WHAT IS A HORMONE DISRUPTOR?
Hormones are your bodies messengers and they carry instructions to your cells. They control a lot of your physiological processes that happen in your body.
You have what is called a “receptor site” on each of your cells. You can refer to this as your post box which is receiving the message from your hormones.
There is another system involved in the delivering of these messages and that is your endocrine system. Your endocrine system is the master controller of these post boxes and it controls your hormone activities.
An endocrine disruptor is like someone gate crashing a party. They think that they can jump onto your post boxes whenever they want to stop the delivery of your hormone message and that will not give the cell an instruction what to do.
WHAT ARE ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS?
There are a lot of different endocrine disruptors and the most common ones are toxins. These can be household cleaners, skin creams, hair care products, clothes washing products, scented candles, air freshners, kitchen utensils or plastics.
I think that the biggest endocrine disruptor is refined sugar.
WHY IS REFINED SUGAR THE PROBLEM?
Refined sugar can decrease the good estrogen in your body.
It can also stop you from losing weight/fat around your body
It can stop you from getting a good nights sleep
It can make you moody and irritable
It can give you brain fog
It can leave you feeling anxious or depressed.
When you have too much sugar in your bloodstream, your body will turn your good estrogen such as estradiol into a bad estrogen, which is a type of stress hormone. It will then stop your body from being able to use your good estrogens.
When you eat a lot of refined sugar in your diet, it can lead to the development of insulin resistance. During perimenopause, you are more sensitive to refined sugars and this can happen very quickly.
Insulin resistance can go on to develop a hormone imbalance and you can experience some symptoms such as:
Sleep disruption, fatigue, trouble concentrating, feeling moody, irritable and depressed
Insulin resistance can make it so hard to burn your stored fat.
Insulin resistance means that your cells no longer listen to insulin knocking on its door to let the sugar inside your cells. So this is why your blood sugar will then turn to fat because sugar cannot stay in your blood, it has to go somewhere. If it can’t get into your cells, it gets stuffed into your fat cells.
What also happens when you combine refined sugar with fat, this will also cause a problem with getting sugar into your cells. If there is too much fat in your cells, sugar can’t get inside.
So it’s important to look at how you can reduce your refined sugar intake to help keep your body using the good estrogens and reduce stress hormone levels. By reducing your refined sugar intake, you will also have less moodiness, irritability, anxious feelings or depression and be able to think more clearly and sleep better. You will be able to maintain your weight much more effectively.
Making an effort to reduce your refined sugar intake can be hard because sugar is addictive and it is contained in so many foods. When you eat the sugar laden biscuits, you feel better because the sugar goes straight to your brains receptors.
You can stop the sugar habit because I have done it myself.
It will help if you can reduce your stress levels. Don’t let yourself get too hungry and always carry a healthy snack with you.
Find other ways to satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy sugar such as fruit or a health bar.
An alternative sweetener is raw honey or stevia or monkfruit.
Get out your journal and write down how much refined sugar you are eating now. You can then begin to take steps to stop buying those items.
This takes practice and effort to stop the sugar habit. There are so many healthy cakes and biscuits that you can make yourself, just don’t eat them all at once.
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