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How common pollutants can damage your hormones and cause hormonal imbalances

Pollutants have become commonplace in our lives and can be found in the air, in our food, in our water supply, from factories, health and beauty care products, supplements and the list goes on.

We often do not see, smell or feel pollutants because they are not always obvious to us, and many of us take for granted that our food, water, and other products are safe, and after all why shouldn't they be.

Pollutants can adversely impact your hormones as well as your overall health.

Here are a few ways how pollutants can impact your hormones:

  • They often accumulate in your glands where your hormones are created and block hormone receptors.

  • They can increase estrogen levels resulting in estrogen dominance (when estrogen levels are way above progesterone levels) and disrupting the functioning of the hormonal system whose job it is to carry messages to the different parts of the body.

  • They can harm the enzymes that are used to make hormones

Here are a few ways how pollutants can impact your overall health:

  • Develop thyroid conditions

  • Compromised stress response system

  • Mood swings

  • Frequent fatigue or lack of energy

  • Brain fog or trouble focusing

  • Difficulty losing weight

All the above are common symptoms related to hormonal imbalances that millions of women struggle with on a daily basis.

Let’s look at some of the common pollutants that can disrupt your hormones.


Xenoestrogens are endocrine disruptors that mimic estrogen in your body. They can trigger estrogen receptors on cancer cells located in the breast just in the same way that natural estrogen produced in the body can. A very common type of xenoestrogen is paraben found in many cosmetic and skincare products. Paraben can cause disruption in the endocrine system which can significantly influence hormonal changes that wreaks havoc in a woman’s body during perimenopause and menopause.

Commonly found in:

  • Our water supply

  • Health and Beauty products

  • Plastics

  • Pesticides

  • Chemicals


Lead can cause decreases in estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels. Based on studies, 20% baby food samples and 14% of food samples tested contained lead.

Commonly found in:

  • The air we breathe

  • Our water supply

  • Our food

  • Old paint

  • In the soil

  • Leaded gasoline


Arsenic causes damage to insulin cells and enzymes that remove fat from fat cells. It also affects certain receptors that are responsible for regulating stress, blood glucose levels, and blood vessel function.

Commonly found in:

  • The air we breathe

  • Our water supply

  • Our food (conventional chickens and eggs, rice)

  • Pesticides


Mercury causes a decrease in thyroid hormones (regulates your metabolism) and progesterone.

Commonly found in:

  • Amalgam fillings

  • The air we breathe

  • Our water supply

  • Certain seafood (e.g., swordfish, shellfish)

  • Certain medications


Cadmium can block estrogen receptors, and decrease testosterone and progesterone levels. It accumulates in the pituitary gland and disrupts hormonal messaging to other organs and cells.

Commonly found in:

  • Our water supply

  • Certain seafood

  • Coffee

  • Plastics

  • Fertilizers

  • The air we breathe

  • Cigarette smoke

Things you can do to remove pollutants that have accumulated in your body

  • Get tested for heavy metals in your body. Your clinician can perform tests using blood or urine samples. There are also a variety of at home testing kits that are available on the market today.

  • Detox your body

  • Opt for cleaner health and beauty products with less chemicals

  • Invest in a good water filtration system

  • Reduce buying and drinking water from plastic bottles

In Good Health,


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DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide medical advice. The purpose is to provide education and broader understanding to my readers. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. I do not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any prescription medications or pharmaceutical drugs.



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