If you're estrogen dominant, have PCOS, Endometriosis, Adenomyosis or fibroids, it's best to limit the following phytoestrogens and xenoestrogens from your diet and lifestyle.
Phytoestrogens are found in plant foods. They can also be found in animal sources, which is a consideration for women with endocrine issues who eat factory farmed animals (make sure you're buying organic and grass-fed, as factory farmed animals are fed a GMO diet) They are usually tolerated by people with “healthy” hormonal systems and livers. The body responds easily to these semi-natural disturbances and can flush the phytoestrogens out of the system or the body responds easily by maintaining estrogen production even while phytoestrogens are consumed. This is not always the case for women with hormonal issues. Some are very sensitive to phytoestrogens. If you have acne, you may find that limiting phytoestrogens can help improve your skin.
Phytoestrogens to Limit or Avoid: First and foremost: flax seeds, (even worse than soy) coffee, cocoa butter, chocolate (Can increase estradiol levels in a women. Several cups of coffee can increase estradiol levels by 70% according to a Brigham Young University study. In addition, if the woman has fear / stress / anxiety, she has impaired excretion of all chemicals including estradiol, and coffee.) white beans, black beans, french beans, soy flour, soy sauce, liquid aminos, soybeans, soy protein powder, tofu, black-eyed peas, chick peas (garbanzo beans), red beans, split peas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, anise seeds, apples, pomegranates, plums, dates, tomatoes, cherries, beets, peppers, carrots, eggplant, sweet potatoes (yams), celery, wheat, barley, rice, beer, fennel, alfalfa, licorice, verbena, hops, thyme, red clover and yucca.
Synthetic Estrogens to Avoid: Dairy and beef. These food sources contain man-made, GMO estrogens that have been added to the feed that cows eat. It stores in the cow's fat and muscle fibers and is passed into the milk. It's important to only eat grass-fed, organic meat and to avoid dairy.
Xenoestrogens to Avoid: (environmental sources of estrogen) Bisphenol A, or BPA, an estrogen that enters food from heated plastics. BPA is released into food if you microwave frozen foods, or if plastic water bottles become heated. (They are on delivery trucks most of the day so of course they become heated) Empty frozen foods into a glass or ceramic bowl before heating andremove the plastic wrap. Don’t use plastic food wraps over hot foods-use wax paper or place in a glass container. Drink water from glass bottles. Atrazine and dieldrin are estrogen-like herbicides that can be present in non-organic produce. Triclosan, another synthetic estrogen, is present in antibacterial soaps.
More Environmental Xenoestrogens to Avoid:
- pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides (wash your food well with lemon, water and apple cider vinegar. Baking soda works also)
- new carpet (it can give off noxious fumes)
- fabric softeners (they contain petrochemicals that are absorbed by the skin)