Monday, October 1, 2012
Certain Veggies Combat Abdominal Fat & Cancer?
Due to exposure from household cleaners, plastics, cosmetics, pesticides, herbicides and insecticides, your body must do something with these toxic compounds that have the ability to mimic or convert to estrogen in the body. This particular estrogen is referred to as “Xenoestrogen.” These chemical compounds can affect not only Women but Men alike.
These estrogenic chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis can stimulate your body to store belly fat, along with many other problems (including cancer risks in the long term).
I frequently recommend the incorporation of more cruciferous or brassica vegetables to my clients to not only reduce belly fat but assist in preventing cancers in the long term.
What’s so unique about this class of vegetables? A chemical compound known as a phytonutrient, indole-3-carbinol or (I3C). Researchers are interested in indole-3-carbinol for cancer prevention, particularly breast, cervical and endometrial, and colorectal cancer. Their reason is that diets with higher amounts of vegetable consumption are associated with a decreased risk of developing cancer. Researchers suspect indole-3-carbinol is one of several vegetable components that might protect against this devastating disease.
Indole-3-carbinol can shift estrogen metabolism towards less estrogenic metabolites. This gives true meaning to the Hippocrates oath “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.”
If you have been diagnosed estrogen dominant and would like to choose a natural course of action, there is supplemental indole-3-carbinol as well as another estrogen shifting supplement referred to as DIM (Diindolylmethane) I3c must convert to DIM in the GI tract so you may bypass the I3c all together and opt for the more bioavailable DIM at your health food store for a more aggressive approach.
There has been some research and anecdotal evidence that I3c can have side effects particularly with long term use.
Adding the vegetables mentioned below or supplemental DIM can have a balancing effect benefiting disorders and symptoms associated with estrogen-progesterone imbalance, including but not limited to:
• Fibrocystic diseases
• Uterine fibroid tumors
• Ovarian cysts
• Irregular periods
• Chronic, recurring breast pain
• PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
To maintain good health and prevent or fight your belly fat, include these veggies more frequently:
• Brussels Sprouts
• Bok Choy
• Collard Greens
Don’t forget to add some form of fat like butter, ghee or coconut oil to maximize your absorption of important fat soluble vitamins and if you suffer from thyroid disease, be sure to steam them to assist in neutralizing those goitrogens, compounds that can negatively affect your already compromised thyroid. I actually recommend everyone lightly steam for increased bio-availability of all nutrients. This is a “pre-digestion” of sorts.
Remember too that reducing your insulin secretion is another trick in combating belly fat and this can be done through any one of my phases of dietary advice. Head over to my website to choose a plan that works for your lifestyle. If you would like a free e-mail consultation on deciding which plan is right for you, don’t hesitate to e-mail me at email@example.com.
In good health!