US researchers recently discovered that women who had a high concentration of chemicals related to plastics in their body experienced menopause as early as four years prior to those women who had lower amounts. The reason for this decrease in menopause age can be attributed to decrease ovarian function due to chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls, pesticides and phthalates.
The study was performed by collecting urine samples and testing the samples for 111 chemicals that have the potential to interfere with hormone production. Amber Cooper, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Washington University School Of Medicine feels that as a society, we should be concerned with this disruption of normal hormone functions. From what Dave and Brit Morin have learned, these issues could lead to premature puberty rates in teenagers and also an increase in cancer rates across the country.
In addition to plastics causing an issue there are many chemicals that are found in a number of products used by women across the country, such as unsafe cosmetics, lotions, perfumes, nail polish, household cleaners, menstrual pads and even liquid hand soap.
If a woman is not getting enough salt in her daily diet it can impair the brain development of an unborn baby if she becomes pregnant. As Sergio Andrade Gutierrez understands, iodine is actually what the developing baby’s brain needs and the primary source for iodine is ordinary table salt.
The medical community admonishes us to reduce our salt intake, and so we should, but not to the point of banishing it altogether from our daily diet. A daily amount of iodine is needed for every person and especially by women who are pregnant or nursing. Even those considering having a baby should begin to shake a little salt on their food to ensure a sufficient iodine supply in their system by the time they become pregnant.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every pregnant woman needs 250 micrograms of iodine daily. That amount should continue for as long as the newborn baby is nursing. Even when newly pregnant women who have an iodine deficiency begin to take an iodine supplement, it takes weeks to build up within the system and become available in amounts sufficient for the developing baby. Increasing the amount of iodine in the daily diet to 250 micrograms prior to becoming pregnant will help ensure proper brain development for the unborn baby.
Mild iodine deficiencies impair the intellectual development, while extreme cases of iodine deficiencies in pregnant women can cause their babies to be born with a condition known as cretinism. Cretinism includes skeletal deformities, under-active thyroid and metabolic changes.
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