Foods that increase estrogen


Nutrition to Battle the Effects of Estrogen

There are more than 70,000 chemicals registered in the United States containing (Xeno) estrogen.  Even if he were to live in a bubble in Arizona we could not avoid the estrogen contained in a plastic of the bubble itself.  Estrogen is present in the plastics we use, the pesticides used on fruits and vegetables, in the pills and contraception used for birth control and in the hormones in our meets; the environment is saturated in estrogen.  Avoiding estrogen seems like the improbable solution; so what can we do about this?

The solution starts with the common sense practice; that good health starts from the inside out.  The first step on the road to recovery begins with changing our lifestyle as it pertains to food and hydration. This means learning to eat five to six small meals a day rather than three large ones. It also means eating enough of the right foods and not a allowing our total caloric intake to fall before below 1,200 calories per day. By not eating be enough calories are bodies transition to starvation survival mode an attempt to conserve fat and water. The simplest definition of right foods; are foods closest to their natural state; non-processed.  This includes hormone free lean cuts of meat, fresh fruits and vegetables.  Foods that are free of hydrogenated oils, hormones, high fructose corn syrup and that are low in saturated fats; including complex carbohydrates such as brown rice and whole wheat pastas.  In addition it requires proper hydration this means consuming 1oz. of water for every two pounds of body mass (128lbs. = 64 oz.) per day. Water is essential to the metabolic functioning of the body including the processing and excretion of excess estrogen.

It is critical to avoid foods; such as soy products and soybeans; beans such as split peas, lima beans, and pinto beans; caffeine and flaxseed, all of which are very high in (Phyto) estrogen. In order to balance excess estrogen a conscious choice must be made to consume foods of that are rich in progesterone such as wild yams, hormone free low-fat milk and eggs, especially the yolks.  Progesterone, counteracts estrogen side effects by assisting the thyroid gland, as a mild diuretic, it aides in the use fat as an energy source, acts as natural antidepressant, normalizes blood clotting, normalizes zinc and copper levels (reducing moodiness), and maintains cellular oxygen levels.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

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