4 Foods That Mess Up Your Hormones
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if you throw off your hormones you throw off the catalyst that’s going to allow you to have every bit of success you want coming from working out or eating well if your hormones are out of alignment if your hormones are out of whack you may as well kiss all the hard work that you’ve been doing goodbye because it’s all gonna be worthless if your body’s not working the way that you need it to so in this video I’m really going to address two of the main things in this world that could be affecting your endocrine system I’m talking about a couple of different and synthetic ones and I’m talking about some natural ones and I’m gonna give you the breakdown of four of the biggest endocrine disruptors that are in our food supply right now and these are things that you really can get away with just getting out of your diet altogether so here we go I’m gonna dive right into the science of it the first one is soy now I’ve talked about soy before right I’ve talked about how it has estrogenic properties and how it can maybe not be the best for men but really there’s two different angles that we need to look at when we look at soy okay one is going to be the genetically modified side of things now before you turn off the video thinking that I’m gonna go I’ll hippie dippie on you talking about GMOs I want you to hear me out because I’m not necessarily just talking about GMOs I’m talking about soy specifically you see over 99% of the world’s soy is genetically modified but it’s not just genetically modified to make it a bigger more proficient plant it’s not trying to just be a better food okay it’s modified to have more herbicides and pesticides in it so that it can withstand harsher conditions well even the National Institute of Health has actually come out and said that yes pesticides may lead to cancer may lead to hormonal changes and may lead to a multitude of other things now technically correlation doesn’t always equal causation we have to factor that in but the simple fact of the matter is is that these GMOs intertwined with pesticides do end up making a pretty serious impact on our hormonal system so let’s forget about just general health for a minute and let’s focus on the near-term the near-term if your hormones are out of whack you’re not getting what you want out of the gym but now let’s talk about the second component of soy okay we’re talking about the phytoestrogen component and there’s two different kinds of phytoestrogens that you’re going to encounter okay there’s lignans and there’s ISO flavonoids when it comes down to soy we’re predominantly talking about the ISO flavonoids I thought what this was going to do is it’s going to mimic estrogen ik properties within the body so what we have to look at we look at estrogen is we have to look at the simple fact that when you consume a lot of phytoestrogens that are coming from something like soy you’re going to stimulate the endocrine system to actually feel like it has estrogen you’re going to stimulate estrogen receptors we’re going to also trigger those estrogen receptors to create more estrogen so the phytoestrogens the fake estrogens that you’re consuming from foods are going to bind to the rest region receptors as if it was traditional estrogen so it’s basically tricking your body into thinking that you have more estrogen and it’s going to create more then it’s gonna stimulate those receptors it’s gonna cause it to create more that’s why phytoestrogens can be so dangerous now there’s a specific study that really takes a look at this and I want to outline it for you this study was known as the Avon longitudinal study of pregnancy and childhood and what it was particularly looking at was the fact that about 50 out of every eight thousand boys that are born suffer from something known as high post babies now what hypospadias is is basically a disruption of the reproductive system it’s a malfunction it’s almost deformities it’s basically the the mal production and the lack of production of the reproductive system so whether it’s going to be smaller testes or it’s going to be something the like basically relating to high estrogen levels and lower testosterone levels well they found that those that were born with hypospadias were generally being born from vegetarian mothers that had consumed a high estrogen content meaning they consumed a lot of soy so what this means is that it can trickle down into the offspring but it also means that it does affect the hormones and it definitely plays a big big role in how men can develop because we don’t want high amounts of estrogen we want to keep that stuff under control okay but enough about soy and enough about the phytoestrogens there for a second let’s talk about omega sixes as the next one the number two food that is killing your endocrine system is going to be the omega sixes okay we’re talking about the sunflower oils the safflower oil is the vegetable oils the canola oils the corn oils any of those high omega-6 foods here’s the thing with omega-6 is yes there are necessary fat there are polyunsaturated fat that we need for proper functioning in the body but omega-6 is compete with omega-3s omega-6s trigger inflammation omega-3 our Neutral okay so what we want to do is we want to have a perfect ratio and have enough omega threes so that the body utilizes those instead of omega sixes what’s interesting omega-3s and omega-6s compete for the same area okay they are in competition with each other so whatever one is fed more or is more prevalent is going to be utilized if you consume more omega-6 than you do or Omega 3 your body’s going to use those omega sixes if you consume more omega-3 than you do omega-6 your body’s gonna use the Omega threes so we want to make sure our bodies are using the Omega threes as much as possible because yes the inflammation that is triggered from the omega sixes does have an effect on your endocrine system it does have effect on your testosterone levels it does have effect on your cortisol levels it does have an effect on a lot of different hormones that really are going to disrupt the success that you have with your diet and with your workouts so get those Omega threes in get the omega sixes app alright okay this next one that I want to address is going to somewhat counteract what I just said so hear me out okay this one is going to be food number three and it’s flax you may be wondering wait a minute I thought that flax was an omega-3 well here’s the thing flax is an alpha linoleic acid an ala which means it has to go through a conversion process in the body to be utilized as a traditional omega-3 it has to go through a pretty rigorous process and by and large flax is still very estrogenic okay remember when I was talking about soy I said there’s two different phytoestrogens you need to be concerned with lignans and ISO flavonoids well soy was a nice a flavonoid flax is a lignin okay reacts in the body a little bit differently but it still mimics and emulates estrogen in the body and still stimulates the estrogen receptors to produce more estrogen and kill your testosterone levels but I’ve got a little bit of science for you have to back it up there was a 1998 study that was published in the Journal of nutrition now mind you the Journal of nutrition is a pretty darn big publication a pretty big journal and what this study looked at was that rats now hear me out entirely on this okay what they did is they looked at rats that were pregnant and in lactating and what they did is some of the rats they gave us zero percent flax diet to some of the rats they gave you five percent flax diet – and another chunk of the raslak 10%
flax diet – well what they were monitoring was what were the effects of the offspring did they have estrogenic tendencies did they have hormonal imbalances what was the birth weight etc etc well the cool thing was the zero in the 5% group saw pretty much no change okay normal birth weights normal hormone values all of that but for those that consumed the 10% flax their offspring had decreased birth weight very skewed hormonal values and the offspring as they matured ended up showing strong estrogenic properties okay this meant overdeveloped ovaries in the females even overdeveloped prostates in the males also meant early puberty in the males and also meant that things were really thrown off altogether the males were showing these strong estrogenic properties like the inability to lose weight and constant fat accumulation particularly around the midsection so there you have it estrogen fat weight estrogen inability to lose weight estrogen flax estrogen soy we don’t want it okay plain and simple now for this last food I’m going to rain on your parade all of you that are choking down whey protein constantly I’ve got some bad news for you you probably want to 86 the dairy at least a little bit simply because dairy is not always what it’s cracked up to be now if your whey protein you might be okay because the casein 8 levels and then are gonna be super super high but if you’re consuming a casein protein or you’re eating a lot of cottage cheese you want to throw that stuff in the trash right now why because it contains something known as B C m7 b c m7 is contained in casein proteins which are hard to break down and inflammatory in and of themselves but they do something pretty unique within the body they cause a pretty dramatic hormonal disturbance that is gonna throw off a lot of different hormone values in your body but to add insult to injury they’re also going to spike up your levels of insulin like growth factor quite dramatically now if you know the muscle world and you know the whole world of building muscle you know that igf-1 insulin-like growth factor is not always bad it’s necessary for a growth hormone is necessary for insulin to really do its job and help us build muscle but too much of it especially with someone that’s not actively trying to build a ton of muscle it’s really going to cause a problem and trigger a lot of additional inflammation that’s going to have a superseding effect over your testosterone and estrogen much worse than what you would ever have an effect of when it comes to muscle building through growth hormone I know that was a mouthful but basically all I’m trying to say is the hormones that are added in milk are going to throw you off it doesn’t matter if your milk says it’s rbst-free it doesn’t matter how organic or riot– is there are still a lot of hormones in milk that we have to be cognizant of but that being said if you’re gonna go for milk go for raw goat’s milk whenever possible lower lactose lowercase in rates and also know be cm7 it’s going to help you out a lot so now that I drained on your parade with the four foods I don’t want you to eat a totally ruined soy I’ve totally ruined area totally ruined flax and I’ve ruined the safflower oils and the canola oils that you were probably cooking with let me go ahead and tell you that by cutting these things out your life is gonna be happier inflammation is gonna be lower your hormone values are gonna be better and you’re gonna feel better and you’re gonna get about ten to twenty percent more on your diet right out the gate simply by getting rid of these spirits so I will see you in the next video and make sure you comment which videos you want to see in the future we’ll see you soon
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4 Foods That Mess Up Your Hormones
1. Soy – Specifically Non-Organic
According to the National Institutes of Health, we do not fully understand the health effects of pesticides, but their use is associated with cancer, neurological conditions, and diabetes. (9)
Phytoestrogens are found in numerous plants, including legumes, broccoli, beans, and soy products. Studies have found both positive and negative effects of phytoestrogens, so these are not necessarily bad – have been found to inhibit certain types of cancer and improve metabolic parameters (1).
That said, phytoestrogens have a very similar structure to the estrogen found in our bodies. These phytoestrogens both connect to and stimulate estrogen receptors.
In the Avon Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood, it was found that 51 of 7,928 boys born suffered from hypospadias, a conditions where the penis does not work and appears abnormal.
It was found that boys born to vegetarian mothers who had higher phytoestrogen content in their diets were more likely to be born with hypospadias.
Soy formulas are of particular concern as this intake can be as high as four to seven times that of the quantity of phytoestrogen per pound of body weight as that of a traditional soy-based Asian diet. (7)
2. High Omega 6 Fats
It is important to have a healthy balance of omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids in our diets, however in the USA we tend to consume about 14 to 25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids.
Our bodies produce hormones from omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. The hormones produced from omega-6 fatty acids promote inflammation while those produced from omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation. (6)
This large consumption of proinflammatory foods is coinciding with an increase in chronic inflammatory diseases, including obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and may others.
Case Study – Rats Born to Mothers with 10% Flaxseed Diets Experienced Hormonal Effects and Birth Weight Differences
In a 1998 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, rats were fed diets containing either 0%, 5% or 10% flaxseed while pregnant and during lactation.
No difference was found between the 0% and 5% flaxseed diet, but there were weight and hormonal differences found between the 0% flaxseed and 10% flaxseed diet.
4. Dairy – Specifically Non-Organic
In the US, the vast majority of our meat and dairy come from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
Animals raised in CAFOs are treated horribly, packed together, and fed unnatural diets. They are fed questionable chemicals to encourage faster growth and pumped with antibiotics to keep them alive.
These antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals may disrupt your endocrine system.
Estrogens and insulin-like growth factor found in dairy are thought to encourage initiation in breast, endometrial, and prostate cancers. (11)
1. Endocrine modulators in the food chain and environment
2. Endocrine disruptors: a review of some sources, effects, and mechanisms of action on behavior and neuroendocrine systems
3. Soy as an endocrine disruptor: cause for caution?
4. A maternal vegetarian diet in pregnancy is associated with hypospadias. The ALSPAC study team….
5. Omega-6 fatty acids
6. Health implications of high dietary omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids
7. Long-term effects of environmental endocrine disruptors on reproductive physiology and behavior
8. Flaxseed and its lignan precursor, secoisolariciresinol diglycoside, affect pregnancy outcome and reproductive development in rats
9. GMOs and pesticides: helpful or harmful?
11. Hormones in dairy foods and their impact on public health – a narrative review article