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Hormonal imbalance is rife in our society and particularly bad if you’re trying to have or grow a small person. This is the quick and dirty: signs you may be affected and how you can avoid/support hormonal balance:
So hormonal imbalance is an increasingly common occurrence. One of the most dominant these days is Estrogen which has worked its way in to our bodies (male and female) with increasing force largely due to the changes in the environment around us.
This of course has a numerous of consequences but not what you want if you want a small person or you have one who is rapidly developing. Click here for all you need to know, but in true ‘loo break’ style – here is the quick version – some signs you’re impacted and what you can do to avoid:
Some signs you may have been impacted:
Low libido (male and female)
Low sperm count/motility
Weight gain (upper legs/hips/stomach for women and ‘moobs’ For men)
Fibroids and cycts
Early onset puberty
Causes and some ways to avoid:
Boost your own defences: Your liver is in charge of processing hormones and particularly those we have in excess like estrogen. Three ways to boost its functionality: 1) avoid burdening it with toxins that will take priority (see below) 2) help it out: Indol-3-Carbinol is found in cruciferous vegetables (sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower etc), this stimulates enzymes to enable estrogens to be processed – eat more! 3) Glutathione: my favourite antioxidant – it is crucial allowing the body to eliminate excess estrogen. Click here for more as to why you need this in your life).
Water: drinking/eating from plastic containers is a major no-no due to the BPA which has been shown to have estrogenic qualities. Click here for some easy ways to tell if your container contains BPA. You also want filtered water as unfortunately our water supply on the whole has been impacted by things like the pill and pesticides/herbicides in our food chain which have been shown to disrupt hormones.
Food: Once again, what you eat and how you eat it matters. Eating out of plastic containers (especially if they have been reused or reheated) is a strong avoid due to the BPA. Then you have added hormones in animal products: go organic wherever possible when it comes to dairy and meat products. Its better to eat less of better quality than more of lower and suffer the consequences of modern farming techniques.
Free-From: watch out phytoestrogens. These are plants that contain estrogenic compounds. Soy and Legumes are a prime example. They are often hidden in manufactured vegan food as a substitute or in nut milks even when they are not labelled as ‘Soy’. Go for those brands that contain just the nut and milk or make your own – super easy. Click here for more and how to avoid this. Try and keep soy intake in check.
Pesticides: Google the ‘feminised frog’ study which showed male frogs transforming to female from excess exposure to a particular pesticide. It is that powerful. So avoid where you can. The Environmental Working Group’s updates lists: Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen will help you pick what you need to spend on and what you can save on. Finally – back to our old friend Activated Charcoal. Wash your non organic fruit and veg in this to remove some of the residue.
Beauty Cabinet: we all use loads of personal care/cosmetic items. Unfortunately the market is super unregulated and there are a lot of hormone disrupting chemicals in what we use. The main ones to watch out for from a hormonal stand point are Phtalates. Simple way to avoid: say no to any added fragrance which is where they commonly hide. Do not be fooled by the term ‘natural’ on the packaging. Chances are it means very little. Click here for the quick ‘loo break version’ of cosmetic and personal care dos and don’ts.
Alcohol: it really does have an impact. This one is super simple – keep in moderation.
Gut: imbalances are associated with hormonal imbalance and studies have shown that gut bacteria play a role in estrogen metabolism. It is all about a diverse mix of bacteria with no major imbalances. Forget store bought probiotics, it is all about what you eat. Click here for much more.
Weight: not very PC to comment on it these days but whether we like it or not it matters to our health and hormone balance. Having a BMI which is too high and excess fatty tissue (aka Adipose tissue) has been shown to impact our estrogen levels. More fat = more estrogen. Another reason to prioritising getting your BMI is in a normal range.
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