When most people hear “hormones” they think of how they make them fat, moody, irritable, anxious, or otherwise uncomfortable. This is truly the result of hormonal imbalances. Your hormonal system — called the endocrine system — is an incredibly delicate system. Tiny changes in the amount of hormones in your body can cause vast changes throughout your system. This is why it is so important to understand how your diet affects your hormones. This topic deserves a book unto itself, but there are a few things worth mentioning with respect to elimination diets.
First, that your hormones depend on your nutritional status. The cause of diabetes (type 2) is excessive carbohydrates and sugars in the diet, and I can only describe this disease as a complete catastrophe. It is entirely curable with diet. Carbohydrates and sugars must be limited and essential nutrients like magnesium must be increased. Pay attention to micronutrients like trace minerals. Iodine is essential for thyroid function and is low in our diets because we tend not to eat much fish and seaweed, which are high in iodine. Boron is necessary for hormone production and is likewise low in our food supply.
Second, you should know that chemicals in our environment, including food, air, and water, can all disrupt the endocrine system. They’re called endocrine disruptors. Certain chemicals, like aluminum, bromine, arsenic, lead, or mercury, which may contaminate the food supply or even be used as artificial food additives, are all known to have these effects.
Last, your endocrine system is integral to your nervous system. Many of your endocrine organs are actually made of neurons! Anything that affects the nervous system can affect your endocrine system, causing hormonal imbalances.
Eliminating anti-nutrients and endocrine disruptors, and maximizing your lifestyle and diet for balance in your hormonal system can do wonders for any illness.
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The Endocrine System and Inflammation
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