| Symptoms of perimenopause/menopause should begin in a Woman’s forties. But now it is common for symptoms of menopause, such as loss of libido, to start appearing in her thirties. In fact its common fo Women to get their first hot flashes or night sweats in their thirties. Some Women get them in their twenties! How is this happening? Well manufacturers have not been regulated. Now Xenoestrogens, a group of manmade chemicals that behave like estrogen in our bodies, are everywhere. In our water, our cosmetics, our food, and in cleaning products, really everywhere. Too many of these estogen analogs are used. And too much of them in our bodies upsets the balance of hormones in our bodies. much of this synthetic hormone upsets the delicate balance of estrogen and progesterone and accelerates the onset of perimenopause/menopause. |
One thing we can do about this is to eat natural and organically grown produce.
“Xenoestrogens and the onset of menopause
It’s a little frightening to think that the food sitting in your pantry could contain harmful chemical additives that behave like estrogens in your body. Xenoestrogenic compounds are a common ingredient in most processed foods because they can prolong its shelf life and preserve their flavor or color. Recently, scientists from Italy developed a testing method to examine 1,500 chemical food additives and see if they have xenoestrogenic effects. One such additive is propyl gallate, which is used to prevent fats and oils from growing rancid. Another newly discovered xenoestrogen is called 4-hexylreorcinol, which is added to shrimp and other shellfish to keep their natural color. The red food color erythrosine, which is commonly included in candy and ice cream, was also found to be a xenoestrogen.
Aside from being food additives, xenoestrogens can crop up in your plate in many other ways. Chemicals in pesticides and fertilizers contain traces of xenoestrogens. Since this group of chemicals is not biodegradable, they can remain in the soil for decades and find a way to move up the food chain. Animals that eat plants contaminated with xenoestrogens may eventually get consumed by larger animals or humans, effectively passing on the chemical. Although the average plate of food won’t contain enough xenoestrogens to cause immediate damage, decades of eating contaminated food will cause the chemical to accumulate in your body. Xenoestrogens are known to cause infertility, low sperm count, and accelerate the onset of menopause – which can explain why more and more women experience perimenopause in their thirties.”
Avoid xenoestrogens with organic foods. Start Now!
It’s impossible to avoid these chemicals completely, But, you can reduce them by buying organically grown produce, and reading the labels of cosmetics. For those look for cosmetics without chemical additives. They are usually labeled “Organic” or “Natural”, but even read the label. Organic food does not use chemical fertilizers or additives in the production process, and uses methods that are environmental friendly. There are four levels of organic products in the United States as defined by strict guidelines. Watch out for these labels the next time you visit the supermarket.
1. “100% organic” and displays the USDA organic seal. This is found on products with 100% organic ingredients and organic methods.
2. “Organic” and displays the USDA organic seal. This is found on products with 95% organic ingredients.
3. “Made with organic” products do not have the USDA seal. At least 70% of its ingredients are organic.
4. Food products that make use of less than 70% organic ingredients are not classified as organic. Any references to being organic or naturally grown are used for marketing purposes only.
Unfortunately, it can be expensive to go 100% organic every time you get your groceries. Focus on the produce that normally comes with the highest concentrations of xenoestrogens, additives, and pesticides. The Environmental Working Group discovered that you can reduce your exposure to xenoestrogens by as much as 80% if you buy these organic fruits and vegetables:
1. Meat and poultry
Remember, this is a lifestyle makeover. With herbs, in “HerSolution“ Eating pure foods, and slowly integrating the things we have introduced here. You can reclaim your libido. Perimenopause/Menopause and loss of libido are not one and the same thing. You can have an active and satisfying sexual life for as long as you want.
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