Guest Post – Keep your endocrine system clean

Your endocrine system is made up of a complex web of organs, which interact with each other, causing physiological changes in the rest of your body. These endocrine glands are critical to the healthy function of your body. For example, the adrenal glands balance your water levels, help regulate your heart rate, and affect your response to stress. The ovaries and testes regulate reproduction and maintain female and male characteristics, respectively. Your thyroid gland sets your metabolism to maintain your energy, body temperature, and weight.

Your endocrine glands produce chemicals, called hormones, which travel in your blood to other organs in the body to help them maintain normal function. But these aren’t the type of chemicals you usually hear about – the synthetic ones that can harm the body. These chemicals actually support your health.

One of these hormones is called adrenalin (or epinephrine). It is produced by your adrenal glands and helps to maintain your blood pressure, blood sugar, heart & breathing rate, and blood flow to your extremities. These functions are very important to how the body responds to stress. If the adrenalin in your body, or any other hormone for that matter, is prevented from working correctly, you could end up with some serious health issues!

So what can stop these hormones from working?

The Bad Chemicals

Some human-made chemicals are what we call “endocrine disruptors” because they can block the normal function of your body’s endocrine hormones.

Endocrine disruptors are found in many industrial solvents and lubricants, often released as industrial waste.

But industrial waste aside, many of the things we use every day without thinking are full of these endocrine disruptors.

  • Plastics, especially water bottles.
  • Pharmaceutical medicines.
  • Cosmetics and household cleaners.

The list of endocrine disruptors they contain is long, but it includes some you may be familiar with, like BPA, phthalates, and DDT.

Industrial processes often use mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and lead as well. They act as endocrine disruptors and can have other toxic effects.

What Can I do?

The good news is that it’s not too difficult to reduce the amount of endocrine disruptors your body comes in contact with. Buy organic foods, avoid using plastic containers with BPA or phthalates, and use personal care and cleaning products with natural ingredients.

But most important, read the label!

As far as cleaning products go, in Canada companies are not required to list all of the ingredients on the label (crazy isn’t it?).

So if a product is not listing its ingredients, don’t use it!

Here’s a list of some of the worst endocrine disruptors:

Your endocrine glands are your life. Take care of them and they’ll take care of you.

Now I would love to hear from you! What is one thing you can start doing to help keep your endocrine system clean? Leave a comment below and Dr. Durkin will be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!

About The Author

Dr. Patrizio Nardini ND

Dr. Pat Nardini, ND, is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (licensed by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario) and a 2001 graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. During this time, he was the recipient of the Dr. Leo Roy/Dr. Joseph Boucher Award for Excellence in Clinical Nutrition. Prior to that, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science degree from the University of Guelph. Dr. Nardini’s practice focuses on promotion of the overall health of his patients through a wide range of naturopathic methods. Pat recognizes that each person is an individual, and that human health is not a “one size fits all” process. His methods revolve around achieving an optimal state of health by examining and treating the root causes of the problem, rather than simply addressing the symptoms. Dr. Pat Nardini, ND has more than a decade of clinical experience as a Naturopathic Doctor. His special interest lies in the health of the Thyroid Gland, as well as the entire Endocrine System in the body. He is certified in the diagnosis and treatment of Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome, a stress-related, usually reversible condition of the thyroid system. In addition, he has extensive experience with a wide range of issues that can impact your health. Pat draws from the naturopathic modalities of clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, homeopathy, and lifestyle counseling in his holistic practice. He has treated people at all stages of life, male and female, those dealing with specific health concerns, and those who just want to be healthy. Amongst all of his years of study, he has found that the time that he has spent with his patients has taught him the most. He is extremely excited to be a member of the wellness team at Quinte Naturopathic Centre.

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