I often get women asking me why I suggest cutting out soy milk and any soy products from their diet. The main reason I recommeded this initially was because they contain isoflavones or phytoestrogens which essentially mimic our estrogen levels. Over time, this causes an excess of estrogen in the body and our symptoms with endometriosis become much worse, rather than better.
That was my basic understanding of soy and I have been avoiding it ever since. Today however, I received an article from a website I subscribe to from Dr.Mercola. You should seriously subscribe because it has some awesome information about our health!
What I read in there about soy totally scared me!
It basically states that we have endometriosis because of soy products and that soy products are not just in milk but in many foods that we currently might be consuming, especially if we are replacing our diet with vegetarian options!
The problem starts with how the soy is produced. Most of the soy beans are farmed in the USA and are genetically modified. There are now over 72 million acres of soy farmland in the States! What they have done is created a bean that is designed to withstand heaps of herbicides without dying! The main ingredient in these herbicides is an ingredient called glyphosate which is responsible for MASSIVE problems! It disrupts our natural hormonal balance by producing even more estrogen! It is a toxin and disrupts the placenta within women who are carrying a child. This damage causes miscarriages! The growth of the unborn child are also affected.
The sad thing is we are told that soy is a great natural alternative, especially if you have decided to become vegetarian. Unfortunately, the amount of foods that now contain this ingredient is frightening! Everything from tofu, soy milk, soy yoghurt, soy cheese, protein bars, protein shakes and even breakfast cereals contain it. Recognise MSG? TSF(textured soy flour) and Licithin? All the same stuff!
What is also scary is that they tested all this on rats, just to make sure, and guess what? It was directly linked to endometriosis.
Read this article:
Direct links to endometriosis!
- Retrograde menstruation
- Abnormal or heavy menstrual periods
- Hormone imbalance
- Damage to the pituitary gland
- Digestive problems
- Anxiety and mood swings
- Food allergies
Wow! How scary is that?
Now, what do we do?
Here is my solution:
Make it or grow things yourself!
That is really the only way you know where things have come from and what is in them! How can we trust anything anymore?
Here are other great sources of protein that don’t need to be soy or meat:
- Maca Root
We have got the means to decide what we buy. Be informed. Read the label and if it’s packaged with clever marketing, be even more weary!
Would love to hear your experiences with soy. Have you been eating it? Drinking it? What about protein shakes?