Endocrine Disrupters and their effects on your health

More and more women are developing serious endocrine disorders from Hashimotos to PCOS, endometriosis, ovarian cancer, infertility, etc. These are a result of our toxic environment!

We are constantly exposed to copious amounts of toxins which disrupt our hormonal system. These endocrine disrupters are present in our food supply, drinking water, medications, clothing, furniture, paints, flooring, beauty products (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, lotions, makeup, etc), female hygiene products, cigarettes, plastics and plastic containers, cans, aluminum foil wrap, silver mercury fillings and the list goes on. We cna never live 100% toxin free but eliminating as many toxic sources as possible can help us liver healthier and increase our fertility and balance out our hormonal system.

When we are looking to conceive, it is important to know that the health of BOTH partners is of equal importance as they each provide 50% of the genetic material. Making sure BOTH parents are avoiding these endocrine disrupters and toxins is essential for a healthy pregnancy and greater chance of achieving pregnancy. 

A female baby in utero is born with all her eggs that she will have for the rest of her life. In fetal life, there is 6 to 7 million eggs but at birth there is about 1 million eggs. At puberty, there is 300,000 to 400,000. Of these, 300 to 400 will be ovulated during a women’s reproductive lifetime. There are three generations at once exposed to the same environmental conditions (diet, toxins, hormones, BPAs, etc). Within a women who has baby girl in utero, the mother is the 1st generation, the baby in utero is the 2nd generation and the babies eggs is the third generation (grandbaby). The mothers health determines if certain genes and traits are turned on or off in her granddaughter and daughter. Three generations are influenced before, during and after pregnancy.

If a mother has PCOS, there is a 50% chance that the young daughter will develop PCOS too! This can develop at birth or even in utero. So detoxifying and eliminating all toxic sources and endocrine disrupters is so important to ensure the health of the baby and her/his babies.

BPA is present in the vast majority of people and is found in fillers, can linings, tampons, etc. In a pregnant women, it concentrates in the fetus. The levels in the mom do not correlate with the levels in the fetus (the fetus levels are multiple times higher). In utero is when the baby makes all the hormone receptors and when the baby is exposed to endocrine disrupters via the mom the baby’s hormones will not develop normally. BPA increases intrauterine oxidative stress.

Male germ cells are considered as the most vulnerable cells, as they have distinctive methylation patterns and epigenetic markers. Men who smoke heavily generate sperm that suffer from high DNA damage largely as a result of oxidative stress. One of the consequences of this DNA damage is that children of men who smoke exhibit increased incidents of childhood cancers. Smoking induces DNA damage in the germ line so you are affecting 3 generations with a father smoking prior to pregnancy. BPA can also cause damage to the male germ line. In females, endocrine disrupters are associated with endometriosis and PCOS.

There are a number of factors that are known to cause epigenetic changes. Substance abuse, drugs, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine in high doses, anti-Seizure medications, BPA and heavy metals and stress. You need to support elimination of these toxins PRIOR to pregnancy so pre-conception point before hand is so important to clean out the body.

Hopefully this article helped you to understand the importance of omitting these dangerous endocrine disrupting toxins from your life as much as possible in order to ensure the health of YOUR body and future generations! Going back to natural, organic, pure skin care, foods, drinks, clothes, etc is the BEST way to maintain a healthy cycle, healthy menopause and healthy babies!

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