Archive for October, 2011
Increased body fat around the hips, the classic ‘pear shape’ for women is generally a sign of estrogen imbalance. Although where we tend to store fat is a strong genetic predisposition… Here’s my five top tips for helping balancing estrogenic hormones, and guys, it applies to you too…
Essentially these two problems come from estrogen mimicking chemicals in the environment and our body’s decreased ability to deal with estrogen metabolites. So my five tips are centered around minimising exposure and maximising pathways to clear them from the body….
1. Avoid all plastic bottles and containers with food and water. Plastics contain petrochemical molecules such as PCB’s and dioxins. These molecules are similar in structure to estrogen and are called xeno-estrogens. Xeno-estrogens mimic estrogen and can cause all sorts of issues from not enough true estrogen, to too much estrogen and imbalances between estrogen and progesterone. So minimising plastics in your life is a big one, but a tough one as it’s an integral part of our modern lives, so minimising exposure is very important… water bottles are the easiest to eliminate (I’m real keen on ecotankers – plus they are much better for the environment.) Here’s a few sources of plastic you might not have thought about…Tinned food – most tins these days are lined with plastic. Non- stick flying pans – teflon is a plastic. Box wine – has a plastic bladder which breaks down from the acidity of wine. Plastic kettles… gets you thinking? Right? One of the biggest weight losses I’ve seen in a group of women came from them simply changing from a plastic water bottle to either glass or stainless steel.
2. Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables. These are vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collard greens, radish, bok choy, brussel sprouts and water cress. These support the liver and are especially rich in di-indolylmethane (DIM), which help mop up excess oestrogens. Try and eat some of these foods at least once a day.
3. Eat spray free produce – many pesticides and herbicides are estrogenic. Again meaning they mimic estrogen in the body. This is why they are so highly associated with increases in breast cancer – as the breast tissue is highly sensitive to hormone levels. At a minimum grow your own greens and purchase organic vegetables to minimise your exposure to these xenoestrogens.
4. Take additional supplements to support liver function. Your liver has the ability to get rid of excess estrogen through a complex web of enzyme reactions. However, these enzyme reactions are dependent on minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. We are simply not able to get everything we need from our diet as the environmental burden of toxins has dramatically increased our nutritional requirements for minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Simply the best base supplement for supporting liver function is BePure ONE as it has high levels of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed for optimal liver function.
5. Reduce stress. Increased stressors in your life, be that past, present or future results in your body stealing the precursors for progesterone to make stress hormones. Progesterone opposes estrogen and so the less you have the more likely you are to experience estrogen/progesterone imbalance and resulting body fat gain.
Simply by following my top five tips to balancing hormones can make a huge difference to body fat levels and risk of hormone sensitive cancers, like breast, uterine and prostate cancers.
In health and happiness