There’s a lot of talk about chemicals in our environment and how they are disrupting our hormones. It’s true. One of the most common chemicals is Triclosan. It’s in most everything with the label “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial.” Think hand sanitizers, hand and body soap, dish soap, laundry soap, disinfectant wipes, mouthwash and toothpaste. And this is the short list!
Why worry about this one? It raises Testosterone in the body. This can lead to numerous unpleasant symptoms and disease. More about this in today’s Food For Thought Thursday. Keep reading.
Testosterone plays a large role in how women manage their feelings and reactions. An excess of Testosterone may result in intolerance to stress and a tendency to jump to anger, anxiety, irritability or anger. On the flip side a woman with Testosterone deficiency will experience feelings of fear and social withdrawal. If these feelings have taken over your personality or that of a loved one, you’re not alone. Many women with hormone imbalances experience these feelings.
For many women, these symptoms are straining their personal relationships; interrupting day-to-day life and making them feel like they don’t know who they are anymore. If this is you and you’ve been told by a health care practitioner or close companion “it’s all in your head” or you’re beginning to think that you’re going crazy, well think again.
Testosterone is called the “male hormone” but women have testosterone and when it’s out of balance, it can make her miserable to not only others, but to herself as well.
If you have high testosterone you may experience increased facial hair, acne and increased level of aggression or hostility, you may even begin losing your hair. Low testosterone can leave a woman feeling timid, depressed, anti-social and fearful of things that others find meaningless. Feelings aside, there are risks associated with testosterone imbalance. High testosterone carries with it risks of breast and endometrial cancer, and especially blood sugar disorders that may lead to diabetes. Low testosterone brings the risks of osteoporosis and cognitive disorders.
Testosterone imbalances can occur at any age, even in young women. One of the most common occurrences in young women that have elevated testosterone is acne on the face, back and chest. They can also see an unusual rapid weight gain and a rise in blood sugar and the inability to tolerate sugars and carbohydrates. This may lead to PCOS and eventually diabetes.
To learn more about safe and natural options for alleviating symptoms of hormone imbalance, and other health conditions, contact Karen Roth at 818-400-5410 or visit www.KarenRothNutrition.com Offices in Carlsbad, Sorrento Valley and Mission Valley in San Diego.