Cauliflower Moment…the “mid-ages” is a time when you finally feel like you are getting your life together …and then your body starts falling apart…….continued
In our previous article we shared how hormones work in our bodies to keep us feeling good. But, there are more reasons than just entering menopause that our hormone levels get out of balance. With all the estrogen in our environment, there is a very high likelihood that every woman, man, and child is in a varying state of estrogen dominance.
Women naturally decline in both levels of estrogen and progesterone with advancing age and menopause. Hormone imbalance can also be caused by poor diet, liver impairment, anovulatory cycles or environmental factors. Now studies have found similar evidence in men and younger children.
What’s Causing the Estrogen Dominance?
We are over inundated with estrogens in more products than you can imagine! Estrogen in the form of chemicals (xenoestrogens), or foods and plants (phytoestrogens), mimic the action of estrogen produced in cells and can alter hormonal activity.
- Pesticides sprayed on our vegetables and fruits (and eaten by standard feed cows and chickens)
- Xenoestrogens – found in plastics used in our baggies, storage containers, cups, bottles, bowls, etc.
- Industrial waste products that are dispersed into the air we breathe
- Car exhaust that we also breathe outside and in our garages
- Meat we eat that is fed standard antibiotics, grain feeds and hormones to boost size and increase fat stores
- Soaps to boost antibacterial and foaming qualities
- Carpeting, furniture and paneling that we live with in our homes, work places and the stores we visit
Diet changes that need to be made:
- Feed yourself and your family only grass fed meats, free range eggs, grass fed milk products, and buy only organic vegetables and fruit to limit exposure to pesticides and hormones in these products
- Eat little to no sugar – sugar spikes insulin, this lowers sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which causes an increase in estrogen and testosterone, which converts estrogen into fat tissue in the belly
- Eat more cruciferous vegetables on a daily basis, like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and kale for added hormone balancing
- Limit the simple carbohydrate foods like pastas, breads, grains and processed foods – fact of life is our metabolisms slow down as we age and lose muscle mass – there comes a point where we all have to admit that we need to eat a little less to maintain our healthy weight
- Optional – but effective – try intermittent fasting. This means waiting longer between meals (6 – 12 – 18 hrs) to allow your body processes to finish their work before the digestion of another meal is added
A Bit More on Xenoestrogens and Phytoestrogens…
- There are 70,000 chemicals in the US known to increase estrogen load in the body leading to estrogen dominance and toxicity in our livers.
- When xenoestrogens enter the body they increase the total amount of estrogen resulting in a phenomenon called, estrogen dominance.
- Xenoestrogens are not biodegradable so, they are stored in our fat cells.
- Build up of xenoestrogens have been indicated in many conditions including: breast, prostate and testicular cancer, obesity, infertility, endometriosis, early onset puberty, miscarriages and diabetes.
- Avoiding these becomes especially important when we think of our youth and their tripled exposure to these toxins in their life times.
- Our bodies can process some of the excess estrogen out of our system – its when we expose ourselves to excesses in all facets of our lives that we build up too much excess estrogen.
- When there isn’t enough progesterone to balance the load and our bodies become inflamed and disease begins to develop.
Click here to see a chart of the common sources of xenoestrogens that you should limit in your and your families’ lives.
- Are plant estrogens – similar to estrogen but not if eaten in their natural state.
- Phytoestrogens are in many things we eat — caffeine, grains, beans, soy, nuts, seeds, seed oils, berries, fruits, vegetables, and roots.
- They mimic the estrogen in the body at low doses and they can actually block human estrogen at high doses, notes Cornell University.
- A positive effect is that phytoestrogens actually appear to protect tissues from the cancer-causing effects of xenoestrogens and other hormonal pollutants.
- When phytoestrogens are isolated and concentrated, sold in soy formulas, as pills or as health or candy bars, then the phytoestrogens become dangerous hormones, quite capable of promoting cancer.
- The other negative effects of phytoestrogens is that they can cause infertility, developmental problems, increased allergies, and altered ovulation cycles.
- The greatest danger is posed by infants drinking soy-based formula they are exposed to 10 times greater concentrations of phytoestrogens than adult vegetarians. This leads to increased estrogen stores that develops problems later in their lives.
Read on to “What Are the Dangers of Imbalanced Hormones“ to learn more…