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Dra. Maitee Forgione. Farmacéutico, Magister en Planificacion Alimentaria y Nutricional, Experta en suplementos y complementos alimenticios.

How Toxins Affect Hormones at Menopause

Cómo las toxinas afectan las hormonas en la menopausia

Perhaps you think that toxins have nothing to do with you because you take care of yourself, exercise, sleep well... In short, you have healthy lifestyle habits.

But unfortunately, the world is full of toxic agents that lurk everywhere and it is almost impossible to avoid them.

They interfere with your general health and well-being, to the point that they can bring menopause forward , worsen symptoms, and even trigger serious illness.

Read on to learn how toxins affect hormones at menopause.

You are surrounded by toxins that cannot be felt or seen

In today's world, in addition to overwhelming pollution, permanent contact with environmental toxins is a concern.

Years ago, scientists thought they were a problem only if they accumulated in high amounts. But more recent studies confirmed that they are a danger even in small amounts, sometimes even imperceptible.

What does all this have to do with hormones? Your body needs very small amounts of hormones to function. But toxins usurp the place of hormones in microdoses, altering health and bodily functioning.

These toxic agents are called endocrine disruptors.

How do toxins affect aging hormones?

Environmental toxins affect menopausal hormones and can even bring the climacteric forward in some women.

Also called endocrine disruptors, they worsen the disorders of this time: insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, headaches, weight gain, mental confusion, muscle and joint pain, constipation, swollen abdomen , diarrhea, gas, fuzzy thinking between others.

They can also be related to more serious diseases such as:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Endometriosis and uterine fibroids.
  • Breast, ovarian or thyroid cancer.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Metabolic diseases, among others.

List of major endocrine disruptors

The World Health Organization (WHO) published a report on chemicals that disrupt endocrine (hormone) function.

There is a huge list with more than a hundred thousand endocrine disruptors that are in your environment. Here are some of them:

  • BPA (found in plastics)
  • Phthalates (in plastics, clothing, curtains, and personal care products)
  • Fire retardants (in furniture, carpets, electrical and electronic devices)
  • Perfluorinated chemicals (in nonstick cookware)
  • Glycol ethers (present in paints, cleaning products and cosmetics)
  • Artrazine (herbicide used on crops)
  • Arsenic (in contaminated water)
  • Mercury (in fish)
  • Lead (in paints and contaminated water)
  • Organophosphate pesticides (in pesticides used on food)
  • Dioxin (formed during industrial processes)
  • Perchlorate (present in fuels)

What to do to reduce exposure to these enemies?

There are many toxins that are impossible to avoid because they are related to the manufacturing processes of the house where you live, the food you eat, among others. That is, they are present in your day to day.

The good thing is that there are ways to decrease your exposure to them, without putting yourself in a bubble or becoming paranoid.

To avoid the toxins that affect menopausal hormones, you can make small changes that will guarantee you golden years with a better quality of life:

  1. Replace plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel bottles.
  2. Store your food in glass or ceramic containers.
  3. Do not heat food in plastic containers in the microwave.
  4. Use aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap for your food.
  5. Buy fresh and organic food, free of pesticides and compounds typical of conventional modern agriculture.
  6. Reduce the consumption of fish such as tuna and meat with a lot of fat.
  7. Wash your hands after using paper receipts.
  8. Prefer ceramic or stainless steel pans over nonstick ones.
  9. If you buy toys, look for wooden, non-toxic, or BPA-free versions.
  10. Buy organic food whenever you can afford it.
  11. Use green cleaning products whenever you can.
  12. Do not use pesticides and insecticides. Use natural repellents.
  13. Try to make your clothes organic cotton.
  14. Choose cosmetic and hygiene products with natural ingredients.
  15. Use a daily protector for your liver that is totally natural, so that it can repel the toxins that attack it daily and fully fulfill its detoxifying function.

Complement these actions with healthy lifestyle habits, such as having a balanced and healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and exercising.

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