Hormone Health Part Two focuses on the most important hormone gland, the Thyroid, and goes on to explain the fundamental role that our gut plays in the regulation and production of hormones.
Who knew gut health was the cornerstone of hormonal health?
This article is the second in the series of articles about the importance of hormone health. As with this article, The Introduction To Hormones is also published in the Wild As The Wind blog.
The endocrine system controls the level of hormones circulating in our bodies. If one or more of the hormones within the system is even slightly imbalanced it can cause serious health problems.
Not many people appreciate hormones are the way in which major parts of the human body communicate with each other, and that if their hormones are out of whack then their physical and mental health will be compromised, sometimes to an extreme extent.
STOP PRESS: A lot of hormones and neurotransmitters (another major way the body communicates with itself), are MADE and REGULATED in the GUT!
So, gut dysbiosis, (read IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, Diverticulitis, or just plain non-specific gut issues), can lead to depression and serious endocrine problems like Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Graves and Hashimoto’s etc…
Also, in the introduction to hormone health I exposed a number Xenoestrogens, or Synthetic Oestrogens, that are profoundly disruptive to our delicate hormonal system, (endocrine system), that are slushing around in our homes and exterior environments, our foods and our skincare and healthcare products.
In this article I will focus in on a couple more, including the eminently toxic sugar substitutes, as well as Nail Polish.
In This Article:
- Hormones Part Two – Hormone Health
- Major Hormones
- Hormone Disruptive Foods
- The Endocrine System & The Sugar Tax
- The World According To Monsanto
- Vaccines Are Chemical Messengers
- Hormone Receptor Sites & Rosemary Essential Oil
- Thyroid & Adrenal Glands
- Nascent Iodine
- How To Heal Your Thyroid & Adrenals
- Hormonal Health & Modern Medicine
- Hormonal Health & Alternative Medicine
- Using Essential Oils For Hormone Health
- Hormones Can Be Grouped Into Three Main Types
- How The Key Hormones Work
- How To Detect An Hormonal Imbalance
- Oestrogen Dominance
- Digestive Health Is A Precursor To Hormone Health
- Which Foods Are High In Oestrogen & Progesterone?
- Our Gut Is Behind Some Of Our Hormonal Issues!
- The Microbiome Is The Hormonal Master Controller
- The Microbiome Makes Neurotransmitters
- So, What Are Neurotransmitters?
- Anxiety & Depression
- Chemical Reward Systems
- The Gut & Hormone Production & Moderation
- How The Microbiome Affects Oestrogen
- The Estrobolome Connection
- How Do We Get The Gut To Produce More Estriol & Estrobolome?
- So Which Probiotics Support Estriol & Estrobolome Production?
- The Role Of Systemic Inflammation
- Systemic Inflammation & Thyroid Function
- Progesterone In The Mix
- Menopause In The Mix
- Thyroid In The Mix
- Belly Fat & Hormone Production
- Xenoestrogenic Skincare & Beauty Products
- Now To Nail Polish As Promised
- Toxic Ingredients In Nail Polish
- TPHP (triphenyl phosphate)
- How Toxic Is Nail Polish Remover?
- And Finally, More Environmental Xenoestrogens
- More Environmental Xenoestrogens
- Xenoestrogenic Skincare & Beauty Products
Hormones Part Two – Hormone Health
Many hormone issues are badly misdiagnosed leading to entirely unnecessary surgical and pharmaceutical interventions. Most of these interventions are irreversible. This article will deal with some of the ways in which modern medicine deals with hormone health… as well as alternative methods of achieving, safe and lasting hormone balance…
- Vitamin D3
These extremely important chemical messengers, produced in the glands, and the gut, affect many aspects of our overall health.
Insulin manages our sugar intake, D3 ensures restful sleep, and adrenaline gives us the energy to deal with traumatic circumstances, allowing us to mount the fight of flight response…
Without hormone health we get sick pretty fast…
Hormone Disruptive Foods
You can pretty much guarantee that all chemicals in food are causing havoc with our hormonal health on some level, but there’s certain food additives, like MSG, and fake foods that are causing us a whole world of pain.
Did you know that NutraSweet and Aspartame do the following?
- Ruin female sexual response
- Induce male sexual dysfunction
Now, I don’t know what would make you want to eat something any less than those two little facts!
The Endocrine System & The Sugar Tax
Guess what? There’s aspartame in practically everything since they introduced the sugar tax!
And, guess what else?
Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle in 1985, which is the chemical company that previously held the patent to aspartame.
So! It’s our good old friend Monsanto who deviously orchestrated our dismal sex lives from 1985 trough until 2000… as well as all of the other evil they continue to perpetrate in the name of profit…
And that lovely Bill Gates who made the lovely Microsoft… he owns $50 million shares in them because… well… because he’s just so lovely!
*Aspartame is the active ingredient in NutraSweet
However… according to Monsanto…
Monsanto has not produced or sold aspartame for more than a decade. In 2000, we sold the NutraSweet Company to J.W. Childs and sold Equal to Merisant. Both of these companies continue to manufacture and market these products. For more information on aspartame, we recommend visiting www.aspartame.org
Nevertheless, watch this really well made documentary about Monsanto and weep:
The World According To Monsanto
Vaccines Are Chemical Messengers
Vaccines mimic hormones! Yes, just like hormones, vaccines are chemical messengers too. I am unclear as to whether all vaccines lock onto hormone receptor sites, thereby preventing our true hormones from communicating with our cells, but, as discussed in the introduction, there are plenty of things that do.
*Vaccines have an aluminium adjuvant which is an endocrine disruptor. This is being considered as a possible route cause of autism and other debilitating physical conditions.
Hormone Receptor Sites & Rosemary Essential Oil
There is some evidence to suggest that Rosemary Essential Oil may help remove rogue synthetic invaders that mimic hormones which, horrifyingly, in my opinion, permanently bond to hormone receptor sites. But, if this isn’t the case, then it definitely helps with Cortisol levels, the hormone that drives the fight or flight response.
A study was conducted out of Meikai University, School of Dentistry in Japan that evaluated how five minutes of lavender and rosemary aromatherapy affected the salivary cortisol levels (the “stress” hormone) of 22 healthy volunteers.
Upon observing that both essential oils enhance free radical scavenging activity, they also discovered that both greatly reduced cortisol levels, which protects the body from chronic disease due to oxidative stress.
Dr. Josh Axe
Phenol Containing Essential Oils
Phenol containing essential oils are the ones that will definitely clear cell receptor sites for sure. And, because Xenoestrogens attach to cell receptor sites and never let go, these essential oils are performing a profoundly important role within our health.
The following list shows the concentration of phenols in the oils mentioned:
Anise Essential Oils 90%
Clove Essential Oils 80%
Basil Essential Oils 70%
Oregano Essential Oils 70%
Thyme Essential Oils 48%
Calamus or Cane Essential Oils 30%
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oils 25%
Cassia Essential Oils 8%
Full article on phenol containing essential oils to follow.
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*There’s a Wild As The Wind oil blend containing several of the phenol-rich essential oils called Hormone Detox
Thyroid & Adrenal Glands
Our thyroid and adrenals are critical for hormonal health, but they are seemingly failing us at epic levels…
The thyroid gland uses iodine from the foods we eat to make two main hormones: Triiodothyronine, (T3), and Thyroxine, (T4).
Unfortunately, the soil in which our food is being grown is becoming excessively depleted, and so there are less and less nutrients left for the plants to absorb. Iodine is so depleted in parts of Asia that goitres are quite commonplace.
Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine.
(*It is projected that there are only 60 harvests left on our wondrously beautiful planet, if we continue to live and farm in the way that we are currently living and farming.)
The reason I group the thyroid in with the adrenals is because when the thyroid doesn’t work properly the adrenals are put into play.
The adrenals use cholesterol, which is made in the Liver, to make hormones and so there’s also a systemic connection between the Thyroid and Adrenals as well as with the Liver and Gall Bladder.
There is rampant misdiagnosis of Thyroid dysfunction due to modern medicine’s insistence on viewing body parts and sets of symptoms in complete isolation, instead of in the context of the rest of the body.
For example, Thyroxine (T4) needs to be converted into the active form of this hormone, which is Triiodothyronine (T3). T4 is converted into the more active T3 by the deiodinase system (D1, D2, D3) in multiple tissues and organs within the body, but this is mostly achieved in the liver, gut, skeletal muscle, brain as well as in the thyroid gland itself.
Vitamin D3 is also required to convert T3 into an inactive form of thyroid hormone within the liver, ready for expulsion. BUT, Magnesium and Selenium, as well as iodine, are also essential nutrients required to convert T4 into T3… and this is what the doctors and specialists are not taking into account when diagnosing thyroid dysfunction.
A simple selenium deficiency can be the cause of thyroid dysfunction, and so something as rudimentary as eating a couple of Brazil Nuts a day, which are swimming in selenium, will fix the issue. But, Selenium, like Iodine has sadly been farmed out of the soil in the last half century in many parts of the world.
Also :: see later on in this article: Systemic Inflammation & Thyroid Function
If you are concerned about your iodine intake, especially if you eat a lot of sugar and processed food, it is best to supplement with a single drop of Nascent Iodine daily.
How To Heal Your Thyroid & Adrenals
I have covered the endocrine disrupting power of chlorine in the previous article, but I haven’t mentioned fluoride, found in most big brand toothpaste and some water supplies in the UK, but a lot more in the US,… Then there’s bromine, found in soft drinks, pesticides, baked goods, asthma treatments and nasal sprays etc… These are all halides. Iodine is also a halide, without which the Thyroid cannot function properly…
A halide ion is a halogen atom bearing a negative charge. The halide anions are fluoride (F−), chloride (Cl−), bromide (Br−), iodide (I−) and astatide (At−). Such ions are present in all ionic halide salts. Halide minerals contain halides.
So, because there’s very little iodine left in the soil our thyroid is desperately trying to use the much more comprehensively available chlorine, bromine and fluorine to fulfil it’s functions…
This is disastrous, as you can imagine, and not only leads to goitres, but means that the thyroid dysfunctions on a fundamental level, which leads to widespread thyroid problem misdiagnosis, followed by a lifetime on Thyroxine, usually accompanied by yo-yoing weight and emotional states.
The thyroid and adrenals are revisited in Hormone Health Part Four, where reverse T3, RT3, is discussed alongside the issues of anxiety and depression.
What does iodine do?
- Stabilises metabolism
- Stabilises weight
- Stabilises brain function
- Supports fertility
- Supports immune function.
- It is anti-parasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-cancer agent
What happens with insufficient iodine?
- Irregular menstruation
- Menopausal symptoms
- Auto-immune conditions
- Skin conditions like Acne, Eczema & Psoriasis
- Low libido
- Weight gain
- Early onset dementia
- Heart disease
- Chronic fatigue
- High cholesterol
- Gum disease
- Fluid retention
- Poor memory
- Unhealthy hair & nails
- Hair loss
- Cold hands and feet
So, nothing much to worry about there then!!??!!??!!
Thyroid & Adrenals
To learn about the inter-connectedness of our bodily functions with regard to thyroid and adrenals I strongly advocate this video by the superbly watchable John Bergman.
Wow! That inimitable laugh!
But finish reading this article and come back to the video later to get the most out of it.
Hormonal Health & Modern Medicine
Modern medicine’s approach to hormonal imbalances normally includes the prescription of synthetic hormone replacement therapies to attempt to restore hormone health. These include birth control pills, insulin injections, Thyroxin for the thyroid etc….
Unfortunately, these do not restore hormonal health.
What they actually do is mask the problem whilst making users dependent on drug protocols for the rest of their lives that largely don’t get broken down by the digestive tract. These are then released into the water supply so everyone can have a dose of synthetic hormones that are ultimately making us all really sick.
Whilst symptoms are being masked, but the root problem remains, sufferers continue to develop abnormalities in other areas of their body, as the original disorder progresses. And, those of us, who were problem free, develop synthetic hormone induced hormonal abnormalities.
The wanton irresponsibility of this act leaves me incredulous!
Long term use of artificial hormones, (and there’s no non-artificial ones… bio-identical is a scam!), often results in:
- reproductive problems
- and more…
Hormonal Health & Alternative Medicine
There are many alternative ways of achieving hormonal health.
The body is a beautiful self-regulating and self-healing system… So, learning the facts, (and not modern medicine’s fiction), around hormonal health is the first step to recovery.
And, the first step in achieving hormonal health, without modern medicine, is actually rather elegant. It simply entails cutting out exposure to Xenoestrogens as much as is possible.
Diets can be adapted, homes can be made more natural, aerosol fragrances and hand sanitisers can be thrown out…
The next step is to use complimentary ways to regain normal hormonal health as easily as possible.
Using Essential Oils For Hormone Health
There’s quiet a few essential oils that help support hormonal health.
Clary Sage is the queen of them all. But the following all have a part to play in achieving hormonal health
- Rose Essential Oil
- Frankincense Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Geranium Essential Oil
- Sandalwood Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Thyme Essential Oil
- German Chamomile Essential Oil
- Fennel Essential Oil
You can read more about the hormone balancing effects of most of these essential oils in FACIAL OIL No. 2 and FACIAL OIL No. 7 as Wild As The Wind use these oils in these facial oil blends with the intention of inducing improved hormone health.
Hormones Can Be Grouped Into Three Main Types
There are hormones that are derived from amino acids, including; protein hormones, peptides and amines, and there are those that are derived from lipids, which are essentially natural steroids.
- Amines: which are simple molecules
- Proteins and peptides: made from chains of amino acids
- Steroids which are derived from cholesterol.
How The Key Hormones Work
These major hormone groups can be broken down into hormone subgroups…
*But, with mention of steroids in the previous paragraph, and synthesising hormones in the next, it is perhaps important to mention that both of these things are entirely natural.
The fact that pharmaceutical companies synthesise drugs and synthetic hormones by chemically creating what appear to be similar to those found in nature so that they can patent their work, and turn a tidy profit, doesn’t mean that our bodies are doing the same thing.
Instead, our bodies are synthesising natural substances to arrive at different substances, that are altogether, well… natural…
Amine hormones: like melatonin, the ‘sleep hormone’, which is synthesised from the amino acids tryptophan, and the thyroid hormones, which are synthesised from tyrosine. Dopamine is another one.
Steroid hormones: which are derived from cholesterol and include testosterone, oestrogens and cortisol.
Peptide hormones: which consist of short chain amino acids, including oxytocin the ‘love hormone’, because oxytocin levels increase during hugging and orgasm, and the antidiuretic hormone, called vasopressin
*Clearly, oxytocin is the hormone giving Aspartame the middle finger as it flushes around our bodies!
Protein hormones: that consist of longer polypeptides and include growth hormone and FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone).
Our endocrine system, responsible for all of this good work, is a beautiful self-regulating system as long as all of the hormones remain natural within it… but, of course, this doesn’t happen.
Women take the synthetic contraceptive pill which then flushes around in our water supply waiting for a new host, and the chemical, the cosmetic, and the food industry keep on inventing new ways to poison us with Xenoestrogens.
The consequence of this is the potential for widespread health problems that affect all aspects of our being:
- sexual development
- sexual function
- our sleep
- and our metabolisms, even to the extent we feel hungry when we’re not… does this sound horribly familiar…?
How To Detect An Hormonal Imbalance
A lot of the time hormone imbalances are not hard to spot… There are plenty of outward signs to go on…
- Acne and other hormonally related skin conditions
- Erratic, emotionally charged behaviour
- Extremes in emotional states
- Depression and anxiety
- Irregular periods
- Weight gain… usually in specific areas of the body.
- Sexual dysfunction
- Low libido
- Digestive problems
- Thinning of the hair loss hair loss
Hormonal imbalances display in dramatically different ways depending on the type of disorder they ultimately cause.
For example, being oestrogen dominant will cause weight gain on the stomach, inner thighs and the lower half of the bottom. There will be an increase in cellulite and changes in sleep patterns, as well as increases in weight and changes to appetite due to a slowing down of the metabolism, in addition to a lower tolerance to stress.
Oestrogen dominance can contribute to issues that cause reproductive disorders like endometriosis etc…
*I will cover other forms of hormone imbalance later on in this article…
Digestive Health Is A Precursor To Hormone Health
The following information is pretty ground-breaking, and will hopefully help you to transform your diet so that you can transform your hormonal health.
This, will of course, permit you to transform your physical and emotional health as well.
Read it, and embrace the solution to many of your problems!
Which Foods Are High In Oestrogen & Progesterone?
Before we jump into gut and hormonal health, here’s a very handy list of foods with naturally occurring hormones so that you can knowingly moderate your diet to help balance your hormones.
*I personally like a desert spoon of linseeds, (aka flaxseeds), soaked over night, to help balance my hormones, and I don’t like soy products, unless they are fermented.
- Seeds: flaxseeds / linseeds and sesame seeds
- Fruit: apricots, oranges, strawberries, peaches, and many dried fruits
- Vegetables: yams, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, kale, celery
- Soy products: tofu, miso soup, soy yogurt
- Dark rye bread
- Legumes: lentils, peas, pinto beans
- Olives and olive oil
*List from Magdalena Wszelaki
Our Gut Is Behind Some Of Our Hormonal Issues!
Complementary health practitioners can be as guilty as medical practitioners when it comes to focusing on the endocrine system with a view to putting a treatment plan together for hormonal imbalances.
Or, they look to adaptogenic herbs and other supplements to affect hormone balancing within the body.
But, the one thing that’s largely ignored is the microbiome within the gut.
The microbiome is actually a complete endocrine system in and of itself, although I prefer to look at the entire bodily system of good bacteria as the ‘holo-biome’, rather than the microbiome…
But, whatever the case, the microbiome, or holo-biome is now considered to be a virtual organism that’s as powerful than all our other endocrine glands put together… the ones I mentioned at the beginning of this article… the thyroid, adrenal glands etc…
The Microbiome Is The Hormonal Master Controller
The gut produces and secretes virtually every hormone that the body uses whilst at the same time regulating the expression of those hormones. It can, therefore, inhibit or enhance the production of certain hormones within the gut.
The microbiome consequently, plays a pivotal role in controlling how hormone health is achieved within the body.
It is small wonder then, that even complementary practitioners only achieve limited success when it comes to treating endocrine issues. Only those that embrace the central role that the gut plays within the endocrine system are likely to achieve complete success.
The Microbiome Makes Neurotransmitters
So, What Are Neurotransmitters?
Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that can influence mood, sleep, memory and learning etc…
A neurotransmitter is defined as a chemical messenger that carries, boosts, and balances signals between neurons, or nerve cells, and other cells in the body. These chemical messengers can affect a wide variety of both physical and psychological functions including heart rate, sleep, appetite, mood, and fear. Billions of neurotransmitter molecules work constantly to keep our brains functioning, managing everything from our breathing to our heartbeat to our learning and concentration levels.
In order for neurons to send messages throughout the body, they need to be able to communicate with one another to transmit signals. However, neurons are not simply connected to one another. At the end of each neuron is a tiny gap called a synapse and in order to communicate with the next cell, the signal needs to be able to cross this small space. This occurs through a process known as neurotransmission.
Approximately 90% of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that’s believed to be responsible for our emotional health, is largely produced in the gut.
This is a recent, and very important, discovery because serotonin is actually a master regulator of the communication between the gut and the brain.
It is known as the ‘happy hormone’ that controls our propensity to stay in a happy frame of mind. This is why modern medicine tries to create drugs to mimic serotonin for people with depression, although this approach actually reveals a profound lack of understanding about what needs to be done to increase serotonin levels.
Serotonin also influences the parasympathetic system and thus our ability to sleep and relax. It also governs gut motility, so sometimes the cause of indigestion and constipation etc can be an indicator of low serotonin levels.
Of course, if this is the case then it can spiral into mood and sleep disorders. This is why it is so common for people suffering from depression to also have a lot of gut issues!
And, the tragedy is that it’s often triggered by something as simple as antibiotics.
This is why people with a predisposition for anxiety and depression could have a single gut infection, like food poisoning, or some kind of flu bug that affects the gut, which will become the precursor to a cascade of events leading very quickly back to a depressive, anxious state.
And, of course, a prescription of antibiotics, which will massively disrupt the microbiome, can trigger a downward spiral of low serotonin, low dopamine and thyroid hormone imbalances that start the whole anxiety process off.
The gut also produces dopamine which is extremely important for reward the centres of the brain, and thus, for making us feel happy. If we have insufficient dopamine it’s very hard to get satisfaction from the things we do.
A lack of dopamine leads to addictions and to things that create dopamine spikes, like tobacco, jogging and food. We become chemically dependent on the reward that these things provide us with momentarily.
The way that chemical rewards work is interesting….
Chemical Reward Systems
The body requires a chemical reward in order to motivate us to do things. That’s why dopamine makes us feel happy. We wouldn’t do anything unless we got our dopamine reward.
This is why depressives don’t wash, go out for a walk, read a book, or anything else for that matter. They do as little as possible because there’s no dopamine reward in it for them.
Sometimes depressives don’t eat either…
When we receive a dopamine response, and we feel happy when, for example, reading a book, this means that the dopamine is programming our bodies to continually seek activities that make us feel good.
I know it all sounds very Pavlov’s dog… but, it’s reward behaviour, plain and simple… and there’s no point feeling a tad disappointed about how little control we have over the whole thing, because without it we wouldn’t even get out of bed of a morning!
Because our gut bacteria is responsible for producing our dopamine gut dysbiosis can be responsible for tragic shifts in our emotional states of mind.
I cover this in great detail in Hormone Health Part Four
The Gut & Hormone Production & Moderation
Our gut is also responsible for producing things like norepinephrine, one of the stress hormones, (the other two main ones are adrenalin, (aka epinephrine), and cortisol), that triggers the flight or fight response.
What is very interesting is that some bacteria like; e.coli, Pseudomonas, Salmonella, and Campylobacter produce high levels of norepinephrine and epinephrine which will lock people in the fight-or-flight response… so chronic infections with these bugs will exhaust the host through adrenal fatigue etc…
This is where this feeling of anxiousness comes from even if there is nothing in our world to feel anxious about. In many cases it’s just because we have an overgrowth of these bacteria.
How The Microbiome Affects Oestrogen
There are three types of Oestrogen, as mentioned in the introduction to hormone health.
*These oestrogens have different potencies from each other..
Believe it or not, it has been proven recently that the microbiome actually produces all of them! So, not only do our female sex organs produce oestrogen, but the microbiome produces it as well!
And… a healthy microbiome will produce more estriol than the other two versions… which is very advantageous… Because estriol is the weakest of all of the oestrogen hormones it doesn’t have all of the oestrogen-dependent cancer issues and hormone imbalance issues. And yet, it gives us all the benefits of oestrogen, with the big one being the reduction of menopausal symptoms! YAY!
It, therefore, reduces vaginal dryness and hot flushes as well as all of the other good things that oestrogen does, like reducing osteoporosis!
Who knew that low levels of estriol are correlated with higher degrees of bone loss!?!
The Estrobolome Connection
Estrobolome is basically a collection of enzymes produced by microbes in the gut that break down oestrogen and metabolise it so the body doesn’t build up too much of a reserve of oestrogen.
With an inadequate amount of estrobolome function we will end up in an oestrogen dependent hormonal dysfunction. And trust me, the last thing we all want is an oestrogen dominant state of affairs, because it’s goodbye sleep and hello hot flushes!
But, the discomforts of menopause are not actually the least of it. Gut dysbiosis elevates the risk of developing breast cancer, which is an oestrogen dependent cancer.
How Do We Get The Gut To Produce More Estriol & Estrobolome?
Because estriol prevents elevations in the more destructive oestrogens an elevation in estriol is desirable.
We also want to see more estrobolome…
This means we need the microbiome to be well populated with the right kind of probiotics and prebiotics.
So Which Probiotics Support Estriol & Estrobolome Production?
Unfortunately, the answer to that is that we don’t know… and we may never know…
So, the way forward is to repopulate the gut with the most diverse range of microbes as possible. So, a good probiotic, taken first thing in the morning, 20 minutes before breakfast, is a good idea.
Also, diminishing the risk of infection from the norepinephrine and epinephrine producing bugs will ensure that the right flora are able to flourish within the gut.
Additionally, the reduction of the inflammation in the gut seems to be a vital part of ensuring hormone health. There’s a fair amount of data which shows that Crohn’s disease, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, and all other pathologically chronic inflammatory diseases of the gut, significantly disrupt hormone production within the microbiome.
Thus, if we reduce inflammation we will get a better production, metabolism and regulation of hormones within the gut.
The Role Of Systemic Inflammation
Systemic inflammation really disrupts our endocrine system, especially the neuronal hormones. Neuronal hormones are dependent on the neurons to function.
Systemic Inflammation & Thyroid Function
Also, systemic inflammation will increase adrenal function, which will in turn lower thyroid function, But, because doctors view everything in isolation they don’t make the connection between systemic inflammation and a person’s low thyroid function…
So, they diagnose hypothyroidism and prescribe Thyroxin for life, at a very tidy profit to the drug company… and, if you manage to wangle the good stuff, from organic sources, (read: pigs), it will be at huge expense to the tax payer…!
Progesterone In The Mix
Progesterone is another hormone that’s heavily produced by the microbiome. The stimulation of progesterone production by the glands is actually initiated by the gut. So, the microbiome actually produces progesterone and it also signals to your body to produce more progesterone as well.
This means that the microbiome actually reads hormone levels within the body and can trigger the turning on of our glandular systems to produce hormones!
Menopause In The Mix
Both estrodiol and progesterone are reliant on increased diversity in the gut microbiome. Achieve this, and we will sail through menopause!
Thyroid In The Mix
The microbiome also plays a role in thyroid health. A low diversity of microbes in the gut is correlated with an increased production of thyroid stimulating hormone, which leads to hyperthyroidism
If we have an overproduction of T3 and T4 we have an eruption of anxiety and depression as well as a bad case of the jitters and unexplained weight loss. This can then lead to hypothyroid because we overwork the thyroid which results in the development of a fatigue syndrome… all due to reduced amounts of bacteria in the gut!
Research at a London University revealed that a single dose of 600 milligrams of an augmented broad-spectrum antibiotic reduced the gut microbiome content by 90%… so, a full course must entirely obliterate our gut flora!
A 90% loss of microbiome will result in the pH of the gut increasing, making it more alkaline, because the lactic acid producing bacteria have mainly been destroyed.
With a dramatic reduction in lactic acid the bacteria that flourish in an alkaline gut like clostridia, salmonella, streptococcus, staphylococcus and other pathogenic organisms repopulate the gut.
These unfavourable organisms proliferate, which means we continue to produce much less lactic acid. This perpetuates the downward spiral of the gut becoming increasingly more alkaline, which in turn supports the continued proliferation of the bad bacteria.
Of course, all of this means more norepinephrine and epinephrine, more thyroid stimulating hormone and a descent into emotional turmoil.
*This is why the Germans dispense a course of probiotics with every course of antibiotics.
But, I would even go one step further… not only is it critical to take probiotics after a course of antibiotics, but it’s equally important to ensure that all of the good bacteria, being deposited into the gut by the probiotic, can flourish, so… I recommend taking a really good prebiotic also. Or, make sure you eat plenty of really healthy prebiotic foods.
These include onions, apples, asparagus, seaweed, chicory, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, leeks and cocoa.
Gum Arabic is considered by some to be the best prebiotic, but yacon is also good and it’s full of inulin, which is immensely good for getting rid of belly fat.
Belly Fat & Hormone Production
As belly fat can produce it’s own oestrogen autonomously to the gut and endocrine system, reducing belly fat is a must to reduce menopausal symptoms!
*I make an homemade dairy free, sugarless chocolate with yacon that’s pretty darned good. Hassle me in the comments section for the recipe if you’d like to give it a go.
Rosehip tea is also known for it’s belly fat reducing properties…
And Finally, More Environmental Xenoestrogens
I mentioned a few synthetic oestrogens, that loiter in our immediate environment, in the introductory article on hormone health… Chlorine in our water, for instance, and the till receipts we’re given every time we shop, but did you know that your pillows, duvets, mattresses, carpets and linoleum are all coated in xenoestrogens as well?
Yes, that’s right! Everything you and your family are likely to cocoon yourselves in during your recuperative, healing sleep-times are xenoestrogenic, which means that whilst the body is trying to heal and repair, everything in it’s immediate vicinity is trying to disrupt one of the major systems of the body…
And guess what? The endocrine system, or hormone information delivery system, is the very system in the body that governs sleep!
Xenoestrogenic Skincare & Beauty Products
There’s plenty of things within our beauty regimens that are xenoestrogenic as well…
Read Skincare Ingredients To Avoid for more information on the lotions, potions and shampoo ingredients that are making us sick.
Now To Nail Polish As Promised
Did you know that most nail polish brands use a nasty cocktail of toxic chemicals that are also just as likely to be disrupting your endocrine system?
Toxic Ingredients In Nail Polish
There are several toxic ingredients in most nail polish. But, we wouldn’t have expected anything else, now would we?
TPHP (triphenyl phosphate)
TPHP is included in most nail polish formulations and is the very same constituent used by the furniture industry as a flame retardant. Owing to the fact that TPHP is proving to be such a broad-spectrum poison, it is subject to ongoing research. Scientists have already provided evidence to support the fact that it can affect our hormones, and thus our fertility levels. But they have also proven that it’s affecting the way in which children are developing as well as the way in which we metabolise the nutrients in our food.
Specific research into TPHP in nail polish has shown that a single application can increase TPHP by 700%. This is truly alarming, as a lot of women routinely remove old nail polish from their hands and feet and instantly apply another coat of polish immediately afterwards.
How Toxic Is Nail Polish Remover?
The short answer :: VERY!
So, the industry responded with acetone free nail polish remover, but this is also toxic…
There are cases of children and babies experiencing extremely severe side-effects with one reported case of a nine month old going into:
And, another 15 month old suffered severe toxicity after sucking on an identical product:
He became comatose with cardiorespiratory collapse requiring ventilation and intensive care, but made a complete recovery…
Acetone free nail polish removers contain the ingredient γ-butyrolactone (GBL) which is readily converted into γ-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a substance that is known to be highly toxic.
Conditioning nail polish remover pads contain:
- GBL (84%)
- butoxyethanol (10%)
- diethylene glycol (2%)
- panthenol (1%)
- propylene glycol (1%).
So, may be best avoided,,,?
Here’s another John Bergman presentation. Produced in 2018 it presents the latest insights into hormone health.
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