It has been months since I experienced my last miscarriage and somehow these darn hormones are just not leaving my body! How about you? Do you feel like you are still dealing with a constant bombardment of hormone irregularities? That joyous PMS, the bad skin and of course feeling teary-eyed at the silliest things—not that I mind that one too much over the Christmas season! Want to understand estrogen overload a little more? Read this article: Oestrogen Dominance and Endometriosis.
See, there are in fact hormone-mimicking agents which don’t actually belong in our bodies. They come in the shape of estrogen, plonk themselves in our receptor sites and act like estrogens, except they are far stronger and hence why we feel so off-kilter. It’s actually pretty serious stuff because living with excess estrogens in the body means… growth. Estrogen typically causes things to grow. That includes endometriosis cysts but also includes things like cancers. Not good! We call these “baddie” estrogens, xenoestrogens.
Let’s run through the things we might be adding in, which are adding to a load of xenoestrogens:
- Pesticides. This is what you find on common fruits and vegetables found at your supermarket. Every single fruit and vegetable is sprayed with these pesticides. Solution: buy organic!
- Soy. Far too many phytoestrogens in soy!
- Food additives and preservatives. Avoid “the box” and you will be fine! (that means, anything in a box)
- Plastics and foods stored or cooked in plastics. Don’t you just hate this new invention of cooking chicken in plastic bags? Who comes up with these ideas?
Unfortunately, there is a ton of stuff we just can’t avoid… dish soap, latex, fuel oils, carpeting, clothing, exhaust fumes… you get the picture.
But, this is a website to empower you about what you CAN DO. So, let’s get into it…
Supplements which will help flush out xenoestrogens:
- Magnesium (get the spray)
Herbs that will help flush out xenoestrogens:
- Siberian ginseng
- Milk thistle
- Lady’s thistle
- Olive leaf extract
- Gota Kola
- Balm of Gilead (balsam poplar)
Foods that typically help the body flush out xenoestrogens:
- Shallots/spring onion
- Nuts & seeds
- Omega 9 oils
- Citrus fruits
- Celery root
My personal favourite teas that help flush out xenoestrogens:
- Schizandra berry
- Rehmannia root
- White pine
Ones I haven’t tried yet but want to:
- Fo-Ti Eng
So, there you have it. A comprehensive list of all things we can now add to our diets to support our liver and the detoxification pathways to reduce the effects of too many xenoestrogens coming into our bodies.
I am sipping on my nettle, dandelion and hibiscus tea as I write this.
Got questions? Want to share something I haven’t mentioned?