid hormone levels decreased. Remember that the products you use on your body or face should be free of methylparabens, propyl parabens, formaldehyde, imidazolidinyl urea, methylisothiazolinone, propylene glycol, paraffin, phthalates, isopropyl alcohol and sodium lauryl sulphate.

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