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The Estrogen You Consume Daily

Feb 19, 2019

Video discussion starts at 1:04

LIVE Q&A Discussion starts at 25:48

During a recent YouTube and Facebook LIVE discussion, we focused on the Estrogen you might be consuming daily without even realizing it. 

We talked about two types of estrogen specifically:

  • Xenoestrogen ~ Estrogen in the form of chemicals
  • Phytoestrogen ~ Estrogen in the form of plants

Both mimic the action of estrogen in our cells and can alter hormonal activity.

The largest source of Xenoestrogens is from the byproducts of plastics and pesticides. 

  • dry cleaning
  • bleaching of feminine hygiene products
  • plastics - food storage containers, plastic bottles, plastic shower curtains

Problems caused by Xenoestrogen may include;

  • estrogen dominance
  • early onset puberty in both girls and boys
  • abnormal mammary gland tissues in men
  • hair loss, prostate problems, lowered libido, fatigue, impotency

These byproducts are difficult for the liver to process.  They end up  accumulating in our fatty tissue.  

Phytoestrogens act as estrogen in the body.  They can have the same effect as estrogen or can even block the effect of estrogen in the body.

If you are estrogen dominate you should avoid phytoestrogens as they can create a more estrogen dominate situation in your body.  If you are suffering from a thyroid imbalance it is also advised to avoid phytoestrogens as they have been shown to inhibit the conversion of T4 to the active T3.  If your body is a low estrogen producer then phytoestrogens may not be an issue for you.

Food made from soybeans have some of the highest levels of phytoestrogens.  

Things we have done in our home to reduce the amount of estrogen we are consuming from our environment and/or lifestyle habits.

We stopped using Keurig K-Cup and went back to a more traditional coffee maker.  The coffee maker we use now is the Cuisinart Grind & Brew and we love it. We have also upgraded our coffee beans to the BulletProof Brand of whole coffee beans.  

We have also switched out all of our food storage containers to glass. These are the Pyrex Snapware glass food storage containers.  We like the square and rectangular storage containers for the refrigerator.  They are excellent space savers for both the refrigerator and the cabinet.  

We no longer drink our water out of plastic water bottles.  We either drink out of glass water bottles (The Mountain Valley, San Pelligrino) or reusable insulated water bottles.  These are my favorite reusable insulated water bottles.  The kids take these to school as well.  There are a lot of color and size options available.  I use the 25 ounce bottle for my water.  The 12 ounce size is perfect for coffee on the go and it will stay hot for up to 12 hours.  You can't beat that. 

The All Natural Skin Care Line my family uses:

Pellu products are made in New Zealand using carefully selected ingredients that are natural, non-toxic and good for you. Purity and quality are tested rigorously, but never on animals! From perfecting texture all the way to the finest details of each eco-friendly bottle and jar … we’ve devoted years of research to creating luxurious skincare that feels great and enhances beauty.

The result: an exquisite selection of products for women who want to keep their youthful glow, achieve healthy supple skin and age beautifully.

The meat we purchase is from Butcher Box.  You can find out more about Butcher Box and their meat quality on their website.