How many types of estrogens are there?  Excess estrogens, xenoestrogens, peudo estrogens, phyto estrogens (isoflavones and lignans), – what is it all about?  Well to begin with not all estrogens are
Phytoestrogens2 good – some are harmful.

Many have heard that we are becoming far to estrongenized.  What does that mean and how does it impact on us?  How do we get all these extra estrogens?

Well:

  • our foods are shot up with growth hormones;
  • our water bottles have estrogen like molecules that are leached into our water
  • we have insufficient fiber and/or glutathione to help eliminate the estrogen-glutathione combo

What happens with all this excess estrogen?  Well to begin with men loose their masculinity as the estrogen (female dominance) testosterone (male dominance) hormones get out of balance.

Estrogen dominance also contributes to:

  • PMS
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS (Poly cystic ovarian syndrome)
  • Hot flashes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Infertility
  • Weight gain
  • Migraines
  • Fibroids (breast, muscles, uterine)
  • Cysts (ovarian)
  • Cancer

Excess estrogen also contributes to some forms of epilepsy; pain, inflammatory conditions, immunosuppressive conditions.

Historically, our bodies could deal with any excess of estrogens in a number of ways.

First and for most was with a fantastic molecule called glutathione:

  • 1)      this molecule is involved in more processes than almost any other molecule in the body
  • 2)      it is also involved in hormone regulation
    • a.       in the liver, excess estrogens have molecules added to them – that initially make them more toxic
    • b.      but the second step adding a methyl molecule
    • c.       and the third step is adding a glutathione molecule
  • 3)      this allows the excess estrogen to be excreted through the kidneys – into the urine and out of the body
  • 4)      this also allows the excess estrogens to be eliminated through the bowel movement ASSUMING there is enough fiber – glutathione attaches to the fiber which takes the combined molecule out – IF there is insufficient fiber, we simply re-absorb the estrogen and are back to square one!!

Secondly, various foods in our diet provide healthy estrogens while other foods help to eliminate excess or harmful estrogens.  Lignans (most fruits & vegetables) = weak estrogens that block the action of other estrogens.  Isoflavones (dairy, soy, gluten grains, legumes) = estrogens that stimulate estrogen receptors.

Foods Containing Natural Estrogens :

  • Alfalfa
  • Animal flesh
  • Anise seed
  • Apples
  • Baker’s yeast
  • Barley
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cherries
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Clover
  • Cowpeas (black- eyed peas)
  • Cucumbers
  • Dairy Foods
  • Dates
  • Eggs
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Flaxseeds
  • Garlic
  • Hops
  • Licorice
  • Oats
  • Olive oil
  • Olives
  • Papaya
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Red beans
  • Red clover
  • Rhubarb
  • Rice (relatively high)
  • Sage
  • Sesame seeds
  • Soybean sprouts
  • Soybeans
  • Split peas
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Wheat
  • Yams

Estrogen Inhibiting Foods

If you are suffering from breast cancer, PMS, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and other situations that estrogen might exacerbate, the following estrogen inhibiting foods might be of interest to you.

  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Buckwheat
  • Cabbage
  • Citrus Foods
  • Corn
  • Figs
  • Fruits (except apples, cherries, dates, pomegranates)
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Melons
  • Millet
  • Onions
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Squashes
  • Tapioca
  • White rice

http://www.holisticonline.com/Remedies/hrt/hrt_food_and_estrogen.htm

Besides foods, we need to increase the levels of glutathione.  This cannot be done effectively, with foods and supplements.  What we need to do is turn on the body’s DNA/genes to make the tools that create the glutathione in each cell of the body.  Note:  there are no transport mechanisms to pull glutathione into the cell – assuming the whole molecule makes it way through the stomach’s acid.

We can do this with a herbal formulation called Protandim.  Now being studied in over 20 universities, this formulation has profound effects on the body. For more info, click here.

In addition, once we have the tools to make glutathione active, then we can provide the nutrients to the cells to make it.  This is done effectively in a herbal formulation called OGF (Original Glutathione Formula).  For more info, click here.

With sufficient glutathione levels (and note, most of us are now depleted by the age of 30, if not sooner!!) and a good organic diet of healthy fruits and vegetables, the body can carry out a multitude of functions, including regulating the good and bad estrogens in the body.

Remember – health is a choice!!!

Here’s to your health

For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca

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