Fertility and Xenoestrogen
Xenoestrogen Can Be the Cause of Your InfertilityXenoestrogen is a man-made chemical compounds which mimics the effect of estrogen in the human body. This means that it is similar in chemical structure to natural estrogen, but different enough to be harmful to your health. It can disrupt the hormonal system in both men and women and cause birth defects in newborn babies. What is alarming about this chemical compound is its ubiquitous presence in your environment, so you can be exposed to it almost everyday. Many plastic products contain xenoestrogens and are constantly releasing these harmful compounds every time you come into contact with them. That is why it is best to avoid warming foods in plastic containers and in a microwave oven because the high and fast eating process accelerates the release of these chemicals into the food.
Did you know that synthetic estrogen and progestins are found in the urine of millions of women who take either birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy and flushed them down the toilet ending up in rivers and lakes where your drinking water comes from? Water treatment involves adding chemicals like chlorine (also a hormonal disruptor) to kill E-coli bacteria, but nothing is done to remove harmful chemicals from your drinking water! Once your body becomes contaminated with toxic chemical, it stores it in the fatty tissue.
Natural estrogen is responsible in stimulating cell division in hormone responsive tissue like the uterus lining, breast tissue and the ovaries. When xenoestrogen is overloading your body, it mimics the action of natural estrogen and stimulates tissue growth causing ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease, and even cancer. When a women is said to suffer from estrogen dominance, it refers to the high level of estrogen over progesterone. That is why women who experience infertility are advised to detoxify before conception. Xenoestrogen can also cause miscarriages and luteal phase defect. It may be present in breast milk and cross the placenta during gestation and become especially harmful to the foetus during the development of the sexual organs.
Xenoestrogen may have an impact on fertility and reproduction. Many environmental studies have shown that animal species living near waters contaminated with xenoestrogens are unable to reproduce successfully. This can be extrapolated to explain why sperm count is rapidly decreasing in men and ectopic pregnancies are increasing in women. Further studies are needed, but xenoestrogen may very well account for the rapidly increasing rate of infertility in industrialized countries.
In women, dioxin (present in tampons and a by-product of industrial processes that use chlorine) can be linked to the increasing rate of endometriosis because it blocks the estrogen receptor, preventing the natural estrogen from binding. Once all the estrogen-receptors are blocked by dioxin, the excess natural estrogen (estrogen dominance) stimulates the growth of the cell lining the endometrium causing endometriosis and possibly polycystic ovarian syndrome, both related to infertility.
In men, xenoestrogens could be the culprit for low sperm count, infertility, and andropause, the male equivalent of female menopause, usually affecting men between the ages of 40 and 55. Xenoestrogens mimic the role of synthetic estrogen in the male body inducing certain changes at the physical, mental and emotional level. Scientists have found a correlation between xenoestrogens and low testosterone in men, which related to very common symptoms of prostate problems, mood swings, depression, impotence, low sex drive, low sperm count, weight gain, blood sugar imbalance,and heart conditions. This is why men need extra amount of zinc, selenium and vitamin E to enhance fertility and prevent andropause symptoms.
How to Avoid Exposure to XenoestrogensAll you can do is try to avoid exposure as much as possible. Here is how:
1. Do not heat your food in the microwave.
2. To cook your food use cast iron, stainless steel or lead-free glass cookware.
3. Avoid all plastic and plastic containers to store your food.
4. Do not drink hot liquids in foam styrofoam cups.
5. Use only natural laundry detergent (you can get them at the health food store)
6. Do NOT use dryer sheets or fabric softener. Use natural once that do not contain chemicals (you can find them at home hardware)
7. Do not use skin products containing parabens, phenoxyethanol, methyl, ethyl, red dye no.3, and dioxin. Check the ingredients in your shampoo, soap, makeup, hand lotion, body lotion, and toothpaste. Anything you put on your skin enters your body.
8. Avoid coffee even decaffeinated coffee, teas and colas.
9. Avoid sunflower oil, no safflower oil, no cottonseed oil, no canola oil.
10. Avoid soy and ground flax seed because they have estrogenic effect.
11. Avoid sunscreens and buy only natural cosmetics.
12. Avoid bottled water because of the plastic. Use stainless steel instead.
13. Avoid using chemical pesticides on your lawn.
14. Consume meat, eggs, and dairy products that are grown organically free of hormones.
15. Eat fruits and vegetables that are organically grown free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers.
16. Only use natural feminine products made from organic cotton. Avoid dioxin at all costs.
17. Avoid nail polish and any kind of solvent.
18. Avoid birth control pills. Use a natural method of family planning.
19. Purify your water with a whole house purification system.
20. Avoid chemical glues and paint if you are trying to conceive, pregnant or breast feeding.
How Natural Health Can Help YouThe following natural remedies can help you decrease the side effects of estrogen dominance and help you detoxify from harmful contaminants you may come into contact in your daily life.
1. Vitamin C - 500 milligrams.
2. Lipoic acid (100 to 500 mg daily)
3. N-acetyl cysteine (1,500 mg daily)
4. Take herbs such as Milk Thistle and Dandelion.
5. Homeopathic remedies like Nux vomica, Chelidonium, Lycopodium, Sepia, Sulphur.
6. Improve circulation and sweating via hydrotherapy, sauna and exercise.
7. Natural Progesterone cream (20 mg a day) applied on the skin can help offset estrogen dominance.
8. Increase fibre intake because excess estrogen binds to fibre and it is eliminated through your bowels. This prevents central toxaemia where internal toxins are constantly recycled and not effectively eliminated.
9. Eat fresh raw fruits and vegetables to provide living enzymes needed for good digestion and elimination.
10. Avoid contaminated fish.
11. Maximize liver function with specific foods such as celery, carrot, beets and parsley.
12. Drink plenty of water to support the elimination of toxins through the kidneys.
Estrogen is not active until it binds to a receptor. The greater the number of estrogen receptors you have in your breasts, uterine, and ovarian cells (in women) and prostatic cells (in men), the more susceptible you are to be affected by xenoestrogen. Butyrate, produced by Bifidobacterium bifidus present in your large intestine, decreases the production of estrogen receptors.
I would recommedn doing a fertility cleanse to eliminate xenoestrogen and other toxins from your body before conception.
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