Ladies, this one’s for you.
I’ve taken pride in myself my whole life in having ‘normal’ pain-free periods. They came and went in a timely matter, mostly going unnoticed. Sometimes I’d get cramps the first day, but these would quickly disappear 10 minutes after taking a natural anti-inflammatory. To me, it was a sign that everything in my body was functioning as it should.
In recent years though, I’ve started to notice an increase and exacerbation in symptoms, weakening me days before my period was expected and/or experiencing cramps for prolonged periods of time.
We live in a time where modern medicine tells us that this is normal and that there is nothing we can do, but take pain killers. I choose not to believe that as I’ve been taught otherwise and I’ve researched the topic enough to know that there are plenty of options out there for us to take advantage of.
I’ve worked with enough clients to know that the discomfort I experience once a month is nothing compared to what others go through. And because I’m hearing of more young women who experience crippling pain as well as fertility issues (often being diagnosed with endometriosis or PCOS), I wanted to share the following information with you as periods are not supposed to be crippling and our reproductive system is certainly not supposed to deem us infertile in our 20s or 30s.
What is causing these strong menstrual symptoms?
High exposure to estrogen and estrogen mimickers in our environment have increased the estrogen levels in our bodies like never before. On top of this, our liver, which is the hormone-regulating organ in our body (amongst about 500 other duties it performs) is overtaxed due to the large amount of toxins our environment and food expose us to on a daily basis.
Endocrine mimickers are often referred to as estrogen disruptors or xenoestrogens. They “mimic” the effects of our body own or “true” estrogen, linking to hormone receptor sites and contributing to estrogen excess or block the effects of true estrogen.
Where do they come from?
Unfortunately, estrogen mimickers are everywhere: in our personal care products, cleaners, pesticides on our fruits and vegetables, the overuse of soy ingredients in every packaged food on the market, and even on plastic coated receipts (the shiny ones)! They can also can be found in our drinking water as estrogen from discarded HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and birth control pills seep into landfills and are excreted in waste that makes it into our sewers and, inevitably, our water.
Keep reading and share the information with your friends or bookmark it if you find this helpful. Please note that symptoms will not disappear by doing the below mentioned once. This is a continuous process and it might even take you two cycles to notice a reduction in the intensity of symptoms.
How to reduce estrogen overexposure
THROW OUT THAT PLASTIC
And by that I mean carefully recycle them in the right container, of course. But please, GET RID OF IT! Plastic contains BPA (bisphenol-S), a synthetic estrogen that mimics our body’s own, throwing off the body’s hormonal balance. By heating or freezing plastics, we increase the amount of BPAs that leech into the food or drink we’re holding in it. There are many alternatives available for reusable bottles, switch to glass tupperware.
And don’t be fooled by BPA-free labels. Although these products are BPA-free, they contain bispenol-S (BPS). Basically same sh*t, different name…
WATCH OUT FOR PARABENS
Parabens are chemicals used in almost all of our personal care items. They’re also strong estrogen mimickers. This is why I’ve gone all natural and super basic with almost all my personal care items (learn more about that here). I even go as far as making my own deodorant! It’s all super easy, cheap and best of all, it works (I’ve been using these products for over 3 years now)!
Take a look at the ingredient labels on your personal care items and keep an eye out for the following:
There are no restrictions on the use of parabens in cosmetics in Canada.
Soy is a powerful phytoestrogen (phyto = plant), also known as isoflavones. Isoflavones are a plant compound resembling human estrogen. According to Dr. Mercola “Drinking even two glasses of soymilk daily for one month provides enough of these compounds to alter your menstrual cycle. Although the FDA regulates estrogen- containing products, no warnings exist on soy.” In addition, non-organic soy has been genetically modified (GM) making it resistant to the use of Roundup, a very toxic herbicide.
The list of why you shouldn’t consume unfermented soy goes on. Dr. Mercola provides a great overview from a medical point of view here.
MEAT, CHICKEN & EGGS
Annemarie Colbin explains it best in her book Food and Healing:
“Without going into clinical detail, I can safely say that the first treatment for woman with problems of the reproductive system isstrictly to avoid all foodstuffs that relate to the reproductive system of animals or contain natural or artificial hormones. This includes milk products (a product of the cow’s reproductive system), eggs (a product of the chicken’s reproductive system), and the meat of animals that have been raised on estrogens” (to speed up the growth process, increase milk production and bring them into heat at desired times).
Pesticide are known endocrine disruptors, another reason why it is so important to eat organic when possible. Stick to the dirty dozenand clean 15 guide to avoid breaking the bank.
LOSE SOME EXTRA POUNDS
Keeping weight under control by eating a whole food diet can be helpful as estrogen is produced in fat cells.
SUPPORT YOUR BODY
Another approach to reducing estrogen levels in our system is by supporting our body in the elimination process. Stay tuned for my next blog on how to support our liver with easy daily detoxing.
In health & happines,
Disclaimer: The content of this blog is for informational purposes only and is not to be perceived as providing medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided should complement, not replace, the advice and relationship of your healthcare provider.
Dr. Mercola – Breast cancer prevention.
Colbin, Annemarie. Food and Healing. New York: Ballantine Books. 1986. Print.
Natalie McCrae R.H.N.
I transform women's body's by teaching them to eat balanced meals so that they can quickly lose weight, without giving up 🍫 & 🍷