Xenoestrogens and your Hormones

Xenoestrogens and your Hormones

. Go figure, this article started out as a list of Xenoestrogens that I was making for a hormone workshop, however I decided that this information needed to be shared with  more people to help shed the light on what can cause hormonal issues in men and women. So what is a xenoestrogen? Xenoestrogens are chemicals that bind to estrogen receptors of the cells in your body. This can lead to an interference of your normal hormonal functions – hence disrupting your endocrine system. Xenoestrogens are considered endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and are linked to chronic diseases. Xenoestrogens are one of the contributing factors of estrogen dominance in women.  Naturally you wouldn’t even think a moment that the environment or product you use would affect your hormones. However, it seems that we are exposed to xenoestrogens through multiple types of exposure.

Close your eyes for a second. Can you remember the smell of a harsh cleaning product, paint, solvent, chlorine, lubricant, fuel, new carpet, insect repellent or an air freshener? Most likely they contain xenoestrogens.  Many household cleaners contain xenoestrogens, if you smell it, you are exposed to it. 

1.MEAT AND DAIRY PRODUCTS

Commercially grown farm products are contaminated with bovine growth hormones. Animals you eat are being injected with growth hormones and other chemicals to make them produce more, quicker. When you don’t see rBGH or rBST FREE on the label anywhere, you should know that this is milk produced from a cow treated with a genetically modified (GMO) growth hormone to increase milk production. Just in recent years, according to National Institute of Health, evidence has increased how some estrogens and the insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) initiate and provoke breast, prostate and endometrial cancers.

  2.INSECTICIDE & PESTICIDE RESIDUES

You will find insecticides and pesticides on basically everything we eat. Fruits, nuts, veggies, legumes, grains etc. With over 2000 new chemicals being introduced annually, it is uncertain if there is adequate time to study if they pose a risk for human health or the environment. This is bad news for females according to this study by the National Institutes of Health. “Disruption can occur in all stages of hormonal regulation: 1. hormone synthesis; 2. hormone release and storage; 3. hormone transport and clearance; 4. hormone receptor recognition and binding; 5. hormone postreceptor activation; 6. the thyroid function; and 7. the central nervous system.” Look no further than synthetic chemicals like glyphosate and atrazine and this is just the start. These are xenoestrogens and sprayed onto grains, which is fed to the animals you eat and produce you buy.

3. PARABENS

You will find parabens in personal care products such as toothpaste, moisturizer, hair care products, soaps and cosmetics. Paraben or phenoxyethanol chemical compounds are widely used by cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries as preservatives. What a way to keep that young look! Parabens are known to mimic estrogen and have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. Cosmetic products do not require FDA approval for their ingredients before they go on the market.  

Xenoestrogens that enter through the skin  (as in sunscreen) move directly to your tissues without passing through the liver for detoxification. That means they are fully absorbed by the body and can be way more potent than orally consumed parabens. 

4.PHTHALATES

Phthalates are chemical compounds used to soften plastic material or increase plastic flexibility. Phthalates are known to damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and the reproductive system. The majority of Americans tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have metabolites of multiple phthalates in their urine. Research also shows that Woman have higher amounts of phthalates in their body then men due to the use of soaps and cosmetic products. Still drinking hot liquids out of Styrofoam cups? Also check cosmetic product labels for phthalate, DEP, DBP, DEHP and “fragrance”. 

5.TAP WATER

Check with your local water department and see what chemical are being added. You’ll be surprised to find petroleum derivatives, a primary source for xenoestrogens. A huge amount of estrogen is released into the water supply from women taking oral contraceptives. This is now a world-wide issue, with fish being intersex and more female than male fish.   

6.ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES

Synthetic estrogen in birth control pills fool the pituitary gland into thinking you are pregnant. These xenoestrogens not only disrupt your natural hormone metabolism but are also not biodegradable, meaning they are stored in your fat cells. 

7.DRYER SHEETS

Full of xenoestrogens meant to soften your clothes. The xenoestrogens can go directly into your cells, your skin can absorb up to 60% of what touches it. Consider using wool laundry balls with essential oils in the dryer. We use distilled vinegar in the rinse cycle on the washing machine. 

8.PROCESSED FOODS

Pretty much all commercially processed and packaged foods from chicken soup base to gum and candy contain food additives that affect your estrogen. Food coloring, preservatives and flavoring agents are made using xenoestrogens. Two recently identified xenoestrogens are propyl gallate, a preservative used to prevent fats and oils from spoiling (used since 1948), and 4-hexylresorcinol, which is used to prevent discoloration in shrimp and other shellfish. Did I mention Red #40

9. SOY PROTEIN AND SOY PROTEIN ISOLATES

Soy has been getting a bad rap, however unprocessed soy is not bad for you, it may even help lower certain cancer risks. Soy contains phytoestrogens, “phyto” means plant so they are plant-based estrogens and can be managed by your body unlike synthetic estrogens. The issue with soy protein and soy protein isolates is the way they are processed. The process involves soaking the soy bean in hexane, which is a petroleum by-product when making gasoline and is also used in solvents, ink and degreasers. Hexane has also been identified as a neurotoxin by the National Institutes of Health.

What can you do to protect yourself from xenoestrogens? How can you minimize exposure to not effect your hormones? Start by taking simple steps like not heating food in plastic in the microwave. Use glass containers to store food and drink out of. Select organic produce over conventionally treated produce. Also, check out this website from the Endocrine Society for more tips and learn about EDCs.

You could also detox your body – a good jump start is my 7-Day Cleanse or 14-Day Detox. Both programs are very detailed and will help guide you with delicious recipes and snacks.  

Ready to make a change but not sure how? Connect with me for a 30 minute call to learn what life could look like with a coach. 

Juicing for Detox 101

Juicing for Detox 101

If you want to detox your body of impurities, drinking vegetable juice is an excellent way to start. You don’t necessarily need to be on a juicing fast where that is all you drink but adding more natural juices you make yourself with no sugar or additives can still help to cleanse your body, particularly your kidneys and liver. Here is more information about doing a juicing detox.
 
USE WHOLE, FRESH PRODUCE
To start with, a juicing detox is one where you are making your own juice at home. There are some all-natural bottled juices that can be used for a detox if you are in a pinch, but it is typically better to make the juice yourself. That way, you save money and can control all of the ingredients in your juice. You want to use whole, fresh veggies as much as possible. You can save on buying your produce by finding it at health food stores and farmer’s markets. This also makes it easier to find locally-grown, organic produce instead of what you find in the regular supermarket.
 
ADD IN HERBS AS DESIRED
You can also go one step further by adding herbs to your juicer. You can also just add in the herbs later on by putting them in your glass. Herbs are also frequently used with infused water because they add more flavor, as well as letting you get some of their nutrients. Some useful herbs for a juicing detox are rosemary, basil, oregano, and thyme. But you can add any herbs that you like. Try to also get the herbs fresh instead of in a container or jar. If you can grow your own herbs, even better!
DON’T HAVE ONLY JUICE
While this is a personal decision, you need to keep in mind that a regular juicing detox is not necessarily a cleanse. A cleanse is typically something where you have only that type of juice for a number of days, with absolutely nothing else. However, a detox doesn’t have to be this strict. You can still clean the toxins from your different organs with fresh juice made from veggies, and herbs.
 
TAKE SUPPLEMENTS
Finally, since you might be eating less of other foods (even if you are not strictly having only juice), you may be missing some critical nutrients during the detox. To ensure you are not suffering from malnutrition, take additional supplements like a multi-vitamin. Also, talk to your doctor about what supplements you might need.
 
SWEETEN YOUR JUICE
You can add in a couple of drops of Stevia and juice a lemon to take away the green taste. It is not recommended to mix fruits and veggies in a juice but if you are juicing for children or do not have any blood sugar issues than you can add some fruits to the juice, such as a 1/2 apple, kiwi or other sweet fruit of your choice. 
 
MAKE YOUR JUICE SAVORY
Some people don’t like sweet, and I love to add ginger, garlic or turmeric to my juice to give it that savory taste. Be easy with the garlic, experiment with the flavors, start small, you can always add more!. You might even find that a nice garlic green juice just hits the spot. Follow what your body is telling you.
 
MAKE ONE DAY A WEEK A JUICING DETOX DAY
Picking one day a week of just drinking green juices and water and herbal teas gives your digestive system a nice rest. You can start the night before – say skip the meal and have a green juice in the evening around 7 p.m., then you have sleep and drink green juices the next day until 7 p.m. where you could have soup or a smoothie, that would be a full 24 hrs of juice fasting/detoxing. Think about it, if you make green juices one day a week, that’s 52 days of juicing after one year. That is almost 2 months worth of juice detoxing!

Epsom Salt Bath Detox & Relaxation

Epsom Salt Bath Detox & Relaxation

What to do at the end of a stressful day?  You got it, fill the tub with some hot water, Epsom salt and sink into the quiet, relaxing AND detoxing feeling. Put a towel behind your neck and close your eyes. Ahhhh…

An Epsom salt bath is a great way to help our body’s natural detoxification process. Today’s world exposes us to more toxins than ever through the food we eat, the air we breathe, and even the medications we take. These toxins are irritating, harming, and possibly even destroying our bodies. Detoxification is your body’s way of metabolizing or removing these harmful compounds. Improving and supporting our body’s ability to detoxify and dispose of waste is essential, as is limiting its exposure to toxins. A detox Epsom salt bath is one way you can help your body flush those toxins out even more efficiently.

I usually make my detox baths with Epsom salt, which helps to draw out toxins and provides a wealth of benefits, such as the following:

1.     Eases stress. Stress has a very negative impact on the health of your mind, body, and soul. A detox bath with Epsom salt is a great way to just relax and reduce some of that stress.

2.     Improved sleep and concentration. Because it relaxes and eases the nerves, Epsom salt promotes better sleep and concentration.

3.     Improved nervous system function. The nervous system commands all of your organs and bodily processes. When it is relaxed, as it is after an Epsom salt detox bath, it can function more efficiently.

4.     Regulates enzyme activity. A detox Epsom salt bath also helps my body regulate its detoxification system and enzyme activity, which includes functions like digestion.

5.     Promotes insulin production. By promoting insulin production, Epsom salt helps your body regulate its insulin levels and improve the function of all organs and processes.

6.     Flushes toxins. A detox bath with Epsom salt helps your body flush out toxins more quickly and efficiently, supporting better overall organ function.

7.     Pain relief for headaches, cramps, and spasms. Epsom salt relieves the pain from headaches, cramps, and spasms by relaxing your body and your nerves.

How to Draw an Epsom Salt Detox Bath

  1. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt and 5 drops of lavender essential oil (or your preferred essential oil) to a full bath tub of hot water. The water should be hot enough to stimulate your sweat glands in much the same way as a sauna.
  2. Add 1 cup of baking soda to neutralize any chemicals and enhance mineral absorption.
  3. Immerse your body all the way up to your neck and soak for at least 20 minutes. Close your eyes and practice some deep breathing.
  4. After soaking, move immediately from the tub to a cool shower. In order to allow the nutrients to absorb into your body, do not use any harsh soaps and shampoos.
  5. I use a shower filter from Aquasana that filters chlorine and other chemicals from the water.
  6. Apply a natural moisturizer, like BECOME Peaceful Body Lotion, and avoid food for another 30 minutes.
  7. Drink filtered water and rest to rejuvenate.

Epsom salt baths are part of my weekly routine. Not only do they help remove the toxins from my body but they also help me to feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

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The 24 Hour Blitz Detox

The 24 Hour Blitz Detox

My 24 Hour Blitz Detox That Yields Awesome Results

The other day I had a conversation with one of my students. Funny thing is we both had the same experience eating different foods. I had a break down grabbing a bag of store bought Pretzels a while back, eating about half of it. The next day I woke up with incredible joint pain and feeling bloated. Go figure, its not like I didn’t know that this would happen. The student however has just been starting to change her diet and been feeling really well when she ate at a place where she was served starchy and glutenous foods. She experienced a bloated belly and foggy brain withing 30 minutes of consuming that lunch.

If you’ve been feeling bloated, then you know more than anyone that you need to cleanse the junk from your body. It’s not always easy picking which path to take to cleanse your body for the results you want. But, I’ve made it super easy with my 24 Hour Blitz Detox.

I don’t believe in deprivation, so you will not feel deprived in any way. In fact, you’ll feel quite the opposite.

The reality is, no matter how clean we eat, we live in a very toxic world. Before we even open our mouths to take a bite of food, we are exposed to vehicular and industrial pollution in the air and toxins in our cleaning products and cosmetics. Not to mention the havoc wreaked on the body by stress. So, the question is not ‘am I toxic?’ but rather ‘how toxic am I?’

Ready to eliminate those toxins that cause weight gain, brain fog, loss of sleep, loss of mental clarity, and fatigue?

Here’s my 24 Hour Blitz Detox:

Upon Waking Drink:

Morning Lemon Elixir

1 cup warm or room temp water
Juice from 1 lemon
Pinch of cinnamon and a couple drops of stevia.

Breakfast:

(Blueberry) Superfood Smoothie Bliss

1 cup unsweetened almond/coconut/hemp or rice milk
½ cup frozen or fresh, organic wild blueberries*
½ cup spinach
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon flax meal or chia seeds

Pinch of cinnamon
Stevia or raw honey to sweeten
Ice (optional)

*mixing fruit and veggies goes against food combining rules. Personally I use Sunwarrior brand ORMUS Supergreens here instead of Blueberries.

Snack: 10 almonds and 1 apple

Lunch:

Mixed Salad

2 cups mixed greens or spinach, chopped
½ cup carrot, chopped
½ cup cucumber, chopped
1 cup artichokes (BPA free, canned in water)
1 avocado, cubed
¼ cup hemp seeds or seed of your choice
Handful parsley, chopped
Handful basil, chopped

Chop vegetables and mix in a large bowl. Top your salad with avocado and hemp seeds. Drizzle with dressing of choice.

Snack: ½ avocado w/ tomato & sea salt

Dinner:

Carrot Ginger Soup

4 cups chopped carrots
6 cups vegetable broth or water
1 medium onion, minced
2-inch nub ginger root, peeled and grated
Sea salt to taste
Dash nutmeg
Chopped fresh parsley, dill, or cilantro

Put carrots, ginger, and onion in a pot with broth. Bring to boil then cover and reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and put everything in a blender or food processor to purée. Serve hot topped with fresh herbs.

Evening:

Early Evening Immune Boosting Ginger Elixir

1 cup warm or room temp water
Juice from ½ lemon
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger or 1 tablespoon if tolerated
1 teaspoon stevia

Bring the water and ginger to a boil, and then lower flame. Add the lemon and keep at a low simmer for a few minutes. Then pour into a mug & nourish your body.

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