Thanks to modern farming practices, conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are often treated with pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides to keep them from getting sick or dying—all of these interventions can negatively impact our hormones.
They are actually part of a classification of chemical known as EDCs: Endocrine Disrupting Compounds. This is because the chemicals can disrupt our hormones in several different ways including mimicking our hormones such as estrogen, binding to hormone receptors, impairing thyroid conversion, and reducing androgen production.
They impact our gut flora which further influences our hormone metabolism, hormone production, and hormones conversions. These toxins also create inflammation and additional burden on our liver.
The good news is that there are ways you can avoid these harmful chemicals in the foods you eat by choosing organic whenever possible. If you don’t have access to organic produce near you, consider growing your own or seeking out a community garden.