It’s vital to avoid oestrogen-like chemical compounds, known as xenoestrogens, which are found in the environment. So try to do the following:
• BUY ORGANIC fruit and veggies, and grass-fed dairy and meat products. • FILTER YOUR WATER. • AVOID COSMETICS that contain
parabens and phthalates. • CHOOSE GLASS OR CERAMIC FOOD AND DRINK CONTAINERS OVER PLASTIC. If you use a microwave, always heat the food in glass or ceramic. Store leftovers in glass containers and avoid direct contact between food and plastic wrap. • CLEAN YOUR HOME WITH NATURAL PRODUCTS like spirit vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, rather than using manufactured chemicals.
It’s also advisable to AVOID ALCOHOL, GIVE UP SOY PRODUCTS and QUIT SMOKING.
EXERCISE REGULARLY, as this will help to reduce your stress and oestrogen levels, and try to go to SLEEP BY 10PM since this will provide you with an optimal level of melatonin, which also helps to lower oestrogen.
and cruciferous veggies can provide what we need if we eat enough of them. Broccoli, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts and cauliflower are especially good choices, as they also contain sulphur compounds that bind to oestrogen and escort it out of the body, reducing oestrogen dominance. Berries and chia seeds can also be used to increase your fibre intake.
How much fibre do I need?
Hormone expert and author Dr Sara Gottfried recommends that women should consume 35–45g of fibre per day, and men should consume slightly more than this. Most women consume only about 13g of fibre per day, which is far too low. You need to eat four to five cups of cooked veggies and salads, half a cup of raspberries, half an avocado, two tablespoons of chia seeds and a few seed crackers per day to hit the target. Dr Gottfried cautions that fibre should be increased gradually to prevent gas, bloating and even constipation. Also drink plenty of water, as water and fibre work together to improve bowel function and balance hormones.
Hormone imbalance is rife these days. Patients complain about weight gain, loss of libido, depression and constant fatigue, and while doctors may advise us to eat less and exercise more, they also often give out a prescription for an antidepressant or Viagra. But the body is amazingly complex and needs to be treated holistically. If you really want to get to the bottom of why you are not feeling healthy, or why losing weight is so difficult for you, take action. Following an anti-inflammatory LCHF diet and increasing your fibre consumption is an excellent start! Don’t keep sticking BandAids over your health issues. Get to the root of the problem and you’ll see just how beautifully your hormonal orchestra will play for you.