Have you ever heard the word “estrogen dominance”? When a woman has estrogen dominance, it means she is low or deficient in progesterone which is a hormone that exists in women. Progesterone and estrogens are hormones existing in both females and males. The lack or overabundance of one or both have an impact on a woman’s body.
Estrogens promote tissue growth and development, giving a woman lovely breasts, supple skin and the ability to create babies. However, too much estrogen or as we call it, “estrogen dominance”, leads to certain common menstrual disharmonies such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), bloating, weight gain, mood swings, painful periods, insomnia, ovarian cysts, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and irregular menstrual bleedings.
There are certain factors why we get a hormone imbalance. Most of these factors that lead to estrogen dominance come from the food we eat, the water we drink, the shampoos we use and even the air we breathe. These factors are what we call “xenoestrogens”.
Xenoestrogens and our Natural Hormone Balance
Xenoestrogens mimic the functions of our natural estrogens. They enter our body, attach themselves to our cell’s receptors and take over our natural estrogens functions to development and growth. To prevent an estrogen dominance and balance our endocrine system, we must know how to identify these xenoestrogens. By familiarizing ourselves with the sources of these xenoestrogens, we can avoid them and balance our body’s hormones.
Here are some of the more popular sources of xenoestrogens:
Foods with soy protein and soy protein isolate
These are foods usually packed with condensed and unnaturally high amounts of plant estrogen which
can contribute to estrogen dominance. I am tempted to recommend eating organic tofu or soybeans but
the fact is, majority of the soybeans here in the country and in the U.S. are already genetically
engineered or GMO crops.
Commercially raised dairy and meat products
Commercially raised pork, beef, chicken, butter, cheese, milk and ice cream fall under this. These products are also contaminated with bovine growth hormones and expose us to a great number of xenoestrogens.
To prevent this, reduce or eliminate entirely the consumption of commercial meat and dairy from your diet, and just buy grass-fed, hormone-free, and humanely-raised animal products whenever you can.
Drink filtered water as much as possible because most of our water sources have petroleum derivatives – a primary source of xenoestrogens.
Soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, lotions, cosmetics and other personal care products
These kinds of products contain paraben or phenoxyethanol chemical compounds which are preservatives and used widely by the pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies. Also, xenoestrogens that are applied directly to the skin, 100% directly absorbed and goes straight to our tissues and not through our liver for detoxification. This kind of entry of xenoestrogens in the body is 10 times more destructive than those consumed orally.
Anything that contains pesticide or insecticide residues
Obviously, those foods that contain estrogenic effects are those sprayed with pesticides, which could be vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts, legumes, etc. Do try to eat and buy organic foods as much as possible.
Birth control pills and conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) treatments
These products contain synthetic hormones and therefore, interrupt our natural hormone balance. There are also recorded side effects of the pill. For those women who use birth control pills as a way to regulate their periods, I suggest you find a better, more long-term solution that addresses the root cause of your imbalance instead of using synthetic drugs.
Artificial food additives such as MSG and artificial sweeteners
According to a study published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, about 31 substances added to food for the objectives of adding texture, flavor, coloring, and preservation have potential estrogenic effects.
Soft plastics used as packaging materials
These are usually treated with chemical compounds called phthalates, a xenoestrogen. Plastic wrapped foods also, especially those which can be heated in a microwave oven, possess some of the highest xenoestrogen levels.
Avoid two particular additives: 4-hexylresorcinol and propyl gallate. And don’t patronize too many canned foods because the cans are usually lined with a plastic coating that contains bisphenol-A (BPA) which is a xenoestrogen. Or avoid buying processed foods because they usually come in a packaging with xenoestrogens.
Disposable products for menstruation
The FDA has detected dioxins, a class of chemical contaminants that may increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and reproductive and developmental problems on sanitary napkins and tampons that contain fragrance, wax, surfactants, rayon, chlorine, etc. Use menstruation products that are made of pure organic cotton or other natural-based materials.
These are packed with xenoestrogens to make your clothes feel fresh and sort. The residual xenoestrogens in these products can penetrate your skin and go directly into your cells. Avoid them like the plague! Use baking soda instead on your rinse cycle.
Try to review your lifestyle and the products you use and identify which areas you can still improve by adopting a more natural and healthy product or process. If you need further information on this, kindly check our website at www.drfarrahcancercenter.com.
How about you – do you have any other ideas on the sources of xenoestrogens? Share your knowledge
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