Healing from the Top Down - Female Reproductive Health

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Hello everyone! Since this is a very broad topic, I will limit my article to the uterus and ovaries. If there are requests for me to write on other female health related topics, I will be glad to!

Ovaries are considered the primary sex organs in females. The purpose of the ovaries is to produce eggs and to secrete sex hormones. Secretion of these sex hormones at puberty contributes to the development of the female sexual characteristics and in part for the monthly cycle.

The uterus is considered a secondary sex organ and is where a fertilized egg implants and houses the fetus for the 9 months that it takes to develop.

Since we are focused on health, that is all of the physiology that I will discuss.

On a personal note, I began peri-menopause at a very young age. I also began to feel really yucky, irritably, moody, and experienced severe menstrual cramps with irregularly timed cycles. I began using herbal, homeopathic and nutritional supplements to support my imbalance and detoxify my body. I also made dietary changes focusing more on whole, organic foods. I made my way through menopause without having hot flashes or most of the other symptoms women suffer from.

When it comes to hormone health, male or female, diet is very important. Eating organic, especially meat, dairy, and coffee (if you drink it) is so important since these foods in non-organic form contain something called xeno-estrogens. By doing the detoxing that I did, I removed these xeno-estrogens from my estrogen receptor sites, thus allowing my body to work as it should. Since that experience, I talk to all my clients that come to me with hormone issues about diet and detoxification.

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What are xeno-estrogens? Xeno is a word that means foreign. Xeno-estrogens are foreign estrogens that adhere to the hormone receptor sites in both male and females and disrupt hormone balance. They are almost always chemical in nature and one web site sited that there are 70,000 different documented chemical hormone disrupters. Since we want to live in the real world and not be afraid of everything, eliminating some of the xeno-estrogens from your life will help to create some balance. I mentioned some diet choices above that would be helpful. Here are some examples of products that have a xeno-estrogenic effect. From this list you can make more choices as to where to make changes; chemicals of all sorts - the ones in all your skin care products, the ones in your detergents, your cleaning supplies, fabric softener, hair dyes, nail polish and remover, many perfumes, deodorizers and air fresheners, styrofoam, plastic products containing BPA, there are even chemicals in many of the baby skin products. So although I tend to be pretty easy going about things, you can see that I feel this subject is very important.

Do you realize how much money you can save by going green in your house? Baking soda, vinegar and Borax go a long way in keeping your house clean. And contrary to what the manufacturers would have you believe, everything does not have to be sterile! Just as a side note, women who dry clean their clothes have a higher incidence of breast cancer, so buy clothes that you can wash. Golfers also have a much higher incidence of cancer, so that is a sport that you might want to avoid or minimize. Please take this subject seriously and plan for your future now by eating and living healthy.

contact me if I can be of any service to you. Until next time, be well!

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