By Tash Weddle
We all have cells in our bodies that have mutant proteins from DNA damage. What does this mean? It means that we all have the potential in our DNA to develop some type of cancer if something goes wrong. But we also have a large part in controlling whether or not cancer cells will develop or not. This control is gained through diet, exercise and other lifestyle habits.
Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 75% of these breast cancers are ER (estrogen receptor) positive and grow in response to the hormone estrogen. Unfortunately, our environment is now full of man-made estrogens called Xenoestrogens that push many of us toward a condition of estrogen dominance. This is a bad thing because estrogen promotes cell division, particularly in hormone-sensitive tissue (breast and uterine lining).
Some sources of Xenoestrogens are: air fresheners, food additives/preservatives, household cleaners and detergents, car exhaust, non-organic foods (particularly animals fats from dairy and meat), shampoos, lotions, perfumes, make up deodorants, oral contraceptives and prescription drugs, paints and solvents, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, Styrofoam products, plant estrogens like soy, plastics, canned foods, and plastic food wrap.
Excess estrogen can also be caused by the following controllable factors:
- Insulin resistance – this can be controlled and improved through diet and exercise.
- Consuming a diet of processed soy, corn and non-organic foods loaded with Xenoestrogens, pesticides, etc. check out the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen.
- Food sensitivities and allergies – do an elimination diet for 30 days like the whole30 to uncover any food sensitivities or allergies you may have.
- Excess alcohol consumption
- Using products laden with cancer causing chemicals. Check to see if the products you’re using are safe at: Skin deep
In the next post I’ll go into more depth regarding specific nutrition and supplementation protocols that can help in elimination of cancer causing estrogens.