It’s no secret that our modern Western lifestyles have a negative impact on our wellbeing. Poor diets, high-stress careers and daily exposure to toxins all wreak havoc on our health daily.
And if you’re currently experiencing perimenopause symptoms, then all those factors have an even greater negative impact. As our hormones naturally start to ebb and flow- toxins, poor food choices and stress will make those fluctuations even more extreme, setting off severe peri symptoms.
But many of the things we think we’re doing right are actually all wrong, especially when it comes to diet. In fact, you may be making your perimenopause symptoms worse without even realizing it.
If you’re committing any of these below mortal perimenopause sins, then you are increasing hormonal imbalance and exacerbating your symptoms without even realizing it:
- Eating a low-fat diet.
- Exercising excessively.
- Losing too much weight.
- Avoiding salt like the plague.
- Avoiding butter like the plague.
- Taking estrogen, even the natural kind. (OK, some women need supplemental estrogen. But some take it when they actually have overly high levels in their body.)
- Taking the Pill.
- Taking fertility drugs.
- Spending too much time around certain pets.
- Burning scented candles.
So why are these seemingly benign things bad for our health?
Because unlike what your doctor may be telling you, what we eat, the lifestyles we lead and the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis have a huge impact on our hormonal health.
Many of the chemicals found in our food, medications and personal care products are what they call xenohormones. These xenohormones have the ability to disrupt our hormones and cause health problems. When we reach our perimenopause years and our hormones are naturally in flux, these outside factors can make matters worse.
Unfortunately, these toxins are lurking in far more places than you might expect. The chemical industry is largely unregulated so our environment has become saturated with these hormone-disrupting toxins. To reduce your exposure, you need to make a conscious effort to clean up your environment and your diet. Sadly, given their abundance, it is virtually impossible to eliminate exposure entirely…
But you can reduce it considerably. Avoiding processed foods, sugar and refined carbohydrates is a good start. Eat a lot of healthy fats like butter, coconut oil and olive oil. If you can, choose organic as much as possible- especially when it comes to dairy and meat.
For cleaners and personal care products, avoid those containing perfumes and chemicals. Even some scented candles contain xenohormones. If you have a pet, refrain from using chemical flea and tick control. They are toxic for both you and your furry friend.
These small steps can make a difference. Just eating the right foods and cleaning up your home environment, can have a major impact on your health.