One of the main causes of weight gain in the world is hormonal imbalance. A large percentage of men and women that struggle with their weight have a problem with estrogen dominance in their bodies (they have too much estrogen compared to progesterone). The trouble with estrogen is that it makes you retain body fat and fluid. Since progesterone acts as a natural diuretic, people with estrogen dominance are prone to bloating. Estrogen also encourages the body to store fat rather than use it for energy. The fat cells that get stored then tell the body to produce more estrogen. This can easily turn into a vicious cycle.
If estrogen dominance is something that you are struggling with, you should familiarize yourself with some of the foods which naturally contain plant estrogens. The list includes: coffee, nutmeg, sunflower seeds, pomegranates, sage, rosemary, flax, soy, black beans and others. Some of these foods were even used as natural contraceptives in the old times.
Since simply avoiding estrogen is not always enough to get you back to health, you need to make sure that your diet contains the necessary amounts of vitamin B6 and C as these vitamins help break down estrogen and help produce progesterone. Also check your mineral levels, as minerals like magnesium and zinc are essential for healthy hormones.
As if there weren’t enough natural factors contributing to estrogen dominance, we are now being told that the bigger part of the problem is our exposure to xeno-estrogens. These hormones are a lot more powerful than the estrogen produced naturally by our bodies, and they are all around us.
Ask yourself, for example, do you eat microwaved food in plastic containers? If the answer is yes, then you should be aware that the plastic from the container leaks xenoestrogens into the food that you eat. The same applies to drinking from plastic bottles.
Eating produce that is not organic and is laden with herbicodes and pesticides will also expose you to xenoestrogens. So will eating meat and drinking milk from animals that were fed hormones in order to grow bigger and fatter in less time.
Many household items contain xenoestrogens. The list includes shampoos, detergents, fabric softeners, cosmetics, weed killers and even shower water. All of these can penetrate our bodies through contact with our skin.
Unfortunately unless you are planning to move to the wilderness and lead a a life that is in perfect harmony with nature, avoiding xenoestrogens completely will be impossible. But knowing which products contain them, will allow you to minimize your exposure and keep your weight under control.