How to Combine Foods to Improve Digestion

How to Combine Foods to Improve Digestion

Health begins in the gut. 

It’s common to feel digestive discomfort (bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, nausea) or fatigue after eating, but it should not be the norm. 

The gut allows nutrients to pass into the body and provides a barrier against harmful organisms. When this happens correctly, you feel energized and refreshed after meals. 

If that’s not the case for you, you may benefit from a few simple guidelines known to improve digestion and ease symptoms like abdominal pain and swelling, mental fog, intestinal gas, and fatigue. 

These are not rules, in that you have to follow them for the rest of your life, but becoming aware of how you eat certain foods together to improve digestion can help, especially if you suffer from digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 

Combining foods to improve digestion works because our food (carbs, fats, and proteins) digests at different speeds and requires different digestive enzymes to break it down. You can create a little war inside if you eat foods that have different requirements for digestion and absorption… especially if you have underlying digestive problems added to the mix. 


Food combining guidelines 


Neutral Foods

Leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables contain their own digestive enzymes and can be paired with any meal. 

Citrus fruits, spices, and herbs are neutral foods and can be paired with any foods. Many of them aid in digestion. Use lemon, grapefruit, apple cider vinegar, ginger, garlic, oregano, basil, cilantro, and other healing herbs to add flavor and improve the health of your digestive system.


Eat fruit away from starchy carbs

Fruit, grains, and other carbohydrates (like potatoes and legumes) have a similar digestive rate, so they will compete with one another and lead to fermentation in the gut, which causes gas and bloating. The grain or starch will win this battle and the fruit will be left in the gut to putrefy and ferment while it waits its turn to be digested. 

Instead, try fruit with nuts, or eat it alone. Its simple sugars will digest very rapidly. It’s best to eat it about 30 minutes to 1 hour before or after meals. 

Some people also do well with fruit smoothies since the fruit is already broken down and it can be easily digested along with chia seeds, avocado, greens, and plant based proteins. Chewing your smoothies will also help you release the digestive juices necessary to digest with ease. 

Eat melon alone because it has a quick fermentation process and can cause bloating when eaten with any other food. 


Pair protein with non-starchy vegetables

Protein needs an acidic environment and plenty of digestive enzymes to break down and digest. It can be paired with cabbage, broccoli, greens, peppers, or other non-starchy vegetables because they have their own digestive enzymes.

Many people can digest protein well with starch. A lot of this will depend on the health of your digestive system, blood sugar imbalances, and your metabolic type. People with thyroid or adrenal disorders may need more carbohydrates with protein to help support energy.

When eating protein with a carbohydrate-rich meal, pay attention to whether or not your stomach feels heavy or you feel foggy and tired after meals. This is a sign that you had too much starch with your protein. 


Pair starch with healthy fats and vegetables

Grains, potatoes, plantains, and legumes play nice together at mealtime and all need an alkaline environment for digestion. They also pair well with non-starchy vegetables. 


Limit liquids during meals

Digestive enzymes are formed in the mouth when we chew our food. Drinking water or any other beverage with your meals can dilute these digestive enzymes and slow digestion. Drink water outside of meals and sip room temperature water with your meals. You can add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar before meals and drink it about 30 minutes before you eat to improve digestion.


What if you still have digestive upset after meals?

Digestive upset can still happen if we overeat or if we don’t combine foods appropriately. It’s natural to want to reach for an over-the-counter remedy to give you a little relief. 

Here’s a few more things you can try:

  • Raw apple cider vinegar helps rebalance the pH in your gut  to help you digest better. Try  1-3 teaspoons in 4 oz of water.
  • Digestive enzymes before meals are beneficial if you know you have consistent issues. You may also try 2 capsules after meals that cause bloating.
  • Ginger tea before or after a meal can help calm nausea and bloating and relieve constipation

If you have indigestion after a meal, you can add a pinch of baking soda to about 4 oz of warm water to neutralize the acid.


Want to learn more about digestive health?

If you’re struggling with food sensitivities, low energy, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions, or weight gain, it could all be related to poor gut health and particularly leaky gut. 

Functional lab tests and a good professional assessment can be life-giving if you have chronic digestive issues or health problems. 

Check out my services here and connect with me to learn more about whether our programs are right for you. 



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4 Simple Ways to Naturally Reduce Inflammation

4 Simple Ways to Naturally Reduce Inflammation

You’ve likely heard how inflammation can negatively affect your health, but I bet you haven’t really thought about the role it’s playing in your current health situation.  

It’s sometimes referred to as a silent killer, and has a bad reputation, but inflammation is not necessarily always a bad thing. It naturally occurs in response to injury and is helpful when you get hurt or even if you over-exercise. It’s a healing response to injury that protects and heals.  

The big problem is chronic inflammation that comes as a result of the amount of stress your physical body is under on a daily basis. Under the wrong conditions, your body has a difficult time healing and can lead to symptoms caused by this inflammation like: 

  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Brain fog
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sluggish thyroid

While inflammation does play a major role in the development of chronic diseases, the great news is, we can control chronic inflammation through lifestyle and daily behaviors. 

A few simple ways to naturally reduce inflammation:

1. Focus on whole food nutrition 

Toss out the processed and packaged foods that are filled with sugar and non-food ingredients. Gluten, dairy, sugar, and hydrogenated oils are 4 of the most inflammatory foods. Replace these with healthier alternatives anytime it’s possible to begin naturally reduce inflammation in your body.

Opt for more nutrient dense foods like pasture-raised meats, wild-caught fish, organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Snack on fruit and vegetables and fill your plate with lots of color. 

Great anti-inflammatory food sources that naturally contain antioxidants include oranges, red bell peppers, kiwi, avocados, sunflower seeds, tuna, halibut, grass-fed beef, blueberries, blackberries, and acai. Sulforaphane rich foods are also an excellent source and include vegetables such as broccoli, broccoli sprouts, and foods in the cabbage family. 

2. Add herbs and spices to your meals

Spices not only add flavor, but they have great healing properties. Once you remove the inflammatory foods, you can add antioxidants to help protect your body from cellular damage. 

Using antioxidants to clean up internal damage can help boost your cellular health and that means you have more energy, you feel stronger in your body, you improve your mood, and your brain works better.

This can be as simple as adding antioxidant rich spices into your food. Those are things like turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, cacao, and oregano.

3. Make sleep a priority

Aim for a 10 p.m. bedtime. Your body runs on a circadian rhythm, which is around the sun. You release the most melatonin starting around 10 p.m. And your liver and organ repair starts shortly after. 

Deep sleep is responsible for making sure you feel fully rested when you wake up, and it occurs early in the evening. 

REM sleep makes up the last 4 hours and it’s when your body focuses on the mental and emotional aspects of healing. 

A solid bedtime routine will help set you up for successful sleep. Wind down by using softer lights or lamps instead of bright overhead lighting. This will mimic the natural going down of the sun. Turn off your technology and devices 1-2 hours before bedtime since artificial light can disrupt your sleep. 

Take a few moments before bed to process your day and take note of a few things you’re grateful for so you can fall asleep in a more joyful state.

If tomorrow’s to-do list is already running through your mind, keep a notepad beside your bed to jot it down and let it go. It will be there tomorrow when you rise. 

4. Spend time outside and move your body

Outdoor sunlight and fresh air helps you reset your circadian rhythm and helps you soak up vitamin D. Weather permitting, find an outdoor hobby you enjoy. You could go hiking, walking, swimming, kayaking. When weather is not permitting, bring nature indoors by using plants and stretch out on a yoga mat.

Nature has its own immune system and within a few hours of being outdoors, you can boost your immune systems for up to 30 days. 

Nature also reduces stress, which is closely linked with reducing inflammation and the symptoms associated with it. Make outdoor activity a priority for a few hours per week to reset your mind and body. 

When you pair daily movement with time outdoors, you will significantly improve your mood, reduce pain, increase energy, and reduce stress, which will greatly impact your overall health and reduce inflammation.

So before you pop another anti-inflammatory, give these a try. 

If you’re looking for a straightforward approach to improving chronic conditions such as thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, extra body weight, or other digestive issues and hormone imbalances, research shows that working to naturally reduce inflammation in the body is a great way to improve the quality of your life and health.

If you’re looking for a personalized plan to address your overall health in a more natural way, you can check out the details of my services here.

Intermittent Fasting: The Good & Bad Of This Eating Schedule

Intermittent Fasting: The Good & Bad Of This Eating Schedule

Intermittent fasting is a new term that’s only grown in popularity over the most recent years. But there is still a lot of confusion around whether it’s actually good and safe for you. 

It’s important to realize there are different types of fasting. While too much fasting can reduce muscle mass and skin elasticity in some people, fasting is a pretty healthy practice for the most part (with a couple of caveats). One of the biggest cautions of fasting is for those suffering from poor adrenal health. 

As long as the body is being supported, it’s typically safe for most people. Make the best decision for your body by finding out whether intermittent fasting is right for you.

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Although the term has recently garnered a lot of popularity, people of different religions and cultural backgrounds have practiced intermittent fasting for centuries. 

Instead of not eating for days, this type of fasting requires a period of time during the day where you withhold food (i.e. your fast). That means you have a shorter period where you can consume food. There are several ratios that some argue are better than others. 

You may be familiar with the 8:16 method, where you are consuming food for 8 hours of the day and then fasting for the other 16 hours. This helps the body regulate digestion, sleep-wake cycles, and hormones. Additionally, it has a natural cleansing effect on the body and benefits blood sugar, blood pressure, and food cravings.

Others opt for an ever shorter eating window of 4 hours. This is called the 20:4 method. It is a popular choice for people with specific fitness goals or those who must work around a challenging schedule to practice intermittent fasting. 

The 24:0 fasting method is common in a lot of religious practices. It’s a time where there is no consumption of food for at least 24 hours. This allows the body to clean up damaged cells and regenerate new and healthy cells through a process called autophagy.

The term autophagy means self-eating. Although it is a great way to support the digestive system, it’s not for everyone. This form of fasting can be hard on those with adrenal or thyroid problems and for those under a lot of stress.

The Good: Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

Regardless of the ratio, there are some great benefits of fasting to help you decide whether this type of eating is right for you.

Ready to find a plan that truly works for you and your body? Reach out to Chelsie Ward Wellness to get started!

Release Your Body’s Toxins

Fasting is one of the most powerful ways to remove toxins from your body. When you’re fasting, your body burns fat for fuel. The name of this process is lipolysis. It helps mobilize the fat-soluble toxins stored in the fat, which allows your body to release the stored fat.

Improve Your Insulin Sensitivity

Fasting lowers insulin and blood glucose levels. If you have an insulin resistance diagnosis, then you must know that this is a precursor to several more serious health problems, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Other chronic diseases

When you fast, glucose levels fall and the pancreas produces less insulin. When insulin levels fall, the body gets the cue to release energy and burn your fat stores.

Decrease Your Inflammation And Gut Health

Fasting reduces inflammation not only in the gut but in the entire body. It also strengthens the gut barrier that protects the digestive system from bad bacteria. 80% of your immune system lives in your gut. When there is a disruption to your gut microbiome, you also impair your immune function. Fasting helps reset this process and reduce gut permeability, also known as leaky gut.

The Bad: The Risks Of Intermittent Fasting You Need To Know

As you can see, intermittent fasting has some great benefits. Like with anything else, it’s not safe for everyone. Here are some risks or warning signs that it may not be right for you.

Avoid If You Have An Underlying Eating Disorder

Fasting is not typically recommended for those who have underlying eating disorders or have spent years under eating. If chronic dieting has been an issue in the past, then it’s important to keep the focus on bringing the body back into balance. If you’ve tried all the diets and nothing seems to stick, it’s time we customize a plan just for you. Fill out my application and let’s work towards your fitness goals together.

Detoxification Doesn’t Work If You Aren’t Already Showing Love To Your Liver

Supporting the body’s detoxification pathways is also important. Intermittent fasting is a lot easier if you love your liver during the process. When fasting, make sure you have everything you need to support all the phases of detoxification. (Need a refresher on keeping your liver happy? Read my previous blog, Loving Your Liver: 10 Clues It’s Time To Detox Your Liver.)

Fasting Puts Stress On The Body

When fasting for long periods of time, it’s important to care for your adrenal system to make sure your hormones have support. As it can be a stressor to the body, fasting can leave you feeling worse if you do not keep your adrenal glands in balance. This may lead to anxiety, palpitations, low blood sugar, and more. Fasting must be supported with proper herbs and minerals, as well as good stress reduction techniques.

Watch Out For You Thyroid Health

Another organ system that intermittent fasting impacts is the thyroid. Many people who have thyroid disease have a problem following ketogenic diets while attempting to implement intermittent fasting. You can still enter into ketosis while fueling the body with enough carbs to keep your thyroid healthy. It does not have to be one or the other. Since the thyroid regulates temperature and energy, these are two signs you may look at to make sure you are fueling your body appropriately.


Overcoming Sugar Addiction For A Long & Healthy Life

Overcoming Sugar Addiction For A Long & Healthy Life

I remember my parents always telling me that sugar would rot my teeth. While that may have been extreme, it wasn’t until much later that I learned the negative impacts sugar has on the rest of the body.

Not only does it cause weight gain, but sugar can cause a host of other problems. Fatigue, sluggish metabolism, digestive upset, and even hormones can be negatively affected by sugar.

Knowing all of this now, why do we still eat sugar?

A tasty treat is one thing, but sugar is addictive and is overloading our bodies with toxins. Read on as I dig a little deeper into overcoming sugar addiction. Reclaim your health and honor your body today.

Overcoming Sugar Addiction For A Long & Healthy Life

You probably already know that sugar isn’t good for you. But did you know sugar can negatively impact your ability to live a long and healthy life?

Obesity and diabetes have reached an all-time high due to this addictive substance. Color it a drug. Sugar is public enemy number one. It’s degrading the health and quality of life for so many people.

Are you or a loved one battling disease or illness? Learn how diving deeper into wholeness can relieve, or fix, your symptoms for good.

Rising Blood Sugar Levels

Steady blood sugar levels is one thing every person who lives to be over 100 has in common.  That’s because the biggest problem with eating sugar-laden foods is they cause a sharp rise in blood sugar levels. 

So if you have problems with your weight and mood (or feel like you need midday caffeine pick-me-ups), you may have a problem with your blood sugar.

I know firsthand the negative impact sugar can have on a person’s life. When I was a child, I had a sugar imbalance. If you talk to my parents, they would tell you that I was just a very picky eater. As long as it was sweet, I was okay. But I didn’t have an appetite for anything else. 

This sugar habit continued throughout my adult life. By the time I was in my twenties, I had an uncontrollable appetite for sugar. Every week, I would buy a 4-pound brownie, a big icing-filled cookie cake, and 2-3 containers of ice cream. Cakes, cookies, and pastries would often become breakfast and/or dinner. 

Looking back, there’s no question as to why I was sick at one point in my life. 

Sugar ruled me! 

It was my drug of choice.

All this to say, if I can quit sugar, so can you!

Balancing Our Sugar Intake

Honestly, I still enjoy the sweeter things in life. But we have to be smart about our sugar intake if we want to live a long, healthy, and energized life. 

If you’re struggling or consumed by sugar, there are a few things you need to know.

Glycemic Index

To start, let’s look at the glycemic index. A lot of people are taught to go by the glycemic index to determine whether a food is highly impacting the body in a negative way. 

The problem with the glycemic index is it only looks at glucose. It doesn’t even look at fructose, which is actually worse. It also doesn’t take into account nutrient density, fiber, or natural sugar.

Artificial Sweeteners

Second, we are also training our bodies to enjoy these fake sugars. A lot of these alternative sugars are 300 times sweeter than natural sugars. This causes us to crave more of their sweetness. Consequently, we lose our taste for natural foods. 

It’s the impact of sugar that’s the problem. Sugar is the number one drug of choice, even with children. And older people are losing their minds to dementia and Alzeheimers, which we’re finding has a connection with sugar.

Hidden Sugars

Sugar lights up the reward center in the brain the same way as morphine, but it’s more rewarding.

Sugar is sneaking into our foods in salad dressings, green drinks, yogurts, granola, and more. Some of these healthy seeming foods have as much sugar as an ice cream sundae. 

To combat this, start with determining how much of the foods you’re eating have added sugars. Check your dressings and packaged foods. We think we’re making good choices when we eat the salad. But if we’re eating our cranberries and glazed nuts with a raspberry vinaigrette, then there’s an issue. We pass up the burger for the salad, but the salad is much worse for us in this scenario.

See Past The Low-Sugar Marketing Ploys

While checking labels is good practice, you also have to be mindful of deceptive marketing. These food manufacturers often add fruit juice concentrate in a drink and state on the label there are “no added sugars”. This usually indicates that it’s pure fructose, which causes fatty liver. We have children with fatty liver now because of the little fruit juices they’re regularly drinking. Unfortunately, many moms still think they’re healthy. 

With so much misinformation out there, it’s important for you to have a plan to stop eating these foods and remove the hidden sources. 

If you have low mood and energy coupled with weight gain, this could be the reason. Is there more to your sugar addiction than just choosing the wrong foods? Reach out to me to get to the emotional root of your sugar craving triggers.

Snacking Causes Sugar Dependency

Another big problem is snacking. Insulin stays up when you snack throughout the day, and your body learns to depend on steady amounts of sugar to operate. And when the sugar isn’t there, the body crashes. 

This is exactly what happened to me as a child when I was passing out from low blood sugar. 

The sugar also feeds bad bacteria and yeast in the gut. This causes you to crave more and it becomes a vicious cycle. 

Also, snacking causes us to hold on to fat. This is because you’re teaching your body to run off sugar, not fat. Then you feel the need to eat every couple of hours. But if you teach your body to run off fat, it will allow you to go 3-4 hours after a meal without even thinking about food.

So this is why it’s important to balance your plate with the right amount of carbs, fats, and proteins to balance your blood sugar so you can heal your metabolism. Learn more about how your ideal plate should look in my free guide. 

When your body runs on its own fat and energy, it’s a sign of health.

Ready To Overcome Your Sugar Addiction?

This is more than willpower. You may have been duped by misinformation from the food industry. But you can turn this around in a matter of weeks. I have clients who clean out their cravings within the first 10 days of working with me. Even those clients who have been craving sugar for a lifetime, like me. 

It comes down to giving your body what it needs. In return, it will give you what you want. You can start today by simply lowering your sugar intake.

And if you’ve got your sugar under control, you likely have a friend or family member that might be struggling. Share a little love by sending them this blog. They will thank you later.If you’re ready to take authority over your health and start overcoming sugar addiction, make an appointment to find the happy, healthy, and whole you today!


Tips on Staying Healthy During The Holidays | Non-Food Related Tips

Tips on Staying Healthy During The Holidays | Non-Food Related Tips

Many health and wellness blogs this time of year focus solely on food – how to avoid it and what to eat. We know food is a central part of this season. Families gather around the table for a full feast. We attend back-to-back Christmas parties which, of course, have tons of food. Then don’t get me started on all the sugar that’s around this time of year! But this year, I want to give you 7 tips on staying healthy during the holidays that aren’t about food.

7 Tips on Staying Healthy During the Holidays

This wouldn’t be a Chelsie Ward Wellness blog if we didn’t talk about looking at health from a holistic approach. These 7 tips on staying healthy during the holidays focus on the whole body – mind, body, and spirit. Our goal is to coach you to honor your body during this Christmas season.

1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep To Better Handle Stress

There’s no doubt that with all the Christmas parties, errands, and family gatherings that the holiday season is exhausting. To add to that exhaustion, you are exposed to unhealthy foods, family stressors, and eating too much sugar. All of that impacts your energy levels. If staying healthy during the holidays is a priority of yours, then you need to get a good night’s sleep to better handle the stress.

While this tip is a short-term solution for the holiday season, getting sufficient sleep directly correlates to your health in the long run. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, insufficient sleep has links to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and decreased immune function.

2. Take a Walk Early In The Morning

Even if exercise is on the backburner during this season, your body still needs to move. Take a walk early in the morning before you travel or spend time with family. You’ll be less likely to indulge because your body has already been energized by the activity. You won’t be reaching for that extra piece of peppermint bark or the next cup of coffee to keep your energy levels high.

3. Focus On Low Intensity Exercise

If you want to continue your exercise regimen through the holidays, focus on low intensity exercise. High intensity exercise can actually add to the stress and cause more weight gain during the holidays.

4. Add Appropriate Supplements Into Your Diet

The holiday season can cause ruin on the body, especially with the average sugar intake spiking. We’re consuming foods that are causing imbalance in our gut. Supplement appropriately to suit your body’s needs.

There are a couple options to add appropriate supplements into your diet. First, you can take a full spore based probiotic and multi-vitamins to round out your diet and give your liver extra support for the toxic burden that holiday festivities may bring.

There’s no time to be sick! Boost your immune system by taking Ganoderma spores.

If you have any questions about getting started with these supplements, schedule a complimentary session with me to see what supplements would optimize your health and wellness.

5. Practice Deep Breathing or Meditation

Deep breathing and meditation is often overlooked because mental health often isn’t valued as much as physical health. But this practice can help you destress, stop anger or rage from turning into something you’ll regret, and ultimately make you happier.

Let’s practice right now!

Breathe in 4 counts. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Hold 4 counts. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Breathe out 4 counts. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Hold 4 counts. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Do this for a couple minutes. Feel free to stop reading right now and set a timer.

Feel better? You can do this for a couple minutes at a time and then work your way up to longer periods of times. This practice will help shift your nervous system into a relaxed state.

When can you do this? Just about anytime. To start, I suggest you practice deep breathing when you wake up, feel stressed, and/or before meals to help digest your food.

6. Spend Your Valuable Time With Positive Relationships

There’s a direct correlation between relationships and your health. When we’re surrounded by toxic people, we start thinking toxic thoughts. Toxic thoughts become actual toxins and impact us physically. We resort to coping mechanisms such as emotional eating or avoidance of supporting people.

Pick a few people that energize you and give you joy. Stick close to those people, especially when you’re going to be around those toxic people. If you need to step away for a few moments to practice your breathing, do so.

7. Declutter as You’re Cleaning

Christmas is now over, and you’re taking down all the decorations. This is a perfect time to declutter as you’re cleaning and repacking those Christmas decorations. Throw out anything broken or not serving a purpose anymore. When putting back your living space to the way it was before, evaluate if the way you had before stressed you out or brought you peace and comfort. As you bring in the new and put away the old, Marie Kondo your home. Get rid of things that no longer serve you or give you joy.

When we declutter our lives, we declutter our minds.

It’s Your Choice To Be Healthy

In conclusion, you have a choice to make. Are you going to settle into old, unhealthy habits over this holiday season? Or are you going to work towards staying healthy? It’s your choice.

Whether you are working full-time and responsible for your business, ministering to the lost, or raising your children, people are counting on you to be your best. It’s time to start focusing on your health – mind, body, and spirit. Take back control of your health so you can live your best life. Click here to schedule a complimentary session with me where I’ll reveal your biggest healing opportunities with you.

Stay happy, healthy, whole!

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How to Prevent Breast Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases

How to Prevent Breast Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the most powerful tools when it comes to breast cancer is PREVENTION. Two keys to prevention are micronutrients, and open detoxification pathways. We can prevent tumors by providing the body with appropriate micronutrients, and we can repair cellular damage by daily detoxification.

You may have heard the term “estrogen dominance.” It’s one of the common hormone imbalances people experience today. It’s a common cause of PMS, fibroids, infertility, and symptoms of menopause that we assume are a normal part of life. We also see problems with estrogen in men that can lead to prostate cancer, weight gain, and low libido. Thousands are struggling with this today and don’t even know it. There are many symptoms associated with estrogen dominance, but breast cancer is one of those. It is often caused by the body’s inability to detoxify estrogen appropriately.

Estrogen is essential in the body. It’s important for reproductive health, skin, bones, and even contributes to us psychologically. When it’s in the body in excess, it can be converted into dangerous metabolites that cause DNA damage or drive specific cancers in the body.

Estrogen dominance is a problem today because we’re exposed to xenoestrogens and many other chemical estrogens in our environment. These cause disruptions in our endocrine system which lead to excess hormones in the body.

How are we exposed to this toxic estrogen?

  • Cosmetics and personal care products are a big source. Things like shampoo and conditioner, makeup, body lotions, and perfumes have endocrine disruptors. This is not only true for estrogens, but also progesterone. Many of those lip plumpers or wrinkle reducers have hormone disruptors in them. I use an app called Think Dirty and it allows me to scan my personal care products to get rid of the ones that have known endocrine disruptors.
  • Household cleaning products, air fresheners, candles, and other fragrances we use in our homes can also disrupt our hormones. You can use the EWG app and begin to switch some of your toxic cleaning products with non-toxic versions.
  • Plastics are another big source. There was a big movement to remove plastics from our home that contain BPA. The problem is that BPA is not the only plastic hardener out there that disrupts our hormones. So be careful purchasing bpa-free products because that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re safe. Many of these products have been replaced with other plastic hardeners such as BPS, which is even more toxic than BPA. Work toward removing plastics from your home and use glass drinking bottles and pyrex containers, especially when using them to heat foods or beverages.
  • Xenoestrogens can also be found in our food. The best way to avoid these endocrine disruptors is to eat organic foods that are free from pesticides and herbicides. Also, purchase grass-fed or pasture-raised meat that is not fed hormones or antibiotics. Consuming cleaner, organic, and local foods increases your vitamins and nutrients, which is another way to prevent cancer and other diseases.

Doing small things every day that help limit your exposure to hormone disruptors can make a huge difference in the prevention of cancer and disease. Another way you can keep estrogen metabolism working for you and your body is to make sure that you have key micronutrients on board. Things like magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin B3, vitamin A, and cysteine are key nutrients for hormonal health. Lacking proper nutrition sets the stage for more serious illness like cancer to invade the body.

One of the tests I love to run is a micronutrient panel, which gives me guidance around whether or not I need to take steps to correct imbalance. Another great test for determining excess estrogen or an imbalance in hormones is the DUTCH test. This test can give insight into whether or not a person is estrogen dominant, or if a person is preferring a detox pathway that opens them up for DNA damage or a greater potential for cancer. These are great tests that allow us to take a peek inside the body and make corrections before a disease process begins.

Having the right building blocks is a key component.

Every person is unique, inside and out. And there are many things that affect our own personal nutritional needs, including age, lifestyle, metabolism, prescription drug use, illnesses, and whether or not a person is even absorbing nutrients. Cleaning up the body and repairing cellular damage is a great way to prevent hormonal imbalance that can lead to things like breast cancer and other disease processes.

Breast cancer health is so much more than a mammogram.

Speaking of mammograms, thermography is actually a safer, painless, and more accurate alternative. Thermal imaging is a diagnostic technique that allows for early detection. While detection is an important part, the key is that we know how to reduce toxins from our environment that are contributing to breast cancer and other diseases.

We talked about some of the ways you can reduce your exposure to cancer. These are great tools to help you reduce the risk factors so you can decrease your chances of ever getting cancer.

Cancer doesn’t happen overnight. We talked about some of the risk factors like heavy or painful periods, fibroids, weight gain, and infertility. Other things to consider are, ovarian cysts, adult acne, chronic fatigue, or autoimmune conditions. If you’re suffering from any of these things or have a history of breast cancer in your family, or a history of a diet high in processed foods, something like the DUTCH hormone test could be beneficial when it comes to prevention.

The awesome thing is, even if you have a genetic predisposition, you don’t have to be another statistic. You have a choice to take your health into your own hands.

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If you need help gaining access to the right resources so you can live in Optimal Health, take a moment to schedule an Optimal Health and Wellness Discovery session with me today.