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Top Ten Foods to Detox Estrogen

How to manage your hormones naturally!


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October 7, 2016 0 comments

One of the most common hormone profiles we see in our female (and male!) clients is estrogen dominance.  In women, estrogen dominance can be caused by a number of different scenarios (that’s a whole other blog post!), but in the majority of cases we ALWAYS will support the clearance of estrogens via the liver, gut and kidneys.

A well functioning phase 2 detoxification pathway in the liver is crucial for good estrogen and xenobiotic clearance from the body.  Hey, we live in a toxic world!  There are synthetic estrogens, or xenoestrogens, in our environment.  We are all exposed in some way, shape or form to these toxic burdens.  Not to mention our own innate metabolism and genetics also playing a role.

Regardless the cause, an estrogen dominant profile can inhibit fat loss and encourage the storage of fat.  Unfortunately the more body fat you store, the more endogenous estrogens you will produce.  It’s a viscous cycle!

So without getting too complicated here are our top ten (scientifically proven) foods to help detox estrogens and improve your body composition:

#1 High Fiber Vegetables and Fruits

The addition of good quality fiber to the diet via vegetables and fruits encourages clearance and reduces re-absorption of estrogen in the gut.  If they are organic, even better!  Exposure to pesticides can increase toxic burden on the liver.

#2 Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables

These contain specific compounds that reduce estrogen load.  They also happen to be chock a block full of antioxidants.  Consume as much as you like, lightly cooked.

#3 Seeds like sesame, fenugreek and flax

These contain estrogen binding lignans, fatty acids and other compounds that assist detoxification of estrogen and xenobiotics.  The fiber content also helps them clear via the gut.

#4 Lemon and citrus fruits

Especially if you leave the pith part on them, these fruits contain d-limonene, a powerful compound to reduce estrogens and also a powerful antioxidant.  Flavonoids in citrus interact with estrogen receptor sites, reducing the proliferative effects of estrogen, and inhibit estrogen production due to the inhibition of aromatase responsible for their synthesis.

#5 Yoghurt (and fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi)

These contain essential probiotics to help colonize the gut with healthy bacteria.  These good bugs assist the immune system and help the clearance of estrogens.  If you can’t tolerate or want to avoid dairy try coconut yoghurt or take a good quality probiotic supplement.

#6 Green Tea

Replace your coffee with green tea and you may reap the benefits.  Green tea contains a rich source of antioxidant polyphenols called catechins.  A powerful inhibitor of certain estrogens and a general all round super food compound.  It also contains less caffeine than coffee, excess amounts of caffeine can increase estradiol in some people.

#7 A High Protein, lower carbohydrate diet

Incorporated proteins into your diet is crucial.  Liver detox requires essential amino acids that you get from protein foods in your diet like, meats, fish, eggs, seafood and nuts and seeds.  Eating more protein also assists you in feeling full, reducing the need for excess carbohydrates.  It stabilizes your blood glucose helping you with burning body fat, resulting in less estrogen production endogenously.  Just make sure you don’t go crazy and forget the veges too.  A diet high in protein with little or no vegetables can inhibit estrogen clearance due to the lack of fiber.

#8 Salmon and other fatty fish

A diet high in omega 3 fatty acids has been shown to protect against insulin resistance.  Insulin resistance is one of the main drivers of estrogen dominance, especially in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).   Fish oils increase insulin secretion from the beta cells of the pancreas and assist in regulation of blood sugar.  Other benefits include their anti-iflammatory activity, stabilizing mood and improving skin health among many.

#9 Filtered water

PLEEEEEEASE, filter your water with a good quality filter!  Our water supply contains trace amounts of pharmaceuticals (yes, the most common being “the pill”), pesticides and other heavy metals.  Contamination with metals from old pipelines is also an issue, because the water may be clean when it leaves the treatment plant, but after traveling to your house may be contaminated with copper or even lead.  It’s best just to filter it out.  Head Coach, Tony has noticed significant drops in hamstring and quad measurements just by applying this one lifestyle change.

#10  Berries

Last, but not least, let’s consider dessert!  There is one, yummy sweet treat you can indulge in and still reap the health benefits.  Berries are rich in antioxidants that support phase 2 detoxification and reduce inflammation.  Best of all they are rich in fiber and have a very low GI, which will support your body composition goals.  Our favorite dessert is a bowl of frozen blueberries with a dollop of good quality (full fat) organic yoghurt on top.

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