Hormonal problems, however, are not uncommon, and the list of problems associated with hormonal imbalances is quite long.
The endocrine system is comprised of multiple organs that are responsible for secreting different hormones into our body. These hormones control our mood, metabolism, the function of different organs, growth and development and reproduction. Hormones include things like testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, insulin, cortisol, adrenaline, growth hormone, and thyroid hormones. Our bodies are finely tuned to keep all of these hormones in a delicate balance so they can perform their tasks and keep us healthy.
Needless to say, with the long list of all the bodily functions facilitated by hormones, when our hormones get out of balance, serious health problems can result.
So, it is worth asking if there is anything we can do protect our hormonal health.
Interestingly, there is much talk about things we are exposed to on a regular basis that can influence our hormones in a negative way. These are often referred to as endocrine disruptors. Frighteningly, there is a long list of man-made chemicals that are regularly used in every day products that can affect our endocrine system negatively. These compounds are inherent in things like plastics, cosmetics, and even inherent in some of our foods.
Man-made endocrine disruptors are a problem, and certainly these are things we should be aware of and try to avoid. But when it comes to exposures which can negatively affect our endocrine health, merely focusing on these compounds paints an incomplete picture about the risk to our hormones. In fact, the most insidious of these might rarely get mentioned at all.
Notably, fungi produce a wide array of poisons called mycotoxins, which are also known endocrine disruptors. This is particularly well documented in agricultural literature; livestock farmers are keenly aware of the dangers posed to their animals by moldy feed. Unfortunately, there is evidence that these poisons contaminate many parts of our food supply, particularly corn, but also grains like wheat, and foods like peanuts, pistachios, soy, and other foods––in other words, its not just livestock at risk for eating moldy food. Despite this, mycotoxins are not exhaustively screened for in the US.
This is in part why The Kaufmann Diet is like likely so effective at remedying a wide variety of health problems; in addition to hormonal problems, mycotoxins are known to cause a wide array of health problems. The Kaufmann Diet eliminated foods known to regularly be contaminated with these poisons.
If you are having problems with your hormonal health, it may be time to switch to The Kaufmann Diet for a period of time. If you find yourself improving after a period of about a month, you may have found the source of your underlying health issues.
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