Womanly Hormones – get that sh*t under control

HORMONAL (IM)BALANCE and LIFE BALANCE go HAND in HAND

From a functional nutrition standpoint, hormone imbalances like PMS, uncomfortable peri-menopausal or menopausal symptoms, even bad blood sugar or stress response, can be caused by many factors; High stress hormones, high toxin levels, inadequate sleep, low nutrients, and gut issues being primary amongst them.

Addressing lifestyle factors like these ^^^^^ first can often help to alleviate symptoms.

In fact, you may need no further treatment, if you address lifestyle stuff. But, we need to know what nutrients and actions may aid detoxification in order to improve our health.

I like to encourage women to create lives that are more pleasurable, less stressful. I like to help them to do whatever they need to do to get a better night’s sleep, even if that means helping them with their money issues, not their diet.

And … I always focus on aiding women to lower their exposure to toxins and improve their biotransformation and elimination of toxins. Doing this can result in a proper menarche, comfortable menstruation, optimal fertility, and easy menopause, and beneficially impact their overall health.

 

WHAT DOES DETOXIFICATION HAVE TO DO WITH IT

Detoxification is a missing piece, in conventional treatment, but it is crucial – we need to clear toxins to balance hormones.

The toxins that are the focus here are the ones that mimic estrogen but act in it’s place in a dysfunctional way – turning off and on things in ways that might shift our metabolism down or our anxiety up – for example, but there are many possible symptoms; Anxiety, depression, irritability, tenderness, cramps, skin issues, bleeding irregularly, fluctuating sexual responsiveness, fluctuating energy levels, etc..

We can feel these symptoms creep up on us slowly over time, especially after certain triggers – hormone changes and stress – during adolescence, pregnancy, and peri-menopause. These changes in our bodies, along with other stress, and especially if coupled with nutrient deficiencies, can cause epigenetic changes – aka changes to our gene expression.

So, you have to clear toxins and manage stress to avoid the big problems.

My preferred approach is to look first at lifestyle factors, especially nutrition, but a full workup should include other lifestyle factors beyond nutrition, such as exercise, toxicity and stress.

There are many lifestyle factors that can lead to hormonal problems.

I am years past the baby making phase. 8 years to be exact. I went through menopause really early, and I am not alone. If you are an otherwise healthy, slim, fit woman, you might be prone to going through it early too. Why do I say that?

If the case of early menopause, there are such lifestyle factors as a history of anorexia and or bulimia, being an athlete/long distance runner, very thin, or a vegetarian, or having low cholesterol levels (such as can be caused by chronic low fat eating).

And it isn’t just early menopause – what about late menarche? I know an athletic, thin, vegetarian woman with no exposure to toxins in any great amount – I mean she was VERY protected and NEVER even had sugar, fast food or alcohol in her whole life – who still had not hit menarche and was going off to college.

So yes, there can be things ASIDE from toxins that can mess with your hormones. Our genetics can be triggered by stresses such as malnutrition, such as was the case for this young lady. What she thought was an ideal diet, her body took for starvation.

But toxins definitely play a role, for many people a huge role. We can feel the symptoms of these things come upon us in an accelerated manor if we get a sudden, noticeable influx of toxins – such as can happen if we get breast implants, or are exposed to mold in an infested home or car.

In the very sensitive, the ones we call the canaries in the coal mine, I can often see toxins slowly dragging them down. If they get get daily exposure to BPA in a job as a cashier, bagging groceries, or if she invests a lot in toxic beauty, such as lip injections, face fillers, keratin hair smoothers, and regular nail treatments, she may have a lot of pain, inflammation, and fatigue.

So I use a functional nutrition approach that looks at the whole person through the lens of systems biology and examines the underlying cause of hormone dysregulation, which can include the effects of endocrine disruptors, aka toxins.

 

TOXICITY

It is now clear that our individual ability to detoxify aka to bio-transform and excrete toxic and synthetic substances is of critical importance to our overall health. We are exposed to a greater quantity and a more complex array of toxic compounds in our air, water, and food than ever before. Understanding toxicity and taking practical steps to improve biotransformation are essential and critical pieces in any integrative approach to health and well-being.

I want to be clear about the concept of detoxification.

We cannot really “do a detox” and force our body to detox. The phases of detoxification undertaken by the liver (there are 3, 2 of them very well recognized) and the clearing of toxins is done by the body automatically, in conjunction with the kidneys/urinary system, lungs, skin, and more, not by any product we take. However, we can give the organs what they need to do these processes, and we can use binders to help to keep some things from recirculating, and we can help them get flushed out faster, which is often called “cleansing”.

The concept that toxins accumulate in the body and are the cause of various health problems has long been a fundamental tenet of traditional healthcare systems around the world. Removal of toxins from the body has long been an integral part of Ayurvedic, yogic, and naturopathic medicine. We know that in Canada, the Ojibwa used an 8 herb formula, drunk as a tea, and in Ayurveda, panchakarma and triphala are some of the methods employed. Naturopaths may use herbs or coffee enemas.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention began measuring human exposure to chemicals in 1976, and more recent science has really taught us a lot about how toxins affect us, where they originate, and how to improve our ability to detoxify. There is a very long list of chemicals we may encounter daily. Biomonitoring of subjects is ongoing and they continue to find new toxins in subjects’ blood and urine. Some of these include pesticides like DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) and glyphosate, BPA (bisphenol-A) from plastic bottles, food containers and cash register receipts, and phthalates from toys and shampoos.

Most people are born with chemicals like these in their blood, and then have a persistent, detectable amount of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in their blood most of the time ever afterward. What endocrine disrupting means is that they look like estrogen in the body, but estrogen that misbehaves, even doing evil, like something out of the movie V, or Men in Black, or even American Psycho.

Several of these hormone-f-ing chemicals have been linked to early menarche and early menopause.

Earlier menarche means starting your period young, and it is associated with some bad health outcomes. Around the world, the age of menarche keeps getting younger and is linked to exposure to a common fumigant, according to an analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data.

The NHANES researchers measured a single chemical in girls 12-16, but there are hundreds of known endocrine disruptors in our everyday environment, affecting women of all ages. In a different analysis of the NHANES data, 15 known toxicants were identified as contributors to early menopause in women, including persistent organic pollutants like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and common endocrine disruptors like phthlates. You are also more likely to reach menopause early if you are unfit, overweight, or if you have irritated ovaries, or pituitary gland problems, or have never had kids, or if you smoke…so again, it isn’t just about chemicals – but they sure don’t help.

 

WHAT TO DO

First of all, I recommend that you be careful to reduce your toxin exposure.

Filter your water. If you can, filter your air. Change filters often. Open your windows year round.

Say no to paper receipts.

Get better shampoo, or no shampoo. Use natural, clean and vetted body care, and less of it. Refuse to use regular nail polish, or to hang out in salons, or in places with toxic air. Don’t use hair treatments like Keratin smoothers or perms that use formaldehyde. Use non-toxic menstrual products.

Don’t buy new carpets, or sofas, buy second hand. If you buy furniture, like mattresses, check what they might be made with, and then, if you can, plan to sleep out of your house for the first week or two that they are in your house, to let them air out. Air out new dry cleaning for a week outside of the house in a covered area while they off-gas. Try not to move into places right after they are built – give them a year.

Eat cleaner, cook for yourself. Don’t eat canned food. Bring your own containers – don’t get take out in styrofoam and thin plastic – especially things like hot soup. Get organic food, pastured animals, don’t eat animals that eat conventional grains – they eat too many sprays.

Give up the dryer sheets, and beware of anything perfumed. Don’t hang out near the dishwasher when it is running. Use safer soap in the dishwasher, and run the kitchen exhaust fan when it runs, and go into another room. Hire someone to dust and to vacuum, and don’t let your kids play on the floor.

It’s along list, and you might feel crazy at first, but just try to work at it little by little.

You might need to do things even harder than avoiding toxins.

You may need to get a more understanding and helpful and supportive partner. You might need to earn more money. You might need to say no more and get what you need help with more. You might need to go dancing more, or accept yourself as you are, or tell an asshole to f off. You might need to make seasonal detoxification a regular thing you do now. You might need to really eat nutritiously, not just eat to stay thin. You might need to say NO to the beauty treatments, like the lip fillers, the Botox, the Keratin treatment, the toenail polish, that you think makes you beautiful, and realize how beautiful it is to think clearly in your forties, and to feel better then, and to be glad you worked on your confidence instead of your forehead wrinkle. You might need to drink less alcohol and coffee, so that you can go the F to sleep. You might need to adopt a habit of doing a little walking, a little weights, and a little yoga, instead of nothing, or everything, like a maniac.

Start practicing now, and you can avoid a lot of headaches in the future.

xox

Dana

 

 

Cleansing continued – Seed to Soul podcast

Seed to Soul is a thoughtful podcast exploring various facets of health, wellness, personal growth and nutrition.

Podcasting from Vancouver, British Columbia, we have a passion for diving deep, injecting topics with everything from science to personal adventures, from wonder and awe to critical thinking.

 

Check out Cleansing part 2 here.

In this episode, Rob and Dana focus on cleansing and detox. This is a 2 parter so be sure to check out both.

We look at how our bodies cleanse naturally, foods, supplements and lifestyle tips that support that process, address some myths and misconceptions and talk about pollutants in the environment.

Cleansing and detox – Seed to Soul podcast

Check out Cleansing part 1 here

Seed to Soul welcomes you to a thoughtful enquiry exploring various facets of health, wellness, personal growth, nutrition and supplements.

Podcasting from Vancouver, British Columbia, we have a passion for diving deep, injecting topics with everything from science to personal adventures, from wonder and awe to critical thinking.

 

In this episode, Rob and Dana focus on cleansing and detox. This is a 2 parter so be sure to check out both.

We look at how our bodies cleanse naturally, foods, supplements and lifestyle tips that support that process, address some myths and misconceptions and talk about pollutants in the environment.

4 detoxing myths debunked

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Water. The detox drink.

Thinking of cleaning up your act for the new year?

Thanks to much of what we hear in the media, detoxing has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “detox,” do you immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements and short-term deprivation for short-term gains?

The truth is, a detox doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you detox in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in full-body health.

The following are four myths you may have heard about detoxing.

Understandably, these myths may cause you to be hesitant to try a detox.

Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why detoxing might be just what your body is craving.

 

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Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a detox.

While you might have to eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, or even give your taste buds time to adjust, detoxing isn’t all about eating cauliflower or lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil.

There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and detox your body.

The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, my detox participants always discover new foods and recipes that they absolutely love that have become staples in their diets long after the detox ends.

 

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Myth #2: You’ll constantly be hungry while detoxing.
While you might end up consuming fewer calories while following a detox, tiny portions aren’t a must, and you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry.

Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run.

Furthermore, the liver’s ability to detoxify is nutrient dependant. Yes, you need to eat to detox!

Everyone’s caloric needs are different too, so a detox should never dictate how many calories or what size portions you consume.

By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help detox your body while feeling satisfied. My participants are always amazed that they never feel hungry during my detoxes.

 

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Liquid lunch?

Myth #3: You need to do an all-liquid detox to remove toxins from your body.

Liquid-only detoxes have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of detoxes can backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the detox ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health.

Furthermore, in a cold climate, eating warm, cooked foods can be an important way to keep energy and heat in the body.

An effective detox will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.

If the only way you can lose weight is to imitate stomach flu, we have a problem. I can help you achieve regularity without having a backend blast out.

 

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Whole lotta nope!

Myth #4: Detoxes are just a way for people to sell expensive supplements.

Some are. But supplements involved in a detox should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition or even the sole source of cleansing.

While on a detox, you should get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources.

Supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from these foods, or to support the cleansing process.

For example, by including herbs, you can get the kidneys to work more efficiently, or by adding probiotics in your diet, you help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and remove toxins from the body.

 

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Oh yeah.

Aside from the benefits discussed above, detoxing is an incredibly effective way to identify if you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones, and establish healthy habits for the long term!

Improved energy, clarity, mood, regularity or body composition are more easily achieved by living a lifestyle that incorporates aspects of detox than by incorporating aspects of ‘dieting’.

One of the reasons why is that toxins make us both sick and fat.

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Best to get that crap out!!

In fact, it is great to make some of the skills and habits you learn during a detox your new normal!

I’ve worked with detox participants who not only have lost weight and kept it off, but who have also seen their energy level skyrocket, their skin clear up and even their allergies disappear.

This is one reason they remain popular!

I hope that helped to clear up some things. If you’d like advice for starting something cleansing for the short or long term, feel free to reach out!

xox

Dana

Hormone Havoc 2 – more reasons to avoid toxins

Those terrible chemicals called Obesogens

Last time, I mentioned that we need to clean up our lives and diets to be sure to avoid some terrible chemicals known as obesogens.

Motivation is hard though.

Changing our lives is hard.

Here is some more info that helps motivate me to avoid those nasties

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Obesogens are a category of toxic chemicals that make us, and the next several generations after us, fat.

 

These chemicals don’t just make us fat, or obese, or affect our hormones, or our lives. 

They cause epigenetic changes.

Epigenetic changes = changes on our DNA.

Did I mention that?

These chemicals easily change our genes.

They change our genes in a way that passes from generation to generation, influencing cancer, obesity and fertility for generations.

These are called epigenetic changes.

And even if you never plan to have kids, if you want to avoid cancer, liver disease, kidney disease and diabetes, it behooves you to clear the junk out. In fact, that’s probably why nutritionists and naturopaths seem positively obsessed with detoxing.

These exogenous hormones are terrible. 

So we should lower our exposure, reduce our intake, and detox to remove them.

Learn more: Dr. Anthony Jay’s book Estro Generation discusses the topic.

However, that doesn’t mean all plant estrogens are bad.

About exogenous plant estrogens

Plant estrogens are from outside the body, but are not as much of a concern as chemical estrogen FAKES – those are NEVER good.

Plant estrogens may bind with sites and actually prevent them from interacting with the chemical fakers from plastics, which can be a very good thing.

Another time it might be good to consume exogenous estrogens from plants would be in times of low estradiol, like post menopause, or any time the numbers are too low, like after being on a low-fat diet (for men and women).

Normal levels of estrogen hormones in people are 20 ng/l for men 20 – 400ng/l for women. If you actually need to RAISE estrogen, try plants estrogens from flax: 300,000 mcg/100g Flax.

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   Flax can raise estrogens enough to make menopause more comfortable.

Have you ever tried this?

Let us know!

xox

Dana

 

Girl, WASH your face, the health edition

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Take it all off.

Wash. Your. Face.

If you care about your wellbeing, there are many reasons why you should. I’m not staying this cause I’m the best at doing it, because I’m not. But here are reasons I’m right:

  1. If you wear makeup to your checkup, you hide info from the doctor
  2. Makeup itself is full of garbage that is bad for your health
  3. Wearing makeup to hide being worn out enables pushing to burnout
  4. Wearing makeup to hide the fact that your are ill allows putting off healing
  5. Wearing makeup to bed doesn’t let your skin breathe
  6. Wearing makeup to the gym doesn’t let your skin sweat
  7. Changing your face with makeup can feed imposter syndrome
  8. Transforming your face with makeup does not allow people to know YOU 

I will break down all the reasons these are evil.

But first, I will say, honestly, that I love makeup.

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I love theatrical makeup, for acting or for Halloween, and I love seeing multicoloured ombre hair, long lashes, and expertly applied full-face glamour makeup on other people, and I love watching makeup transformations, and I really enjoy doing myself up for a big event. I loved putting on makeup when I was younger and pretending to be Madonna, I love highlighting now. It is fun. Makeup is fun.

It is also a life saver, even a “face” saver. There were years where makeup helped me to leave the house, when I couldn’t imagine going out without my mascara to feel sexy, my concealer to feel acceptable, or my blush to feel pretty. Not only was this the answer to my need and problem, I felt it was necessary for others. Going out without makeup would elicit all kinds of comments like “you look tired”, or “what’s wrong?” or “you don’t look too good”.

Although those were not very polite or sensitive comments, they were reasonable. Because without makeup, it was plain to see that I was not well. The problem was, I did not know what was wrong.

I didn’t know why I had dark circles under my eyes, unbelievably dry and sensitive skin, a dull complexion, unruly hair. It just seemed those things were me. But it also seemed that those things were not acceptable. And so there were years when I would hide my dull and blotchy complexion under foundation because I didn’t know what else to do.

And that brings me to item number 1.

  1. If you wear makeup to your health appointment, you hide info from the doctor
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Are you hiding how ill you look?

There is an incredible amount of information in your face. I don’t mean all the biometrics that they use at the airport. I mean a physical exam by a trained health practitioner is an opportunity to note nutritional deficiencies and health imbalances. Even an otherwise distracted and abrupt doctor doctor visit can become one of concern if the doctor can SEE that you are not totally well.

Now, not all physicians made use of their observational skills to their full capacity, but many will do so to some extent, and naturopathic and functional physicians do so regularly.

There are so many things we can learn from looking at faces (and hair, nails, skin, eyes and teeth) that I will devote and entire post to it!! Meanwhile, eat your pride, and go to the doctor looking like you look, even if you look BAD.

(Update: I wrote the post, it is here and I linked to it in the text above too)

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Do you wonder why you need fake nails?

2. Makeup itself is full of garbage that is bad for your health

  • Parabens
  • Phtalates
  • BHT, BHA
  • Lead and other heavy minerals
  • Quaternium-15 and other formaldehyde-releasers
  • Toxic sunscreens
  • Petroleum
  • Hydroquinone
  • Retinol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Retinol

This part is something we can get into in another post.

 

  • Wearing makeup to hide being worn out enables pushing to burnout
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Why does no one knows you’re overworked?

My lovely friend Devon once kindly helped me when I moved cross-country, accepting me and my stuff into her busy life for a few days, despite the fact that she was juggling things and was sick with a nasty cold. Dressed for comfort, she stuffed her mussed hair under a tuque, blew her reddened nose, and adeptly got support from her boyfriend to make my stay comfortable, before heading out.

When I asked if she was going to work like that, she looked me in the eye and said “You bet I am. I am sick but I am coming in, and they had better notice and appreciate that”.

If your family doesn’t see, if your neighbours don’t see, if no one sees that you are struggling, tired, overwhelmed, or sick, they’re less likely to help, or to cut you any slack.

That was a revelation to me, since my approach on sick days was to do everything I could to hide the fact that I was not 100%. I was fascinated. I also noted that I was chronically under-appreciated and overworked, while Devon was promoted and got a substantial raise that year. I decided to reconsider my approach.

 

  • Wearing makeup to hide the fact that your are ill delays healing
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If I ask WHAT should I do if I have a beauty problem, I will always end up with something consumable – a beauty treatment, a makeup product – designed to compensate for a lack of health. This makes it easy to never stop to ask WHY I need it.

You see, when our nails chip too much to grow, ladies start making nail appointments, when they have dark circles they buy concealer, when their hair is dry and frizzy they get a keratin treatment, when their eyebrows are thinning they get micro-blading, and when dark hair is growing in, they get laser treatments.

Rarely do people ask “Why are the outer third of my eyebrows thinning?” but if they did, they might realize they have hypo-thyroidism! Instead they ask, “What to do about thinning eyebrows?”, and they end up with a 3-step Kardashian eyebrow makeup kit.

The normalization of beauty treatments, and the idea that getting them is a treat – makes us focus on why we deserve them, and we now defend our right to this as self care, when true self-care is the stuff that would keep you healthy in the first place.

 

  • Wearing makeup to bed doesn’t let your skin breathe
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If he is good enough to sleep with he is good enough to show your face to photo: Pexels.com

 

  • If you wear a powder foundation or sunscreen, the drying effects are more noticeable at night, and can lead to lines as your skin dries up.

Conversely, moist foundation, primer, BB and CC creams, even sunscreens all collect particles while you are out during the day – free radicals, dust and other assaults actually stick to the makeup. If you’ve been near a wildfire zone, you probably have tons of crap stuck to your face!

In both cases, the material you are wearing creates a smooth look in part by filling the pores in your face. By not washing your face, you leave that stuff in the pores all night, which can actually stretch them out! Clear them out, and let your face rest.

By not washing the makeup off at night, you are not washing off the pollution that has accumulated in the makeup you are wearing, giving it longterm access to your skin, exposing your skin to aging free radicals.

 

  • Wearing makeup to the gym doesn’t let your skin sweat
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Let’s stop the madness.

Remember that I said that wearing makeup makes your face collect particles all day long? Well, wearing a face full of makeup to the gym means it is easier for the bacteria on the mats, balls and weights to stick to your face.

Then those pores and follicles, all filled with makeup, have a harder time sweating, and sweating is a natural way for the body to cleanse itself. It is possible to create some spots this way, as well as increase the likelihood of having dry spots and oily spots. For a nice even complexion, wash your face before a workout.

 

  • Transforming your face with makeup can feed imposter syndrome
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Do you feel like a beauty imposter?

Although it can feel amazing to look amazing, if you rely on makeup, knowing how much you need it will ruin your self confidence, not build it. If you think that you look best when you look completely unlike yourself, we have an issue.

Many women feel like imposters when they stand up and say “I’m an expert”, “I’m beautiful”, or “I’m an author”, as if they have no right no claim that. Even if they have plenty of education, natural beauty or writing experience, they feel like imposters, unless they have passed some kind of test.

One kind of test is the bare face test. The test of being able to go out without makeup on. It will break the imposter syndrome you have around your beauty, and make you feel authentic.

Some women cannot do it, and this undermines their confidence instead of building it, because they know, the makeup is a crutch.

 

  • Transforming your face with makeup does not allow people to know YOU 
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Some people lips are small. That is life.

I am not really judging people who wear a lot of makeup on a first date. However some potential partners may feel catfished if everything from your hair extensions to your nails and tan are fake, and you peel off a gel bra, eyelashes, Spanx, and face slimming tape at night!

If you look so very different in makeup that you can’t spontaneously jump in a pool or otherwise let yourself be free for fear of exposing your real face, that’s a problem to me, but that’s because I value the expression of your inner joy more than I prioritize you looking Instagram-able.

If you feel the need to take the idea of no makeup selfies and push it to include CC cream, lash extensions, Vaseline brushed eyebrows, and tinted lip balm and brows, you are pretty clearly not embracing who you naturally are, which is the point of no makeup selfies.

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No makeup…like for real?

But it also means you are showing no weakness, and you are not allowing vulnerability, and you are not really letting anyone know you. I think the more you need your makeup, the harder you may find it is to have true close friends or lovers.

But what do I know? Some women never let their husbands see them without their makeup on and hair curled. To each their own.

Just be sure, if you’re a “I get my nails done like clockwork” kinda gal, that you check out my post about what secrets your body is telling.

xox

Dana

Hormone Havoc

Cleaning up our bodies of unwanted hormones:

what, why, and HOW.

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You may know a lot or a little, but do you know where to start?

When you come to a holistic nutritionist, things are bound to get, well, holistic. That means we look at your whole life to find out what is going on.

Usually, it is not all your fault, or your food’s fault, that you are sick, tired, ‘fat’ or anxious/sad.

Although you are in control of, and may need to change some habits, and face some negative ways of interacting with yourself, your kitchen and your life, there are often all kinds of HIDDEN things or things that were not in your control – like your childhood, the ubiquity of plastic food containers and “fragrance” – that have been affecting you behind the scenes.

We change that now by educating you and putting you back in control.

The what, why and how of hormones

Hormones need to be discussed precisely because it feels like THEY control US.

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Changing our makeup is usually one of the last things we do, but it can be very powerful.

WHAT we are talking about:

Many practitioners have found that hormones are a huge issue for their clients and patients, because they stall weight loss and affect overall health.

While natural human hormones can be out of balance and affect our bodies, exogenous hormones (those from OUTSIDE the body) can also throw us out of whack. There are classes of man-made chemicals that act unintentionally as hormones. They are used in North America in food production and household and personal care products and affect everyone here.

WHY it’s an issue:

Elsewhere on the planet, these chemicals are banned outright, need warnings, are nicknamed obesogens because they cause weight gain & fat storage.

Yup, they make us fat.

These fake estrogens enter our bodies through our skin and food, float in our blood binding to sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), circulating in our body.

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Yep, the BPA on thermal-printer cash register receipts might be stalling your weight loss.

How they affect us:

They essentially tell the body you are pregnant (!), telling your body to make fat, and store fat, and to not burn it. The body stores them in body fat, prompting the body to create new fat cells in which to store them. They can lead to fatty liver disease, kidney disease, insulin resistance. They throw our own hormones out of whack: our thyroids, our moods, our genitals, our insulin. They reduce our levels of testosterone, affecting muscle building, sexuality and physiology.

This is stressful for the body, and confusing.

Signs: Low testosterone, weight gain, cancer, insulin/immune/mood issues

The FAKE hormones in food, environment, even soaking in the tub with us.

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These little cuties can be toxic.

What chemicals are we talking about?

  • BPA and BPS
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Tributyltin and other organotins
  • Red food colouring #3, #40
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid
  • Fragrance – Perfume
  • Atrazine

Sources:

Plastics of every kind

Makeup, lotion, toothpaste, soap, body wash etc

Receipts and thermal printed paper

Can linings, Bottle cap or lid linings

Teflon, non-stick

Corn, most other grains. Herbicides and fungicides.

Microwave popcorn

Water not filtered through activated charcoal

Conventional meats and dairy and their fats

Commercial non-organic seed and grain oils

Alcohol holds fats in place, holding on to chemicals

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Pass on the “treat” at the end of your walk around the seawall. Even beet juice is unhealthy when it comes in a plastic cup, and the planet doesn’t need the straw to deal with.

Steps to clear them out

Clear out plastics

Eliminate other sources above – cans, Teflon, conventional bacon

Eat grass-fed/grass-finished, organic animal products, organic food

Natural, organic, fragrance-free clean cosmetics and toiletries

Fragrance-free personal care and cleaning products

Limit alcohol

Mobilize fats (Sauna, exercise, rebounding)

Eating good quality clean fats, and free fatty acids, bitters, fibre

Try dietary Ketosis

Teach body to burn fats, metabolic flexibility

Intermittent fasting (burn fat for fuel in mitochondria)

Filter water with Activated Charcoal

PLOS study:

Chronic exposure to Atrazine causes mitochondrial dysfunction and insulin resistance. Rats who got low doses of Atrazine gained weight despite eating the same calories as slimmer Atrazine-free rats. This proves calories are not the answer – we have to clean up the calories.

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It can be a lot to contemplate.

Eating clean takes on new meaning, doesn’t it?

When did this become part of losing weight!? Let me guess – cleansing – AKA, limiting the bad fats, sugar, and alcohol in your life – that seemed hard, but important. Doable.

Terrible but manageable.

Now this…

Filtering all water? Yup.

Reading hand lotion bottles. Yup – heck, reading EVERYTHING!

Never using ANY plastic wrap, baggies or storage containers?

Making a huge, probably expensive lifestyle shift to grass-only organic meat and pthalate and paraben-free shampoos, changing cleaners and plastics all through the house…

THIS seems downright daunting, am I right!? This isn’t just about food. It’s your whole LIFE. Cutting out, like everything!?

Seriously – I get it.

 

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Checking lotions for toxins is way easier with the free THINK DIRTY app.

 

And if conventional grain, dairy and meat are OUT, we have to change our shopping routines – what stores we shop, even our entire diet philosophy!?

Changing is SO IMPORTANT.

DO make steps, however small, I urge you!

If you need help, I am here!

Read my next post for more motivation as to WHY.

xox

Dana