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Hormonal Health: Endocrine Disruptors and Metabolism

Living Well

Some simple tips can be really useful in reducing our exposure to endocrine disruptors and, once they are present in our bodies, eliminating them for better health.

Health depends on hormonal balance, in a sentence. Many unexplained health problems can be traced back to a hormonal disorder that may have arisen from a variety of causes. Obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic disorders, thyroid problems, chronic fatigue, moodiness, hair loss, acne, excessive sweating, loss of libido or fertility problems are some of the symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances.

Nowadays, it is clear that many diagnosed hormone disorders are exogenous in their origin, i.e. they have an external origin, due to toxic chemicals that we absorb through the environment, cosmetic products or in the food industry. These chemicals that cause hormone problems are known as endocrine disruptors, hormone disruptors or hormone modifiers.

Endocrine disruptors are in fact substances capable of altering certain physiological processes whose activity is controlled by hormones, mimicking their action in some ways and modifying the natural metabolism and synthesis of natural hormones.

Endocrine disruptors in everyday use include bisphenol A and phenols in plastic bottles and packaging; environmental pollutants; pesticides, herbicides and fungicides used by the agri-food industry; hormones used to feed different animals, such us estrogens used to increase milk production in animals; PFOA and Teflon in non-stick frying pans; parabens; triclosan; phenoxyphenol A and phenols in plastic bottles and containers; estrogens used to increase milk production in animals, PFOA and Teflon in non-stick frying pans and very of the parabens, phenoxyethanol and other toxicants in cosmetic products or metabolites found in medicines.

As we can see, we are unfortunately constantly exposed to these hormone modifiers and it is almost impossible to escape their action, but we can take steps to reduce their presence in our bodies:

– Do not buy food packaged in plastic and aluminum and select food packaged in glass or cardboard.

– Drink bottled water in glass or cardboard or use an ecological filter at home to avoid consuming bottled water in plastic.

– Consume organic fruit and vegetables free of agri-food toxins.

– Limit consumption of dairy products from cows, which have a very high oestrogen content.

– Also limit unfermented soya products, whose phytoestrogen content (although of natural origin) can upset hormonal balance.

– Use cooking utensils such as traditional iron pans and those made of wood, glass or ceramic and avoid those containing Teflon, aluminium, lead and plastic.

– Use natural cosmetic products.

– Use natural household cleaning products such as vinegar, lemon, tea tree oil and baking soda; natural soap for dishwashing or laundry salt.

These are some recommendations and tips that are useful to reduce our exposure and intake of endocrine disruptors; however, once they are present in our body, how can we eliminate them? The liver is the main organ in charge of this function, so it is convenient to help it in its detoxification functions and maintain its health in optimal conditions.

As always, Nature is our best ally and offers us useful herbs and plants for this task. Avoiding alcoholic drinks and including several infusions of Nettle, Mountain tea or Chamomile throughout the day, alternating between them, is an excellent and simple way to improve the functioning of the liver and all the organs responsible for the body’s cleansing and detoxification functions. Symbeeosis products are 100% natural, free of preservatives, toxins and endocrine disruptors. In addition, all packaging used in our products is also free of toxins and plastics. Love yourself, love your planet.