A woman's menstrual cycle can vary between 24 –36 days, with the average being 28 days.
The main hormone in the 1st phase (follicular, days 1-14) is oestrogen, then progesterone is more dominant in the 2nd phase (luteal, days 15-28). Sometimes these can get out of balance, leading to problems such as PMS, Polycystic ovarian syndrome and other hormonal issues.
Many factors can affect hormone balance:
• lack of fibre
• lack of protein
• too much dairy
• high alcohol intake
• lack of nutrients needed for hormone synthesis and metabolism e.g. B vitamins, indoles from cruciferous vegetables, magnesium, zinc
Another important factor is the presence of hormone disruptors and exogenous oestrogens in our environment. They can interfere with development and reproduction by mimicking hormones in the body, such as oestrogen, (as well as the male hormone androgen and thyroid hormones). They can block normal hormonal signals in the body or interfere with the way hormones or receptors are made or controlled.
The following list is not exhaustive and obviously in today's modern world it is almost impossible to avoid all of them, but try to limit your exposure as much as you can. Changing to natural body-care products and choosing organic food as much as possible is a good place to start.
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is found in soft plastic bottles and soft plastic food containers and tinned foods.
How To Avoid Bisphenol-A (BPA)
Limit tinned foods; use glass, stainless steel or BPA-free plastic bottles. Don't heat up food in plastic containers
Dioxins are by-products of industrial processes. They are found in fatty parts of meat, dairy, fish and shellfish.
How To Avoid Dioxins
Trim the fat off meat, avoid dairy products, eat a varied diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit to avoid excessive exposure from a single source.
Phthalates are found in cosmetics, shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers.
How To Avoid Phthalates?
Choose natural, organic personal care products, such as those we sell here at Therapy Organics.
Triclosan is found in anti-bacterial soaps and hand washes, toothpastes.
How To Avoid Triclosan
Avoid anti-bacterial washes; choose natural toothpastes
Fire retardants are found in sofas and other furnishings. They are difficult to avoid, however certain companies may use lower levels.
Lead might be found in paint, dyes, plastics, batteries and chemicals. We may be exposured through food, water and air.
How To Avoid Lead
Ensure old lead water pipes are replaced if possible.
The main source is mercury amalgam dental fillings; also, some larger fish are contaminated with high levels e.g. swordfish, marlin and tuna.
How To Avoid Mercury
Avoid mercury fillings or have them replaced with safer alternatives (seek specialist advice). Eat smaller fish such as sardines and anchovies
Parabens are found in cosmetic and personal care products.
How To Avoid Parabens
Choose natural, non-toxic, organic where possible, such as those sold here at Therapy Organics.
Clingfilm is used to wrap foods. It creates more of an issue on fatty foods e.g. cheese and oily fish such as salmon.
How To Avoid Clingfilm
Use glass or hard plastic containers instead, or ceramic/pyrex bowls.
Dairy & Organic
Diary hormones come from Endogenous hormones from lactating/pregnant animals.
How To Avoid Dairy
Avoid or limit all forms of dairy to small amounts Avoid non-organic sources of meat and eggs, as well as fruit and vegetables although all meat will contain some natural endogenous hormones. Non-organic meat typically contains anitbiotics, growth hormones and other chemicals. Fruit and veg often contain pesticides e.g. atrazine and glyphosate Choose organic where possible.
PFOA Non-stick cookware
Choose ceramic or enamelled cast iron cookware
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Please note that the information contained within this website does not and should not replace medical advice, and is not intended to treat or diagnose. We always recommend you consult with your doctor. Our Nutritional Therapy team is highly trained and we offer one to one Nutritional Therapy Consultations, which are designed to be complementary to any medical treatment from a functional medicine approach, as well as offering a preventative & optimal health focus.