My today’s post is only partially about nutrition, but I could not withstand from drawing your attention to a very harmful substance, which I stumbled upon very recently and which unfortunately is hidden in many, many things we deal with daily.
Many of us are already participating in the daily conquest to eat healthy food, to avoid allergic substances, to use organic cosmetic, to wear untreated clothes – there seems to be no end and as these things are brought to our attention only very slowly and reluctantly I feel the need to spread the word.I want to introduce you to xenohormones! These are artificially generated hormones, which you will not find inside our natural hormonal system. While you can do something about changing your diet, sleep, exercise and stress, you may not know how to avoid environmental estrogens.
"Our primary problem with them is that they damage developing tissues in the endocrine system, which includes the thyroid, the adrenal glands, the pituitary gland, the testicles and ovaries, and the pancreas (which produces insulin).A damaged endocrine system can, in turn, damage the reproductive organs such as the prostate and uterus, the immune system, blood sugar balance, and the ability of the brain to communicate with these systems. While many xenohormones have estrogenic effects, they can also be anti-estrogenic in the sense that they bind to estrogen receptors and in effect block their own potential estrogenic effect." (Quote Dr. John R Lee).
Mature tissue is less sensitive to xenohormones, but still takes damage, while immature tissue is more prone to damage, this means that a developing fetus, which through his mother comes into contact with xenohormones will be severely damaged. And the results of these damages will come out once the child reaches adulthood. Why do nowadays so many men have a low sperm count? And why do so many of us women even at young age do suffer from miscarriages? Unfortunately, our parents were not aware of these things, but we are. And we can do something to protect ourselves. This substance is a cause for various forms of cancer and especially also for a huge number of disorders in the reproductive system.
"The vast majority of these xenohormones are man-made petrochemical products used in pesticides, cleaning agents, solvents, adhesives, emulsifiers, plastics and many other chemicals used in manufacturing and industry." (Quote Dr. John R Lee)
This is only one of about 100.000 pollutants, which we are exposed to, but it is one, which we encounter nearly every day. At this moment avoiding xenohormone exposure may seem too big a problem to overcome, but respecting some of the following hints will be helpful (the guidelines are important for all of us, but essential for pregnant women and children!):
- All pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are toxic. Do whatever you can to avoid them. This means anything used to kill bugs, fungus or plants.
- Avoid processed and packaged foods and eat primarily fresh, whole and preferably organic foods. Livestock is often fed these substances through drugs or grains, always be aware to buy pesticide-free food.
- Store your food in glass containers. If you cover food with plastic wrap, don't let it touch the food. Never microwave or heat food in a plastic container.
- Investing in a water filter might be a good option. Water from bottles can contain harmful substances from the plastic bottle.
- If you build a new home, do it without particle board, laminated wood and wood veneers, or other materials that out-gas chemicals. Find carpets that are free of fumes and toxic adhesives.
- Use organic, eco-friendly detergents, soaps and shampoos. The skin as our largest organ transfers chemicals into our system more efficiently than our guts. Buy those, which you believe are least harmful.
- Avoid solvents. If you must use them, protect your skin (they enter the bloodstream quickly through the skin) and don't breathe the fumes. There are solvents in nail polish and nail polish remover, which are very popular among young teens, which are vulnerable to reproductive damage. They are found in chlorinated tampons, hairspray, perfumes, and oral contraceptives. Use non-bleached toilet paper, coffee filters, tissues etc.
- Soft plastic toys for small children can be harmful as well, especially at an age where they put everything into their mouth.
There are two herbal ways to fight the hormonal imbalance we might suffer from through xenohormones, xenoestrogenes and hormone therapy:
Herbal Formula (ProSoothe)
An all natural herbal formula that significantly improves hormonal imbalance: Uterine fibroids and pelvic pain/cramps, irritability, tension, mood swings, acne, headaches, breast pain, bloating and weight gain. The herb vitex/chaste tree has long been a stable for women who are re-balancing their body of excess estrogen from environmental exposure, to xenohormones, xenoestrogens and hormone therapy.
Milk Thistle (Silymarin)
Beyond the treatment of liver disorders, everyday care of the liver lays a cornerstone health. Holistic doctors, who look beneath the symptoms of an illness to its underlying cause, often discover that the liver has had a role to play. This is true across a vast range of different ailments including exposure to endocrine disruptors. The herb commonly called milk thistle cleanses the body of xenoestrogens by strengthening the liver which becomes weakened and less able to function optimally from all pharmaceutical and chemical exposure. Whether the drug is prescribed or over the counter they all hamper the livers ability to keep you balanced hormonally.
People often ask me why I so much put a finger on a healthy nutrition, supplementing and eco-friendly products. I can only repeat myself: nowadays there is such a huge number of toxins and poisonous substances that our bodies have to fight everyday that if we do not pay extra attention to what WE give to them, they will really have a very hard time to fight and more often than seldom will lose the battle. This is not about panicking, but about being attentive and cautious. I think, it is worth a try at least….