I recently read that drinking out of plastic water bottles can be harmful.
Q. Dear Terry, “I recently read that drinking out of plastic water bottles can be harmful. I’ve been doing this for decades and want to try and reverse the damage that’s been done. Is there anything natural I can do, aside from switching to glass bottles?” — Samantha P., Aberdeen, SD
A. Dear Samantha, Drinking out of plastic water bottles increases our exposure to compounds like BPA (Bisphenol A). Even though it is widely used to make plastics, BPA can cause harm to our bodies and environment. BPA belongs to a group of compounds called endocrine disrupting chemicals. Endocrine disruptors do as their name implies – disrupt our endocrine system, which can wreak havoc for hormone production and balance in the body. More specifically, BPA mimics the hormone estrogen, and this can contribute to metabolic disease, worsen PMS and menopause symptoms, thyroid dysfunction, contribute to infertility, neurological issues, breast and other types of cancer, and more.
Estrogen is required for good health. But as estrogen mimickers (also called xenoestrogens) build up in the body, they must be detoxified. There is an amazing compound called DIM (diindolylmethane) that is naturally occurring in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. DIM helps the body detoxify xenoestrogens and keeps estrogen in its healthiest form. Side benefits of DIM include breast, endometrial, and cervical cancer prevention. The DIM I prefer is clinically tested and absorbable.
Curcumin also enhances the detoxification enzymes, making it easier for the body to rid itself of toxic xenoestrogens that can actually make it more difficult for the liver to cleanse the body. As an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, curcumin protects your liver cells from damage as it processes these toxins. The curcumin I recommend is blended with turmeric essential oil for enhanced absorption and even better cellular protection.
Lastly, grape seed extract is also a powerful nutrient for hormonal health. A clinical study found that grape seed extract significantly reduced menopause symptoms, one of the conditions that xenoestrogens can affect. After eight weeks, women in the grape seed group had improvements in hot flashes and other physical symptoms, insomnia, and anxiety. The grape seed that I think is best is a French grape seed extract with low-molecular weight oligomeric proanthocyanins (OPCs) that are well absorbed.
I would take DIM, curcumin, and French grape seed extract twice per day. They can make all the difference between suffering through risky hormonal conditions, terrible PMS or menopause symptoms, the dangers of cancer, or living the happy, healthy, vibrant life you deserve.
Terry . . . Naturally