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The Impact of Toxins on Hormone Levels

Common Culprits, Where to Find Them, and Associated Diseases


In the modern world, we encounter numerous chemicals and pollutants daily. While many of these substances are relatively harmless in small doses, some can have profound effects on our health, particularly on our hormone levels. Hormones are essential chemical messengers in the body, regulating various physiological processes such as growth, metabolism, mood, and reproduction. When disrupted, hormone levels can lead to a wide range of health issues. In this article, we'll explore some common toxicants and their impact on hormone levels.


Bisphenol A (BPA)

BPA is a chemical compound found in many plastics, food containers, vinyl flooring, and even cash register receipts. Research has shown that BPA can mimic the hormone estrogen in the body, leading to hormonal imbalances. Exposure to BPA has been linked to reproductive disorders, such as infertility and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), as well as an increased risk of certain cancers, diabetes, and obesity.

  • BPA and other bisphenols can cause high insulin, insulin resistance and high androgens, especially testosterone!  

  • Associated with a 5x higher risk of fibroids!

To reduce exposure to BPA, opt for glass or stainless steel containers for food and beverages, and avoid heating plastic containers in the microwave, as this can cause BPA to leach into food. Avoid plastic contains all together whenever possible.


Depressing plot twist...


Although Bisphenol A has been somewhat regulated, other bisphenol are still fair game in lots of our commonly used products and they are all pretty detrimental to our health. We can find these still permitted bisphenols in nearly all canned beverages and canned food.


Phthalates

Phthalates are commonly used in the production of plastics, as well as in personal care products such as cosmetics, shampoos, and fragrances. These chemicals can interfere with the body's endocrine system, disrupting hormone production and regulation. Research suggests that exposure to phthalates may contribute to hormone-related conditions such as reduced fertility, early puberty in girls, and thyroid disorders.

  • Phthalates can create insulin resistance and reduce ovulation. This is so important for folks with PCOS and infertility!


To minimize exposure to phthalates, choose phthalate-free personal care products and opt for natural cleaning products instead of those containing synthetic fragrances. Use EWG's Skin Deep database as a resource.


Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

PFAS are a group of chemicals used in various industrial and consumer products, including non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing, and firefighting foam. These substances have been associated with disruptions in hormone function, particularly thyroid hormone regulation. Additionally, exposure to PFAS has been linked to reproductive problems, immune system dysfunction, and certain cancers. They are also associated with higher rates of colon cancer and estrogen-driven conditions.

  • PFAS are can worsen symptoms of hypothyroidism, endometriosis, fibroids, and PCOS

To reduce exposure to PFAS, avoid products containing Teflon or Scotchgard, and be cautious when using products labeled as "stain-resistant" or "waterproof."

☝️Trust me, it's worth the extra few minutes of cleaning!


Organophosphate Pesticides

Organophosphate pesticides are widely used in agriculture to protect crops from pests. However, these chemicals can also interfere with the body's endocrine system, particularly with thyroid hormone function. Studies have shown that exposure to organophosphate pesticides may disrupt hormone signaling, leading to developmental delays, neurobehavioral disorders, and reproductive issues.

To minimize exposure to organophosphate pesticides, choose 🍎 organic produce whenever possible, and wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consuming them.




Conclusion

While it's impossible to completely avoid exposure to all toxicants in our environment, being aware of common sources and taking steps to minimize exposure can help protect our health, particularly our hormone balance. By opting for natural, organic products whenever possible, avoiding plastic containers and products containing harmful chemicals, and 🙋‍♀️ supporting policies that regulate the use of toxic substances, we can reduce our risk of hormone-related health issues and promote overall well-being.



The information in this article is not intended to replace your doctor’s advice. Consult with your local healthcare professional before starting or stopping any medication or supplement.



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