The EU has proposed that sewage waterworks should be upgraded to cut levels of Ethinylestradiol(EE2), an active ingredient in the birth control pill that is taken by 2.5 million women in the UK alone.
This chemical, a synthetic oestrogen hormone has been found to be triggering gender mutations in freshwater fish & causing worrying drops in fish populations.
In a Canadian trial EE2 was found to have a devastating affect on fish, reducing sperm production in males. Samples were taken from 50 sites in the UK & 80% of them contained noticeable levels of EE2. They say that no links have yet been made with human health but as far as I’m concerned these scientists must be blind or just burying their heads in the sand.
Have they not noticed the massive increase of couples seeking IVF because they can’t get pregnant naturally? Have they not noticed the women with hormonal problems from having too much oestrogen in their bodies, fibroids, heavy periods, mood swings? The women with breast cancer, the men with decreased libido & abdominal fat that they just can’t shift?
You see, it’s not just women that are struggling with oestrogen dominance & it’s not just our water that is causing the problems. The meat that we eat is heavily laden with hormones and the plastics we store our foods in leach hormone like substances into our food.
So, what can we do about it?
According to Patrick Holford a well know nutritionist & expert on hormonal health there are many things we can do to help ourselves remain hormonally balanced, whether you are male or female.
- eat organic to minimise your exposure to pesticides & animal hormones
- eat plenty of cruciferous veggies, broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach, asparagus
- filter your drinking water in non plastic containers or buy glass bottled mineral water
- eat more plant based phytoestrogens, nuts, seeds, beans & soya
- don’t heat food in plastic or store food in plastic until it has cooled completely
- use natural detergents, there are many on the market now
- don’t use pesticides in your garden
- don’t use the pill or HRT
- increase your omegas 3, 6 & 9′s through seeds & nuts. A good balance of linseeds, sunflower, pumpkin & sesame seeds sprinkled on your breakfast, salads & stir-frys.
All these guidelines are set out in Patrick Holford’s book “Balance your hormones naturally” and I have been following them for years. It definitely helps.
ACTION: if your worried about oestrogen dominance, make some changes to the way you live your life, even if only a few to start with. It can only be a good thing. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com for any questions you may have.
Your in Health
James Morris Personal Training