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Hormone Health Before 50

Hormone Health Before 50

With the focus on women’s health each October, I am taking a closer look at the topic this month on my blog. It’s time to talk hormone health. This week I’m addressing hormone health in women under 50 years, and next week we turn the hormone discussion post-menopause. Estrogen Dominance There are two main sex hormones secreted by the ovaries…

Diverse Gut Bacteria Linked to Better Estrogen Metabolite Levels

The diversity of your gut bacteria refers to the abundance of different types of microbes. As a rule, the more diverse your gut microbes, the healthier you are. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism further supports this idea. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute discovered that gut bacterial diversity may…

Estrogen from Toxins Making Us Fat?

You are likely already well aware that the obesity rate is sky high—two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. That’s over 65 percent. It is becoming clear that there is to more to the equation than simply calories in/calories out. There are a number of factors that are contributing to the expanding waistline of this country, one of which is…

Sugary Beverage Consumption Linked to Endometrial Cancer

Postmenopausal women who have a high intake of sugar-sweetened beverages may be at increased risk of developing the most common type of endometrial cancer compared to women who do not drink sugar-sweetened beverages, according to a recent study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The women who drank the most sugary beverages had a 78 percent increased…

Environmental Estrogens Affect Women’s Health

Environmental estrogens are those chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body when ingested from outside sources. Chemicals that mimic estrogen—and there are many—are known as endocrine disrupting chemicals because they interfere with hormone (endocrine) function. Examples of estrogen mimicking chemicals include many pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, plasticizers like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, certain pharmaceuticals, and industrial chemicals.1 Heavy metals,…

Omega-3 and Exercise For Healthy Bones In Women

  After menopause, the hormone estrogen decreases, leading to bone loss. This results in a large number of post-menopausal women who end up with osteoporosis, a condition that involves a deterioration of bone. Maintaining bone mineral density (the denser the bone, the healthier they are) into old age therefore becomes an important part of healthy aging. In a recent study…

BPA and Children, Heart Disease, and Canned Food

I blog often about the harmful effects of bisphenol A (BPA) because this harmful chemical is found in over 90 percent of people in the U.S., and it has been linked to an array of health conditions. BPA is a hormone disruptor. That is, it acts as an estrogen imposter, interfering with hormone function in the body. BPA is found…

High Fiber Intake and Longevity

A very interesting study was just published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine documenting the association between high dietary fiber intake and lower risk of dying from some of the most common killers—heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. This was a huge study with over 388,000 participants aged 50 to 71. The nine-year study looked at dietary fiber intake and…