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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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OMG GMOs

Happy non-gmo month! This month gives us the opportunity to coordinate and voice our opinions because we do have a right to know what is in our food.

Genetically modified organisms are everywhere; meaning most of the corn, cotton, canola, alfalfa, soy and beets, the major crops of this country are grown from genetically engineered seeds. GMO seeds are modified, forcing DNA from one species into another species. Sadly, unlike many other countries, the US does not mandate labeling GMO foods, and yet possibly up to 80% of the packaged foods that we purchase contain genetically modified ingredients despite the fact that most consumers want to know and I believe have a right to know.

What are the risks of GMO’s? The jury is still out. Some say that it affects our overall health, decreasing our immune systems, affecting bacterial growth in our GI systems, affecting hormones and fertility. Environmentalists are concerned that they will breed plants that require more and more pesticides for their control thus greatly affecting our whole ecosystem and living environment, But studies are not conclusive and so careful analysis of the risks and benefits argues for expanded deployment and safety testing of GM crops. Certainly there may be little risk in eating GMO foods but on the flip side what if they are truly that bad? I personally do not want to be the human experiment!

Out of this came the Non-GMO Project whose seal of approval verifies that a product is in fact made from Non-GMO ingredients. Because we care about your health and that of the planet, we are proud to announce that flackers now bear that seal. So until we know more, I am choosing non gmo! This month as you enjoy all the healthy goodness of flackers you can also feel good that with every bite you are also standing up for your right to know!

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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