Sunday, 9 April 2017

Xenoestrogens and obesity: Food that may help to get rid of them

Xenoestrogens are chemicals that can interfere with our natural estrogen hormone. They are found in pesticides, plastic, cosmetics, cleaning products, in the water and air from man-made chemicals, etc.

Estrogen is a natural hormone in humans that is important for bone growth, blood clotting and reproduction in men and women.

When xenoestrogens enter the body they increase the total amount of estrogen hormones, or estrogen dominance, resulting unbalanced hormones in our body, creating havoc for both males and females.

Xenoestrogens are not biodegradable, hence they are stored in our fat cells for a long time. Build up of xenoestrogens can increase cancer risks, infertility, endometriosis, early onset puberty, miscarriages, diabetes, thyroid disruption, heart disease, and obesity, especially your belly pot which will not go down no matter what.

Food that may help fight xenoestrogens and reduce your belly fat:

1. Onions
Onions contain quercetin, an anti-inflammation agent. Fat cells contain inflammatory chemicals, hence by eating more anti-inflammation foods will slowly reduce inflammation.

2. Cruciferous vegetables
These vegetables contain phytonutrients such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) that help to fight against estrogenic compounds.

Cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, bok choy and others.

Note that raw cruciferous vegetables may suppress the production of thyroid hormones. Hence, it is best to eat cooked or steamed cruciferous vegetables.

3. Pumpkin
Pumpkin contains far more potassium than bananas. Consuming potassium also lowers bloat, which is a form of inflammation.

4. Soluble fibre
Research has shown that a higher fibre intake is linked to lower belly fat, but only soluble fibre.

Soluble fibre, such as beta-glucan, psyllium husk and glucomannan, mixes with water to form a viscous, gel-like substance that controls how fast the stomach releases digested food into the gut, hence better absorption.

Foods that are high in soluble fibre include flaxseeds, sweet potatoes, apricots, oranges, brussels sprouts, legumes, grains like oatmeal, nuts and seeds.


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