HOW ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS AFFECT WOMEN’S HORMONES

I recently read that we’re unknowingly exposed to hundreds of hormone disrupting chemicals or endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) each day.


Since we know of nearly 800 chemicals that are suspected to be hormone disruptors, I think it’s safe to say that EDCs are becoming a global health crisis. Your daily touchpoints might include:

  • Air bags.
  • Cigarette smoke.
  • Cosmetics.
  • Food.
  • Detergents.
  • Packaging.
  • Plastic cups and plates.
  • Toys.1
  • Water-resistant clothing
  • Coatings in saucepans and frying pans.2

Our endocrine system includes different glands such as the thyroid or pituitary gland, that produce hormones. These hormones help regulate body functions. Toxins are artificial chemicals that interfere with the proper functioning of our hormones.1

Exposure to EDCs has been linked to reproductive disorders, endometriosis, adrenal imbalances, thyroid issues, insulin resistance and diabetes, obesity, and various cancers. Even some cases of mood disorders and autism may relate to endocrine disruptors.1

Through laboratory cell cultures, toxins can directly affect the production of steroid hormones. Steroid hormones, for example estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol, are necessary for reproduction, normal development and normal bodily functions in humans and animals. Toxins are widespread in the environment and can affect the body’s hormone systems in a more complex way than previously supposed.2


When choosing products, look for labels that say:

  • Paraben-free.
  • Phthalate-free.
  • BPA-free.

Other potentially beneficial steps:

  • Drink tap water rather than bottled water (tests show bottled water often contains harmful chemicals and bacteria).
  • Avoid pesticides by choosing organic foods when possible.
  • Choose natural cleaning products for your home.1

Our liver is a detox organ that may help us process out toxins. The herb milk thistle may help maintain healthy liver function. Milk thistle contains Silymarin, which has illustrated hepatoprotective properties in an in vivo study; demonstrating increases in the redox state and total glutathione content of the liver.

Milk thistle has also been used to assist bile production and detoxification.3

Talk to your health practitioner today to see if this product is right for you.


References:

[1] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-environmental-toxins-can-impact-your-health/
[2] Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. (2010, July 6). Environmental toxins affect the body’s hormone systems. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 27, 2021 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100701081857.htm
[3] https://www.metagenics.com.au/Products/Product/SILM

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