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Is Excess Estrogen Sabotaging Your Health and Performance?

Are Environmental Estrogen’s Sabotaging Your Health, Performance and Weight Loss Goals? It is with much certainty that I say, yes they are! It is obvious and well known that our world today is plagued by massive amounts of toxic chemicals. They are in our food, water, soil, air an many of the products we buy and use.  Is it any wonder why we as a people are getting fatter, fertility rates are low, children are physically and sexually maturing at much younger ages, breast, prostate and other forms of cancer are at all time highs, testosterone levels are lower and overall good health is at a decline. So whether you are an athlete looking for optimal athletic performance or an everyday person trying to improve your health this information is vital to your success.

Estrogen’s in our environment come from a multitude of places. To simplify I have made a list of many of the most common sources.

  1. Much of the food we eat is highly contaminated with these environmental estrogen’s. These estrogen’s come from hormones and antibiotics used to improve the growth and production of beef, pork and poultry. Once injected or fed to the animal it is passed on to us when we consume them.
  2. Produce is not unaffected either. A large majority of our produce is laden with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. These chemicals mimic natural estrogen activity in the body wreaking havoc on our endocrine system.
  3. Our water supply is also a culprit. The use of birth control pills by a large amount of our population is excreted naturally in urine. These hormones leach into our water supply through ground water and sewage. Our water supply can also be contaminated from factory chemical waste and runoff that leaches into our groundwater Unfortunately, our sewage treatment does not effectively remove many drugs and hormones from our water. These hormones are then past on to us when we drink water in small amounts. Over time, this constant exposure may accumulate in our bodies.
  4. Plastic bottles and food containers are our fourth cause. Many of the chemicals used to produce plastics also mimic estrogen’s in our bodies. They may leach into our food and water. This incidence is much higher if you heat or cool food and/or water in these containers.
  5. Oil based coatings such as BPA’s found in can linings and other food storage containers  cash register receipts and water bottles. BPA’s are also estrogenic and toxic to our bodies.
  6. Many of our skin care products such as, cosmetics, deodorant, shampoos, moisturizers, and hair gels contain chemicals called parabens. Four of the more common types are ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. Parabens have been shown to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity.
  7. Phthalates are mainly used as plasticizers, i.e., substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. They are used primarily to soften polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

    They are linked to all sorts of health issues including prostate cancer.

    These plasticizing chemicals are found in:

    • Synthetic Scents including candles and personal care products
    • Makeup (to keep lotions and makeup to stick to your face longer)
    • Vinyl shower curtains, flooring and other products
    • Laundry products
    • Nail polish
    • #3 plastic cling wrap
    • Water bottles
  8. Excessive Alcohol Consumption. Drinking alcohol excessively has been linked to lower fertility rates and can trigger estrogen levels to increase. Beer in particular is one of the worst culprits.
  9. Soy. Soy is an estrogenic compound. The xenoestrogens in soy can disrupt hormonal balance in your body.
  10. Eating processed food or large amounts of grain based foods. Aside form the fact that eating too much grain and processed foods will make you fat, chemical additives in foods can also act as hormone disruptors.

Another problem with these environmental estrogen’s is our body’s ability to detoxify them. The inability to properly detoxify these chemicals leads to increased cancer risk, decreased testosterone, increased body fat gains and and a host of other illnesses.

So what can you do to help limit your toxic exposure to these treacherous chemicals? The following list is a great place to start.

  1. Buy certified organic meats and vegetables. These products are free of these hormones, pesticides, chemical fertilizers and are non-GMO as well.
  2. Limit consumption of water from plastic bottles and containers. Buy a reverse osmosis water filter for your house and store your water in glass containers. Although it is not fully certain this will remove all chemical contaminants there is some evidence that it does at least lower them. Here is a great place to compare many types of water filters from the Environmental Working Group. EWR Water Filters
  3. Do not heat food in plastic containers.
  4. Buy fresh or frozen foods. If you buy canned foods make sure they do not use BPA linings.
  5. Avoid all cosmetics, cleaning products, shampoos, etc that contain any form of parabens. Read the labels!  For a list of paraben levels in products also refer to: www.ewg.org
  6. Avoid fragranced products, including air fresheners, plug-ins, wax melts, personal care products and dryer sheets.
  7. Use coconut, olive or avocado oil instead of vegetable oil. Vegetable oils especial soy been, often contain high-estrogen food additives.
  8. Avoid non-stick cookware. These chemicals used to make it non-stick are not only estrogenic but carcinogenic.
  9. Eat large amounts of  plants that have been shown to have estrogen detoxifying properties. Among these  are flax seeds and lignans, sesame seeds, leafy green vegetables,  broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, alfalfa, clover, licorice root, omega-3′s and legumes.

Unfortunately, environmental estrogen’s will continue to rise along with all of the havoc they bring to our bodies. Fortunately, we can mitigate much of the risk by being aware and applying some of the recommendations above. In doing so you are taking strong action towards improving your health, performance and weight loss!

To your health.



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