How to Stay Healthy In a Challenging Environment
Having the correct balance of hormones is vitally important. The human body’s internal balance between estrogen, testosterone, and androgen is delicate so it is easily influenced by our level of physical activity, diet, and outside environmental influences. A healthy amount of exercise benefits us by producing testosterone, which aids in weight loss, a positive mental outlook, and increased sex drive. Following a healthy diet while avoiding unhealthy food is also extremely important because our bodies need the right kind of fuel to keep us running at optimal levels and getting rid of toxins that can make us sick. Avoiding pesticides, plastics, and processed foods helps to limit our exposure to chemicals that disrupt our systems and cause disease in our bodies. Using these three different branches of self care will greatly improve your overall sense of wellbeing.
Exercise — It’s Not Just for Athletes
Abdominal fat cells produce estrogen, so if you have an excessive amount make an extra effort to get active. Any type of exercise or physical activity that builds muscle is good for producing testosterone. Start out with just ten minute sessions if you are out of shape, or just go long enough to make your muscles tired. You can incrementally increase the amount of time you exercise at your own pace. Swim, dance, stretch, walk, bike, skate, practice yoga — anything you can do will help so try to make it fun. Even if you feel overly tired or sore, notice the sense of wellbeing, confidence, and accomplishment that comes from meeting your goals and practicing good self-care. Finding an exercise buddy, group, or class will help you in two different ways; it will encourage you to continue exercising if you lack motivation, and it will also open the door to cultivating relationships with other people. Creating opportunities to socialize with healthy minded individuals improves your overall quality of life by lessening feelings of depression and isolation.
Nutrition — Use the Best Fuel for Your Gas Tank
More and more scientific studies are proving that traditional, ancient wisdom has been right all along in regards to recognizing that certain vegetables, fruits, and other plants (such as herbs, flowers, trees, and even weeds) can greatly improve our health and keep us from attracting many different diseases. Let’s take a look at just some of these natural healers:
Cyperus rotundus or nutgrass is an invasive plant that can be found in any temperate, tropical, or subtropical region of the world. As such, it has many different names but is known as a healing plant in all of the different cultures who have retained their plant based medicinal wisdom. Nutgrass’s tendency to invade has earned it the title of “the world’s worst weed,” but the tubers that grow tangled in the root systems of cyperus rotundus are so important that they have been depicted in ancient Egyptian art. As with many other healing plants, it has a host of beneficial attributes but for the sake of brevity, let’s just mention that it is well known to be a very effective liver cleanser. Good liver function is important for many reasons including the fact that it processes and rids the body of excess estrogen.
Astragalus membranaceus is listed as one of the fifty fundamental herbs in Chinese medicine. It has, just like cyperus rotundus, been utilized for literally thousands of years as a natural healer. Astragalus is an excellent tool for helping to balance your hormones and mitigate daily environmental damage that anyone living a modern life is bombarded with constantly. It is, quite possibly, the best immunity booster that we are aware of. It’s adaptogenic properties rival those of Holy Basil, which is accorded divine properties in the Hindu religion. Adaptogens counteract the effects that stress has on our bodies and therefore leave us less vulnerable to disease.
Asparagus is an amazing vegetable that should be incorporated into everyone’s diet and not only because it is chock full of vitamins and fiber. It contains prebiotics, which help nurture healthy gut bacteria and like the other natural medicines listed in this article, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Perhaps the most important benefit of asparagus is that it provides the antioxidant glutathione, which has been called “the mother of all antioxidants.” Research has been showing that this powerful immune boosting compound can protect against at least four different kinds of cancer.
Turmeric has become very popular in recent years and there is a myriad of scientific evidence proving its medicinal effects. It has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; it helps to counter the effects of aging on your skin, and aids in the prevention and treatment of acne. Turmeric will also benefit your system by aiding its ability to block estrogen receptors on the cellular level. This is so very important, please read on to find out why.
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Environment Pollution — Too Much Estrogen
It has been said that hormonal imbalance is a silent epidemic, however the results of living with it are very visible. Current estimates show that more than two thirds of adults in America are overweight. Obesity is just the most obvious effect of estrogen dominance, there are many other symptoms that affect the health of the world in even more profound ways. For our own well-being we must be vigilant and aware of common chemicals found in our everyday environment that contribute to estrogen dominance. Some of these deadly chemicals are called xenoestrogens and they are classified as endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors mimic or interfere with that delicate balance of hormones that work together to keep us healthy. Read more about estrogen dominance here: http://www.nickdelgado.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-estrogen-in-order-to-prevent-it-from-ruining-your-health/
Why Isn’t This Bigger News?
Scientists and doctors are attempting to determine the extent to which the average American is affected by the many, many endocrine disruptors in our air, water, food, furnishings, and cleaning and beauty products, but are hampered by their inability to test human subjects. However, we do know that in mice, rats, fish, and frogs these chemicals have shown to cause obesity, premature puberty, fertility issues, birth defects, diabetes, thyroid disease, gall bladder issues, cancers, compromised immune systems, and other serious health issues. Europe has been more proactive in banning xenoestrogens and other endocrine disruptors and that is one reason that certain cancers and weight issues have lower rates in our neighbors overseas. Unfortunately, the U.S. and Australia are lagging behind in taking the steps necessary to protect their citizens from many of these chemical pollutants.
Your Wellness is in Your Hands
All of this information about environmental pollution can be overwhelming and disheartening. The good news is that we are aware of what is causing so many of our cancers and other diseases. The best news is that we can not only survive, but actually thrive by loving ourselves enough to take care of ourselves. It’s not too hard to do and you are worth the investment. Here’s a good place to start: http://www.delgadonaturals.com/liv-d-tox/