Fixing Hormone Imbalance and Infertility
Infertility seems to be on the rise. A lot of couples are having trouble getting pregnant, so much so that we decided to devote an episode of CHTV to some of the issues that impact fertility and infertility. There are many physiological factors that come together to create the kind of perfect storm leading to infertility; therefore, finding a solution involves looking at our how our cells work.
The Perfect Storm
As often seen with the clients we serve all over the world, chronic health problems are caused by a combination of factors that worsen and accumulate over time. It’s never just one body system or one part of the body that’s affected. So, just treating the symptoms of disease is ineffective long term. Infertility is no different. Environmental toxins and poor diet drive inflammation in the body, paving the way for eventual fertility problems. Some major triggers include:
- Blood Sugar Imbalance and Insulin Resistance
- Toxicity Issues
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Gut Health
- Hormone Imbalance
- Stress Levels
These triggers may sound separate, but they’re very connected. Each point to hormone dysfunction, a major contributing factor to infertility. Hormones act on a cellular level, communicating with our body’s cells and directing their activity. When hormones are thrown out of balance, the effects are felt on a massive scale, cascading throughout the body.
Hormone dysregulation is the epidemic within the epidemic. Hormones are how things communicate gland to gland, cell to cell. Hormone receptors lie right on the cell membrane. Toxin accumulation, poor gut health, and autoimmune disorders drive cellular inflammation, affecting our ability to synthesize and use hormones effectively.
The glands of the endocrine system, which include the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, adrenals, thyroid, ovaries, and testes, are responsible for regulating hormone levels in the bloodstream. From the blood, hormones travel around the body socketing into receptors of cell membranes where they’re needed. If we look at how toxins can affect the brain, then we can see how brain toxicity can affect us downstream.
Studies show that certain toxins, especially heavy metals like mercury, accumulate in the pituitary and thyroid glands.1 The problem is that the pituitary gland is part of the body’s “control tower” for hormone regulation. Hormones necessary for pregnancy, like luteinizing hormone, LH and FSH, and are communicated from the pituitary. These in turn can affect progesterone and estrogen levels. If the pituitary and other endocrine glands upstream are not functioning because they’re highly toxic, hormone levels downstream coming from the ovaries and testes can be negatively impacted.
We’ve seen in our practice that many men and women experiencing infertility test high in mercury. There are many ways that mercury can negatively affect fertility.2 Studies have shown that mercury is the most damaging to insulin, estrogen, testosterone, and adrenaline levels in the body.1
Mercury doesn’t just accumulate in the brain. We’re finding that men with elevated mercury have detectable levels in the ejaculate and particularly in the sperm. That, number one, is a problem for the sperm, affecting its motility (ability to swim).3 Secondly, there’s potential for the women’s autoimmune system to treat the sperm as a pathogen and attack it. Thirdly, we know that it affects certain minerals like selenium, manganese and zinc. Other heavy metals, like lead for instance, can also have a direct effect on sperm health.
The thyroid is another member of the endocrine system that can affect fertility when it’s too toxic to function properly. We call the thyroid the canary in the coal mine because it’s so sensitive to toxins and prone to being attacked by the immune system in cases of autoimmune disorder. Halogenated compounds like fluoride, chloride, and bromine are known for inhibiting proper thyroid function (read more here). Pesticides are also known for having a very strong link to thyroid disease. One study even found that women who worked or lived with someone who worked in the agriculture industry had a greater risk of developing thyroid disease over women who did not.4
Watch CHTV Episode 101 on Detoxing Your Life here.
There are various factors that can impact thyroid health. Read more about thyroid conditions and what to do about them here.
Xenoestrogens are endocrine disrupters that mimic estrogen in the body. We find them in pesticides, organo-phosphates, plastics, and more. They are very strong, and highly unbalancing to hormones. Xenoestrogens drive estrogen levels in the body, affecting the pituitary, uterus (estrogen dominance), and causing chaos in male reproductive health.5 Studies have even linked xenoestrogen levels in young girls to early onset of puberty, known as precocious puberty.6
PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is linked to overproduction of DHT, a compound created when testosterone comes into contact with 5-alpha reductase. PCOS has strong ties to infertility in women. DHT has also been linked to hair loss in men and possibly with male reproductive and prostate health.
Safeguarding Reproductive Health
Now that we’ve examined some of the factors that impact reproductive health, you can see it all comes down to the cell. Heavy metal toxicity (read the “When Detox is Dangerous” series here: Part One, Part Two and Part Three), hormone dysfunction and inflammation are all happening on a cellular level. For this reason, restoring reproductive health must involve my Multi-Therapeutic Approach, including ancient healing strategies, proper supplementation, and cellular detox. Fix the cell, fix the body.
Using the True Cellular Detox™ process is instrumental in order to drive down inflammation, detox the cells, normalize hormone levels, and restore proper cellular function. When you’re dealing with brain toxicity, as is so often the case with infertility, it’s crucial to detox the right way at the right time. The process needs to hit upstream where toxins are buried deep in the pituitary, the hypothalamus, and the thyroid glands. Stepping in with true binders helps to ensure that toxins aren’t reabsorbed. We’ve seen many clients become pregnant after detoxing properly.
Some other great tips for restoring cellular function and improving fertility:
Get rid of pesticides in your food. They’re loaded with xenoestrogens. Look for organic produce and grass finished or pasture raised meats, all GMO free. Review my Cellular Healing Diet book for recipe ideas and guidelines.
Don’t over-exercise or put your body through extremes of stress. Stress drives up cortisol levels, increasing inflammation, and lowering your ability to handle stressors. Exercising the right way and maintaining a healthy reproductive cycle is essential to combating infertility.
Achieving great reproductive health isn’t an impossible goal. A Multi-Therapeutic Approach, the right knowledge, and proven tools offer what you need to restore fertility. Using my proven MTA, you can work to drive down inflammation, remove harmful toxins, and restore cellular health to live your healthiest life.