Updated: Sep 12, 2021
In my last post I talked about hormone imbalance, specifically estrogen dominance. There are effective ways to assist your body through nutrition, detoxification and avoiding toxins to naturally balance your hormones. Making this changes will have a positive impact on your overall health. If your body isn't detoxing properly, this can lead to reabsorption of hormones and toxins. You want to ensure your detox pathways are protective against cellular damage that can lead to cancer. To support this process, here are a few changes you can make immediately:
1. Make changes to your diet- Cut out processed meats and pre-packaged foods. Avoid Polyunsaturated oils like safflower, sunflower, corn, soy, grapeseed, cottonseed. These are prevalent in packaged foods. Eat grass-fed, free-range and organic. Try to cook at home for most of your meals. EWG has a great list called the clean 15 that gives a list of fruits/vegetables that are safer to eat if you have to buy non-organic. Buy frozen, organic produce, this is a great way to be sure you don't waste your produce since organic goes bad much faster. I also shop more often to avoid wasting food. If I have food that doesn't go bad within a week you know it had preservatives or was genetically modified. You don't want that!
2. Remove toxins from your home and skin/hair care products- Your skin is like a mouth. If you wouldn't eat it, don't slather it on your skin. See my blog post "Skin care ingredients to avoid", about the toxic ingredients to avoid. Be sure to read all labels of everything you buy.
Use glass bottles to drink from and store your food in. Drink filtered water. We use a reverse osmosis machine from Aqua Tru. (Be sure to add trace minerals back in)
Do not microwave in plastic or styrofoam. Start replacing all plastic in your home for cooking and storing.
3. Prioritize detoxification daily- A healthy liver is the first place to start to remove excess and rebalance estrogen. Adding cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower) in your daily meals will help the phase 2 liver detox process (glucuronidation).
Supplements to help in detoxification:
•DIM- this supplement helps to metabolize (change into something the body can use) estrogen into more good metabolites than the potentially harmful metabolites. It also appears to help destroy cancer cells and reduce inflammation! It's like eating your daily requirement of cruciferous veggies. Do not use this if your estrogen levels are already low. Ask me how to check that.
•Calcium-D Glucarate- This form of calcium promotes phase 2 detox (glucuronidation); a reaction that helps to make molecules more water-soluble. It’s also believed to be a beta-glucuronidase inhibitor, which helps prevent the reabsorption of detoxified estrogens. Simply put, calcium-d-glucarate binds to circulating estrogen so they aren't reabsorbed by your body, then allows it to be flushed out.
•B Vitamins- Are needed for Phase 1 and 2 liver detox. I like Thorne's brand of B vitamins.
•NAC-(N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine)- and Resveratrol are anti-oxidants that help our body produce glutathione which the master anti-oxidant needed for detox and so many things. Glutathione deficiency is linked to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, liver disease, heart attack and diabetes. Here is the glutathione supplement I like. Not all are Glutathione supplements are equal so please don't just take one from anywhere. Helping the body to produce it naturally is definitely best.
•Vitamin D- is also effective in inhibiting breast cancer cell growth. Always supplement with magnesium before starting vitamin D and continue to take them together. Vitamin D can't get into our cells without magnesium. Also, Vitamin D gets into the cells better with K2, so getting Vitamin D with K2 is best. I like this one.
•Milk thistle, dandelion, Alpha-Lipoic acid all support healthy liver function. I use a dropperful of this twice a day.
If you are interested in testing your hormone levels, I can help with that. It is important to know if you have dysfunctional detox pathways. This is the best test to give you the information you need. The test is easy to do at home, send in and you get the results emailed to you. I can help you understand the results and get you on a path to wellness!