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Estrogen, the good the bad and what you really need to know

Is estrogen good, bad or both? Do I need it? Why is it so confusing???

Let me help…

Estrogen is a very powerful class of hormones produced by the ovaries and the adrenal glands. There are at least two dozen known estrogens, all with various functions; every organ, including the brain, heart, ovaries, and liver, has estrogen-sensitive receptor sites. The most commonly discussed estrogens are estrone, estradiol, and estriol. And we are also exposed to estrogens by supplementation and sadly also in the water we drink and the foods we eat.

The main function of estrogens is to make cells grow and proliferate. They stimulate endometrial cells in preparation for pregnancy, promote breast tissue growth, maintain function of the sexual organs, stimulate the menstrual cycle, and initiate the bodily changes that occur at puberty. If estrogen function and metabolism are out of balance, cells can multiply unnecessarily and this may lead to cancer in some cases amongst other things.

Daily we are ‘over exposed’ to estrogens in our environment. These estrogens are called “xenoestrogens”, foreign substances with estrogen like effects in the body. Xenoestrogens can mimic natural estrogen and block estrogen receptor sites on cells throughout the body. They then activate these receptors to stimulate a hormonal effect or they can also occupy the receptor and block natural hormones from doing what they are supposed to do for health, thus disrupting the normal endocrine activity. As you can imagine, these can have a serious effect on hormone balance, causing health problems including increased cancer rates and infertility

So where do these xenoestrogens come from? Most xenoestrogens are derived from petrochemicals and include pesticides, industrial chemicals, cleaners, plastics including all the water bottles wed rink from and the food containers we eat from. They are also in nail polish, and car exhaust.

Many of these hormone imposters accumulate over time because they are fat soluble; they are easily absorbed through the skin and can be stored in body fat, where they can continue to interfere with the body’s natural hormone balance. These man-made estrogens are everywhere !

So now what? Are we just doomed? No way!! We can make choices in our daily lives that reduce the xenoestrogens in our life.

Here is how. Start with the following and in my next blog I will share with you some fabulous food ideas that can also help to lower the risk of ‘bad estrogens” in your body….

  • Avoid plastics for water and food storage. Use glass or ceramics whenever possible, especially to heat food. When plastic is heated, it rapidly diffuses into food. Use wax paper or a glass plate instead of plastic wrap to cover bowls in the microwave.
  • Use detergents with fewer chemicals. Chemical residue can be absorbed through your skin.
  • Choose shampoos, body soaps, makeup, and lotions that are paraben free.
  • Use natural pest control, not pesticides or herbicides.
  • Buy hormone-free meats; look for organics whenever possible.
  • Buy organic produce to reduce your exposure to herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals.

To your health!

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Did you know that many common foods cross-react with gluten? Check out this list….

I just saw a client that has migrated by necessity to a gluten free diet and has removed all gluten from her diet for over 3 months. We also did a cleansing of her entire GI tract and healed the damage done by years of exposure to this toxin.

Initially she felt dramatically better but now she says that some of symptoms have come back. Hence this blog. I wanted to share with you that some foods, even though they do not contain gluten, can look like gluten to your immune system and then cause a similar response. I thought that if she needed this info, maybe you do too.

Here is the list:

Coffee, corn, dairy ; including Alpha-Casein, Beta-Casein, Casomorphin, Butyrophilin and Whey Protein. Also; buckwheat, amaranth, chocolate (I know, this is painful one), corn, hemp, millet, eggs, oats, potatoes, rice, sesame, soy, tapioca , yeast and eggs.

Obviously this a long and daunting list and you may not be sensitive to all of these. Yet if you are gluten-intolerant and you are still having issues despite removing gluten from your diet, try eliminating the above foods for at least three weeks to one months and see if your symptoms improve. Then you may reintroduce the above foods one at a time to determine which ones you are having challenges with, if any.

Let me know how it goes.
To your heath!
Dr in The Kitchen

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Choosing Healthy with Every BIte

There are few things that we truly have control with when it comes to our health. We breathe the air in the city that we live in, we are exposed to radiation and toxins in our environment and of course our genetics, albeit modifyable to a certain degree, can predispose us ot certain ailments regardless. There is however one thing that we have total control of and we do it many times a day, every day for our entire lives. We in fact have total control over what we choose to put in our bodies. So as I have always said, please choose your foods very wisely, your health and that of your family very much depend on it!

Food nourishes us, gives us energy. It is meant to be eaten not only for enjoyment but for nutrition, to feed our cells with all of the nutrients required to live a healthy vitalized balanced life.

If we chose our foods correctly it can become a form of medicine, giving our bodies the nutrients that it needs to stay healthy, enabling every cell to optimize its function, regenerate and rejuvinate. Every time we eat we have this opportunity. Every time we eat we actually have the opportunity to either enhance our health or sabotage it. We can either chose foods that are nourishing healthy and vitalizing or we can choose foods that we know are energy zappers, foods that promote illness, weight gain, fatigue and general malaise. This may in fact be a new way for you to look at eating but I can guarantee that if you do this, if you look at food as your source of healing, a source of healing that you actually fully have control over then it will not only improve the choices in foods that you make but every time you eat you will actively be sending positive healing messages to every cell of your body, consciously and subconsciously.

For example, if you are eating fried foods, processed foods laden in sugar and drinking sodas or to many sugary beverages the message you are sending clearly says, I do not care about my health and what will follow is possible malaise, fatigue, bloating, weight gain or depression.

On the other hand, if we feed ourselves with healing food every bite can be a reminder that we are actively choosing health. When we select foods that are not healthy we sabotage this healing potential. We send the message to all of our cells that we do not care and that we are not wanting health. Every bite should be filled with the intention that ‘this bite is healing, helping my body stay balanced, helping my cells function optimally, making me feel amazing’. The body and mind receive this information, registering it and processing it along with the food to enhance your health. You will then feel good mentally and physically.

This week make the decision to choose healthy with every bite. If you feel that an entire week is too much, then start with Monday, just Monday and let me know how it goes!

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Yummy Creamy DIY Moisturizer and Edible Scrub

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Are you tired of reading labels with ingredient names that you cannot pronounce, need a dictionary to understand or the internet to decipher the level of toxicity? If so and if you are concerned about applying non-toxic ingredients to your skin, the largest organ of your body then worry no more and instead have fun and make your own body lotion and scrub with ingredients found in your kitchen. It is fun and easy and then you will know exactly what the ingredients are- simple back to the basics. And they make great gifts too!

DIY Cream

1/2 cup of shea butter

2 tbsp. avocado oil

and/or

2 tsp of jajoba oil

5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil, I like to use rose or lavender

preparation; mix the shea butter and avocado oil/jajoba oil in sauce pan over very low heat.Stir until melted. Pour into glass container and add essential oils. You can refrigerate until creamy and use liberally..enjoy! Works best after a warm bath or shower.

DIY Scrub

1/2 cup of sugar or xylitol

1/2 cup sea salt

1/4 cup coconut oil

5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil, I like to use rose or lavender

Preparation: combine all ingredients in a glass jar and store in a cool dry place. Rub onto skin while in the shower then rinse.

Have fun with these and play by adding your own scents and different ingredients to see what you like the best. then send me your favorite recipes so I can enjoy too!

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Cooling Delicious Lycopene and Vitamin rich Rich Watermelon Lime Sorbet

ImageFive reasons to enjoy watermelon today

1. It soothes sore muscles.

According to a small study, drinking watermelon juice before a hard workout helped reduce athletes’ heart rate and next-day muscle soreness. That’s because watermelon is rich in an amino acid called L-citrulline, which the body converts to L-arginine, an essential amino acid that helps relax blood vessels and improve circulation. The researchers also determined that intestinal cells can absorb more citrulline from watermelon juice than from citrulline supplements, especially when the juice is unpasteurized.

2. It helps heart health.

Postmenopausal women experienced improved cardiovascular health after six weeks of taking commercially available watermelon extract supplements containing citrulline and arginine, according to a study published by Florida State University. It may also help to lower blood pressure as it acts as a natural diuretic.

3.  It’s rich in vitamins and minerals, but low in calories.

Given its name, you might assume the fruit has little nutritional value—and it is more than 90% water. But a 10-ounce (300-mL) wedge of watermelon packs in about one-third of the recommended daily value of  vitamins A and C, as well as a modest amount of potassium (9 percent of the daily value).

4. It may be protective against certain cancers.

Watermelon is rich in lycopene, an antioxidant linked to both the prevention and possibly treatment certain cancers, specifically of prostate cancer, although scientists are still investigating the details of that connection.

The trick to making this recipe at a moment’s notice is to have your freezer already stocked with chopped watermelon. Then all you need to do is toss everything into the food processor and you can have a healthy, refreshing dessert in minutes!

5. It is seriously juicy, refreshing, delicious summer treat.

Try this fabulously easy yummy recipe;

4 to 5 cups frozen watermelon chunks-I like to include the seeds but not necessary
the juice of one organic lime with a splash of zest
sweetener of choice: 1/3 cup local organic honey or organic agave nectar or you can use liquid stevia or you can use coconut sugar
1/8 teaspoon guar gum

Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until all of the chunks have become a smooth sorbet. The pulsing is really the trick here, so if the watermelon chunks just are not breaking down, turn off your machine, then pulse. Taste and add more sweetener if necessary. Pulse again and enjoy! You can serve it right away or scoop it out and freeze for a few hours in a container.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Cocoa Chia Goji Green Energy MIx

This is my new go to energy booster blend that I am addicted to these days. It is totally yummy, powered by incredible ingredients that will give you energy, help eliminate toxins and add to your overall health and vitality. A little of this mix goes a long way because the nutrients are incredibly dense. So I recommend a handful a day but remember to chew chew chew. You want to chew these ingredients very well so that you can maximize the digestion that takes place in your mouth while you enjoy the blend of different tectures and flavors. You can also throw a handful of these into your smoothie or to top of your salads. You will love this blend!

 

Energy and Power Mix

  • 2 tsp of Organic Goji berries
  • 2 tsp of Organic Cocoa nibs
  • 2 tsp of chlorella mini tablets
  • 2 tsp Organic Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup organic pepitas
  • 1/4 cup organic sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup organic almonds, can be sprouted
  • 1/4 cup organic Brazil nuts
  • ENJOY!
 
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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Spring cleanse the Ayurvedic way

Lately I have been longing for my time spent on the ashram I used to live at in India. When life gets hectic and busy I do try and pause and remind myself to practice; all those years of glorious meditations and daily satsungs sometimes get lost in the daily grind until I sit down and close my eyes and breathe. And then, like a flash flood the memory of my teacher and his words and the silence and the meaning of the silence comes through and I am transported back to myself and find that space of pure love, of pure bliss and peace that I crave. Today in one of those pauses I was reminded that with Spring in the air it is the perfect time to focus our attention on rebalancing our bodies and energies from that thick winter sluggishness into lightness and freshness.

According to Ayurvedic ways Kapha, the dosha or natural force that governs strength, immunity and the lubrication of our bodies dominates in late winter and early spring. This is the result of heavier winter eating and poor digestion and elimination and can cause congestive disturbances like sneezing, coughs and colds. But as the season changes and the earth thaws and warms this is a good signal to us to shift our food intake to lighter dryer fare in order to open the bodies’ channels to easily clear that congestion and clear toxins that have accumulated.

In order to do this and bring our bodies back into balance we can add more warmth, dryness and lightness to our bodies through our diets. Foods that will take us out of the sluggish winter mode include; spinach, dandelion greens, endives, lettuces, and lightly cooked leafy greens like kale and collards. Emphasize lighter dryer grains like millet, amarynth or quinoa; meat products should be limited to fresh wild caught fish. Enjoy roasted vegetables and  a lot of fresh fruits like cherries, berries and pomegranates. Add lemons and limes to salads and dressings enjoy apples and pears which are also good astringents.

A lovely herbal tea blend to help reduce Kapha would be to boil 1 tsp of fennel, 1/2 tsp coriander and 1/2 tsp of cumin, let it steep in these herbs for a few hours, strain then enjoy.

Ginger tea is also excellent cut up some ginger slices or grate into already boiling water, then let steep, add local organic honey, lemon or lime fresh and enjoy cool or hot.

Keep your metabolism lively with at east 30 minutes of movement daily. Try and use your whole body including your arms and legs , make sure to incorporate some twisting movements and lengthening stretches as well so that you can squeeze out all of that excess winter sluggishness.

And finally try daily to sit down in a quiet place and even for just a few minutes give yourself permission to relax…. do some deep cleansing breathing into your abdomen and put your attention on connecting with yourself. In this way you will find deep inner harmony and joy within yourself.

Enjoy your blissful spring!

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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