Benefits of Essential Oils

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Lavender

The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its particularly pleasant aroma.

Uses

  • Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
  • Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
  • Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
  • Take internally to reduce anxious feelings.*
  • Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.

 

Lemon

Lemon oil is a good remedy for restoring the luster of dull skin. It is an astringent and detoxifying in nature, and rejuvenates sagging or tired-looking skin. Its antiseptic properties help in treating pimples and various skin disorders. Lemon is also recommended for reducing excessive oil on the skin.

Uses

  • Take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.*
  • Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. Lemon oil also makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.
  • Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
  • Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
  • Diffuse to create an uplifting environment.

 

Frankincense

Frankincense, sometimes referred to as olibanum, is a common type of essential oil used in aromatherapy that can offer a variety of health benefits, including helping relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity and even potentially helping to fight cancer.

Uses

  • Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening for a warming and soothing effect.
  • Helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
  • Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function.*

 

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Tea tree, also known as melaleuca, is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. Tea tree oil (TTO), the volatile essential oil derived mainly from the Australian native plant Melaleuca alternifolia has been widely used throughout Australia for at least the past 100 years.

Uses

  • For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area.
  • Add 1–2 drops to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps to support healthy immune system function.*
  • Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.
  • Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keeps nails looking healthy.
  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.

Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when used topically. It also has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad breath and soothe digestive issues. Peppermint is a hybrid species of spearmint and water mint (Mentha aquatica).

Uses

  • Use a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
  • Take one to two drops in a Veggie Capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset.*
  • Add two to three drops to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.
  • Place one drop in palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up.
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spicy vegan black bean soup

Ingredients

Vegan, Gluten free

Serves 6

Produce

  • 3 15 oz. cans Black beans, organic
  • 2 Carrots, medium-sized
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/3 Jalapeno
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 1 Red onion
  • 1 15 oz. can Sweet corn, organic

Canned Goods

  • 4 cups Vegetable broth, low-sodium

Baking & Spices

  • 2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1 Sea salt & pepper

Nuts & Seeds

  • 4 tsp Cumin, ground

Liquids

  • 3/4 cup Water

Instructions

  1. Heat the water (or oil, if preferred) in a soup pot or large dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in the onions and garlic, with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent.
  2. Stir in the jalapeño, carrot, red bell pepper, cumin, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Cook until vegetable are soft, about 7-9 minutes.
  3. Pour in the beans, corn and broth. Bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat then reduce to a gentle simmer. Cook until the beans are soft and the broth has lots of flavor, about 20 minutes. Turn off heat.
  4. Using a hand immersion blender, blend about half of the soup, still leaving whole beans in tact. Blend more for a smoother texture or less for a chunkier texture, depending on preference (this step is optional; you can also blend half in a regular blender, making sure to let out the steam, to prevent a soup explosion as it gets very hot. Pour it back into the soup pot).
  5. Stir in lime juice and cilantro and taste test to see if it needs more salt or pepper. Adjust accordingly.
  6. Serve with your favorite toppings!

NOTES

  1. For an even heartier soup, add in brown rice or quinoa!
  2. Leftovers can be refrigerated up to 4 days or frozen.

How To Make The Best Detox Smoothie

Very good base recipe for any smoothie type.  I love adding a grass fed protein powder or a medical food, such as PaleoMeal from Designs for health or UltraMeal Advanced protein powder, (1/2 to 1 scoop) Ultra Clear Plus Ph from Metagenics are great ones too. Depending on your needs.
From A to Z, everything you need to know to make a great tasting detox smoothie. From The Blender Girl herself, Tess Masters!

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Photography Credit: Trent Lanz

This month we’re sharing a few recipes from our friend Tess Masters, The Blender Girl! Tess is our go-to gal for fantastic vegan and gluten-free blender recipes. Check out her newest book The Perfect Blend, available now on Amazon.

Today, I’m going to share my fool-proof system for making delicious detox smoothies.

Whether you binged over the holidays, drank too much alcohol on the weekend, want to boost your immune system or lose some weight, or just want to eat a bit healthier, smoothies are the easiest way to pack a ton of nutrition into your meal.

You can make a smoothie in less than 10 minutes. And the best part is, you don’t even need to turn on the oven!

MY CRITERIA FOR A GREAT DETOX SMOOTHIE

When I make a smoothie, it needs to satisfy three basic criteria:

1. It needs to look gorgeous: We eat first with our eyes, and nobody wants to drink anything that looks like swamp water!

2. It needs to be mind-blowingly delicious: Life is too short to eat food that isn’t scrumptious.

3. It needs to be nutrient-dense with awesome ingredients.

I start everyday with a smoothie, and I think they can be enjoyed everyday. However, I recommend rotating your ingredients to include a variety of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and greens, herbs, and spices so you don’t overdo it on any one ingredient. Mix things up!

Fruits and vegetables begin to oxidize the minute you cut them open, so it’s always best to enjoy them the minute they’re made to minimize the degradation of nutrients and to get the most bang for you buck.

Having said that, we’re all busy and it’s not always possible to drink your smoothie right away. If you’re making a smoothie in the morning to drink later in the day (or the night before to drink in the morning), you can still get a lot of goodness from your ingredients. Seal the smoothie in a jar right after making, store it in the fridge, and then shake it up again before enjoying.

Detox Smoothie

MY FAVORITE INGREDIENTS FOR DETOX SMOOTHIES (AND WHY):

Coconut Water: After plain filtered water, coconut water is my go-to liquid for smoothies. Low in calories and carbohydrates, and almost completely fat free, coconut water pairs well with most fruits and veggies. It’s also a natural energy drink that’s rich in electrolytes that keep you hydrated.

Spinach: Loaded with iron and other minerals, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, protein, antioxidants, fiber, and anti-inflammatory power, this leafy legend is an immunity boosting cleansing champion. With a mild taste that’s easily masked by fruits and vegetables, spinach is my top choice for introductory green smoothies. You can add 1 to 2 cups into any blend without really changing the flavor.

Beets: Rich in iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and dietary nitrates, beets build mineral-rich blood to dial up detox. Grate raw beets for the smoothest texture with conventional blenders, or lightly steam them to make them more palatable.

Apples: Pectin is a soluble fiber in apples that help sweep the colon for digestive health. Apple pectin lowers the body’s demand for insulin, keeping apples’ glycemic index low. Many of the nutrients and fiber in apples are concentrated in the skin, so include the peels!

Detox Smoothie

Strawberries: Strawberries are relatively low in sugar, while still providing tons of flavor. Rich in phytonutrients, vitamin C, mineral buffers, and omega-3s, these righteous red berries are bursting with antioxidants ammo to combat inflammation in the eyes, muscles, and blood. Full of fiber, strawberries are great for digestion and detox. Strawberries add sweetness to smoothies; throw them in fresh or frozen.

Pineapple: Bromelain, the protein-digesting enzyme in pineapple, bolsters the power of its vitamin C content to help clear respiratory congestion, suppress coughs, loosen mucus, flush out toxins, reduce swelling and bloating, and stimulate circulation for a deep-dive detox. Use pineapple fresh or frozen.

Lemon: Low in sugar and full of nutrients, lemons are detox divas. Lemons are amped up with antioxidant vitamin C, antibiotic phytonutrients, and B vitamins. The citric acid in lemons aids digestion while ascorbic acid fights free radicals.

Lemon peels are particularly rich in antioxidants, so throw some zest into your shakes for an additional “booster” of nutrition and flavor.

Cayenne Pepper: I seize every opportunity to add a pinch of cayenne to smoothies. It adds crazy-amazing flavor and healing potential. As one of the most powerful detox foods, cayenne heats the body to sweat out toxins. Naturally antibiotic and anti-fungal, cayenne is also a powerful immune booster.

Throw some in your weight-loss shakes, too, as it helps burn fat!

Broccoli: Broccoli is one of the richest sources of glucosinolates – some of the most powerful toxin tackling compounds found in foods. Armed with an arsenal of antioxidants, minerals, flavonoids, carotenoids, omega-3s, and fiber, these fierce florets combat inflammation, oxygenate the blood, and banish bad bacteria for better digestion.

I boost most smoothies with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of raw frozen broccoli. As our taste buds are temperature sensitive, we can’t taste the full dimension of flavors at extremely cold temps, so you can slip frozen florets into smoothies unnoticed.

Detox Smoothie

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!

Below are my basic steps for spectacular smoothies, with suggestions for including the top detox foods. Feel free to swap out, or add in, any other ingredients you like! Just pick your ingredients, blend, and enjoy!

1 Choose a base liquid: You can use 1 to 2 cups of filtered water, raw coconut water, unsweetened almond milk or hemp milk, fresh apple or orange juice, herbal tea, green tea, unsweetened kefir or kombucha.

2 Choose your base ingredients: Add 2 cups of fresh or frozen fruits or veggies, like apple, orange, kiwi, melon, berries, beets, cucumber, pineapple, mango, or peaches.

3 Add some creaminess: Banana, avocado, coconut meat, unsweetened natural yogurts, blanched almonds, or almond butter all add richness and creaminess to smoothies.

4 Add some greens: Next add 1 to 2 cups of spinach, romaine or radish greens; 1 cup kale, bok choy, chard, collards, beet greens; or 1/4 cup arugula or dandelion greens.

5 Boost the nutrients: Choose one or more of the following: 1 tablespoon of chia, hemp or flax seeds; 1 tablespoon of coconut, flax, or hemp oil; 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of superfood powders like açaí, pomegranate, camu, maqui, goji, wheatgrass, or broccoli sprouts; 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon spirulina or chlorella; or add 1/4 cup frozen raw broccoli or cauliflower.

6 Add some magic: Inspire flavor fever with spices! Add a pinch to 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne, red pepper flakes, turmeric, or curry powder, or 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or fresh ginger. Or try fresh (not dried) herbs like 1 1/2 teaspoons of rosemary, or 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup of parsley, cilantro, basil, or mint. Lift the pungency of earthy root veggies or leafy greens with 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of lemon or lime juice, and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of lemon or lime zest.

7 Blend! Throw all of the ingredients into your blender, and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy.

[Photos in this article by Trent Lanz.]

Read more: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_the_best_detox_smoothie/#ixzz4nsIFVmVD

Are you eating weed killer?

Glyphosate was Originally Patented to Clean Pipes, Like Drano – 1964

Glyphosate is the presumed active ingredient of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller and other commercial glyphosate-based herbicide formulations. However, it was first patented in 1964 by Stauffer Chemical Company in Westport, Connecticut as a chelator7, for removing unwanted mineral deposits from metal pipes like Drano.

Monsanto Discovers Weed-killing Properties – 1974

A few years later, glyphosate was also found to be an effective herbicide by Monsanto’s John E. Franz8 and brought to market by the St. Louis-based company in 1974 as a non-selective, water-soluble herbicide with a specific mechanism of action: the directed interruption of plant development through metabolic poisoning. Today, generic glyphosate formulations are produced by at least 100 manufacturers and can be found in more than 750 products worldwide, with Monsanto still dominating the market with more than $4.75 billion in sales in 2015 alone

Glyphosate, Nutrients and Disease

As with the original pipe cleaning patent, glyphosate also binds (chelates) vital nutrients such as iron, manganese, zinc, and boron in the soil, preventing plants from taking them up. This could have serious implications for humans, farm animals and pets that consume genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops, as it could negatively affect the nutritional value of food.

Glyphosate/Roundup Damage by the Numbers (ppb)

0.1 ppb: Roundup (0.05 ppb glyphosate) altered the gene function of over 4,000 genes in the livers and kidneys of rats.

0.1 ppb: Roundup (0.05 ppb glyphosate) severe organ damage in rats.

0.1 ppb: Permitted level for glyphosate and all other herbicides in EU tap water.

10 ppb: Toxic effects on the livers of fish. 700 ppb: Alterations of kidneys and livers in rats.

700 ppb: Permitted level for glyphosate in U.S. tap water.

1,125.3 ppb (1.1253 mg/kg): Level found in General Mills’ Cheerios

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Xenoestrogens

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Xenoestrogens are estrogenic chemicals produced industrially. They are substances that mimic estrogen in your body. They are everywhere and one of the main reasons why men and women are suffering today. Xenoestrogens contribute to estrogen dominance and must be avoided as much as possible to reverse your symptoms and excess estrogen-related disease. Do the best you can. This is a long list! Xenoestrogens can be found in the following products:

  • Avoid commercially raised, non-organic meats such as beef, chicken, and pork. These animals are fed estrogen-like hormones as well as growth hormone that are passed on to humans.
  • Avoid commercially, conventionally grown fruits and vegetables as all contain pesticides. You must eat organic. Pesticide residues have chemical structures that are similar to estrogen. Pesticides mimic estrogen in the body. These are the number one contributors of environmental estrogenic substances.
  • Avoid commercial dairy products including milk, butter, cheese, and ice cream. Use only organic products that do not contain recombinant bovine growth hormone
 (rBGH). Eat RAW (unpasteurized) dairy if you can find it in your area. Learn more about diary.
  • Avoid coffee. No caffeine. No tea (except green). No colas. Caffeine increases estradiol (estrogen) levels by 70%!
  • Avoid canned foods. Metal cans contain plastic linings with bisphenol-A — a xenoestrogen — to eliminate the metal taste in foods.
  • Laundry detergent. Popular commercial detergents are made from toxic petrochemicals and cannot be fully washed from the clothes and are absorbed through the skin. Use white vinegar, baking soda, or tri-sodium phosphate (TSP). Some experts even advise avoiding Seventh Generation and Eco brands
.  I like Nature Clean.
  • Avoid dryer sheets and fabric softeners. These contain hundreds of toxic chemicals, none of which have to be listed on the ingredient list. Use white vinegar as a marvelous natural fabric softener that has no smell after it dries.
  • Avoid dry-cleaning chemicals. Have your clothes cleaned at a ‘green’ dry cleaners.
  • Avoid chlorine bleach and bleached products like paper, napkins, feminine products like tampons. Buy organic, non-bleached products. Use non-chlorine, oxygen-based bleach for laundry.
  • Avoid phthalates. They are some of the most dangerous chemicals in our world today. Phthalates are found in most detergents and any ingredient termed ‘fragrance.’ Air fresheners and candles contain phthalates
 unless they are made of pure essential oils. Phthalates are also used in the manufacturing of foamed PVC, commonly used in children’s foam flooring. They are also found in all soft plastics. Get rid of any plastic in your home that is flexible or soft. Phthalates are found in solvents, perfumes, nail polish, adhesives, paint pigments, and lubricants. You absorb phthalate’s estrogenic properties in your body every time you touch them.

 

  • Avoid the preservatives parabens (methyl or propylparaben) and phenoxyethanol. These are in almost every item sold at major retailers including shampoo, soap, makeup, hand lotion, body lotion, cosmetics, and toothpaste. Buy organic. Oral substances are 90% filtered by the liver. Skin-absorbed substances are 100% absorbed by the body, thus, a skin dose is 10 times an oral dose. Be diligent, you’re getting hundreds of times more exposure through your skin than through your diet. Use organic cosmetics with minerals, vitamins E or grapefruit seed extract as a preservative.
  • Avoid these sunscreen ingredients: oxybenzone, 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC). See how your sunscreen rates by visiting Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Guide.
  • Throw away nail polish and nail polish removers. These contain phthalates to reduce chipping. Even so-called phthalate-free polishes have been shown to contain them.
  • Avoid medications such as Primpro, DES, Premarin, Cimetidine (Tagamet), and Marijuana. These increase estrogen in your body.
  • Avoid hormonal birth control methods like the IUD with hormones, the patch, the shot, birth control pills and others. These promote continuously high levels of estrogen. They also promote other health issues like gut bacteria dysbiosis and can result in chronic yeast infections. Additionally, the promote copper dysregulation in the body that causes a whole host of other health conditions. Read this article on Copper Toxicity and this podcast on Copper Dysregulation.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
 must be done correctly — it is usually done incorrectly or not monitored adequately. Even ‘natural’ hormone replacement is half synthetic hormones. The predominant reason why menopausal women develop estrogen dominance is that they are being prescribed unopposed estrogen such as Premarin as part of their hormone replacement therapy (HRT) program. Despite decades of research clearly showing that HRT significantly increases breast cancer, millions of women worldwide are on unopposed estrogen for treatment of menopausal symptoms.
  • Avoid Progesterone creams made with paraben preservatives. This is a great progesterone .  Progesterelle
  • Drink only spring water.
  • Get a water filter for your entire home to avoid bathing in and breathing in pollutants in our tap water.
  • Avoid drinking out of plastic cups and containers
. Do not heat food or water with plastic in the microwave. Do not drink hot liquids in foam styrofoam cups or receptacles.
 Plastics leach estrogens into your food and drink.
  • Avoid bisphenol A (BPA) (a hardener for plastics)
. This substance lines most food cans and baby formula cans. BPA is now replaced with BPS, a substance almost 20 times more toxic than BPA. The BPA free label is merely a false sense of security. For more info on plastics, see my article All Plastics are Bad for You.
  • Avoid pesticides: dieldrin (insecticide),
 DDT (insecticide)
, endosulfan (insecticide)
, heptachlor (insecticide), lindane / hexachlorocyclohexane (insecticide), atrazine (weedkiller), methoxychlor (insecticide). Cancel your exterminator and throw away your cancerous bug sprays. Look into natural insect repellents like boric acid and hire an organic exterminator. Pesticides are the worst offenders causing estrogen dominance.
  • Avoid artificial food coloring: erythrosine, FD&C Red No. 3
, phenosulfothiazine (a red dye). Artificial food coloring is made from estrogenic petrochemicals and usually contain heavy metals.
  • Avoid nonylphenol and derivatives: industrial surfactants, emulsifiers for emulsion polymerization, laboratory detergents, and pesticides.
  • Avoid polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in electrical oils, lubricants, adhesives, and paints. In other words, hire someone to paint your house.

Plant-based or Phytoestrogens

Plant estrogens, are rich in hormone-modulating factors called phytoestrogens, many of which can actually help reduce harmful estrogen activity in the body, particularly related to reducing the growth and spread of cancer cells. However, there is emerging evidence that some phytoestrogens may, in fact, do the opposite, and cause negative effects similar to estrogenic chemicals — causing cancer and promoting their growth.

Harmful phytoestrogens

  • Soy. Soy is the most estrogenic plant found in nature and promotes estrogenic activity that harms the body as much as synthetic xenoestrogens. The body recognizes the highly bioactive form of soy isoflavones (phytoestrogens) as harmful toxins that need to be neutralized and eliminated. Soy should be considered a drug given the way it disrupts your hormones. It actually suppresses progesterone concentrations in the body. Soy is heavily promoted to relieve menopausal symptoms (which are really estrogen dominant symptoms). It is now known that these vegetables work by competitively occupying the estrogen receptor sites on the cell membrane to prevent internal estrogen from exerting its effects on the cell. Those who have estrogen dominance may therefore experience relief of symptoms as phytoestrogens are many times weaker than the estrogen in our body. While phytoestrogens may relieve symptoms, you still do not rid your body of excess estrogen, the cause of your symptoms. It is far more beneficial to rid the estrogen from the receptor sites and replace them with progesterone. NEVER take soy isoflavones or soy as a supplement.  Fermented forms of soy like natto, soy sauce, tempeh, and miso do not have the same estrogenic properties and are ok to eat. Beware positive articles on soy. Most studies on soy are sponsored by grants from soy producers. This is why it is difficult to find negative information on soy. Soy is a cheap commodity that generates multibillion-dollar profits to soy manufacturers worldwide. Don’t fall prey to the hype.
  • The most potent estrogenic plants, besides soy, are licorice and red clover. Avoid them. They both show potent progesterone-inhibiting properties. Studies show that all kinds of licorice are estrogenic. Cows fed red clover become infertile.
  • No sunflower oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, or canola oil. These are all estrogenic. Use olive oil instead.
  • Avoid hops (beer). It is very likely that the typical beer belly may be related to excess estrogenic activity in the body due to binge drinking. Alcohol also affects the liver’s ability to metabolize excess estrogen, so it builds up in the body.
  • Similarly, avoid dong qui, damiana, verbena, and motherwort.
  • Avoid black cohosh. It is used for relief of menopausal symptoms, but there are many reports of its cancer-promoting effects and liver-damaging effects after long-term use.
  • Avoid tea tree oil. The NIH has found that tea tree products have estrogenic effects that stimulate growth of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells. Gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) in men and boys can be caused by the use of products containing tea tree oil.

Protective phytoestrogens

Helpful phytoestrogens can be beneficial in many cases where they effectively block other more harmful estrogens from binding to estrogen receptors throughout the body. So instead of always being harmful, particularly in men, plant-based phytoestrogens may serve the functional purpose of blocking harmful estrogens from feeding hormone-related cancers, as illustrated in several studies, including a 2005 study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research. Protective phytoestrogens include:

  • Flaxseed. Flaxseed help to raise estriol, which is a less biologically active estrogen and shown to be protective against breast cancer. Ground them yourself and they will keep in the fridge for two months. When you buy them ground, most of the oils have already oxidized and gone rancid. Flax oil is highly unstable and goes rancid easily. If you’re looking for Omega 3, use fish oil instead. Eighty percent of people don’t have the enzyme to convert the oils in flax to DHA (Omega 3) — the reason you’re eating it!
  • Sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and turmeric
  • Green tea shows anti-estrogenic properties in high concentrations. For more info, see my article The Benefits of Green Tea. You can also take a green tea supplement that contains the active extracts. I like DaVinci Green Tea Extract.
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Lavender oil
  • Pomegranate
  • Mandrake, pennyroyal, juniper, mistletoe
  • Chamomile (Apigenine)
  • Passionflower (Chrysin)

Metalloestrogens

Recent research has also confirmed the existence of a previously unknown class of cancer-causing estrogen-mimicking compounds: “metalloestrogens.” The following metals, which are added to thousands of consumer products, including vaccines, have been identified as being capable of binding to cellular estrogen receptors and then mimicking the actions of physiological estrogens. 

Aluminum Antimony Arsenite Barium Cadmium Vanadium
Copper Lead Mercury Nickel Selenite Tin

 

Other important estrogen reducing strategies:

  • Progesterone.  Progesterone supplementation is the cornerstone used in Western medicine to reduce estrogen. It will help to reduce the risk of ovarian, endometrial and breast cancers. Baseline saliva testing of estrogen, progesterone, and their respective ratios should be undertaken. The body normally produces 20 mg of progesterone a day, but specific dosage must be tailored to your condition. There is a tremendous variation in the amount that should be taken for optimum effectiveness. It is recommended that you consult a naturopathic physician prior to treatment and be monitored regularly. Have your progesterone cream made at a compounding pharmacy so there are no paraben preservatives in the formula. Or use, Progesterelle. Progesterone replacement is not the best option for resetting your balance. When you introduce progesterone in the body, the adrenals have no reason to produce the body’s own supply – there is enough already with supplementation. It may relieve symptoms but will not heal the underlying cause of your estrogen dominance. It is far wiser to reduce your high estrogen levels, using the advice in this blog, to bring it down to meet your progesterone so your ratio of estrogen to progesterone is corrected.
  • Go Organic. You must eat an organic, whole foods diet to reduce exposure to estrogenic pesticides. Avoid fast food and processed foods.
  • Exercise. Exercise for 30 minutes per day. Research shows that aerobic activity curtails overproduction of estrogen.
  • Optimize your weight. Excess body fat results in conservation of estrogen. Fat is active and produces estrogen. This may be why overweight women are at lower risk for osteoporosis; conversely, they are at higher risk of breast and uterine cancer.
  • Increase dietary fiber. Bowel regularity can ensure excess estrogen is eliminated. Constipation, caused from lack of dietary fiber, allows excess estrogen that would normally be excreted to be reabsorbed into the body. If you are constipated I recommend doing a water enema or coffee enema immediately to prevent this reabsorption.
  • Coffee Enemas. These detox the liver and allow it to metabolize estrogen. Reduced liver function will prevent proper metabolism of estrogen and result in an excess. See my article on Coffee Enemas for more information and instructions. Gano Coffee is an instant coffee that is great, instead of brewing it.
  • Infrared Saunas. Infrared saunas detox your entire body of estrogenic substances in addition to pollutants and heavy metals. Their use is essential to maintain health. For more information, see my article on Infrared Saunas. You can purchase an inexpensive infrared sauna for home use in the Live to 110 Store.
  • Use dietary supplements.

Indolplex with DIM by Integrative Therapeutics is a phytochemical naturally derived from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli. Research shows that bioavailable DIM has a powerful effect on estrogen metabolism. The key action of bioavailable DIM is in assisting the clearance of available estrogen via the healthy pathway. This supplement is contraindicated in women who have low estrogen levels, such as during menopause, since it blocks estrogen.

L-taurine. Taurine is an amino acid that promotes bile circulation, which enhances estrogen’s excretion out of the body. Suggested dose is 1 to 3g a day. This supplement is essential for vegetarians.

R-Lipoic Acid. Lipoic acid increases the effectiveness of other antioxidants. It easily reaches all parts of the liver where other nutrients have difficulty. One of the most beneficial effects of R-Lipoic Acid is its ability to regenerate other essential antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10, and glutathione. Suggested dose is 200-1000mg a day. Enhance the functioning of the liver and it will reduce estrogen in your body. I suggest using R-Lipoic Acid, as this is the all natural form. Alpha lipoic acid is roughly half synthetic and not as usable or potent as R-Lipoic Acid.

Milk Thistle (aka Sylmarin) is great for protecting the liver from damage and clearing and detoxing the liver so it can metabolize estrogen more effectively. Suggested dose is 200-800mg a day. This only needs to be taken once a month every year. I really like Physiologics Liver Maintenance to get my milk thistle.

N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC). NAC is an indispensable nutrient in liver fortification and detoxification. By enhancing liver function, more estrogen is broken down in the body, reducing the overall estrogen load. You cannot take NAC orally as stomach acid will destroy it. It must be taken sublingually or as a cream. I like Oxicell cream to boost NAC and glutathione. Apply three times a day.

Calcium-d-Glucarate is one of the most important nutrients to enhance liver function. It is a natural compound that aids the detoxification of estrogen. It not only inhibits b-glucuronidase, the enzyme that allows re-absorption of estrogen in the digestive tract, it also increases the detoxification activity of specific liver pathways that eliminate other toxic waste. Glucarates directly detoxifies environmental agents responsible for cancer formation. Suggested dosage is 250 to 1,000 mg a day.

CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) was shown to reduce body fat while increasing muscle, which suggests that it may negate the effect of the muscle-wasting hormones. It may also be useful for people who want to lose weight. Muscle burns calories; therefore, the more muscle you have, the less likely you are to store excess calories as fat. You can get this just by eating grass fed butter.

Estrogen Dominance Syndrome is the result of excessive estrogen and progesterone deficiency. It is an epidemic of gigantic proportions. The primary causes are excessive environmental estrogen, obesity, stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and unopposed estrogen given as part of a hormone replacement therapy. Estrogen dominance is a major root cause of a myriad of conditions including PMS, endometriosis, cystic breast disease, PCOS, uterine fibroids, and breast cancer. Fortunately, the level of estrogen in our body can be reduced. Following an estrogen reduction protocol will go a long way to reduce the amount of estrogen in the body, curing and protecting women from the dreaded estrogen-related illnesses so common today.

If you have recovered from estrogen dominance syndrome, I’d like to hear how. Questions? Anything I left out of this blog? Tell me your story by leaving a comment below.

References
1. Benson, Jonathan. Research finds flaxseed can help prevent, treat hormone-associated Cancers.
October 29, 2012. http://www.naturalnews.com/037736_flaxseed_hormones_cancer.html
2. Hoffman, Ronald, MD. Estrogen Dominance Syndrome. http://www.drhoffman.com/
3. Hoffmekler, Ori. The Anti-Estrogenic Diet. North Atlantic Books, 2011.
4. Kent, Linda Tarr, Estrogenic Effects of Tea Tree Oil. April 28, 2010. http://www.livestrong.com/article/113251-estrogenic-effects-tea-tree-oil/
5. Lam, Michael, MD. Estrogen Dominance. http://www.drlam.com/articles/estrogen_dominance.asp
6. Laurel, Melissa. A List of Xenoestrogens. http://endojourney.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/a-list-of-xenoestrogens/
7. Mercola, Joseph. Environmental Toxins Causing Early Puberty in Both Boys and Girls. December 19, 2012
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/19/precocious-puberty.aspx
8. Rogers, Sherry. Detoxify or Die. Prestige Publishing, 2002.
9. Ross, Julia. The Mood Cure. Penguin Books, 2002.

Round-Up: An antibiotic??

Photo published for EPA Bows to Industry in Delay of Glyphosate Cancer Review

Why, yes it is!!  So, not only are we going to the doctor and getting antibiotics, but it is also in our food system.

The nonprofits behind the report said that concerns about glyphosate comes as new research shows that Roundup can cause liver and kidney damage in rats at only 0.05 ppb, and additional studies have found that levels as low as 10 ppb can have toxic effects on the livers of fish. taken from https://www.ecowatch.com/monsanto-glyphosate-cheerios-2093130379.html

It is really getting bad out there.  No wonder people are having trouble losing weight and have hormone imbalances,.

Runoff from herbicide use.”40
Glyphosate/Roundup Damage by the Numbers (ppb)
0.1 ppb: Roundup (0.05 ppb glyphosate) altered
the gene function of over 4,000 genes in the
livers and kidneys of rats.41
0.1 ppb: Roundup (0.05 ppb glyphosate) severe
organ damage in rats.42
0.1 ppb: Permitted level for glyphosate and all
other herbicides in EU tap water.43
10 ppb: Toxic effects on the livers of fish.
700 ppb: Alterations of kidneys and livers in
rats.44
700 ppb: Permitted level for glyphosate in U.S.
tap water.45
1,125.3 ppb (1.1253 mg/kg): Level found in
General Mills’ Cheerios.
https://usrtk.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/11/FDN_Glyphosate_FoodTesting_Report_p2016-3.pdf

My recommendation is to find products that are non-gmo.  Companies are starting to put those labels on foods regarding that.  Eating the outside perimeter of the grocery store and sticking with organic fruits and veggies.  There is a dirty dozen of the foods that you should eat organic because they contain those pesticides from being sprayed.

I just think everyone should be informed of what is going on here.  Even our drinking water has antibiotics!!

GLUTEN FREE BISCUITS?!

Gluten Free Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp golden flax seed
  • Pinch celtic salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp softened butter
  • 1 egg

 

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients and butter, stir until the mix is crumbly.

Then, add egg and continue to mix.

Once all ingredients are combined, you can take the dough and make small balls and place on a baking sheet.

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.

(Serves 1, double, triple, or quadruple to make a batch!)

All Natural Allergy Relief Remedies

ACHO! *sniffle* *cough* for all of us who get allergies, we know that it’s not easy to tame them. We try everything and still can breathe, or have the itchy scratchy throat, & constant sneezing. Well lucky for us there are all natural safe ways to relieve our allergies.

First, Neti Pot.

Clearing the nasal passages of allergens and irritants, sinus irrigation originated in the Ayurvedic medical tradition and people in India have been receiving astounding results for centuries.

Next, let’s try Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).

Drinking a glass of water with a teaspoon and some fresh lemon juice is the best way to wake up every morning. At the first sign of an allergy attack put 1 teaspoon of ACV in your Neti Pot for a fantastic sinus flush.

Now check out Local Raw Honey (bee pollen).

Telling you to eat something like raw honey for seasonal allergies may sound too easy because it is so sweet, but don’t discount this ancient remedy. Taking  a tablespoon of local raw honey every day will help your body build a tolerance to the local pollen that is running amuck your sinuses.

Finally, Eucalyptus Oil.

You can use Eucalyptus oil for season allergy relief in a variety of ways. You can put several drops into your Neti pot, inhale it via a diffuser or use it in your laundry detergent as an antimicrobial agent.

Chamomile Herb Tea

Tea has been used as an herbal remedy for centuries to treat a variety of different ailments. One of the most common types of tea is chamomile, a white-pedaled flower reminiscent of a daisy. This flowering herb us typically dried and steeped into a tea that helps to sooth and relax the body. Nicknamed “sleep tea”, chamomile is a very mild flavored tea. This herbal tea, along with similar varieties, such as lavender and lemon balm can be used to relieve insomnia and help to promote a healthy sleep cycle and overall well-being. One of the active compounds in the chamomile plant is apigenin; studies have found that this compound reduced locomotor activity. Flavonoids, mucilages and coumarins are also present in chamomile and may have a calming effect on the body, allowing for a more restful sleep.

Here is how it’s done!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh chamomile flowers
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 slices apple (thinly sliced)
  • honey (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Rinse the flowers with cool water.
  2. Warm your tea pot with boiling water.
  3. add the apple slices to the pot and mash them with a wooden spoon.
  4. add the chamomile flowers and pour in the 2 cups boiling water.
  5. cover and steep for 3-5 minutes
  6. strain the tea into two cups.
  7. add honey to taste
  8. drink & enjoy!