Do you experience untimely fatigue, changes in mood, rashes on the skin around that time of the month, or random weight gain, with no lifestyle changes whatsoever? You might possibly be going through hormonal imbalance that you don’t know of. Hormones are important for regulating most major bodily processes, so a hormonal imbalance can affect a wide range of bodily functions.
According to Medical News Today, Hormones are chemicals that are produced by glands in the endocrine system. Hormones travel through the bloodstream to the tissues and organs, delivering messages that tell the organs what to do and when to do it. You don’t have to be a medical expert to know this.
What exactly is Hormonal Imbalance?
Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. Because of their essential role in the body, even small hormonal imbalances can cause side effects throughout the body.
Besides seeking medical advice, it’s also imperative for each one of us to stay informed on what’s causing the imbalance in order to prevent it before even having to cure.
According to Dr. Don Colbert, in his book “Hormone Health Zone”, there are Top Six Hormone Disruptors that are triggering hormonal imbalance in our bodies. Apparently, “there are thousands of toxic chemicals that we are exposed to on a regular basis in the air, water, and food. Approximately 70,000 chemicals are in use in the US, only a tiny fraction of which have been fully tested for their ability to cause harm to health and the environment”. WOW! Do you understand how severe, this is?
Based on their toxicity, Dr. Colbert listed the top 6 hormone disruptors because they disturb our endocrine system, confusing our hormonal systems – including the thyroid, pituitary, and sex hormones – which then may cause either an increase or decrease in the production of different hormones. This ends up causing breast cancer, reproductive problems, infertility, decreased sperm count, ADD, ADHD, autism in children, slow cognitive development, changes in metabolism, weight gain, immune disorders, hypothyroidism, and lower IQs.
Disruptor 1: LIFESTYLE & CHOICES:
As overused as it may sound, Dr. Colbert listed this on the top of his list. Bad eating habits and sedentary lifestyles, extra stress, anger, unforgiveness, and drinking too much alcohol; are most likely why your hormones are not in harmony.
Disruptor 2: MEDICATIONS:
“According to the JHU study, medical errors in the form of the wrong diagnosis and side effects of medications trigger hormonal imbalance. A few years ago, the second most prescribed drugs in the US were a cholesterol-lowering statin drug and the side effects of it were liver damage, muscle pain, confusion, memory loss, high sugar, and low testosterone levels. As per Dr. C, the more medicated a nation, the greater the hormone disruption”.
Disruptor 3: THINGS YOU TOUCH:
This applies to each one of us- so many things we touch on a daily basis negatively affect our hormones. That is because the chemicals get into our bodies through the skin and accumulate and eventually may cause long term damage. Here is a short list and how these enemies affect us:
- “BPA plastic (bisphenol A): It was discovered in 1891 and was one of the breakthrough creations that were great at the time but came back to bite us in the end. BPA is an environmental estrogen and behaves like estrogen in the body. BPA is in most canned foods as lining, aluminum beverage cans, aerosol cans for whipped toppings, non-stick spray, lids of glass jar items, plastic bottles, dental sealants. Specifically, BPA has been found to cause cancer, early onset of puberty in girls, decreased sperm count in men, and heart diseases. It also plays a role in the obesity epidemic as it wreaks havoc on our metabolism and insulin levels. Another major source of BPA that affects us all is Cash Register Receipts. Most receipts contain BPA. If your hands are moist, that increases the BPA transfer. Paper money also has BPA as it touches receipts in wallets”.
- “Ever heard of phthalates? You have but by another name. It is often listed as a fragrance in the ingredients of your soaps, perfumes, laundry detergents, cosmetics, skincare etc. There are ten different types of phthalates and the adverse effects of it cause males to become more feminized. They’re also found in plastic flooring, food packaging, shower curtains, household cleaners and even some toys. They even are outgassed from flooring, furniture, mattresses and upholstery. To reduce your exposure to them: Install glass shower doors, instead of curtains; use natural brands of toothpaste, shampoos and skin care; Get rid of scented candles and fragrances; Use glass instead of plastic; Use natural cleaning products; Filter the tap water at home; Don’t let your kids drink from garden hose made of plastic”.
- Similarly, parabens and triclosan found in shampoos, deodorants, shaving gels, and perfumes mess with your estrogen and thyroid hormone respectively.
Disruptor 4: THINGS YOU EAT/ DRINK:
You might find it hard to believe, but the BPA we just learned about is also found in water. Not too long ago, according to Dr. Colbert, groundwater tests across the US found approx. 30% of the test samples contained BPA. In addition, pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides that farmers use to grow food end up going straight into our bodies, causing our thyroids to fluctuate.
Disruptor 5: DEFICIENCIES:
Iodine deficiency is majorly known for causing thyroid imbalance in our bodies. In developing countries like India and Africa, malnutrition in kids due to poverty triggers deficiencies from a young age. Unexpectedly, some vegetables in their raw state can block iodine uptake into the thyroid which then may reflect the symptoms you would have with hypothyroidism. This includes veggies such as raw broccoli, cauliflower, bokchoy, cabbage, and others. The solution is to cook or steam them before consumption.
Disruptor 6: AGING:
“For women, around 40, their testosterone usually begins to decline. Then, 5-10 years later, their progesterone starts to slide, followed five years later their estrogen beginning to decline.
For men, after 30 their testosterone begins to drop and by the time, they’re 45-50, many of them become grumpy because of the loss of it. When testosterone goes down, other hormones such as DHEA and adrenal hormones go low also. And when our hormones drop, the liver usually rev up cholesterol production in an effort to make more sex hormones from cholesterol. This is one of the major reasons why cholesterol begins to go up around the age of 50 according to our hormone expert.
The process of aging is inevitable, but It can be accelerated by the endocrine disruptors that we learned about in this article earlier. Being mindful of what we touch, what we put in our bodies, exercising regularly, reducing stress, practicing forgiveness, and staying happy and carefree can lead to graceful aging with fewer symptoms of hormonal imbalances”.
“The content of this article was derived from the book of a medical expert Dr.Don Colbert, titled Hormone Health Zone. We thank Dr. Colbert for his award-winning contribution to spreading awareness among youngsters also by offering alternative solutions in his book.”