Hormone-disrupting substances can wreak havoc in a woman’s body. Don’t be afraid, be aware. Fortunately, you can do a lot yourself to prevent this. Play all your trump cards and just outsmart them!
Hormone disruptors roam all around us
Hormone-disrupting substances, also called EDCs or Endocrine Disruptors, are heavy metals or chemicals made on the basis of ancient petroleum. Petroleum consists of millions of years old remains of plants and animals that have been digested into oil in the earth’s soil. Thanks to all the inventions of the chemical industry, this petroleum turned out to be the basis of many products: from plastics to clothing, from herbicides to children’s toys and from carpets to cosmetics. The list of products made from petroleum is endless.
Because the basic raw material is this old natural product, these chemical products are still recognized by our body. Some of these are similar to our female hormone, estrogen. They are therefore also called xenoestrogens. Xeno means strange. And that’s just the problem. Other chemicals disrupt your thyroid hormone or the hormone testosterone that we as women also have.
Don’t underestimate the amount of endocrine disruptors around you
We all come into contact with these endocrine disruptors every day, including you. It is estimated that there are 100,000 different chemicals, of which about 500 are known as endocrine disruptors. They have especially come into our lives in the last 50 years and every year new ones are added. The average woman seems to come into contact with 515 chemicals every day with her care and cosmetics alone! (1) That’s quite a bit and they haven’t even looked at the substances you get in your diet.
Chances are that you have a portion on your plate every day. All non-organic products contain pesticide residues. Canned food contains hormone disruptors. They are often in food packaging and are transferred from there to the food. They are in non-organic meat. In dairy.
And even in the vast majority of the biscuit and candy sector because a lot of sweets in the supermarket are sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS or corn syrup, glucose syrup/syrup, fructose syrup/syrup or glucose-fructose syrup/syrup), which in many cases contains mercury. contains: also a hormone disruptor. So you can ingest a portion of hormone disruptors without noticing with your favorite filling. Why is this so harmful to women?
It is harmful to all of us, but……
Let me first state that an overdose of endocrine disruptors is bad for everyone and everything: for plants, animals, unborn children, newborn children, men and women. A lot of research has been done on these endocrine disruptors. Some of them have now been banned, but many others are not (yet).
The most common consequences are infertility, obesity in young children, breast development at a young age, including in boys, early puberty in girls, birth defects, premature births and a wide range of female complaints including endometriosis, PMS, uterine fibroids and all kinds of complaints we have about the generally placed under the heading of menopausal symptoms: mood swings, sleeping problems, anxiety attacks, headaches, tense breasts, fibromyalgia, fluid retention and thyroid problems.
Finally, exposure to endocrine disruptors also increases the risk of a variety of hormonal cancers, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.
……… women draw the short straw
A large part of the endocrine disruptors are xenoestrogens. In a woman’s body, the balance between the two hormones estrogen and progesterone is very important. Actually, it is more of a dance than a balance because sometimes one hormone is stronger and sometimes the other hormone. They dance harmoniously around each other. Thanks to the dance of these hormones, as long as she still has her monthly cycle, a woman has the opportunity to become pregnant every month.
When she is pregnant, these two hormones in particular ensure a happy ending after nine months. This precarious balance is disrupted by this invasion of xenoestrogens. It’s no wonder, then, that getting pregnant, and completing the pregnancy, is disrupted by high levels of xenoestrogens. The female body is completely lost because of all these xenoestrogens.
Xenoestrogens are more powerful than your own body oestrogens
It is important to know that xeno-oestrogens in your body have a more powerful effect on your cells than your body’s own oestrogens. They act like estrogens in your body but a lot more aggressively, you might say. They are more clearly present and cannot simply be dismissed. Under the influence of oestrogens you developed your breasts and thighs during puberty. Cell division is therefore a property of oestrogens. That’s fine if it happens the way nature intended. But if humans have been tinkering with it, it is not surprising that many cancers are related to an overdose of xeno-oestrogens.
Research into breast tissue in breast cancer therefore shows that higher doses of endocrine disruptors were found than in normal breast tissue. Fibroids, breast cysts, endometriosis: it’s all tissue that suddenly seems to decide to start multiplying. It must have been instructed to do so somewhere in your body.
Obesity and diabetes probably partly due to endocrine disruptors
Xenoestrogens are difficult to get rid of by your body. Your liver has to do this important job, but if it doesn’t have enough raw materials or energy for it, your body can decide in all its wisdom to store them somewhere where they can do the least harm: in your fat cells! Your body stores an overdose of xenoestrogens in your fat cells and it can stay there for decades. This is often stubborn fat. Because if you decide to lose weight but your liver is not able to properly dispose of the xeno-oestrogens that are released as a result, they will simply be stored again in your fat cells.
If you know this, it is not surprising that researchers have found a relationship between too many endocrine disruptors and overweight in children. This overweight does not only occur in children, but also in men and women in recent decades. Diabetes has also increased dramatically.
The sharp increase in obesity and diabetes cannot only be attributed to the wrong diet and too little exercise. An analysis (2) of more than 240 scientific studies made by Chem Trust shows that the increase in obesity and diabetes is very likely partly caused by daily exposure to small amounts of endocrine disrupting substances. What is small?
What can you do yourself? Fortunately a lot!
Fortunately, you have a lot in your own hands. On the one hand, it is of course important to ensure that you get them as little as possible. Therefore, use 100% natural care products and cosmetics. Also think about your nail polish, deodorant and sunscreen products. Avoid toothpaste with fluoride. Eat organic products as much as possible. Avoid products that have seen the inside of a factory, so cook and bake yourself with fresh ingredients. Buy fruit or vegetables packaged in glass as needed, not canned. Avoid heating food in plastic. Clean your house as your grandmother would or opt for 100% natural cleaning products. If you do this you are already on the right track.It is not possible to avoid 100% and it does not have to be.
Your body is perfectly capable of neutralizing and removing a certain percentage of endocrine disruptors. Your liver plays an important role in this, as do your intestines and kidneys. Eat at least five ounces of vegetables a day, half of which are green vegetables. Preferably half of this is unprocessed, so raw. Very good to help your body get rid of them are broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and especially broccoli sprouts. Freshly ground linseed is also great! Use green superfoods like spirulina , chlorella and marine phytoplankton to help you detox. Also, eat plenty of fiber, but if you eat five ounces of vegetables and two pieces of fruit a day, that’s a must!