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Fertility Road Magazine 46 - September/October 2018

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The latest issue of Fertility Road Magzine brings you our latest Fertility Journeys update, a closer look at stress and infertility, natural approaches to endometriosis and a how your weight can affect your chances of getting pregnant plus lots, lots more.

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BODY 3. Reducing exposure to estrogenic or hormone disrupting toxins. Hormone disrupting toxins will have the largest impact on hormonal based concerns such as endometriosis as well an on overall fertility and reproductive health. Some examples of common places we will find these chemicals include lotions, makeup, soaps, cleaning products, food storage containers, water supply. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a list of the 12 top hormone disrupting chemicals and includes: 1. Bisphenol- A (BPA) 2. Dioxin 3. Atrazine 4. Phthalates 5. Perchlorate 6. Fire retardants 7. Lead 8. Mercury 9. Arsenic 10. Per fluorinated chemicals (PFCs) 11. Organophosphate pesticides 12. Glycol ethers We know we have exposure to the majority of these chemicals on a daily basis. Some are easier to avoid than others. This list is not meant to make you panic but to begin to draw awareness to the exposures that we can control. Why are these types of toxins so problematic? Some of the hormone disrupting toxins will bind to the same receptors that your hormones bind to. This means your body can think you have more or less circulating hormones than you actually do. Some hormone disrupting chemicals will increase the amounts of hormones your body High fibre foods can provide significant benefit by helping support the healthy bacteria in the gut and crowd out the harmful ones secretes, others will decrease amounts, and some will even mimic the function of the hormones. As your body’s levels of certain hormones change, this can lead to changes in the menstrual cycle, immune function and how your body responds to stress. Some of these chemicals, for example phalates, link directly to endometriosis. Toxins are ubiquitous in our environment, so we are never going to be able to get away from exposure. We can however do things to minimize exposure and encourage the body to eliminate and excrete the toxins instead of storing them. One of the best ways to encourage toxins from your body is through sweating. This can be done either through exercise or the use of saunas. Visit ewg.org for more information on where to find these toxins and ways to reduce exposures. Optimizing your digestion and liver function are two of the most important ways to not only improve your endometriosis but also to optimize your overall health. There are also other nutrients and herbal medicines that can be used to assist with pain so please speak to your Naturopathic doctor or other health provider to see what makes the most sense for you. 16 | fertilityroad.com | fertilityroadmag | follow us @fertilityroad

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