OESTROGEN AND THE CITY
While I eat a very healthy diet and lifestyle there are certain issues that I come across living in a busy city like Sydney and that is toxins and chemicals that surround our beautiful city.
If you are not aware, certain foods, toxins and chemicals that surround our cities carry have an effect on our hormones which causes imbalances and disorders. These chemicals act in your body like the female hormone oestrogen, causing oestrogen disorders in women and sterilisation of men. To make matters worse, oestrogen exists in both synthetic and natural forms.
The synthetic forms, called xenoestrogens, are industrial derivatives, whereas the natural forms, called phytoestrogens, naturally occur in certain foods, herbs, and extracts. The double whammy of being exposed to both synthetic and natural oestrogens has an overwhelming effect on the body.
What can you do to defend yourself when it’s almost impossible to avoid these oestrogen containing substances?
There are things that you can start introducing to your diet and general practice and home or workplace.
XENOESTROGENS – SYNTHETIC
Avoid using plastic containers / plastic food containers unless stated BPA FREE, commercial protein powders in tubs, drinking from plastic bottles that have been left in cars or reused, certain food preservatives, sunscreen, lotions.
PHYTOESTROGENS – NATURAL FORMS
Natural forms of that have an effect on oestrogen are soy isoflavones found in a lot of our foods. Carefully read labels. Avoid food preservatives in meats, dairy, fruit and vegetables especially ones treated with pesticides, and colourings that can activate oestrogen in the body.
APPROACHING A DIET FOR AN ANTI-OESTROGEN EFFECTS
These are just a few foods that can help. Make sure you also get away from the city and get some fresh clean air:
Eat foods that are organic:
GREEN LEAVED VEGETABLES (broccoli, cauliflower,brussels sprouts, and cabbage),
CITRUS FRUITS (oranges, grapefruit, berries, papaya,pineapple, kiwis, and apples),
OMEGA-3,6 & 9 OILS (flaxseeds, avocado, hemp seeds,fish oil, almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios),wild-catch fatty fish.
ORGANIC DAIRY (moderate servings), Spices (turmeric, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage)