Hormone levels change and develop over time as an individual grows and ages. Some hormones may be specific to men or women but an imbalance or deficiency will have health consequences. Here are 4 facts you should know about abnormal hormone levels and what you can do to address them.
1. Environmental chemicals affect your bodies ability to maintain optimal hormone levels.
Every day we are exposed to harmful chemicals and compounds we know little about the negative effects they have in our health. A recent study by Dr. Anna Pollack, an Assistant Professor of Global and Community Health at George Mason University, and her colleagues shows just how true this statement is.
“A total of 509 urine samples were collected from 143 women aged 18 to 44 years, free of known chronic health conditions and birth control to be measured for environmental chemicals that are found in personal care products, such as parabens, which are antimicrobial preservatives, and benzophenones, which are ultraviolet filters.
…What we should take away from this study is that we may need to be careful about the chemicals in the beauty and personal care products we use,” explains Pollack. “We have early indicators that chemicals such as parabens may increase estrogen levels. If this finding is confirmed by additional research, it could have implications for estrogen-dependent diseases such as breast cancer.”
Source: Science Daily
Our recommendation: Lessen the use of cosmetics when you can, or you can shop for make-up brands that are natural and organic based.
2. Toxic additives in your food supply disrupt hormone balance in more ways than one.
In an article published by seattleorganicrestaurants.com, it explains how harmful chemicals have made its way into our food supply and the dangers it poses. Here are some important key points:
– Majority of livestock in the states are fed with synthetic hormones that can increase the amount of estrogen we consume in foods… Too much estrogen has been linked to breast, prostate and endometrial cancer.
– Humans are exposed to synthetic hormones when they consume animal’s meats that are injected with rBGH or rBST growth hormones. Hormones can increase the risk of cancer, thyroid disease, diabetes, obesity, infertility, asthma, and allergies.
– Hormones also find their way into our food supply via crops that are sprayed with pesticides or chemicals.
– Hormones also exist in the form of hormone plastic additives in baby bottles, infant formulas, and food packaging. No wonder why we see an epidemic of hormone imbalances in women and young girls.
– Arsenic is constantly added to chicken’s diet by the food industry.
– All farmed fish or even wild fish excluding wild sockeye salmon have high levels of mercury and toxins in them.
– Toxic additives including high fructose corn syrup are added to almost every processed foods. High fructose corn syrup contains mercury and is toxic to your health.
More info found in this article.
Our recommendation: Choose certified organic foods whenever possible. If your home has enough space, grow your own crops! Not only are they safe and economical but tastes much better as well.
3. Abnormal thyroid hormone levels affect your mood and overall health.
Thyroid hormones are considered one of the important hormones in your body. It is responsible for maintaining your body’s metabolism and more. Here’s a quick list of what happens when you have too much or too little of thyroid hormones:
Hyperthyroidism – too much:
- Irritability or moodiness
- Nervousness, hyperactivity
- Sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures
- Hand trembling (shaking)
- Hair loss
- Missed or light menstrual periods
Hypothyroidism – too little:
Tiredness and fatigue
Dry skin and hair
Sensitivity to cold temperature
Frequent, heavy periods
Joint and muscle pain
Our recommendation: A quick solution would be to avoid (1) endocrine disruptor bisphenol-A (BPA) usually found in certain plastic containers and register receipts and (2) PFAS or Perfluoroalkyl substances in cleaners, insecticides, flame retardants, carpet and fabric stain repellent, and food packaging.
4. Low T linked to increased risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
As you get older hormone levels also changes such as a deficiency in testosterone level for men 45 years and older. However, low T is also seen in men as young as 25 years old. Some of the symptoms include:
- Low sex drive
- Decreased muscle mass
- Enlargement of the prostate
- Fatigue and anxiety
- Sleep problems
- Changes in mood
- Weight gain, increased fat, especially abdominal
Hormone replacement therapies are available to address this condition but some may cause more harm than good. Before jumping into any form of treatment, due diligence must be done first.
Our recommendation: If you’re looking for a more natural approach, consult a Naturopathic doctor near you. Here at Dr. Amauri Wellness Centre, we offer Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). Here’s a snippet of what this treatment is about:
“Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the therapeutic use of hormones that have the exact same molecular structure and function as hormones produced naturally in our bodies. These “biologically identical” hormones can be highly effective in relieving and treating the symptoms of hormonal imbalance or deficiency. For both women and men alike, hormone levels can be optimized naturally to improve life quality.”
Maintaining a normal hormone level is very important to your overall health. Small changes in your daily lifestyle can make a huge difference. If you find this article helpful, share it with your family and friends!
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