Cleaning up our bodies of unwanted hormones:
what, why, and HOW.
When you come to a holistic nutritionist, things are bound to get, well, holistic. That means we look at your whole life to find out what is going on.
Usually, it is not all your fault, or your food’s fault, that you are sick, tired, ‘fat’ or anxious/sad.
Although you are in control of, and may need to change some habits, and face some negative ways of interacting with yourself, your kitchen and your life, there are often all kinds of HIDDEN things or things that were not in your control – like your childhood, the ubiquity of plastic food containers and “fragrance” – that have been affecting you behind the scenes.
We change that now by educating you and putting you back in control.
The what, why and how of hormones
Hormones need to be discussed precisely because it feels like THEY control US.
WHAT we are talking about:
Many practitioners have found that hormones are a huge issue for their clients and patients, because they stall weight loss and affect overall health.
While natural human hormones can be out of balance and affect our bodies, exogenous hormones (those from OUTSIDE the body) can also throw us out of whack. There are classes of man-made chemicals that act unintentionally as hormones. They are used in North America in food production and household and personal care products and affect everyone here.
WHY it’s an issue:
Elsewhere on the planet, these chemicals are banned outright, need warnings, are nicknamed obesogens because they cause weight gain & fat storage.
Yup, they make us fat.
These fake estrogens enter our bodies through our skin and food, float in our blood binding to sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), circulating in our body.
How they affect us:
They essentially tell the body you are pregnant (!), telling your body to make fat, and store fat, and to not burn it. The body stores them in body fat, prompting the body to create new fat cells in which to store them. They can lead to fatty liver disease, kidney disease, insulin resistance. They throw our own hormones out of whack: our thyroids, our moods, our genitals, our insulin. They reduce our levels of testosterone, affecting muscle building, sexuality and physiology.
This is stressful for the body, and confusing.
Signs: Low testosterone, weight gain, cancer, insulin/immune/mood issues
The FAKE hormones in food, environment, even soaking in the tub with us.
What chemicals are we talking about?
- BPA and BPS
- Tributyltin and other organotins
- Red food colouring #3, #40
- Perfluorooctanoic acid
- Fragrance – Perfume
Plastics of every kind
Makeup, lotion, toothpaste, soap, body wash etc
Receipts and thermal printed paper
Can linings, Bottle cap or lid linings
Corn, most other grains. Herbicides and fungicides.
Water not filtered through activated charcoal
Conventional meats and dairy and their fats
Commercial non-organic seed and grain oils
Alcohol holds fats in place, holding on to chemicals
Steps to clear them out
Clear out plastics
Eliminate other sources above – cans, Teflon, conventional bacon
Eat grass-fed/grass-finished, organic animal products, organic food
Natural, organic, fragrance-free clean cosmetics and toiletries
Fragrance-free personal care and cleaning products
Mobilize fats (Sauna, exercise, rebounding)
Eating good quality clean fats, and free fatty acids, bitters, fibre
Try dietary Ketosis
Teach body to burn fats, metabolic flexibility
Intermittent fasting (burn fat for fuel in mitochondria)
Filter water with Activated Charcoal
Chronic exposure to Atrazine causes mitochondrial dysfunction and insulin resistance. Rats who got low doses of Atrazine gained weight despite eating the same calories as slimmer Atrazine-free rats. This proves calories are not the answer – we have to clean up the calories.
Eating clean takes on new meaning, doesn’t it?
When did this become part of losing weight!? Let me guess – cleansing – AKA, limiting the bad fats, sugar, and alcohol in your life – that seemed hard, but important. Doable.
Terrible but manageable.
Filtering all water? Yup.
Reading hand lotion bottles. Yup – heck, reading EVERYTHING!
Never using ANY plastic wrap, baggies or storage containers?
Making a huge, probably expensive lifestyle shift to grass-only organic meat and pthalate and paraben-free shampoos, changing cleaners and plastics all through the house…
THIS seems downright daunting, am I right!? This isn’t just about food. It’s your whole LIFE. Cutting out, like everything!?
Seriously – I get it.
And if conventional grain, dairy and meat are OUT, we have to change our shopping routines – what stores we shop, even our entire diet philosophy!?
Changing is SO IMPORTANT.
DO make steps, however small, I urge you!
If you need help, I am here!
Read my next post for more motivation as to WHY.