Many Women Experience The Balancing Act Of Hormones, Help Is Here! Pt 2

 

Protecting our body & hormones from environmental toxins and supplying it with            nutrients is another big part of keeping our hormones in balance. This is part 2 of our 3/4 part series.

 

How do our hormones get out of balance?

Our world is not the world in which our grandparents or parents grew up. Since the Industrial Revolution, commerce has taken priority over protecting and nurturing our self and our environment. As a result, we are bombarded with environmental toxins from the air that we breathe, water that we drink and foods that we eat. Lack of sufficient water prevents toxins from being removed from our body. Our protective mechanisms just can’t keep up with the onslaught.

Disease does not happen overnight. In the beginning, our body gives us gentle “nudges” or symptoms to let us know that things are not quite right. Instead of blunting these symptoms with medications, it is important to listen to our body to find the root of the imbalance. Typically, imbalance begins with acid/base disruption, which leads to chronic inflammation and congestion. This causes changes in the permeability of our digestive tract, which causes unwanted toxins to leak into the blood stream. This action sends our immune, hormonal and nervous systems into serious disorder and panic, leading to abnormal functioning.

The Need for Balancing the Endocrine  (Hormone) System

The endocrine system is a network of glands that secrete hormones directly into the blood. The organs involved are:

  • Pancreas, which secrets insulin (stabilizing blood sugar)
  • Thyroid, which governs your temperature and metabolism
  • Adrenal glands which help you cope with stress
  • Reproductive organs: baby-making capability

If one of these organ systems are out of balance or weakened by overuse and nutritional deprivation, the other endocrine organs will alter their activity to compensate! This may lead to further imbalance in the body.  The adrenal gland is the endocrine organ that suffers the most from overuse. Once the adrenal gland is out of balance, the reproductive organs, thyroid and pancreas compensate by changing their activity. The imbalance may manifest in symptoms such as a sluggish metabolism, low body temperature, poor circulation, sugar balance problems (hypoglycemia and hyperinsulinemia) and compromised fertility.

Are You Progesterone Deficient or Estrogen Dominate?

Too much estrogen in the body…..

  • One of the main reasons women are progesterone deficient is because they have too much estrogen in the body.  Estrogen dominance can happen for many reasons:
  • Commercially raised meats and dairy contain large amounts of estrogens, and consuming them can cause hormonal imbalance.
  • Pollution and stress mimic estrogen at the estrogen receptor sites.
  • Eating a large amount of processed soy products can also mimic estrogen.
  • PCOS and endometriosis can also have an estrogen dominate action.

Symptoms of estrogen dominance:

Allergy symptoms like asthma and hives, Breast cancer, Breast tenderness, Depression with agitation and/or anxiety, Dry eyes, Early onset of menstruation, Fat gain, usually around the middle, Fatigue, Foggy thinking, Hair loss, Headaches, Increased blood clotting, Fertility issues, Irregular periods, Insomnia, PMS, Polycystic ovaries, Sluggish metabolism

Not enough progesterone in the body……..

There are many signs that may show up in the body if you do not have enough progesterone in your system during the correct times of your cycle.

Symptoms of progesterone deficiency:

Recurrent early miscarriage, No period, Not ovulating, Endometriosis, PCOS, PMS, Cramps during menses, Blood clotting, Swollen breasts, Fibrocystic breasts, Obesity, Depression, Low thyroid,  Facial hair, Hot flashes, Night sweats, Foggy thinking, Memory lapse, Incontinence, Tearful, Depressed, Sleep disturbances, Heart palpitation, Bone loss, Water retention

Natural ways to balance a dominance/deficiency

Reduce your exposure to xenohormones

  • We have become an estrogen dominate society from all of the excess estrogen in our foods and environment.
  • Reduce your exposure by avoiding these xenohormone producers:
  • Solvents and adhesives: These easily enter the body and can be found in paint/varnish, nail polish, and in dry cleaning chemicals. Solvents can damage a developing fetus and should be strongly avoided by pregnant women, in any amount.
  • Meat from conventionally raised livestock (non-organic): Conventionally raised livestock are fed estrogenic drugs in order to fatten them up. Eat only organic meats and dairy products.
  • Car exhaust
  • Almost all plastics
  • Petrochemically derived pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides
  • Emulsifiers found in soaps and cosmetics
  • PCD’s from industrial waste

The key to balancing the endocrine system is to adequately nurture the adrenal glands while symptomatically treating compromised thyroid, pancreas and reproductive organ function. Only when the adrenal gland is given proper nutrition and support will the other endocrine organs return to balance and harmony.

Nutrition plays a big roll when it comes to having a healthy body and reproductive system. The building blocks for hormones are found in the nutrients we eat. Antioxidants which help to protect the egg and sperm from free radicals are found in the foods that we eat. Just as nutrients in food can be helpful for fertility, there are some foods and chemicals added to foods that can be harmful for your health and fertility.

Eat a lot of organic vegetables and Fruits – Conventional produce contains harmful herbicides and pesticides which have been shown to negatively affect both male and female fertility. Studies have also shown organic vegetables and fruits to have more nutritional value.

Eat organic, grass-fed dairy or eliminate dairy products – Dairy foods such as milk and cheese may be congesting to the body. In cases of congesting fertility issues such as PCOS and Endometriosis, they may aggravate the imbalance. Dairy that is not organic should be avoided as it contains added hormones and antibiotics which can contribute to increased estrogen levels in the body. There are many healthy alternatives to dairy.  Get your calcium needs met from sources that are not congesting and inflammatory such as from OsteoMatrixOsteoMatrix is in a form that is much more readily absorbed and therefore available to the cells to utilize.

If you eat fish, eat only cold water fish – Fish supplies important essential fatty acids (omega 3) to our diet. These fatty acids aid in the production of hormones, reduce inflammation, and help regulate the menstrual cycle. Avoid large deep water fish such as ahi tuna, swordfish, and Chilean sea bass due to their potential concentrations of mercury, and focus on cold water fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, cod, and Alaskan halibut. Also when choosing salmon, avoid north Atlantic farmed salmon and choose wild salmon instead. Farmed salmon contains antibiotics and toxic food dyes.  For those of you who don’t like fish or are concerned about the contaminants, as you should be, we recommend Omega Guard, Fish oil supplement because it contains all 7 omega 3 fatty acids, is ultra pure for safety, so no worry of contamination and is NOT packaged in BPA containing bottles.

Choose meat and chicken that is Grass Fed and Organic– Conventionally raised cattle and chickens contain high levels of added hormones and antibiotics which can contribute to estrogen dominate conditions.  If you are experiencing endometriosis you may want to reduce the amount of red meat that you eat as a study has shown a connection between high red meat consumption and endometriosis.  When shopping for chicken, look for the words “cage free”, “free range”, or “organic” on the label.  Ideally purchasing your chicken from a local farm with free-range practices is best.

Eat only grains in their whole, natural form – Whole grains are filled with fiber, important vitamins, and immune supporting properties. Fiber is important for helping the body to get rid of excess hormones and helps to keep the blood sugar balanced. Avoid processed and refined white foods and grains such as white bread, semolina pastas, and white rice. Instead choose whole wheat or sprouted bread, rice or whole what pasta, quinoa, and brown rice.

Drink lots of clean water – Be sure to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of clean, purified water daily. It is best to avoid bottles waters as some of the plastics in the bottle can contribute to hormonal imbalance due to their estrogen mimicking chemicals. The best water to choose is reverse osmosis. Avoid tap water, as many recent studies have shown tap water to be laced with harmful pesticides from agricultural runoff.

In today’s world, we have near epidemic levels of obesity and diabetes.  Not to mention infertility.  These problems are directly related to hormone imbalances.  It is of the utmost importance to eliminate, as much as you can, the toxins in your environment and eat from the purest sources possible.  Unfortunately, that may still not be enough to truly build and balance your body and specifically your hormonal system.  A recent study showed that 90% of Americans are lacking key nutrients in their diets.  Moreover, common factors such as stress and environmental toxins can increase the body’s need for essential vitamins and minerals.  Give yourself the absolute best opportunity to be healthy and balanced by making Vitalizer a daily habit.  It is what we use and certainly what we recommend to our clients.  Vitalizer will give you 80 bio-optimized nutrients in one convenient daily serving that have been clinically proven to create a foundation for a longer, healthier life and certainly a balanced hormonal system.  It is one of the best commitments you can make to yourself.

 

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