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Anti-Estrogenic Diet

What Causes Excess Estrogen?

hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of Estrogen

Facts:

Estrogenic Foods and Chemicals Make You Fat and Sick.

Certain Compounds in Plants Can Help You Stay Lean and Healthy.

Certain plant compounds with estrogen inhibiting properties can
help counteract excess estrogen and prevent its adverse effects
on your body. But you need to know what to do or you’ll still end up bloating and suffering.

Xenoestrogens

All people are exposed to estrogen-mimicking chemicals called xenoestrogens.  Known for their fattening and sickening effects, these chemicals are found in the air, car emissions, household products, paints, nail polishes, lotions, soaps, plastics, food and water; it’s almost impossible to avoid them.

 

Obesity and Bad Diet

Obesity and bad diets are major contributors to excess estrogen.  Obesity is associated with increased estrogen production in fat cells, and bad diets are associated increased intake of estrogenic foods and chemicals.

 

Aging

As years go by, there is a gradual loss of hormones that balance estrogen –progesterone in women and testosterone in men – which results in excess of unbalanced estrogen.  Aging is also associated with increased aromatase enzyme activity which further increase the levels of accumulated estrogen.

 

Increased Aromatase Activity

With age, there is increased expression of the aromatase enzyme, which converts androgens to estrogen in both sexes; leaving the body with an excess of renegade estrogen.  And as the estrogen cup is already full, the insult of estrogenic chemicals leads to an inevitable “spill over” effect.

 

The Spill Over Effect

The spill over of estrogenic substances into the circulation overwhelms the body and diminishes its capacity to regulate weight and sustain health.  The “thickening” of the female body and the “softening” of the male body are symptoms of that effect.  Women gain fat in the waist, lower butt, upper thighs and back of the arms, whereas men tend to gain it in the belly and chest.

 

A Vicious Cycle of Stubborn Fat Gain

Estrogen is a fat-storing hormone that turns adipose tissues stubbornly resistant to fat burning.  These tissues are formed in a vicious cycle manner where estrogen promotes enlargement of fat tissues which produce more estrogen in their fat cells to promote even more fat gain, and so on… even diet and exercise fail to remove that fat.

 

The Consequences of Excess Estrogen

Excess estrogen causes growth of estrogen sensitive tissues such as fat tissues, mammary glands, endometrium, ovaries and the prostate gland.  The consequences include fat gain (in both genders), formation of cysts in the breast, endometriosis and ovarian fibroids in women, and prostate enlargement in men.  If untreated, such conditions can lead to malignancy.

 

Estrogenic Substances

  • plastic derivatives in packed food
  • pesticides
  • chemical detergents in household products
  • hormones in livestock and dairy
  • soy isoflavones and equivalents (juniper berries, black cohosh)
  • hops (beer)
  • lard (bacon)
  • animal fat (conventional beef)

 

Notes:

  • Processing increases the concentration of estrogenic compounds in food. For instance, processed soy products are more estrogenic than soy beans (edamame) and processed phytoestrogens from herbal extract are more estrogenic than equivalent whole herbs.
  • Excessive consumption of omega 6 oils (canola, corn and soy) over omega 3 oils (hemp, chia and flax) has been associated with increases risk for excess estrogen.
  • Omega 9 fatty acids such as in olive oil and nuts are neutral and safe to use.

 

THE ANTI-ESTROGENIC DIET

The Anti-Estrogenic Diet was created with the mission to protect against the adverse effects of estrogen.  Based on a special nutritional plan, it provides guidelines of how to attack the core of the problem and block the process that causes excess estrogen in the body.

 

Inhibiting Estrogen while Shifting its Metabolism

It is now known that certain dietary compounds, namely plant estrogen inhibitors, can help counteract estrogen by inhibiting its receptors and shifting its metabolism in favor of beneficial metabolites rather than toxic metabolites.

 

Plant Estrogen Inhibitors

  • Chrysin (passiflora)
  • 5,7 dehydroxy flavon (chamomile)
  • Citrus bioflavonoids (citrus fruits)
  • Quercitin, allycin (onion, garlic)
  • Indoles (cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and cabbage)
  • Galangin (bee products)
  • Omega 3 oil (hemp, flax and chia)
  • Resveratrol (Stress Activated Food nutrients)
Pile of medicinal yellow chamomile herb buds on white background Sicilian Oranges and Lemons on white background superfood grain, seed, berry, nuts and garlic abstract - top view of isolated on white wooden spoons (two rows)

 

 

Plant estrogen inhibitors work in three ways:

  • Inhibiting the aromatase enzyme
  • Lowering estrogen receptors activity
  • Shifting estrogen metabolism in favor of beneficial metabolites

 

New Nutritional Guidelines

The concept of human nutrition must be re-defined to accommodate the estrogen issue.  New guidelines should direct people how to balance their diet with estrogen inhibiting foods and supplements.

 

Dietary Recommendations:

  • Avoid estrogen promoting substances.
  • Increase intake of estrogen inhibiting foods
  • Supplement with plant estrogen inhibitors
  • Avoid foods with pesticides or chemical additives; minimize consumption of sugar, refined starch and conventional meat.
  • Avoid synthetic vitamins and antioxidants. All your essential nutrients should come from food sources (Multi-vitamins).
  • Incorporate cleansing herbs and estrogen inhibiting plants in your diet (DigestX and Estrox), to help your body detoxify excess estrogen and establish the right metabolic environment for keeping you lean and healthy.

 

 

For more information on Estrogen Inhibitors log onto http://www.defensenutrition.com/estrox-estrogen-inhibitors.   To learn more about the Anti-Estrogenic Diet (Anti-Estrogenic Diet book), contact Ori Hofmekler (Facebook), to learn about the Warrior Diet log onto www.warriordiet.com or call 818-342-5800/(866) WAR-DIET