The Hormone-Balancing Series by Eze Onwuegbu

Eze Onwuegbu is not a stranger anymore. As a natural health entrepreneur, every now and then he dishes some truths as we have seen in the wellness, exercise and weight loss series.

This time, he is teaching us how to balance our hormones. Don’t forget that you can join the conversation on his Instagram page and ask whatever questions you might have. He actually takes his time to answer questions and give clarifications.

 

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Balancing Hormones Series (Part 1): Hormones are a complex language used by organs to communicate with each other. Each hormone carries various messages around the body. And this constant "chatter" allows the many to function as one. If your hormones are in balance, you'll have healthy weight, strong immunity, high fertility, lots of energy, and restful sleep. However, it's very easy to push your hormones off kilter. Modern society is replete with factors that create hormonal imbalances. And the problem is beyond epidemic. In fact, everyone is experiencing some degree of imbalance. It's an inevitable consequence of living in the Petrochemical Age. We are exposed to thousands of chemicals that have hormone-like activity. But Nature remains faithful. In this series, we'll examine issues like PCOS, hirsutism, chronic fatigue, menstrual pain, and more. Stay tuned. #CreativeJuicesNG #healthtips #ancestralwisdom #hormones #hormonalbalance #hormonalimbalance

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Balancing Hormones Series (Part 2): From the onset of puberty to menopause, estrogen and progesterone work together to regulate many aspects of body function. Estrogens promote tissue growth and development. Progesterone promotes tissue maintenance and repair. A healthy balance between these synergistic hormones underlies fertility and vitality. However, it is estimated that more than half of modern women are experiencing estrogen dominance. This simply means that you have too much estrogen in your body relative to progesterone. A mild imbalance can cause menstrual pain, irregular menstruation, heavy menstrual bleeding (dark red/blood clots), pelvic cramps, weight gain (belly/hips/thighs), sugar cravings, and sleep disturbances. A more severe imbalance can cause polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, large fibroids, infertility, and cancer (breast/ovaries/uterus). Simply put, too much estrogen is highly toxic. This imbalance can be corrected. But it requires lifestyle adjustments. Because many of the factors that lead to estrogen dominance are in the food we eat, the personal care products we use, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. These factors are called xenoestrogens (i.e. chemicals that have estrogen-like activity). And we are absolutely bombarded by them. More on this soon. Stay tuned. #hormonalimbalance #hormonalbalance #hormones #healthtips #CreativeJuicesNG #estrogendominance

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Balancing Hormones Series (Part 3): Here are some thoughts on minimizing exposure to xenoestrogens: *Avoid processed foods. Many substances added to packaged foods for the purpose of preservation, coloring, texture, and flavor have estrogenic effects. Most are never listed on labels (e.g. 4-hexylresorcinol). *Avoid all canned foods (bisphenol-A). *Avoid conventional dairy products like milk, butter, cheese, yoghurt, and ice cream (bovine growth hormones). *Buy local, organic produce. *Peel fruits and vegetables. Soak and rinse leafy greens with diluted organic vinegar or lime water (pesticide residues). *Eat more beef and organ meats. Our cows are mostly grass-fed. *Avoid commercially-raised poultry (growth hormones). *Use edible oils as skin lotion. Add essential oils for fragrance. *Use traditionally made black soap. *Filter drinking water with activated carbon filter. Store drinking water in glass, ceramic, copper, or stainless steel container. *Use fresh lime as armpit deodorant. *Avoid frozen meat and vegetables. *Don't microwave food in plastic containers. *Use natural cosmetics. *Avoid soymilk and soy products. *Avoid birth control pills and fertility drugs (Clomid). Next we'll look at how to detoxify xenoestrogens stored in the body. #estrogendominance #hormonalbalance #hormonalimbalance #CreativeJuicesNG #xenoestrogens

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Balancing Hormones Series (Part 4): The conventional approach to handling hormonal imbalances is flawed. The "experts" use various creams, patches, and pills to adjust hormone levels. But this does not address root causes. It's rather like building a skyscraper on wet sand. Restoring balance requires a deeper foundation. And that "solid rock" is the colon. It's the primary elimination channel of excess hormones and hormone-like chemicals (e.g. xenoestrogens). Simply put, as colon goes so does hormonal balance. A colon clogged up with impacted fecal matter has many knock-on effects: sluggish liver, polluted blood, overworked kidneys, congested lungs and sinuses, hypersensitive nerves (headache/body pains), inflamed skin (acne), and more. In short, a good bowel movement answereth all things. Or as the great Dr. Burkitt would say "small stools make for large hospitals". Some doctors say that one bowel movement in three days is normal. What!? That is toxic overload. Chronic constipation allows excess hormones and xenoestrogens to wreak havoc. Part of the problem is that we eat too much refined grains: white flour, white rice, and white oats. Which are all digested into a sticky, dehydrated mass. Something like a nice plaster coating for the colon. Colon cleansing is the way!! Enter my "Gut-Buster Deluxe 2.0": bitter melon, beetroot, garlic, ginger, lime, and black pepper. Even better is lacto-fermented juice. So far so good. But we can still go much deeper. #xenoestrogens #hormonalimbalance #hormonalbalance #estrogendominance #hormones #CreativeJuicesNG #colon #coloncleanse

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Balancing Hormones Series (Part 5): Hirsutism is a condition of male-pattern hair growth in women. That is, stiff and pigmented hair on the face, chest, and back. It is caused by excessively high androgen levels, primarily testosterone. This hormonal imbalance induces a process called virilization: deepening voice, increased muscle mass, decreased breast size, balding, and acne. Standard treatments involve drugs that reduce ovarian function. This works because dormant ovaries produce less androgens. But this approach increases long-term risk of breast cancer, heart disease, chronic infections, to name a few. And frankly, it is just myopic thinking. It fails to see the bigger picture. Hormones rise and fall in cycles. And both phases are equally important. The "rise" and the "fall" is the complete message. The "rise" is produced by the secretory action of organs. For example, ovaries secrete testosterone. The "fall" is produced by the hormone clearance action of the liver. And this is key. All organs secrete various hormones. But only the liver clears hormones. Notice that this makes the liver a crucial hub of hormonal signalling. Because it orchestrates the "fall" of each and every hormone. So what causes hirsutism? Too much ovarian secretion? Or too little liver clearance? Hirsutism is a symptom of an overburdened, sluggish liver. And the solution is to restore liver function. Stay tuned. #hormones #hirsute #hirsutism #CreativeJuicesNG

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Balancing Hormones Series (Part 6): The liver handles an enormous workload. Everything we breathe, ingest, or absorb through the skin enters the bloodstream and is processed by the liver. Which removes toxins and excess hormones. Therefore, healthy liver function underpins hormone balance. Fructose is a modern staple that harms the liver. Sugar has two components: glucose and fructose. Glucose can be used by the whole body. So its effects are dispersed. But fructose can only be metabolized by the liver. So the body has limited capacity to process it. For example, a can of soft drink has roughly equal amounts of glucose and fructose. The body can manage the glucose. It provides a rush of energy. But the liver is overwhelmed by the fructose. And this strain creates lasting liver damage. Our ancestors consumed about 15 grams of fructose a day, primarily from fruit and honey. Whereas we consume over 150 grams a day, largely from drinks and snacks. According to Dr. Lustig, a research scientist at UCLA, this amount of fructose acts as a "chronic liver toxin". And it has the same toxic effects of alcohol. He explains that excess alcohol and excess fructose create identical disease states (i.e. belly fat and insulin resistance). Indeed, millions of US children have a form of liver disease that is identical to alcoholic liver disease. In both cases there is a build up of fat within liver cells. So let's recap. Too much fructose causes fatty liver which causes hormone imbalances. So sugar plays a role in PCOS, hirsutism, thyroid issues, and more. How deep does this rabbit hole go? #hormones #fructose

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Balancing Hormones Series (Part 7): According to a 2014 study published in Sahel Medical Journal, infertility occurs in about 34% of couples in Nigeria. Many factors are involved. But a primary cause is our transition away from ancestral diets. Because many modern staples significantly reduce fertility. Refined carbs are a case in point. They disrupt hormones. White sugar, wheat flour, and white rice cause a rapid rise in blood sugar. This triggers a large release of insulin. Over time, continued released of too much insulin leads to insulin resistance. And this hormonal imbalance severely affects fertility. It limits egg maturation during menstrual cycle; inhibits release of egg from ovaries; and disrupts ability of egg to implant in the womb after conception. To make matters worse, insulin resistance increases risk of miscarriage by 500%. But it gets deeper. Chronic sugar consumption lowers a protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). This protein binds and deactivates excess hormones in the bloodstream. Low levels of SHBG allows testosterone to run riot. Which drives PCOS and hirsutism. So, we can reverse the rising tide of infertility in Nigeria. The first step is to cut back on refined carbs. #hormones #hirsutism #pcos #infertility

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Balancing Hormones Series (Part 8): Our acceptance of "vegetable oil" is one of the greatest scams in modern history. These so-called heart-healthy oils are a product of complex chemistry. It begins with high temperature mechanical pressing and then solvent extraction, degumming, caustic refining, hydrogenation, bleaching, and deodorization–all of which involves chemicals. Furthermore, all vegetable oils are preserved by trans fats. Levels range between 5% to 30%. This synthetic fat is akin to liquid plastic. But most brands proclaim "zero trans fat". This is a blatant lie. No ancestral culture used oils extracted from soybean, corn, sunflower, safflower, or GM rapeseed (canola). Our ancestors understood that highly liquid oils are unstable. They decompose into reactive compounds inside the body–causing widespread cellular damage. Vegetable oil is especially toxic to the thyroid gland. It reduces thyroid hormone output. And this slows metabolism: chronic fatigue, weak immunity, constipation, and weight gain. In addition, trans fats damage the ovaries and testes. A 2006 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that each 2% increase in trans fat intake is associated with a 73% greater risk of infertility. That is, no amount is safe to eat. We need to go back to basics: raw butter; rendered animal fat; and traditionally milled palm oil, coconut oil, and groundnut oil. #infertility #hormones #transfat

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