This article is the third in a series authored by the health professionals of the ASEA Medical Professionals Board and the ASEA Science Council. Today, Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., MS, CNS, continues her message on hormone balance.

What do we know about hormone balancing today that we didn’t know five or 10 years ago? Plenty. We know that environmental toxicity is taking a toll on humans, wildlife, and animals. Nowhere is this more evident than in the study of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which derail reproductive and other developmental processes. These hormone imposters can hijack your hormones (especially natural estrogen) and negatively affect the balance between estrogen and its sister hormone progesterone.

Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals and Your Body

Environmental estrogens or xenoestrogens (“foreign” estrogens) are potent than the body’s naturally produced estrogen, meaning the liver has to work even harder to process them. Even in the smallest doses, they can interfere with the body’s natural receptor sites, resulting in a slew of hormonally driven symptoms, such as lowered sperm count among males, endometriosis among women, and health issues such as depression, brain fog, headaches, and even weight gain because estrogen is a magnet for excess fat and water retention. Add to this a congested, exhausted liver unable to produce quality detoxifying bile and you can well understand the impact xenoestrogens have on the body.

These EDCs are ubiquitous. As insidious infiltrators, their use in consumer products has skyrocketed in the last several decades, and they find various ways of inducing, blocking, or otherwise scrambling our hormonal signals. In other words, they play tricks on your body. Also called obesogens, these compounds look just like estrogen to your body and are notorious for causing weight gain. Some EDCs increase the production of certain hormones in the body while impairing the production of others. Some mimic our natural hormones, whereas others turn one hormone into another. Some EDCs tell cells to die prematurely; others compete with essential nutrients. For example, chlorinated pesticides can slow down thermogenesis, your internal thermostat for burning body fat.

EDCs are like a wrecking ball for the metabolism of people over the age of 50. Their effects can lead down the road to a variety of negative impacts on the body. Many experts believe EDCs play a significant factor in the progressive decrease in the age of puberty onset for children worldwide.

How EDCs Affect Your Cells

When obesogens target cells’ estrogen receptors, the following can be affected:

  • Insulin sensitivity and glucose balance
  • Leptin signaling
  • Fat storage (increase)
  • Appetite (increase)
  • Cognitive function
  • Fertility
  • Mitochondrial energy output

EDCs are present in tap water, food, prescription drugs, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, fire retardants, perfumes, household products, plastics, clothing, and all kinds of other products and their packaging. The biological effects of these chemicals are variable. Still, they may present as metabolic syndrome, estrogen dominance, digestive issues, fatigue, low thyroid, allergies and skin problems, low testosterone, and a variety of other effects.

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In addition to accounting for hormone deficiencies affected by EDCs, the topic of hormones can further expand to include how the liver and its health are crucial to maintaining healthy hormone balance in the body. In this ongoing series, these topics will be covered in the subsequent article for next week.

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