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Hormones are how we regulate everything from insulin to metabolism to fertility. Chronic conditions: diabetes, thyroid disease, infertility, insomnia, mental illness, Alzheimer's, cancer. 

 

— CHALLENGES

Environmental endocrine disruptors, including herbicides and pesticides used pervasively in commercial agriculture, and plasticizers such as bisphenol A and phthalates. Radioactive Iodine 131 from nuclear technology accumulates in thyroid gland. Chronic mineral deficiencies and low-fat diets deplete endocrine glands. Environmental toxins bioaccumulate in fatty tissue of glands, including mammary glands, uterus, ovaries, testicles and prostate.

 

— PREVENTION

Love your hormones with the minerals your glands need to function optimally. The thyroid needs iodine. The pineal gland needs calcium (not fluoride). The prostate gland needs zinc. The adrenal glands need magnesium. And the pituitary gland (regulator of the love hormone oxytocin) needs magnesium and manganese. All the endocrine glands need healthy good fats. Our hormones travel around our body attached to fat molecules. 

 

OVERVIEW

Feeling moody? Burned out? Hair falling out? Cold feet. Lost sex drive? Those are your hormones talking to you.

We can't be healthy without healthy hormone balance. Our hormones regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, blood platelet production, hunger, thirst, sexuality, fertility, pregnancy, breast milk, stress response, metabolism, feelings of attraction, ability to feel love and make bonds, and even our ability to sleep, intuit and envision a future. Sadly, our fatty endocrine glands are bioaccumulation sites for environmental toxins—like pesticides and herbicides that mimic estrogen, radioactive Iodine 131 from nuclear technology, and endocrine disrupting petrochemicals.

Our hormones also help us feel emotions in order to respond in an adaptive way to our environment. When our hormones are out of balance, we feel out of whack and out of sync. We're out of balance emotionally. We're also at a higher risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer's, arthritis, osteoporosis and autoimmune disease.

Our livers regulate a vast majority of our hormones, including vasopressin, angiotensin, insulin, estrogen, testosterone, and Vitamin D (a hormone we make with sunlight and magnesium). So if you want healthy balanced hormones, you need a clean, well-functioning liver. That means liver detoxes are good for hormone balance.

Chronic dehydration and nutrient deficiencies cause our endocrine glands to suffer, especially deficiencies of good fats and minerals. Low fat diets won't help your hormone health. They'll make them worse. So will trans-fats and margarines that make you feel like you're eating fats when you're not. Given the challenges of poor nutrition in modern processed-foods, mineral depletion of agricultural soils, and widespread environmental toxins, some people may need the help of a doctor who specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. A simple blood analysis will reveal where your hormone levels are. Don't be surprised if you're severely Vitamin D deficient. Most urbanites are, because they spend their days indoors, and because they lack magnesium—the most common nutrient deficiency in the modernized world. Beware of conventional doctors offering pharmaceutical synthetic hormones.

Synthetic hormones have a history of increasing cancer risk. Know the difference between synthetic estrogen in drugs like Premarin and bio-identical estrogen compounded from plants in estradiol. Your body will know the difference.

Our hormones can change quickly, adapting to changes in our environment. Chronic stress can override the system with cortisol and adrenaline, leaving us feeling constant anxiety, reactive and combative. And also lost. Home is healthy hormone balance. Get yourself there.

 

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