Eliminating hormone-disrupting foods from your diet can help eliminate hormonal imbalances and lead to a healthier body. We asked some of the country’s top functional medicine practitioners to find out what is destroying our bodies.
Here are the essential findings that you should know about:
Sugar spikes up insulin, which is produced by our bodies to push sugar into the bloodstream and cells. Unhealthy sugar and carbohydrate intake may cause a spike in insulin production, leading to imbalances in other hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. These imbalances can lead to severe health issues and make you feel very sick.
Dairy products are often packed with antibiotics and recombinant bovine growth hormone, especially in regular, store-bought milk and dairy products sold in groceries. One sign of dairy hormone disruption is acne and an irritated gut.
If you have acne and clogged pores because of excessive sebum reproduction, stop consuming dairy products for at least a month and see the results. Milk contains an abundance of IGF-1, a growth hormone. Consuming excessive amounts may cause inflammation, insulin and triglyceride spike, and diabetes.
Soy mimics estrogen (phytoestrogen) and blocks normal estrogen binding to its natural receptors in the body. Soy also decreases testosterone and aids in the production of thyroid-binding globulin, which causes irregularities in the body.
Excess soy can lead to women experiencing irregular periods, breast swelling and tenderness, weight problems, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, insufficient energy, and breast cancer. Men may experience erectile dysfunction, gynecomastia (breast tissue growth), and prostate cancer. Some soy products may also have toxic, industrial-grade pesticides in them.
Eating a good amount of vegetables is healthy, but focusing on the wrong ones may trigger inflammation. Nightshade vegetables like white potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant may cause auto-immune flare-ups. Replace your nightshade intake with sea vegetables like dulse, nori, kelp, and kombu. These foods are superfoods with thyroid hormone boosters.
The source and the quality of your food matter. Farm-raised fish and meat fed with processed foods and cultivated using unnatural means may have too many antibiotics, PCB (Polychlorinated biphenyl), and traces of mercury in their bodies. These are endocrine hormone-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that interrupt your hormone signalling mechanism. Stick to purchasing organic meats and natural meat products, like wild-caught seafood.
Testosterone propionate, trenbolone acetate, estradiol, zeranol, progesterone, melengestrol acetate, and bovine somatotropin are hormones used in the industrial food production of meat, eggs, and dairy.
In 1999, the European Union's Scientific Committee for Veterinary Measures Relating to Public Health said in a press release that six commonly used growth hormones had “the potential to cause endocrine, developmental, immunological, neurological, immunotoxic, genotoxic, and carcinogenic effects, even exposure to small levels of residues in meat and meat products carries risks.” Ethical farming like grass-fed beef cattle and free-range chicken farming eliminates these kinds of problems.
You only have one body, so you should make sure that you treat it right. As much as you can, it is essential to find healthier food alternatives so you can avoid taking harmful things that can mess up your hormones. Trust us—in a few days, you’ll immediately feel the difference.
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