There are thousands of chemicals, foods, and toxins, that target women’s hormones on a daily basis.
Surprisingly enough there are only a few tested for safety. But did you know, these same hormonal disrupters have their fingers in a women’s fertility, PCOS, IBS, migraine’s, depression, mood swings, CVD, and diabetes?
If you would like to reverse PCOS symptoms, this information is for you.
What is Polycystic ovarian syndrome?
In layman terms: it’s an altered and confused hormonal system.
There are several definitions of what polycystic ovarian syndrome is or isn’t. Here are just a few.
- “PCOS is a debilitating disorder in women, occurring in 6.6% of the reproductive-age population it is a leading cause of fertility issues. It’s associated with increased lifetime risks for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.” (1)
- “Polycystic ovarian syndrome is the most prevalent endocrine condition in premenopausal women. PCOS is a lifelong condition, and long-term morbidity could be worsened by obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, Western-style diet, and smoking, whereas lifestyle intervention including weight loss may fully resolve the symptoms of PCOS and could improve long-term prognosis.”(2)
- “Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common heterogeneous endocrine disorder characterized by irregular menses, hyperandrogenism, and polycystic ovaries.”(3)
- Most worrisome of PCOS is characterized by chronic obesity and most importantly insulin resistance,(4) and is associated with depression, ovarian cancer, and hypertension.
Depending on which study you read, polycystic ovary syndrome affects approximately eight or ten percent of women in the United States.
Awareness Increases Our Chances for Wellness.
Happy male and female sex hormones effectively work together and compliment each other for the benefit of a healthy metabolism and libido in both sexes. So it’s important to know what can disrupt this delicate balance of hormones, glands, fat cells, and metabolism, that can take us down the wrong path and fill us with preventable diseases.
Behind curtain number one, it appears Big Pharma along with Big Corporations are responsible for changing our hormones, our environment, and our ecosystems, and rely significantly more on the female population for doing so. Women unwittingly go from birth control pills to antibiotics, antidepressants to diet pills, Synthroid to corticosteroids, and statins to insulin medications. These medications have metabolic and hormonal consequences.
PCOS is written all over our face in the form of acne as part of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function.
For instance, the hormone testosterone is dependent on a healthy pituitary gland and overabundance can be linked to acne. And it’s the pituitary gland that has an intimate relationship with estrogen.(5) Estrogen dominance is characterized by poor gut microbiome, depression, weight gain, thyroid disorders, Alzheimers, cancer, PCOS and a low sex drive. “Cholesterol is the precursor to all steroid hormones, and therefore a constant supply must be available to the adrenal gland.”(6) Statins and refined sugar are endocrine disruptors and can interrupt cholesterol balance and increase dietary stress, leading to additional breakouts however, we all need cholesterol. Natural steroid hormones attach to cholesterol and are found in our adrenals, gonads, placenta and brain.(7) “Eighty percent or more of cases of PCOS appear to arise from dysregulation of (steroid hormones) ovarian androgen secretion.” (8)
Additionally, alterations in sex steroids and increased visceral adiposity in PCOS could potentially contribute to the increased prevalence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.(9)
Remember mother’s little helper? For better moods, one in four American women are on some kind of psychiatric medication compared to one in seven men.(10)
Antidepressants are endocrine disruptors. According to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, antidepressants disrupt the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Side effects from these medications include lost libido, disrupted metabolism, brain fog, heart disease,(11) suicide, aggression, and mood disorders. “Major depressive disorder is typified by markers known to be influenced by the microbiome.”(12)
Antibiotic exposure is a factor that influences brain function through shaping the gut microbiome. New studies point to antibiotics and increased aggression. Truth be told, when we inagest antibiotics, we also unknowingly kill good bacteria, disrupt hormonal health, and fertility at the same time. Antibiotics disrupt hypothalamic-pitutary-adrenal axis by harming our gut microbiome. Antibiotics are legally and illegally used in our foods supply leading the entire planet into an epidemic of antibiotic resistance.
What else can contribute to the pathogenesis of PCOS?
- Xenoestrogens are a chemical family found in: commercial meats (lunch meats) pesticides, BPAs, shampoos and soaps, plastics leaching in our foods by way of microwave ovens, tap water, soy protein, tampons, heavy metals, DDT, fungicides, phthalates, detergents, dryer sheets, chemicals, dyes, HRT and birth control pills. Xenoestrogens can not only lead to estrogen dominance but be causal in polycyclic ovaries,(13) and male infertility. Xenoestrogens contribute to belly fat, metabolic syndrome, obesity, cancer, diabetes, thyroid imbalances, and heart disease.
- BPAs are a chemical commonly found in food and drink containers. “BPAs are associated with thyroid hormone disruption, altered pancreatic beta-cell function, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.”(14)
- PCBs and dioxins have a causal relationship between reproductive dysfunction. PCBs are a class of synthetic endocrine disruptors. Exposures of PCBs are from poor quality meats, farmed fish, and rBGH dairy products and are stored in human adipose tissue.
- Human exposure to phthalates is widespread and occurs through ingestion, inhalation, and dermal contact. Phthalates (chemical scents) from toxic candles, dryer sheets, air fresheners to perfumes, not only harm women they disrupt semen quality in men.
Some solutions to consider
PCOS-related insulin resistance contributes to approximately ten percent of cases of glucose intolerance in premenopausal women.(15) This means PCOS is linked to high blood sugar levels. If I were to choose one of the worse foods women eat on the run, it’s peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
The good news is, women with the highest fertility diet scores ate no trans-fats, dairy, sugar or sodas, consumed more protein from vegetables, ate more fiber and iron, and consumed avocados for healthy fats the body so desperately needs to thrive and reproduce.
There’s a huge body of evidence that supports going gluten-free to help reverse PCOS and build good gut microbiome. But did you know, eliminating gluten and sugary products can also help with painful PMS symptoms?
It’s essential to eat green plants for optimal calcium absorption and avoid calcium supplements.
Eat fermented foods to help build good gut microbiome.
Get to know your body on a deeper more intimate level. It is no accident America is sick, fat, tired, and suffers from hormonal imbalances. We have a system that grew out of control by trusting in fake foods, deadly toxins, and chemical conformity!
Connie Rogers is a Certified Integrative Nutritional Holistic Health Coach, Certified Cosmetologist and Brain Health Coach,
Gluten Free Practitioner, Reiki Master, and Expert in non-pharmaceutical applications to chronic illnesses for endocrine, metabolic and skin health. Published Author and Speaker. Websites include: www.bitesizepieces.net and www.thehealthguru.net
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