Thursday, July 10, 2008

Anti-Estrogenic Diet

I've been intrigued about the topic of estrogen dominance every since last fall when I bought a copy of Women's World Magazine with the screaming headline, "Is too much estrogen making you fat?". The article pointed out that most of us (both men and women) are awash in excess estrogen from pesticides and chemical residues in the foods we eat (which mimic estrogen in our bodies). Excess estrogen can come from eating meats and milk with high levels of hormones. Even our own body fat produces a form of estrogen. When you have too much estrogen, it throws the body into imbalance, triggers weight gain, and increases fat deposition (especially belly fat). The article was based on diet tips from Ori Hofmekkler, a health writer of many years for men's magazines and author of the book, The Anti-Estrogenic Diet. The book itself makes for some dry reading, but his ideas are interesting. Basically, it boils down to eating foods which help rid the body of excess estrogen (lots of organic leafy greens, berries, nuts, organic meats and dairy such as yogurt). This week I'm trying to follow some of his eating plans and I have to say I feel a bit more energetic than I have in a few weeks. I'll post more about the specifics about what I've eaten -- and the results. In the meantime, here's a link to Ori's book:
Ant-Estrogenic Diet

and here's a link to Women to Women's article about estrogen dominance (Ori basically makes the same points, but I like this article because it's tailored to women's health):
Estrogen Dominance: Is it real?


Jeanne said...


Thank you for visiting my blog today! :)

I really appreciate your feedback and wanted to check out your blog as well! I'm glad you found my blog so that we could get connected!

It's nice to see that you are "thinking outside the box" and open to holistic medicine! That's something I really try to emphasize on my blog!

Thank you for your kind words and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon!


The Art of Baby Making said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Thanks for the comment on my page. I haven't heard of the book, thank you, I will be going to my local Books-A-Million to pick up a copy. I love your blog and I will be stopping by more often.

Lynn Hahn said...

I wanted to thank you for your comment on my site. I looked up the site you suggested. I'm going to a urologist today to rule out some problems that could be happening. Good to have others willing to help!


Scarlet Simple said...

Hi Jacqueline,

I just hopped over to look at your blog and found this post which is really interesting since I am estrogen dominant. I wish-listed the book, but I ordered yours, it should be here soon.


Jane said...

Thanks for sharing this! I think I'm probably estrogen-dominant since I have endometriosis. Thankfully it's being controlled as of now due to breastfeeding.

Thanks for visiting my blog! :)