Maintaining Order and Balance
Our hormonal system is a finely tuned complex integrated system.
This amazing system comprises of specialized glands and their powerful bio chemicals.
These specialized bio chemicals are called hormones. A well-balanced diet provides the essential building blocks of these powerful bio chemicals.
A Sex Hormone Balancing Act
The balance between progesterone and oestrogen is critical; for example oestrogen dominance can overstimulate growth of tissues in the reproductive system. Proliferative oestrogen is associated with various inflammatory disorders: fibroids, breast cancer, ovarian cysts, and PMS symptoms.
Solution: Nourish your body with specific foods that will regulate oestrogen dominance.
- Soluble fibre forms a bond with metabolic wastes promoting elimination of harmful oestrogen metabolites. Soluble fibre has wide ranging beneficial effects, regulating blood sugar, lowering “bad “cholesterol and promoting gut health. Soluble fibre is found in the following foods: soaked cereals and nuts, cooked apple and tropical fruits – another concentrated source is psyllium hulls.
- Indole 3-carbinol is a constituent found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. This helps the liver to efficiently convert oestrogen into a water soluble excretory form.
- Phytoestrogens are plant based oestrogen-like chemicals, that mitigate the effect of excess circulating oestrogens. Phytoestrogens are found in most plants, for example whole bean soy products, legumes, whole linseed, alfalfa sprouts and red clover tea.
- The effect of alcohol and caffeine on oestrogen metabolism is well documented: both moderate alcohol and coffee consumption is associated with a rise in natural or synthetic oestrogen levels.
- Exercise has also been associated with lowering oestrogen levels.