In Day 2’s post, we're going to have a look at toxins in the modern world, specifically xenoestrogens and how they impact our hormonal balance.
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What are hormones?
Many of you may not fully understand what hormones are and the important roles they play in your body. There are just over fifty hormones in the human body delivering chemical messages all around our system telling it what to do.
For example, there are hormones that tell female bodies to widen the pelvis and store excess fat reserves in the hips and thighs – that’s oestrogen, and another that is responsible for the development of the womb lining and keeping females calm and centered – that’s progesterone.
We run into problems when oestrogen and progesterone become out of balance. One of the culprits for hormonal imbalances are xenoestrogens in the environment. Let’s take a closer look at how:
What are Xenoestrogens?
In our modern environment, we are constantly exposed to toxins that contain oestrogen-mimicking molecules called xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens act as a hormone disruptor by sitting on oestrogen receptor sites in the body. This essentially creates an excess of oestrogen activity in relation to our other hormones. Having an excess of oestrogen in relation to progesterone means our hormones are unbalanced. This is known as oestrogen dominance.
What is Oestrogen Dominance?
Oestrogen dominance is when a person has deficient, normal or excessive oestrogen but has little or no counterbalancing hormone to mitigate its effect in the body. Normally our bodies would remove this extra oestrogen through our liver. But because of degrading nutritional quality of our food, modern-day stressors and liver-loaders such as alcohol and caffeine, our liver function is often compromised and we struggle to clear it. The demands and stressors of the modern world place a huge load on our detoxification.
Where can we find Xenoestrogens?
Skincare, makeup and self-care items contain many toxic molecules which act as xenoestrogens in the body. Common forms include parabens and phthalates. Our skin absorbs up to 80% of what we put on it, so using natural, organic products is important. Another major culprit is plastics - they’re everywhere! Xenoestrogens found in PCB’s which are man-made chemical compounds that are found in the BPA in plastic drink bottles, food containers, Glad® cling wrap and more. Xenoestrogens are added to the food supply via pesticides and herbicides. Other, lesser known sources include non-stick pans, the plastic lining the inside of the tinned foods, plastic wrapand kettles.
What do Xenoestrogens do in the body?
Excess oestrogen in the body changes from person to person. Oestrogen is a hormone that both men and women have, although it is more commonly a hormone that is imbalanced in women. The most common signs of oestrogen dominance in women are weight that won’t budge, particularly around the hips and thighs, heavy or painful periods, increased PMS, tender or sore breasts and mood swings. In men, oestrogen dominance looks like man-boobs and increased body fat in the upper chest and obliques.
Here are 4 things you can do about it:
1. Choose natural skin care products
Opt for natural skin care products that help to nourish your hormone health by avoiding nasty xenoestrogens. Next time you are purchasing skincare products have a quick look at the label. Products that contain 100% natural and organic products are going to be much better for your skin and hormone health. Look out for products containing parabens, BPA, BPS and also those containing ‘fragrance’, as this term can hide up to 200 ingredients. As a general rule of thumb – if the product is not good for the environment it most likely will not be good for you either.
2. Get quality sleep
Sleep is critical for hormone health. Sleep allows our bodies to recover and regenerate. Switching off and allowing our parasympathetic nervous system to relax supports liver cleansing. The modern world is geared against quality relaxation too, as we are spending even more time looking at screens and not relaxing like we used to. Good sleep also improves our mood, mental ability, memory, immunity and physical performance.
3. Nourish your liver with essential nutrients
Our liver has the capacity to detox many toxins from the body, however, it does require adequate nutrient levels to do this. Nutrients are essential to our hormone health but how does our hormone health relate to our liver health? Simply put, clinically I have found that hormonal imbalance is often a result of liver overload. We are seeing this more and more frequently with clients at the BePure Clinics.
This is also why I have spent the last three years developing BePure EstroClear, an active daily detoxifier, scientifically formulated to support normal hormone balance. It contains powerful natural detoxifiers that support up-regulating detoxification through the second phase of the liver. When combined with the nutrients included in our
BePure One - high strength, high quality daily multivitamin and BePure Three - high strength sustainably sourced omega 3 fish oil, this provides your body with essential nutrients that support both the building blocks for healthy hormones, while upregulating your liver to clear any excess hormones and toxins from the body. With balanced hormones and liver clearance working at optimal levels, our incredibly intelligent bodies will give us signs through healthy hair, skin and nails.
4. Look at what other products you use every day
Our exposure to everyday environmental toxins and chemicals is now higher than ever. These toxins are not only hiding in your skincare products, but they are also in many of our household cleaners, body care products and other regular use items, which are then absorbed by our body.
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