Have you ever wondered why some of us seem to be hit harder by PMT (Pre-Menstrual Tension) than others? Or why you seem to be affected more some months than others? Well, let’s talk about the sneaky culprits in the room: environmental toxins.
How Environmental Toxins Affect Your Cycle & PMT
Environmental Toxins are something that slip under the radar in terms of our health, but everything has an impact on our bodies so getting a handle on these toxins can bring some really quick wins for your body and hormones.
We are surrounded by a myriad of environmental toxins in our everyday lives. These nasties can come from the air we breathe, the food we eat, and even the products we use. Seemingly harmless, they can wreak havoc on our hormonal balance which can impact PMT by disrupting our delicate endocrine system – that’s the network of glands responsible for producing hormones. Imagine a symphony where each instrument needs to play in perfect harmony – that’s your hormonal balance. But when toxins enter the scene, the different instruments start playing the wrong notes, throwing the whole melody out of tune.
Taking Back the Reins: What Can You Do?
Taking control of your health doesn’t mean you have to rely on a pharmacy aisle full of tablets. It starts with small, intentional changes that can have a big impact. Here are my top five suggestions:
1. Swap Chemicals for Natural Products
Opt for natural cleaning products in your home that won’t release harmful chemicals into the air you breathe. Change your detergent, washing up liquid and cleaning agents. And switch up your personal care products, too – go for toxin-free options because these won’t mess with your hormones in the same way. Shampoo, soap, deodorant, sanitary pads and tampons could all do with an overhaul.
2. Choose Organic and Whole Foods
The food you eat plays a massive role in how your body functions. Aim for organic produce to reduce your exposure to pesticides. Incorporate whole foods that are rich in nutrients to support hormonal balance. Think leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and plenty of fibre.
3. Filter Your Water
Don’t underestimate the power of clean water. Investing in a good water filter can help remove contaminants that might be affecting your hormones. I’m not talking a Brita filter here. I want you to invest in one that really takes out the gubbins. The one I have is a berkefeld water filter. It works wonders and will last me a life time.
4. Manage Stress
Stress and hormones have a complex relationship, but stress can definitely make PMT symptoms worse. Find activities that help you unwind and manage your stress levels. Whether it’s yoga, meditation, or a leisurely walk, make time for yourself. As much as its tempting to reach for the sweet treats and caffeine during stressful times, it can make matters worse. A small amount of self-care can go a long way, so even if all you can manage is ten minutes a day, it will play a beneficial part.
5. Support Your Liver
Your liver is the body’s ultimate detox hero. By supporting its function, you can help your body eliminate toxins more efficiently. Eat foods like cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Turmeric and garlic should be added to your diet too, as these will really give your liver a boost.
Want to Learn More?
The more you know about the impact of toxins on your health, the better equipped you’ll be to make informed choices. You can pre-order my book here to get a deeper understanding of all this stuff, and of course I am available to help through my Monthly Red Talks, as well as One-to-One Consultations.