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Beware Hidden Estrogen

In women who are still menstruating, estrogen and progesterone are the two main hormones produced each month by the ovaries. When there is too much estrogen in relation to progesterone, you have a situation called estrogen dominance, where progesterone cannot reach the optimum 20 – 25 mg. during the final two weeks of a woman’s monthly cycle. This allows estrogen to go unopposed the entire month and upsets the normal progesterone/estrogen balance.

Estrogen dominance can create problems like breast tenderness, bloating, water retention, and depression. For those at risk of breast cancer , estrogen dominance can have serious consequences, because it suppresses progesterone’s protective function against breast cancer. The same applies to uterine cancer. For men, there is an increased risk of prostate cancer. Other disorders associated with estrogen dominance are autoimmune diseases such as lupus, allergies like asthma, hives, and sinus congestion,

Many people do not realise that that estrogen and estrogen-mimics are widely found in food and the environment. Synthetic hormones like synthetic estrogens are commonly fed to animals in industrialised countries, and found also in pesticides and herbicides, and these end up on our dinner plates. Stay away from meats and dairy products produced by such commercial farming methods, and canned foods too. There is good reason why organic foods are gaining in popularity, even though they may seem to cost more.

Watch out also for xenoestrogens, chemical compounds with a hormone-like effect on the body. These substances are usually petrochemical-based, and most of them mimic estrogen. Xenoestrogens lurk in everyday items like personal care products / toiletries (soap, artificial fragrances like perfumes and air fresheners, cosmetics etc.), plastics (plastic food wrap, plastic bottles, styrofoam food containers), car exhaust, carpeting, furniture, panelling, paints, solvents and lacquers, household cleaners like detergents, and even medicine.

Xenoestrogens were relatively recently introduced into the environment, produced by industrial, agricultural, and chemical companies. Industrial waste products are loaded with these estrogen mimics.

Then there are phytoestrogens, plants with an estrogen like effect, such as soya and flaxseed.

You may not be able to rid yourself of all estrogen influences in your food, personal care products, household cleaners, and the environment, but you can certainly eliminate as much as possible. It starts with a step in the right direction, choosing to use only safe personal care and home cleaning products , using only safe cooking and food storage products, and not eating unsafe foods. Sickness and disease can be prevented. Choose to protect yourself and your loved ones by making smart lifestyle choices.


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