For years now, many Americans have been led to believe that soy products, such as soy milk, soy cheese and soy burgers are "healthy" alternatives. In fact, soy foods have even been believed to be "miracle health foods" for the almost 20 years now. While many still think soy products are healthy, it's important to know that soy is not a health food after all. 

First things first, most soy products are genetically modified, or GM, and are drowning in pesticides as a way to increase crop supply and decrease prices. Genetically modified soy products have been linked to severe, and even fatal food allergies and can cause infertility in child-bearing age women.

Second, soy products contain ingredients that are unnatural to the body, and therefore cause a host of health consequences. Below is a small list of health issues related to soy consumption:

  • Blood clots
  • Breast cancer
  • Food allergies
  • Immune system suppression
  • Infertility
  • Thyroid disorders
  • The prevention of vitamin and mineral absorption
  • Hormone disruption 

Third, soy products are toxic. Soybeans are acid-washed in aluminum tanks, which then leads to the aluminum leaching into the soybean and eventually, the final soy product. Toxic levels of aluminum can impede hormone assimilation as well as vitamin and mineral absorption causing you to become deficient, or worse, toxic. 

With October being Women's Health Month, we want to take this time to recognize that soy is harmful to everyone, but especially women. Why is soy detrimental to a woman's health? Simply put, soy mimics estrogen, thereby causing hormonal imbalance and estrogen dominance in women. Estrogen dominance can result in extreme PMS symptoms, headaches, irritability, breast tenderness, uterine fibroids, painful periods, endometriosis, increased body fat, PCOS and much more.

Instead of soy products, try more natural substitutions, such as almond and coconut milk and even almond cheese. Bragg's Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos are great options to replace soy sauce, too. (Learn all about Coconut Aminos here.) You'll be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are many non-soy options in the grocery stores these days so we challenge you to make this change.

What one soy product will you toss out today? Tell us in the comments section below.