Way of Life’s May Newsletter
Way of Life welcomes in the month of May reminding all to honor the Mother this Mother’s Day Sunday May 13th. Many treasures await in our gift and wares section. We will have15% off gift wares for Mother’s Day on May 12th & 13th as well as four Mother’s Day Raffle Baskets!
Also this month you will find great deals on Genuine Health, Wish Garden, Dr Mercola and Now Foods supplements as well as two valuable lectures to attend. One class will be on A Holistic Approach to Pain Management and other on Understanding Your Thyroid and Thriving!
Below, we have a great article from Carol Shwery about the Powerful Food/Hormone Connection.
The Powerful Food/Hormone Connection
by Carol Shwery DC, CCN
Every month there are monthly, weekly, and daily national observances. Some of them you hear about all the time: for example May is Arthritis Awareness Month. May is also Gifts from the Garden Month. It’s a great time to think about the connection of food, herbs and hormone balance. Eating is one of the eight foundations of a healthy lifestyle, without which we cannot live to our fullest potential.
Hormone balance is essential whether you’re a man or woman. You need your sex hormones as well as your “not so sexy” hormones in balance to have energy, vitality, sexuality, equanimity and oh so much more.
Cruciferous vegetables have superpowers that relate to hormone balance. Vegetables included in this group are broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Bok Choy, turnips as well as a number of others.. The most important things that these veggies can do is help balance the types of estrogen that are circulating in our bodies. There are many different kinds of estrogens that are made and produced that metabolize in the body. But based upon on what you eat, your lifestyle, and the environment, we can produce what I call the “good, the bad, and the ugly estrogens.”
The bad estrogens produce bad symptoms. The most important symptom that is produced or can be produced by the bad ones is cancer, so it’s imperative to know what food supports the creation of the good estrogens and not the bad and the ugly. The good estrogen, we will call estrogen 2 and the bad guys are #4 and 16 estrogens. So we want the 2 pathway to support our wellness , and we want to really reduce the others.
The type 4 and 16 have the tendency to promote cancers in our bodies while type 2 is an anticancer form of estrogen. It turns out that cruciferous vegetables support the body’s production of type 2 estrogen. So not only do these veggies have mass amounts of nutrients and antioxidants, they also have direct anticancer qualities. Does that not make you want to eat them? It’s hard to get a ton of these veggies in, so I recommend using a product called I-3 C or Indole- 3- Carbinol. This supplement is made from cruciferous vegetables only, and you can get the large amounts that you need to support the type 2 estrogens. Men need to balance estrogens and eat foods with anti – cancer qualities as well, so men – eat up!
There is an ongoing discussion about with raw cruciferous vegetables and how they potentially negatively affect the thyroid gland. So one of the best things you can do in preparing these cruciferous vegetables besides eating them raw is to bake them or sauté them. But baking is best, and if you cook them for 30 minutes, it does reduce some of the substances that will inhibit your thyroid function. The main thing you don’t want to do is you don’t want to boil them because that reduces their benefits.
Blood sugar imbalances are at epidemic levels in this country. Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin Resistance and Diabetes are all serious problems, and can lead to serious health complications. We know that we need to remove foods that lead to these health challenges, but what is just as important is to eat the foods that balance insulin and blood sugar.
Brussel Sprouts: Contain high levels of Vitamin K, which helps keep insulin levels in check, plus they contain sulforaphane (great anti-cancer qualities)
Cabbage: Vanadium is in cabbage which mimics insulin. It also can lower glucose and decrease insulin production, thus improving insulin resistance
Cucumber: Contains a substance needed by the beta cells of the pancreas to produce insulin
Garlic: Has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and thus lower blood sugar, plus contains antioxidants that promote a healthy cholesterol profile
Turmeric: Curcumin, the anti-inflammatory constituent reduces insulin resistance and prevents type 2 diabetes by dampening the inflammatory response
There are so many more, but this is a great start!
The last area to discuss is balancing hormones having to do with the Thyroid gland. Each of these topics could be hours and hours of info, but this is just a little appetizer plate of information. With thyroid, blood sugar and sex hormone balance, eating a whole foods, antioxidant rich diet is paramount.
Incorporate sea vegetables in your diet—only about an ounce per week. If you have Hashimoto’s, skip this.
Use probiotic- and prebiotic-rich foods: kefir, rejuvelac, sauerkraut, coconut yogurt, cashew yogurt, seed yogurt, Jerusalem artichoke, and chicory root (improves T3 production). Cilantro is also a very important herb to use liberally.
Turmeric soothes the thyroid, along with being an antioxidant with anti- inflammatory and anti-microbial benefits. Turmeric can also protect organs damaged by thyroid dysfunction.
OMG! There’s so much more! What we eat really does matter and can do our bodies so much good!
With over 37 years practicing functional and lifestyle medicine and chiropractic, Dr. Carol works with men and women who are struggling with declining health fatigue and pain to reset their body and age in reverse. She identiﬁes the root causes of their health challenges, and offers treatment and tools to implement natural lifestyle and attritional solutions to restore and transform health and have a body in life without limits
Wednesday, May 2nd
6:30 -8:00 pm
A Holistic Approach to Pain Management
Marianne Benforado, L.Ac, Dipl.OM
Wednesday, May 16th
6:30 -8:00 pm