Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen

March 31, 2022

Hormonal symptoms can be very disruptive to a female runner so anything you can do to promote hormonal balance is going to help you enjoy your running and stick to your training plan.

Today we are focusing on a major disruptor of hormonal balance which may influence PMS and Menopausal symptoms – we all know what they are don’t we?

  • PMS symptoms such as cramps and pains, bloating and swelling, mood swings, cravings
  • Peri menopausal and Menopausal symptoms including all of the above plus hot flushes and night sweats, brain fogginess, heavy and erratic periods to mention a few.

We are going to talk about how pesticides on fruit and vegetables act as an endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC). Endocrine is another word for hormonal and these EDC’s act as fake hormones and can cause ‘disruption to natural processes’ so potentially very harmful.

We are going to discuss

  • How the Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen list of fruit and vegetables may help you make healthy choices
  • What vegetables support hormonal balance and where they fit into the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen
  • Practical things we can all do to minimise pesticides and toxins from vegetables

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Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen


What are endocrine disruptors, and what are their effects on the hormonal system.


Explaining the concept of toxic load.


What is the Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen concept?



What vegetables support hormonal balance and where do they fit into the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen?


What practical things we can all do to minimise pesticides and toxins from fruit and vegetables? What to buy and is buying organic produce best?


Natural ways to clean your vegetables to minimise toxins.

Female and Male Factors

Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen

Endocrine disruptors interfere with hormones and hormone balance. Hormones regulate different functions, in particular growth and reproductive functions.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) can act in a number of ways in different parts of the body, they may:

  • reduce the production and effect the release of hormones from endocrine glands
  • copy or counteract the action of hormones
  • speed up the metabolism of hormones and reduce their action.

The endocrine effects can be activated by very low concentrations of chemicals. They can manifest in men and women for example:

  • reduced semen quality, decreased fertility and testicular and prostate cancer
  • early puberty, ovarian cysts, anomalies of the uterus, breast cancer, pregnancy complications and decreased fertility
  • influence the development of diabetes, obesity, neurological and thyroid disorders


Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen

We’d love you to take ONE Action after today’s episode and that is to look up one of the websites we’ve mentioned.

Read more about the Dirty Dozen Clean 15 at: EWG or Pan UK

This will really help your overall awareness about the potential harm pesticides may cause our health in general but especially our hormonal balance.

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