Estrogen Made Easy For You!
Published: Monday, February 24, 2014
What You Should Know About Estrogen
Where is it manufactured in the body?
Prior to menopause, estrogen is primarily produced by the ovaries. Estrogen is also made in the adrenals glands and fat cells.
Is there only 1 substance called estrogen?
No, there are three different compounds of estrogen which are similar but unique in their own way: Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2), and Estriol (E3).
The strongest and most influential of the three estrogen hormones is Estradiol (E2). Next in strength is Estrone (E1). These are the so-called "aggressive" estrogens. At high levels, they are thought to be associated with increased risk of breast and uterine cancers. Estradiol exerts a strong influence on breast & uterine tissue and can cause abnormal cells to grow. Estradiol (E2) and Estrone (E1) can convert back and forth into one another and that is the reason blood tests generally measure only Estradiol.
Estriol is found in many bio-identical hormone prescriptions and I highly recommend it. Some doctors will prescribe Estradiol only (for example, the Patch). If you are taking Estradiol, ask for Estriol to be included, or at least use progesterone to counterbalance the effects of the Estradiol on breast tissue.
What are Phytoestrogens?
Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens. Phytoestrogens exert a weak estrogenic effect. Although they are not an exact bioidentical molecule and thus do not enter directly into the cell, they can lock onto your estrogen receptors and give off a weak estrogen signal which can be helpful for hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. Phytoestrogens are also believed to benefit breast health by preventing stronger estrogen compounds from entering. They also protect against dangerous and toxic xenoestrogens which we will discuss in a minute.
The two phytoestrogens you will hear the most about are soy and red clover. Of these two I prefer red clover.
Soy has been found to negatively affect the thyroid in many cases. If you want to eat soy, choose only fermented soy products, such as tofu, miso, tempeh, and natto. The unfermented soy products like soy milk, edamame, soy protein powder & soy nuts can suppress the production of thyroid hormones.
For more information about soy, check out my blog articles:
"Step Away from Soy Part 1" and "Step Away from Soy Part 2"
What are Xenohormones?
Xenohormones are toxic to your body should be avoided at all cost! Xenoestrogens (also referred to as environmental estrogens) are chemicals that, when absorbed by the body, can function in a way similar to your own estrogen. They disrupt the way your natural hormones function.
Xenoestrogens/xenohormones are chemicals that are so close in their molecular structure to estrogen that they are able to lock into the estrogen receptors in breast tissue. They enter the cell and damage its structure and function. They can damage DNA, cause cell mutations and cancerous tumors. The breast is composed mainly of fatty tissue and fat stores toxins at much higher levels than other body tissues (up to 700 times). Hence, toxins accumulate at a much higher concentration in the breasts. You can see why we have an epidemic of breast cancer in the
How else are they toxic? In the process of the liver trying to detoxify them, these estrogens can be converted into some very dangerous metabolites, which research shows may be responsible for the damage to DNA that results in tumors and even cancer!
More than 60 substances, including dioxin, DDT, PCB and solvents have been identified as environmental estrogens or endocrine disruptors as they are also known. In the last 70 years, they have been produced by industrial, agricultural, and chemical companies and even introduced into the environment. They are everywhere. Shockingly, these hormone mimics can come from the food you eat. Common food sources of xenoestrogens include commercially raised beef, chicken and pork. This is due to the hormones given to these animals in order to produce rapid growth. They are also used to increase milk production in dairy cows.
Some of the most common sources of xenoestrogens include:
Look for these ingredients and avoid them!
What are Synthetic Estrogens?
Synthetic estrogens are used in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). They are usually called conjugated estrogens. They contain chemicals that are foreign to the human body and can have very dangerous side effects. (See my blog: The Top 10 Reasons to Get Off Synthetic Hormones)
Some common sources of synthetic estrogen: Cenestin, Enjuvia, Premarin, Activella, Prempro, Premphase, FemHRT, Estratest, Climara Pro, CombiPatch, and many, many more.
Premarin is made from the urine of pregnant mares. It does contain estradiol, estrone, and estriol but also over 25 "estrogens" that are only common to a horse.
It has been called "natural" because it comes from an animal, but it is only natural if the human consumption of horse urine is natural. If you do not have hay in your diet, I suggest you stay away from Premarin!
Synthetic progesterone is called Progestin. Provera is the most common one.
These synthetic estrogens and progesterone are also found in Birth Control Pills.
They have been found to cause breast cancer, heart attack, blood clots & stroke.
If a woman does choose to take synthetic hormones, it should be the LOWEST dose for the SHORTEST amount of time. NOT for a lifetime. Bio-identical hormones are a much safer alternative.
Estrogen Pathways: Good or Bad?
Estrogen travels in the blood stream, either alone or with a substance called Human Sex Binding Globulin (HSBG). Estrogen traveling alone can attach to receptor sites in breast tissue. The body has many estrogen receptors, but the highest concentration is in the breast and uterus. There are a large number of receptors in these tissues and therefore they respond to estrogen at a higher level.
After estrogen has done its work in the body, it goes to the liver (the body's detoxifier) where it is broken down and prepared for elimination. There are 2 categories into which the estrogen can be broken down: 2-hydroxyestrone (good) or 16-alphahydoxyestrone (bad). Environmental toxic xenoestrogens create the 16-alpha version. This one is not eliminated from the body, but can return to the breast tissue and cause more rapid cell division. The 2-hydroxyestrone goes to the colon or to the bladder where it is either eliminated from the body or absorbed back into the blood, adding to the total amount of estrogen in the body. A good way to be sure estrogen is eliminated is to eat more fiber. Fiber acts as a magnet and can literally "pull" estrogen from the body.
Balance is Key... What Can Be Done? Try Progesterone!
In instances of estrogen dominance, there is not enough progesterone in the body to oppose the amount of estrogen and bring it into a normal range and ratio.
With aging, our bodies produce less and less progesterone. This, coupled with the effect of xenoestrogens, can cause physical imbalances as well as emotional imbalances…those nasty mood swings and the "I don't feel like myself" syndrome.
The symptoms of estrogen dominance can quickly shift from mild to extreme.
To balance, be sure to use natural, bio-identical progesterone. Bio-identical progesterone is identical to the progesterone that is made by a woman's body. Stay away from the dangerous synthetic progestins such as Prempro, Provera and those found in birth control pills. They can increase your risk for breast cancer, blood clots, heart attack and stroke.
Progesterone is a great "conductor" for the other hormones, causing them to remain in balance. This includes thyroid hormones and Cortisol (the stress hormone). Progesterone is calming to the central nervous system, thus decreasing anxiety, promoting good sleep, and aiding in depression and mood swings. Progesterone is also very beneficial for bone health as it can promote growth of new bone. In addition, progesterone is a natural diuretic.
Best of all, progesterone protects breast tissue! It can actually slow down the gene that promotes cancer and it can prevent cell proliferation (division) in both breast and uterine tissue. In other words, it reduces the ability of any cancer cells to metastasize. A significant study showed that estrogen could promote breast proliferation by 230%, while progesterone DECREASED the activity by 400%. Wow! Now, that's protective.
"Top 10 Things You Should Know about Breast Cancer"
Take Supplements: Two that I really like are Indol-3-Carbinol (also known as DIM) and Calcium-D-Glucarate. These positively affect the breakdown of estrogen in the liver by causing it to go into the more protective form of 2-hydroxyestrone. Recall that this is the form that protects breast tissues and activates tumor-suppressing genes.
Increase Fiber Intake: Aim for 30 grams of fiber per day. Fiber binds to the excess estrogen in the colon ready for elimination, and prevents it from "circling back" into your system.
Remember, DO NOT take estrogen without progesterone. If you would like to read more, check out my blog article: "Please Do Not Take Estrogen Alone"
Let me know if you have any questions! You can call my office: (877) 880-0170 or send me an email:
John Lee, M.D.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Peri-Menopause
Natural Progesterone: The Multiple Roles of A Remarkable Hormone
Thierry Hertoghe, M.D.
The Hormone Handbook
International Medical Publications, 2006
Three New “Younger You, Younger Me” Tips!
Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Here are a few of my favorite tips for looking and feeling your best! Spring is around the corner and I want you to embrace the warmer weather with a sunny and happy disposition. Try on a new outfit, buy some pretty jewelry, or put on that shade of lipstick you've always wanted to try. Just have FUN with it! When you look younger, you FEEL younger!
1) Change Up Your Leg Wear!
Many of us are used to wearing "hose". While the "bare leg look" this may be flattering among younger generations, it's not for us! Try fishnets instead! They are very pretty, youthful, and come in so many different colors and patterns. OR try some lovely opaque tights. I love this look with boots. On that note, you only need ONE good pair of boots to carry you through the fall and winter months, so don't be shy! Get something fun!
2) Try Some Ear Candy!
Glittery crystal and stone danglers are so chic! You can plan an entire outfit around them. One of my favorite places to shop is Charming Charlie's, you can find some great deals on accessories! You do not need to spend a lot of money to look fun and glam.
3) Put on Lipstick!
According to new research, wearing makeup can help you live longer! Sounds crazy right? Well listen to this. Wearing makeup like lipstick, blush, and mascara creates contrast between your dominant facial features and your skin. This is why makeup makes you look younger. When you look younger, you feel younger, and that's the key! People who don't stress about their age are more optimistic about life and stay active longer. What's the result? Researchers at
Fiber-Rich and Protein-Rich Snacks! 200 Calories or LESS!
Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Are you tired of eating bland snacks in an effort to lose weight? So are we! Eating healthy does NOT mean you have to sacrifice flavor. We've created 13 snacks that are not only good for you, they're absolutely delicious! Better yet, we've made sure they're packed with fiber and/or protein so they'll keep you full and satisfied until your next meal. Having a craving for sweets? What about something salty? Lucky for you we've categorized these tasty treats so whether you're looking for crunchy or creamy, savory or sweet, we have the perfect snack for you!
Important Tip from Barbara
Be sure to PLAN YOUR SNACKS! Have a schedule and stick to it. This keeps you from impulse snacking on bad foods and over-snacking during the day. And scheduling your snacks out well will make sure you stay satisfied between meals. I do this everyday and I cannot recommend it enough. Planning your snacks is essential!
If you're taste buds are looking for some excitement, these fun snacks will be sure to satisfy!
Curry Roasted Chickpeas
Heat 1½ tsp olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ½ cup drained chickpeas. Cook 5-7 minutes, turning frequently. Toss with ½ tsp curry powder and a pinch each of cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and sea salt.
Black Bean Chips and Guacamole
Combine ½ mashed avocado with 2 tsp chopped tomato, 1 Tbsp chopped onion, 1 tsp fresh lime juice, and a generous pinch of garlic powder, chili powder, and sea salt. Serve with black bean tortilla chips (more protein than regular chips).
Combine 2 tsp coconut oil (melted), 3 tsp lime juice, 1½ tsp chili powder, and a pinch of sea salt and pepper in a bowl. Add ½ cup almonds and mix thoroughly. Bake in oven at 350°F for 10 minutes (or until nuts are golden brown).
Roast Garlic Hummus with Carrots
Heat ½ tsp of olive oil on skillet, add 1 garlic clove and cook until golden brown. Add to food processor with ½ cup chickpeas and blend well. Lastly combine 1 Tbsp Greek yogurt, ½ tsp lemon juice, ½ tsp olive oil, sesame seeds (optional), and a pinch of salt and paper. Blend until smooth and serve with carrots.
Pop 2 Tbsp popcorn kernels. Mix 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese, 2 tsp olive oil, 2 tsp water, 1 tsp of garlic salt, and a generous pinch of sea salt. Heat in microwave for 10 seconds, then drizzle over popcorn and toss well. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp finely chopped chives.
Citrus-whipped Cottage Cheese with Honey Drizzle
Whip ¾ cup cottage cheese, 1 tsp lemon zest, and 1 tsp honey in blender until smooth. Drizzle with ½ tsp honey.
Berries and Yogurt
Top 1 container (7 oz) Greek yogurt with ½ cup fresh blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and/or raspberries. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
Pumpkin Pie Yogurt
Mix ½ cup Greek yogurt with 2 Tbsp canned pumpkin. Add a generous sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or make some yourself by combining ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs
Half 1 hard-boiled egg. Remove yolk and mash with 1 Tbsp Greek yogurt, ½ tsp mustard, and a pinch of sea salt. Spoon into egg halves and top with ¼ slice scallion.
Take ½ avocado and spoon out the flesh leaving the shell intact. Mix with ½ can (1 oz.) of tuna, a dash of salt and paper, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Spoon back into shell using it as a bowl.
Zucchini Pizza Bites
Cut 1 half zucchini into ¼ inch slices. Toss with 1 tsp olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Cook in broiler for 3-4 minutes, turning over the slices halfway through so they cook evenly. Top each slice with ½ tsp pizza sauce, shredded cheese, and any pizza topping of your choice (olives, pepperoni, etc.). Cook under the broiler until the cheese melts.
Roast Pear with Cinnamon-Spiced Greek Yogurt
Drizzle 1 quartered pear with 1 tsp olive oil. Bake in 420°F oven for 20 minutes (or until tender). Wisk ¼ cup Greek yogurt with ½ tsp agave nectar and a generous pinch of cinnamon. Let pear cool, then top with yogurt mixture.
Bananas with Chocolate Fondue and Pecans
Microwave 3 Tbsp dark chocolate chips 10 seconds at a time, stirring until melted. Cut 1 banana in half. Dip in chocolate then roll in ¼ cup chopped pecans.
Enjoy your tasty, guilt-free treats! Call me at (877) 880-0170 or sent me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any help achieving your weight loss goals. I am your cheerleader!
Ansel, Karen, RD. "20 Snacks That Won't Leave You Hungry." Prevention Oct. 2013: 116-21. Print.
MORE “Younger Me Younger You”
Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Would you like to read my book? Check it out!
I am so excited to continuing sharing all my best advice for looking and feeling young at any age! Of course the help doesn't stop with my book. I want to keep sharing with you all J So here are some tips that have worked wonders for me and I know will work wonders for you!
Best Tip Ever!
My mother-in-law who lived to be 86 said to me "Kid, your best years will be after you turn 70". That works for me! At that age we are more about being, than about becoming something. And we know our style and our bodies intimately. Remember, you can outdo any genetic dysfunctions that run in your family! Lifestyle changes can outwit DNA so you can be looking good and feeling healthy well into your 90's and beyond.
Cosmetic surgery is not going away, but focus on what you eat, wear, and put in your body before choosing a scalpel. Zest for life is more beautiful than stretched and wrinkle-less skin. Do you ever remember hearing "She let herself go?" Don't let that be you!
Don't accept being fat and do not fall into the trap of dressing poorly because it is "comfortable". Mature women and men can be much more alluring and debonair than those in their 20's and 30's. Live life with a conspiratorial twinkle in YOUR eye! Be full of life, energy and joy!
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!
Are there things you want to change? How's your health? Your appearance? Your weight? Your attitude toward aging?
Don't fall for those January health club special offers and miracle diet plans! Don't think you can make a drastic change and it will somehow "stick". Make changes gradually and that way, if you slip up, you can easily get back on the path. And yes, you can eat chocolate and not gain weight!
What does your appearance say about you? In terms of how you feel, think, act, and dress? Do you project a negative energy? Not happy? You can change it all! You can be in control of the message you send to the world. I promise!
You are the entire package... you are not defined by an aging neck! (Although I do advocate using a lifting product on your neck to prolong the inevitable)
Here are some of my favorite tips for looking and feeling young that I want to share with you!
MAKE AN IMPRESSION
Over the years I have had many makeup artists apply my makeup. I didn't always like the way they made me look (not like "me"), but I observed them carefully. And I can pass along to you all the important tips I learned. First, you know your skin, face, budget and the kinds of products you like, so keep that in mind as you read the tips.
BRING ON THE LIGHT!
SCHEDULE YOUR SNACKS!
THE "5 POUND" ALARM BELL
Go Forth & Be "Forever Young!"
Remember... age is of no importance, unless you are a cheese!
Struggling with Osteoporosis? Put On Some Weight!
Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, one in two women and about one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to low bone-mineral density. Men over the age of 70 face even greater risks for osteoporosis. So what can we do about this?
If you're looking for a natural way to increase bone density and improve balance, try a weighted vest! While normally used for police/firefighter training and injury rehabilitation, weighted vests have recently become a popular method for preventing osteoporosis. Since your bones respond to the magnitude of force placed on them, the logic follows that wearing a weighted vest will increase your bones' density and strength. If you are currently using dumbbells, consider switching to a weighted vest. Since it is snug to your body, it puts beneficial stress on the spine and hips. The Rheumatology International journal recently conducted a six-week study of 36 postmenopausal women and discovered that walking three times a week on a treadmill while wearing a weighted vest notably improved their balance.
Instead of paying over $100 for a costly weighted vest, I recommend heading over to your nearest Target or Wal-Mart and getting a fisherman's jacket, you know the one with a whole bunch of pockets? Fill those pockets with weights and... Voila! Your very own weighted vest for a fraction of the cost! Clinical studies recommend you aim for the weights to be equal to 4-10% of your body weight. If you are significantly overweight then a weighted vest is unnecessary because the excess pounds are already putting sufficient force on your bones. FUN FACT! Osteoporosis does not exist amongst elephants! Because of the huge amount of weight they support, elephants' bones are the strongest on the planet!
Put on your vest and take a stroll around your neighborhood, walk up some stairs, get moving! Studies show that higher-impact forms of exercise like running and/or jumping are even more effective at building bone mass. However even very light exercise is better than none, so set a pace you're comfortable with and stick to it! Healthy bones for the New Year is our mission! If you need any encouragement or help please give us a call at (877) 880-0170.
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