The Dangers of Xenoestrogens and Other Nasties

Fiona Wilkinson, MSc, ND, PhD

The Dangers of Xenoestrogens

The Dangers of Xenoestrogens

You are being bombarded with chemical hormones from your environment every day. Does it matter? Well, yes it does.

Environmental estrogens, also known as xenoestrogens, or estrogen mimics disrupt your health whether you are female or male. They disrupt the delicate hormonal balance of your body and disturb metabolism with disastrous results. Natural estrogens produced in your body are short-lived and are continually broken down by your body.

But man-made chemicals are not easily broken down and tend to accumulate in fatty tissues of your body with age. We do not have the mechanisms to totally get rid of them.

Rising rates of breast cancer, prostate cancer, falling sperm counts, testicular cancer, infertility, endometriosis, severe menopausal symptoms, immune system problems and cognitive problems have all been linked to the accumulation of environmental estrogens in our bodies.

David Feldman, Professor at Stanford University, said: “The cumulative effect of xenoestrogens may be much greater than any individual molecule”. Anna Soto’s research at Tufts Cancer Research Centre in the USA has clearly demonstrated this.
Over 60 substances have been identified as environmental estrogens. These include DDT, dioxin and PCB. They are released from industrial processes and agricultural sprays and make their way into your diet through food and water.

They are found in plastics including styrofoam, household cleaning agents, garden pesticides and herbicides and even your personal care products. They come in the form of vinyl products, flame retardants on furniture and coatings on electrical equipment.

How to Avoid Estrogen Mimics

Because estrogen mimics can do so much damage and are difficult to detoxify it is best to avoid them as far as possible.

  • Avoid all pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.
  • Wash your food well to get rid of the pesticides.
  • Use organic foods as much as you can.
  • Have a good water filter for your source of water.
  • Buy hormone free meats and dairy products where possible.
  • Avoid plastic goods – they leach into the environment.
  • Do not use plastic wrap for your food.
  • Do not heat food in plastic containers.
  • Use glass or ceramics whenever possible to store food.
  • Do not leave plastic containers, especially your drinking water, in the sun.
  • Use ecological and biodegradable household cleaning products.
  • Use organic soaps and toothpastes. Look for toxin and chemical free cosmetics.
  • Avoid nail polish and nail polish removers.
  • Look for natural chlorine free feminine hygiene products

And don’t forget to detox regularly. If you can’t get away for a week or two, you can always do a detox at home. I recommend this one and details can be found on the website here…

The Best Detox Herbs

Fiona Wilkinson, MSc, ND, PhD

detox herbsIt is a well known fact that the atmosphere and food we eat and drink are crammed with harmful chemicals that enter the body and add to the build up of toxins that hamper the proper functioning of our bodies.

Add to this the pesticides and fumes we breathe in unknowingly adding to the build up of toxins. Before long the body will begin to reel under the effects of these harmful toxins and will need to be cleansed. This cleansing process is called detoxification.

Our bodies do have a natural cleansing mechanism which works via the kidneys and liver. But what often happens is our systems  become over burdened and may need some external help from us to clean out the circulatory and excretory systems.

One of the processes practiced for detoxification is prolonged fasting. This can be an unhealthy process as the body needs nutrients to sustain itself. The best way is to resort to a detox diet assisted with detox body herbs as well.

Since the immune system is the mechanism that defends the body from disease, toxins cause the us to fall ill as the immune system is the first to be affected by harmful levels of toxins in the system. This is why it is necessary to remove the toxins from the body through a detox process.

Some of the best detoxifying herbs used to cleanse the system are:

  • Psyllium Husk promotes bowel movements and cleans the bowls of toxins very effectively. The herb itself acts like a sponge absorbing the toxins and passing them out.
  • Cascara Sagrada is another very effective laxative that is used to flush out toxins from the system and is used along with the psyllium.
  • Milk Thistle simulates protein synthesis in the liver which is the cleansing organ of the blood.
  • Nettles may used in combination with other detox herbs for cleaning the urinary system of toxins.
  • Burdock roots are used when the need to cleanse the system is very urgent. This herb reduces the build up of heavy metals that can cause problems within the system.
  • Dandelion roots are herbs with the strongest detoxifying properties. These herbs are used to clean the gall bladder and kidneys of waste. Dandelion root is used in conjunction with other detox herbs as other organs need to be cleansed simultaneously.

Don’t forget to detox regularly. If you can’t get away for a week or two, you can always do a detox at home. I recommend this one and details can be found on the website here…

What Is A Body Detox Routine?

Fiona Wilkinson, MSc, ND, PhD

detoxAre you planning a body detox to cleanse your body? If you want to try a body detox either for your first time, or if you have done it before, you will want to have a detox routine.

So what exactly is a detox routine? Basically a detox routine is an all-natural method of cleansing your body by giving it the time and conditions it needs to rebuild and heal from the damages of daily life and the foods you eat and other substances you intake.

There are many different types of known detox routines. Some common types include:

  • juice fasting
  • water fasting
  • minimal eating/fasting
  • herbal detoxification
  • detox baths
  • colon cleansing
  • caloric restriction
  • and many more…

Your detox routine will be the specific plan that you take to detoxify and rejuvenate your body. It might be a pre-purchased plan that you get which contains all the steps needed for a healthy detox or it might be a plan that you helped formulate yourself.

You might want to try different detox routines or different combinations of different detoxification routines until you find one that works well for you. Once you find something that works well for you, you can continue to use it every time your body needs a detox.

How often you detox will also depend on your routine, the type of routine you use and how often you plan to use it. It will vary according to what your regular lifestyle is as well. After your detox, do you continue to eat healthy and avoid things that create a lot of toxins? If so, then you will not need your detox routine very often.

If you detox and then go back to a poor diet, caffeine and sugar and even nicotine, then you will need another detox sooner as your body will have more build up of toxins faster.

Apple and Maca Breakfast

Fiona Wilkinson, MSc, ND, PhD

apple and macaThis is a great energy booster in the morning and a perfect alternative to processed, sugary and refined breakfast cereals.

Ingredients
(Serves 1)

1 organic apple, diced or a nice ripe banana

Any combination of the following:

  • 5 ml (1 tsp) maca powder
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ground flax seeds
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) raw honey or dark agave nectar
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) raw tahini (sesame seed paste) or almond butter
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) raw hemp seeds
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) soaked seeds, i.e. sunflower, pumpkin or a mixture of both 5 ml (1 tsp) soaked raisins

Method

Place apple in bowl then add any combination of the other ingredients.
This is full of protein and complex carbohydrates, and will give you energy for hours!

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If you are feeling tired, run down, suffer from constipation, gas, abdominal bloating, skin problems, achy joints, depression, allergies, and hard-to-shift weight gain, you are likely to be suffering from toxic overload.

Researchers have discovered that everyday toxins accumulate in your body causing havoc in your cells.

The good news is that you can get rid of these toxins with a detox diet or what some are now calling a detox cleansing diet…
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At Home Detox Tips

Fiona Wilkinson, MSc, ND, PhD

raw foodSome healing systems teach that raw salad vegetables especially lettuce, celery and carrots that are high in cellulose take a lot of enzyme power and energy to digest and release their nutrients.

These can be prepared for detox by cooking as a soup, by steaming, stewing or steam frying — a way of stir frying in minimum oil and liquid to protect the oil from damaging changes by heat.

Fresh vegetable juices on the other hand need no digestion. Their essential nutrients are absorbed very easily and they make up for the cooked vegetables which have lost their enzymes and some vitamin content.

A powerful blender can help break down the cellulose in plant foods and release the nutrients while retaining the fiber which is needed for health. Smoothies can very nutritious when prepared this way.

Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine, aims to cleanse the body of substances that cause disease and uses rice and vegetables cooked with warming spices to aid digestion.

Meal Planning

Once you have decided to go on your detox it will help to plan your menus in advance and make some preparations so that you can put your meals together quickly.

For example, it can help to cook pulses in advance and freeze them in suitable sized portions so they are ready to add to dishes. Some recipes include canned beans but it is always better to use freshly cooked ones if possible. If you choose to use canned beans, look out for ones that are packed in unsalted water.

Fresh vegetable stock is always better than stock cubes but if you have to use cubes then look for low salt or preferably salt free ones. Many processed foods are high in ‘table’ salt that can bad for your health but it can take some time to get used to food without it.

Using Herbs, Vegetables and Spices

The use of plenty of fresh herbs and a few spices can help to make your meals tasty in a different way.

Quinoa and millet, grain like seeds, are easier to find in supermarkets these days and they much less time to cook than whole grain rice if you are short of time. Brown Basmati rice cooks a little more quickly than regular wholegrain rice and is lighter and easier to digest.

Organic bean and seed sprouts are often easy to find as well so you don’t have to grow them yourself. Organic produce is always preferable especially for juicing.

Can a Detox Cleansing Diet hold the key to weight loss, more energy and better health?

If you are feeling tired, run down, suffer from constipation, gas, abdominal bloating, skin problems, achy joints, depression, allergies, and hard-to-shift weight gain, you are likely to be suffering from toxic overload.

Researchers have discovered that everyday toxins accumulate in your body causing havoc in your cells.

The good news is that you can get rid of these toxins with a detox diet or what some are now calling a detox cleansing diet…
Order you copy here and get started today!

The Liver Cleanse Drink

Fiona Wilkinson, MSc, ND, PhD

liver cleanse drinkThis Liver Cleanse drink can be used anytime, whether you’re on a fast or not. It works really well for breakfast and should keep you going till noon without feeling hungry.

Generally, “they” say you should only use it for five days in a row, then wait a month or so before using it again. But in my opinion, it’s always about listening to your body. I would recommend to do it only three days in a row, but if you’re OK with it, five days in a row.

The operative ingredient for cleansing the liver is the olive oil. If you’re used to lots of olive oil, you can probably do it for longer than 5 days if you wanted.

Ingredients

(Serves 1)

  • 1 freshly picked lemon (Meyers lemon, preferably)
  • 1 freshly picked grapefruit (not pink, preferably)
  • 3/4 of a banana (on the firm side – no soft brown spots)
  • 1⁄4 cup Extra Virgin First Cold Pressed Olive Oil (organic, preferably)
  • Small chunk of fresh ginger (about 1/2″ squared or less)

Method

Cut citrus in half and extract juice, remove seeds, pour into blender. Peel banana, place 3/4 in blender. Peel ginger, place in blender. Measure out olive oil and pour in blender. Blend.

Can a Detox Cleansing Diet hold the key to weight loss, more energy and better health?

If you are feeling tired, run down, suffer from constipation, gas, abdominal bloating, skin problems, achy joints, depression, allergies, and hard-to-shift weight gain, you are likely to be suffering from toxic overload.

Researchers have discovered that everyday toxins accumulate in your body causing havoc in your cells.

The good news is that you can get rid of these toxins with a detox diet or what some are now calling a detox cleansing diet…
Order you copy here and get started today!

 

 

Why Should You Detox?

Fiona Wilkinson, MSc, ND, PhD

why detoxAlthough detoxification therapies have been part of many health systems around the world for thousands of years detox has never been as important as it is today.

It is an undisputed fact that we all carry a frightening number of toxic chemicals in our blood and organs that have overwhelmed our detox system and remain in our bodies poisoning cells.

But the good new is that researchers have also discovered that certain foods will enhance the detox processes of your liver, your main organ of detox.

The Importance of Fruit and Vegetables

An abundance of fruit and vegetables supply important substances that are needed for detox but specific foods that can help support the liver detox process are: cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, turnips, bok choy, arugula (rocket), watercress; peppers, green leafy vegetables, garlic, onions, asparagus, avocado, walnuts, tomatoes, oranges, tangerines, lemons, caraway seeds, dill seeds, pulses and whole grains.

Chronic Illness Symptoms Often Disappear

Practitioners of natural medicine have shown that by giving your body a rest from heavy, hard to digest and nutrient deficient, processed foods and by increasing easily digested highly nutritious food and juices many of your ailments and chronic symptoms can simply vanish.

When the quality of the food coming into your body is of higher quality than the tissues that your body is made of, remarkable things start to happen. Your body starts to spring clean, removing the toxins stored in the tissues to make room for the superior materials which it uses to make new and healthier tissue.

Dramatic improvements in health have been reported and seen in people eating raw food diets. Eating food in its raw natural unprocessed state gives your body optimal nutrition.

All the amino acids, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, the essential nutrients that your body needs for health are obtained through a balanced diet of vegetables especially green leafy ones, fruits, nuts and seeds.