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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.

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