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    Monthly Archives: April 2017

    • The Rise of Oestrogen Dominance

      Did you know you might be eating foods that are disrupting your hormones and causing your oestrogen levels to elevate? This can be detrimental on many levels, and cause unwanted side effects for both men and women.

      What Are These Side Effects?

      For men, more feminine like characteristics including gynecomastia (also known as man boobs) and excess weight carried around the mid section.

      For women, hypothyroidism, autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, and menstrual disharmonies such as fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovarian cysts, irregular menstrual bleeding and PMS.

       

      Too much oestrogen can disrupt the balance of the entire endocrine system. Oestrogen is ubiquitous in nature in many different forms, and we are constantly consuming oestrogen whether we realise it or not.

      Foods To Avoid

      Soy

      Soy contains way to much oestrogen, not to mention the fact that most soy is genetically modified and sprayed with a high amount of pesticides (also a big contributor of xenoestrogens to our environment).

      Sugar

      Too much sugar can increase oestrogen in your body.

      Commercially-Raised Meat and Dairy

      Try to buy hormone-free meats and dairy products to avoid hormones and pesticides.

      Xenoestrogens

      In addition to foods that contain oestrogen, we are constantly dealing with oestrogens in our environment. These are called xenoestrogens, which are oestrogen mimicking in the body. When xenoestrogens make their way into the body, they attach themselves to cell receptors, replacing natural oestrogens' functions.

      Xenoestrogens to Avoid

      Plastic containers containing BPA (Bisphenol A)

      BPA is known to mimic oestrogen. In recent years scientists around the world have found a link to BPA and a myriad of health defects in rodents, including mammary and prostate cancer, genital defects in males, early onset of puberty in females and obesity to name a few.

      Cosmetics, Lotions, Soaps, Toothpastes, Air Fresheners, Household Cleaning Products, and Laundry Detergents

      Xenoestrogens absorbed by the skin are more potent as they go directly to the tissue instead of passing through the liver. Try to choose organic plant-based products when possible.

      How to Minimise the Harmful Effects of Oestrogen Excess and Xenoestrogen Exposure

      Detox your body from excess oestrogens by eating cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and Chinese cabbage.

      These vegetables contain a substance called indole-3-carbinol (I-3-C), which starts out as sulfur in your body.  I-3-C is also available in supplement form. Consult your local Naturopath, Herbalist or Nutritionist to discuss whether supplementing with I-3-C or other oestrogen detoxing nutrients could benefit you.

      Other Supplements to Help Detox Oestrogens from the Body

      St Mary’s Thistle (Herbs of Gold and Nature's Sunshine)

      Dandelion Root (Nature's Sunshine, Hilde Hemmes Herbal, and Southern Light Herbs)

      Burdock (Southern Light Herbs and Nature's Sunshine)

      For Men

      Alpha Mars – Alpha Mars contains herbs that increase natural testosterone production, thereby down regulating oestrogen.

       

      If you are unsure about whether or not you should be taking a supplement for excess oestrogen, do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or evefaye@bigpond.net.au

      Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.


      Written by Tanya Lim

      Medicinal Herbalist & Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition

      360 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000

    • Medicinal Benefits of Lavender

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      What Is Lavender?

      Lavender is common around southern Europe, Australia, and the US. It is a strongly aromatic shrub that grows to about 60cm, with pinkish purple flowers, evergreen leaves and leafless stems.

      Medicinally the violet flowers are used to extract the fragrant scent and is used in essential oil, but it’s also used as a tea and in herbal extract supplements.

      The oil can be used as a relaxant with massage therapy. It can be used on your pillow, in a bath, or made into soap.

      Lavender can be a remedy for ailments such as insomnia, anxiety, stress, depression and fatigue. Research has found that lavender has a calming, soothing, and sedative effect when inhaled.

      A small number of studies have reported that when Lavender is used in essential oil, it can be beneficial for alopecia (hair loss) and postoperative pain.

      There are further studies taking place on Lavender for it’s antibacterial and antiviral properties.

      Traditionally, pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help restless people fall sleep.

      Insomnia or Agitation

      Scientific evidence suggests that using lavender in aromatherapy may slow activity of the nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote relaxation, and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders.

      Alopecia Areata

      Research suggests that people with alopecia who massaged their scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant hair regrowth.

      Some Supplements

      Lavender Essential Oil

      Southern Light Herbs Lavender (Loose Leaf)

       

      If you are unsure about anything, do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or evefaye@bigpond.net.au

      Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.


      Written by Tanya Lim

      Medicinal Herbalist & Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition

      360 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000

    • BCAA Ratios: What Do They Mean?

      BCAA

      Now that BCAA’s (Branched Chain Amino Acids) are one of the most purchased sports supplements it makes sense to discuss the different ratio’s and what this means to someone considering using them or to those who might already be using them and are considering a change of product.

      The three amino acids contained in BCAA’s are Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.

      Ratios

      The ratio refers to the amount of each amino contained in the product in the order laid out i.e. 2/1/1 (2)Leucine/(1)Isoleucine/(1)Valine so simply the product will be 50% Leucine, 25% Isoleucine, and 25% Valine.

      So a higher ratio product 12/1/1 will have (12)Leucine/(1)Isoleucine/(1)Valine which means the product will be 86% Leucine, 7% Isoleucine, and 7% Valine.

      Leucine converts to HMB, which is the compound that encourages protein synthesis. Simply put, it helps with generating muscle fibre. Isoleucine and Valine, like many other amino acids, become building blocks in these protein chains.

      Leucine to HMB conversion can be dose dependant meaning the more Leucine you consume the more HMB you may generate. The more HMB you create the more muscle fibre you can repair and rebuild.

      Generally you will get 2.5 to 3.5 grams of Leucine in a scoop of protein powder and a certain amount will be ingested through food.

      Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine present in muscle in a 2/1/1 ratio which led to most research being done on this specific ratio. However if you take into account the individual biochemistry of each amino acid you may come to the conclusion that Leucine may be more relevant to consume in higher doses and may have a more specific action for muscle growth and repair.

      Are BCAAs For Me?

      You can consider BCAA supplementation if your muscle recovery is slow or you can use them to replace some of your protein powder intake.

      Is Timing Important?

      Contrary to popular thought BCAA timing is mostly unimportant. They provide little energy or recovery during a workout so can be consumed at any time throughout the day or night. They are absorbed in about 20 to 30 minutes and will be mostly used at night at rest.

      So check your product for Leucine content and consider how much protein powder you’re consuming and how your muscles are responding post training.

      Some Our Top Selling BCAA Supplements are....

      Giant Sports BCAA

      Gen-Tec Nutrition BCAAs 8-1-1

      SAN Pro BCAA

      Scivation Xtend BCAAs

      Optimum Nutrition Pro BCAA

       

      If you are unsure about whether or not you should be taking BCAAs, do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or evefaye@bigpond.net.au

      Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.


      Written by Adam Rigby

      Sports Nutritionist at our Bourke Street Store

      360 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000

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