Dr. Nancy Lin
PhD, Holistic Nutritionist
Shocking New Research Explains How Specific Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies and Other Factors Contribute To The Harmful Effects of Hormone Disruptors
While we don’t often hear medical experts discussing dangers associated with hormone disruptors it’s time to listen up. A quarter-century of research demonstrates that these hormone disruptors are major contributors to several chronic health issues, including obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, neurological disorders, male and female reproductive disorders, certain cancers, thyroid conditions, and even chronic inflammation.
Hormone disruptors, also known as endocrine disruptors, are dangerous chemicals and compounds found throughout our environment, including in everyday household products, processed foods, pesticides, factory-raised meat and seafood, and even our tap water.
In addition to these man-made, synthetic products, shocking new research has also identified how dietary deficiencies in specific vitamins and minerals can significantly increase our risk of experiencing, and the severity of, harmful hormone disruptions.
Defining a Hormone Disruptor
A hormone disruptor is defined by the EPA as achemical, mixtures of chemicals, or a compound that interferes with the way the body’s hormones work.
Some hormone disruptors mimic the roles of hormones, which work by fooling the body into thinking the disruptor is actually a hormone; in turn, the body responds by reducing the amount of testosterone, estrogen, or progesterone it produces.
Other hormone disruptors prevent important natural hormones in your body from performing tasks that are essential to healthy functioning of your body. Several hormone disruptors also encourage your body to increase or decrease the level of hormones being produced by the body, and others can change how your body typically responds to different hormones in the body.
Getting To The Source: Understanding The Role of Your Endocrine System
To better understand how these disruptive agents affect the hormone production in your body, its important to first understand where and how these hormones are produced and the essential roles they play in your body.
Your body produces and circulates roughly 50 different hormones, most being produced by your endocrine system. Your endocrine system is a complex network of various glands and organs are responsible for producing, storing, and secreting the hormones in your body.
Specific glands include the pituitary gland, your thyroid, adrenal glands, and your thymus; the organs composing the endocrine system, and that produce essential hormones, include your pancreas, heart, kidneys, ovaries, and testicles.
Upon being produced, your body regulates the amount of these hormones released into your bloodstream and throughout your body; these hormones are really important for your health and work closely with your nervous system to support a number of essential functions, including normal growth and development, metabolic functions, sexual activity, and regular function of your heart.
Protecting Yourself From Harmful Hormone Disruptors
Hormone disruptors come in all different shapes and sizes and are often found in our food, water, and even the air we breathe. It’s also common for several of these disruptors to be absorbed through our skin.
It’s estimated that there are over 1,000 man-made chemicals that are known hormone disruptors and are found in everyday household products, including soap, shampoo and toothpaste; residential and commercial construction materials; clothing; food containers; children’s products; and even sunscreen.
So What Are These Disruptors and How Do You Protect Yourself From Danger?
Probably the most well known, and widely used, chemical hormone disruptor isbisphenol A, better known as BPA. BPA has been used in the lining of food and beverage cans, hard plastic storage containers (like Tupperware) and water bottles for years.
The dangerous health risks of BPA exposure are well documented and range from hormone-related early puberty, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and even breast and prostate cancer specifically related to hormone disruptions.
Fortunately, determining if something contains BPA is much easier today than it used to be. Every plastic container or bottle is now manufactured with a symbol/number on it. The symbol has a numeric number, ranging from 1 to 7 encased by three chasing arrows shaped like a triangle. If you see 1, 2, 4, 5, or 6, it is safe to assume the container or bottle BPA free;avoid products with the symbol and number 7, those contain BPA.
Other Dangerous Hormone Disruptors To Avoid
BPA is only one of over a thousand known harmful hormone disruptors; while all of these disruptors negatively impact our health, scientists at the Environmental Work Group, or EWG, have ranked the most dangerous disruptors. In addition to BPA, these harmful hormone disruptors include:
- Dioxins, which affect the immune and reproductive systems and are powerful carcinogens found throughout the food chain (in meat).
- Atrazine, a chemical used in commercial pesticides, and specifically Roundup; it is also commonly found in contaminated drinking water.
- Phthalates, which has been linked to thyroid conditions and reproductive health issues; it is found in plastic wrap, fragrances, plastic food containers, and cosmetics.
- Perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, linked to low birth weight, low sperm count, thyroid issues, high cholesterol and kidney disease; PFCs are used in fast food containers and in most non-stick cookware, 99% of the population currently has PFCs stored in their body.
Other examples of chemical hormone disrupters include:
- Pesticides found on non-organic produce
- Household cleaning products, furniture and rugs that are “flame retardant”, body lotions, antibacterial soaps, and several popular cosmetics
- Processed foods.
Best Tips To Avoid Dangerous Chemical Hormone Disruptors
Avoid Plastic At All Costs
Plastics contain a ton of known hormone disruptors that end up in your food, and subsequently, in your body. Avoid using plastic all together - opt for safe sustainable options, including glass, stainless steel, or ceramic containers.
Wash Your Hands Before You Eat
It turns out that your parents were on to something; their constant nagging to “wash your hands” before you eat is not only one of the best ways to avoid bacteria and viruses, it’s also one of the best ways to keep from ingesting harmful hormone disruptors. Simply wash your hands - with an all-natural soap - and you’ll remove a substantial amount of harmful chemicals, that would have otherwise entered your body.
Read Carefully: Your Personal Care and Cosmetics Labels Hold The Key
Believe it or not, the average person uses nearly 10 different cosmetic products each day; that means you are being exposed to nearly 150 different synthetic ingredients just from personal care products!
Opt for all-natural or homemade cosmetic and personal care products when possible. If those are not an option for you, make sure you read the ingredients before using any cosmetic or personal care product, like deodorant, lotion, soap, or toothpaste.
While you won’t recognize most of the ingredients, a simple rule to weed out dangerous products is to look for the words “parfum” and “fragrance”; and then throw the product out. Those two terms “parfum” and “fragrance” are consistently used for over 3,000 different chemicals, many of which are known hormone disruptors.
Let's Take It Inside: Little Known Natural Causes of Hormone DisruptionOccurring Within Your Body
While the effects of these harmful chemicals on our body’s production of essential hormones, including testosterone and estrogen, have been well established, we rarely consider how our nutritional habits can also contribute to several of the chronic health issues related to hormone imbalances.
In fact, it’s estimated that the majority of observed hormone disruptions are made worse by specific vitamin or mineral deficiencies within your body.
Consider the symptoms associated with the most common hormone disruptors: fatigue, anxiety, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, trouble sleeping, digestive issues, skin and hair changes, painful PMS, and low sex drive - just to name a few. All of these symptoms have been shown to be caused, or at least made worse, by specific vitamins and minerals, including deficiencies in magnesium, vitamin D3, and vitamin B12. Supplementing with these vitamins and minerals on a regular basis will help to lessen the symptoms associated with hormone disruption and imbalance.
Magnesium For Managing Your Stress Hormones
Many men and women are deficient in magnesium, primarily because the cells in your body tend to dump magnesium during times of stress, and as a society, we have never experienced as much stress and anxiety as we do know.
There is a direct correlation between adequate amounts of magnesium in your body and balanced hormones; in turn, this eases the effects of stress, reduces chronic inflammation, improves sleep, lowers blood pressure and improves nearly 300 other functions within your body.
Vitamin D3 Protects Against Harmful Hormone Disruptors
Research demonstrates that adequate levels of vitamin D3 supports hormone function and protects against hormone disruptors. Like magnesium, vitamin D3 helps reduce symptoms of chronic inflammation, but also supports healthy bones and teeth, reduces joint and muscle pain, contributes to a strong, healthy immune system, works with your hormones to regulate insulin and blood sugar levels, and supports healthy heart and lung function.
Ten to fifteen minutes of sunshine each day is the most common way to get your RDA of vitamin D3, but if you can't get out in the sun, taking a quality vitamin D3 supplement daily is a best practice to consider.
Vitamin B12 Supports Balanced Hormone Function
As it turns out, the number of people with a vitamin B12 deficiency is much higher than first suspected. Originally, doctors believed that that just 6% of the population were deficient in vitamin B12; however, new research shows that over 35% of Americans are considered deficient or borderline deficient in this essential vitamin. This deficiency might help to explain why so many people continue to struggle with low energy, thyroid issues, mood swings, motivation, weight gain, and inflammation.
Your body uses B12 for a wide variety of essential functions, primary among these are improving brain function by creating neurotransmitters, improving energy and mood, and supporting balanced hormone and hormone functions.
In addition to assisting with the production of neurotransmitters that are required for normal and healthy brain function, B12 is also a key component in the body’s process for producing serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin; these three hormones are essential for regulating energy, anxiety, sleep, mood, and motivation.
Vitamin B12 is also critically important in the process known as methylation, or the breaking down of cellular waste products and excess hormones in your liver. A deficiency of B12 impedes the methylation process, which often results in significant estrogen imbalance and is a significant contributor to inflammation throughout the body, severe mood swings, and fatigue.
Blueprint for the Perfect ProtectiveMulti
When adding a multivitamin and mineral to your diet it’s important to understand that the old-fashioned multi-tablet is cutting it anymore. And probably never did.
A historic10-year multivitamin study with over 100,000 participants changed everything. It provided the exact blueprint for that perfect multivitamin formula - while also revealing the hidden dangers of daily multivitamin tablets.
For decades, marketers of multi vitamin and mineral supplements (multi’s) have been pushing more is better, often promoting many nutrients in their formulas above the 100% RDA level, that’s the“recommended dietary allowance” set by the FDA.
But is more healthier?
Multiple studies have concluded that the answer is NO! Including conclusions reached by one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever done on dietary supplements - an independent, multi-cultural study with over 100,000 participants, aptly named “The Multi Study”.
The Multi Study, funded by theUS Department of Agriculture, provided all theinformationyou need toknowabout multi’s.The purpose of the study was simple. Health officials wanted to know once-and-for-all if the multi tablets, we’re really doing what they were supposed to do, provide the right amount of missing vitamins and minerals that we don’t get enough of from the food we eat called the “the nutrient shortfall amount”. The study determined 2 important things about how we get our vitamins and minerals.
The Multi Study laid out exactly which vitamins and minerals our diets are deficient in, and which ones we are not.
The Multi Study provided information on what’s called “the nutrient shortfall” of each vitamin and mineral that we don’t get enough of from food.
Shocking Discovery Revealed in The Multi Study
It was found that American multi-users were simultaneously getting too little of many important key nutrients, while at the same time getting too much, even dangerously high and toxic harmful levels, of other key nutrients from their multi tablet.
The Multi Study Exposed Popular Multi Tablets Formulated All Wrong
The health impacts of thisimproper nutrient dosing(the wrong amount of a vitamin or mineral), exposed in The Multi Study, can mean serious negative health consequences over time. For example, getting too much iron, which The Multi Study found to be common with conventional multi tablets, can cause your brain to malfunction and age much faster than normal.
Conventional Multi Tablets Miss the Mark
The medical researchers’ dual findings from The Multi Study clearly showed that Americans were getting an overdose of certain nutrients, and an underdose of other nutrients, from their multi tablets. In general, the findings concluded that, when diet is factored in, Americans are getting too much of some vitamins and not enough of other vitamins and minerals. These conclusions were presented to the National Institute of Health (NIH), and published in peer reviewed medical journal articles.
A Smarter Way: Formulating the Perfect Multi
Using the real nutrient shortfall Smarter Nutrition formulated 2019’s supplement of the year,Smarter Multi, with just the right amount of each nutrient for optimum health – not too little and not too much. It’s truly the “first and only” perfect multivitamin and exactly what we need daily to help provide the nutrient support we need to help with overall health and protection.
Smarter Multi: We Eat Plants… We Don’t Eat Dirt!
As with vitamins, getting a daily intake of essential minerals is extremely important for your health. That’s why nutritional experts encourage us to get our minerals from fresh greens, fruits, and vegetables along with a daily supplement. Since your body can’t manufacture minerals, unlike it can with many other nutrients, you cannot truly be healthy without a daily intake of the key essential minerals!
But here’s the problem. Most minerals in multi tablets are synthetic and inorganic, derived from crushing mineral-rich rocks. Now mankind only started taking multi mineral supplements about 60 years ago. But for hundreds of thousands of years humans derived their minerals from food, not rocks. This means they were from organic-food, not inorganic-dirt. So, it’s highly unlikely our genes have yet fully adapted to the “unnatural” inorganic form of minerals in everyday multi tablets.
Using Rocks Versus Fruits & Vegetables Just Isn’t Right
If inorganic “dirt-like” minerals in multi tablets are not natural to the body, then why do the supplement manufacturers still use them? It all comes down to money. It’s extremely cheap and easy just to pulverize rocks, extract the minerals, and press them into a hard tablet. But is this good for you? Here’s some examples of synthetic and inorganic sources of the 5 top minerals used by typical multi manufacturers.
- Calcium. The typical type of calcium in traditional multi tablets is calcium carbonate. Chalk you find in a classroom is mostly calcium carbonate – but have you ever thought about eating it? Calcium carbonate is so very poorly absorbed in the body, to meet your daily requirement for calcium you’d have to take a handful of big, hard calcium carbonate tablets each day. One of the most commonly used sources of calcium carbonate for supplements is discarded oyster shells. This is not a food source!
- Magnesium. Magnesium oxide is the most typical form found in popular multi’s, and its absorption rate is also dismal. It is derived from pulverizing limestone and periclase, a mineral found in marble.
- Potassium. The most common form in multi’s is potassium chloride. It’s found in a rock called sylvite.
- Zinc. The most common form found in multi tablets is zinc oxide, which is also used as a lip and face cream to prevent the skin from sunburn. Most zinc oxide is produced synthetically and inorganically in overseas factories.
- Boron. Although very few multis on the market contain it, though they should, the few that do most commonly use synthetic boric acid as their source. Boric Acid is used as an insecticide, flame retardant, cockroach killer, and as a precursor to many dangerous chemical compounds. Do you really want this in your daily multi?
A Smarter Way – Organic Food Derived Minerals the Pain-Free Body Craves
Now for the good news, with Smarter’s Multi you’re not stuck with inorganic minerals. You now have a great, natural alternative to poorly digested inorganic minerals found in multi tablets - organic minerals from REAL FOOD!
“Going Organic” now also applies to your intake of daily essential minerals. Your body is much more receptive and responsive to organic minerals from food – real fruits and vegetables. Here are the natural and organic food sources of minerals found in the Smarter Multi. Now compare with the inorganic list above in typical multi tablets. Which would you rather have in your body?
Smarter Multis Natural & Organic Mineral Sources
- Calcium from almonds, Amaranth grain and the superfood red-green algae.
- Magnesium from sesame and sunflower seeds, spearmint leaf, dill and okra.
- Potassium from spinach and banana.
- Zinc from wheat germ, pumpkin seed, watermelon, banana and cocoa.
- Boron from prunes, broccoli, peach and pear.
Smarter Multi – Important Part of a Healthy Daily Routine
Smarter Multi ensures you get the exact right amount of each vitamin and mineral daily. Smarter Multi delivers all your daily essential nutrients in the most bioavailable form possible - not a rock-hard compressed tablet, but vitamins that come in a veggie softgel with a digestive-friendly ginger oil base, and minerals that come in an easy to digest and absorb fine, loose-pack powder.
For not just support against hormone disruptors, but for overall body and brain health and wellness as well, Smarter Multi is an important part of a healthy daily routine.
For more information on ways to protect against hormone disruptors, and how to get started on the Smarter Multi, CLICK HERE!