Meet Xenoestrogens: Know Your Enemyon Aug 13, 2016
Hormones — chemical triggers, produced by your endocrine system — are generally doing a great job of telling your body what to do on a daily basis. They are so good at their job in fact, that you never have to think about many of the actions they perform, be it anything from informing you it is time for lunch, to creating new life. Your endocrine system produces a custom-made cocktail of these triggers, which then travel to the receptors in various parts of your body, creating a call-to-action for each organ involved.
Sometimes, inherent factors result in malfunctions and hormonal imbalances and you are left with a slew of issues such as mood swings, weight fluctuations, depression, acne or anything in between and worse. Other times, we bring these issues upon ourselves by introducing fake hormones, i.e., chemicals that act like hormones, confusing our system into believing their instructions are produced by our endocrine system, when they are not.
Needless to say, these intruders do not act in your best interests. They cause chaos in your body, particularly within the reproductive organs, immune and neurological systems and overall biological development, which are inherently more vulnerable.
And then there are xenoestrogens, which pose as estrogens. You may not know this but estrogens are responsible for a vast number of key body functions, equally important for both women and men. Besides the reproductive system, which is traditionally associated with them, estrogens are responsible for blood clotting and bone growth, for instance.
Hence, a chemical that causes an imbalance in the levels of estrogens in the body can be detrimental to your health overall. By creating an abundance of estrogens, xenoestrogens can contribute to breast and prostate cancer (amongst others), obesity, diabetes and many other issues with fertility.
So how do we bring this plague upon ourselves? The names might be exotic but the typical carriers of the chemical are nothing but ordinary. For example xenoestrogens can be hiding in:
* Our processed food
* Pesticides coating your fruit and vegetables
* Hormones fed to cattle and poultry
* GMO-ridden dairy products and eggs
* Components of your favorite face cream, body lotion or shampoo.
Key components in sun protection, preservatives and parabens in most cosmetic products, components of various plastic products we use around the house and insecticides, all contain xenoestrogens more often than not. Essentially, we are surrounded by them on a daily basis, if our weekly shopping list is not carefully created.
How do you stop the assault on your body?
Xenoestrogens are everywhere but they can be defeated
Choosing organic food and reading labels of the products you purchase with caution goes a long way. If buying purely organic produce is not an option at this stage, at least consider peeling the non-organic fruit and vegetables. Grass-fed and free-range options are best. And if you can, try to make the lion’s share of your diet plant-based and raw.
Limit the use of plastic around the kitchen and certainly avoid microwaving food in plastic containers, if you absolutely must microwave something. Similarly, avoid freezing liquids in plastic containers or otherwise altering the composition of plastic items, e.g. leaving them in the sun for long.
Cling film is another sneaky way for xenoestrogens to get into your body, as well as reusing plastic bottles repeatedly. Chlorine filters on shower heads and kitchen taps also help safeguard you in your home from those chemicals that enter in the water. And at the office, be mindful of noxious gases around various machinery such as fax machines and copiers. Cosmetics contain plenty of chemicals, too. Choose organic shampoos and soaps, sticking to essential oils for perfume, when possible.
Another way to help your body fight off xenoestrogens is to fill it up with phytoestrogens. They can keep the receptors occupied without producing any effects on the cells. Once the receptors get their portion of hormone-like substances, they won’t accept more.
Essentially, phytoestrogens are much less aggressive, plant-based estrogen compounds. They are so latent that they do not even match the body’s own hormones, let alone a potent chemical. Many natural foods are brimming with phytoestrogens, such as flaxseed, dark leafy vegetables and some whole grains.
In addition to the above common sense solutions, you could and should help the major organ of detoxification, the liver, do its work on these foreign “hormone like” substances. Eating right will help boost your liver’s capacity but you can assist further by taking nutrients specifically helping in the removal of these xenoestrogens. ProLife Stream is a doctor-formulated product that has synergistically acting detoxifying nutrients, combined with added benefits of energy boosting and help on other hormonal imbalances, non estrogen-specific.
In some cases, especially in women, increasing your progesterone levels will achieve a similar effect as introducing ample phytoestrogens. By keeping your hormone receptors busy with other hormones, you are cutting off the route of xenoestrogens reaching them. We have left this for last, since this process is best handled by a specialist. Without medical advice, it would be fairly easy to overdo progesterone, resulting in other hormone imbalances.
So now that you know what xenoestrogens are, be sure to protect yourself and your family from its evil deeds. After all, it could be as easy as switching your grocery list and introducing a few healthy nutritional supplements into your life.