Ligaments, Joints, Arthritis, Estrogen Dominance and Weight Loss
HOW BROCCOLI CAN HELP
I am going to write a series of herbal and food- as-medicine blogs in order to bring attention to the powerful medicines found in Nature. i will share some of my personal studies, experiences, research done in the field of herbalism, health and healing.
Today I am gonna bring attention to one aspect and one possible cause for belly fat.
Lower Belly Fat is often found in Estrogen dominant females and males.
Other symptoms of estrogen dominance are:
weight gain on thighs and hips
decreased sex drive
water retention, edema
and many more symptoms
Why is Estrogen Dominance so prevalent in our society? Well, we are all getting exposed to a lot more xynoestrogens (synthetic or chemical compounds that mimic estrogen in the body) today than ever before.
We are all exposed to high levels of toxins in our air, in our water and in our food supply.
Plastic containers (BPA)
Air fresheners (A NO NO)
Perfumes (fragrance in ingredients lists)
The list goes on and on...
What can you do about this?
First decrease your exposure to toxins. EDUCATE YOURSELF AND MAKE EDUCATED DECISIONS AND CHOICES. (for example get rid of air fresheners and buy only organic cosmetics)
Detox your system! Make sure to detox your liver, skin, kidneys and get the lymph moving.
Add a lot of fresh foods and healing herbs to your diet.
Specific herbs that are great for blocking, inhibiting, transforming estrogen in the liver and in the body are:
What is even more amazing is that broccoli contains a substance (in the raw form) that is being researched and used for deterioration in joints. It can prevent ostheoarthritis and joint inflammation. (The study, published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, found that sulforaphane blocks the enzymes that cause joint destruction.
In a clinical study, indole-3-carbinol cut the largely female hormone estradiol in half for men. Broccoli contains high levels of indoles, food compounds that help reduce bad estrogen.)
Broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts contain indole-3 acetate, indole-3 carbonyl and diindolylmethane - these are powerful substances that detoxify bad estrogenic molecules. The cruciferous veggies also contain sulfur containing nutrients such as sulfuraphane and phenyl isothiocyanates that can help with liver detoxification processes and destroy cancer cell formation.
Broccoli is also great for your lungs.
Cabbage is natural anti-inflammatory for aching joints.Cabbage looks like a head so its great for your brain (doctrine of signatures). Like cures like. Cabbage has been known as a hangover cure in Europe :)
Broccoli is also rich in lutein which is great for the eyes.
The list of benefits goes on and on.
Learn some simple recipes that incorporate these veggies and add them to your diet on a regular basis. You will see your lower belly fat go down.
Add chamomile to your tea repertoire (I will make a video recipe on that).
Add passionflower tea to your healing herb stash. Passionflower tea is great for anxiety, insomnia and stress, but get this... it's amazing for boosting the production of testosterone!
Add nettles to your recipes. They are known to increase the free testosterone in the body. Bodybuilders use them with great success! Great for removing estrogen dominant fat storage.
There you have it :) Simple and powerful medicines found in Nature. You don't need expensive pills and packaged products. Believe me! You don't! The most natural approach is always the most powerful!