How Toxin exposure can impact your hormonal health, fertility and the health of your children and grandchildren.
I’m joined with Naturopath extraordinaire Tabitha McIntosh in this episode of Guts and Girl Bits (formally ‘Health & Wellbeing Podcast’). We chat about how the chemicals* in our food and environment can impact on our health in more ways than we know.
We also chat about how chemical exposure can impact on fertility, pregnancy outcomes and can impact on the health of our children, and even our grandchildren. We also talk about how certain chemicals and pollutants can affect hormonal health and wellbeing.
But just chatting about how these chemicals can impact on our health isn’t that good unless we also talk about how to reduce your exposure and help your body to heal. Tabitha shares some of her recommendations to reduce toxin exposure to toxins and pollutants from many different sources.
Some points we cover include:
- What sort of impact is toxin exposure having on people?
- Is there an increase in defects in newborns? How common are these?
- Are these defects related to nutrition or chemicals? Can we prevent them?
- Are these chemicals having an affect on a couples ability to conceive?
- What are some sources of toxins that we need to be avoiding?
- How long does it take for chemicals to be eliminated through the body?
- What was Tabitha’s Ah-Ha moment, that led her into this journey of spreading chemical awareness.
- What are the safety measures put in place in Australia with chemicals?
- There are many chemicals permitted in Australia that have been banned in Europe. How many chemicals that have been banned there are still used here, why is the such a difference?
- Not everyone reacts to chemicals the same way, some people may experience symptoms or hormonal imbalances, but some people are symptomless. What are some of the reasons this might be?
- What are Tabitha’s suggestions for taking the first step in toxin reduction.
- How fast food is having an impact on our environment and adding to future food security issues.
- Tabitha’s tips on reducing chemical exposure, in particular by improving air quality and reducing toxins around the home.
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*I would like to address the often presented argument that “everything is a chemical”. I agree that this is very close to the truth (with the exception of sound and light which is actually matter). However, in this instance we are using the term chemicals for the sake of convenience, and actually referring to toxic and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, substances which are known or suspected to be capable of interfering with hormone receptors, hormone synthesis or hormone conversion which are in commercial use and have been proven or suspected of contributing to disease and dysfunction in humans, and chemicals which have shown to cause damage in ways such as mitochondrial dysfunction, neurodevelopmental toxicity, immune toxicity, oxidative stress and various levels of inflammation.
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Tabitha McIntosh is an experienced and respected Naturopath, clinical Nutritionist and educator. After attaining her Bachelor of Medical Science (University of NSW, 2001), she went on to pursue her passion for Integrative healthcare by completing an Advanced Diploma Naturopathy & Diploma Nutrition (Nature Care, 2005), and Post Grad Diploma in Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (Swinburne Uni, 2006).
Absolutely passionate about improving the health of everyone she comes in contact with, Tabitha’s impressive resume includes presenting at conferences and professional development seminars around Australia, lecturing in Nutrition at both Nature Care College and Endeavour College of Natural Health, International Community Health work, and contributing to Publications and Natural Medicine textbooks.
Tabitha is founder & director of Awaken Your Health in Woollahra, Sydney, where she has run her own private clinical practice for 13 years: integrating Naturopathic healing principles with the latest scientific research to educate and empower her clients, and implementing therapeutic diets to help clients reach their potential.
Tabitha is also a published author releasing her first book in 2016, co-authored with Dr Sarah Lantz, on nutritional and environmental health solutions, called One Bite at a Time: Reduce Toxic Exposure and Eat the World you Want. This book helps it’s readers to better navigate consumer and industrial chemicals found in our every day environment, to understand their significant impact on the human body and health; and outlines practical strategies and effective solutions for protecting our health so that we can live happier, heartier lives.
See www.onebite.com.au to learn more.
With both her book and her recently launched e-course I Quit Chemicals, Tabitha feels privileged to be able to inspire her clients and peers to maximise health outcomes by making conscious choices for the health of the planet, and the health of the future generations.
Check out her website www.awakenyourhealth.com.au for more information or to make a booking.
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