LEARN ABOUT RECLAIM
Estrogen tends to get a bad rap but we need to remember that it is an essential hormone.
Why do we need estrogen?
Estrogen is vital to reproductive development and function, but it is also involved in the regulation of periods, stimulating mood and libido, and supporting the health of the heart, blood vessels, bones, skin, hair, and the brain.
Now, we want estrogen in the right amount, not too much and not too little.
Estrogen dominance is a common term thrown around these days which means you have too much estrogen circulating in the body relative to progesterone.
This can cause bloating, heavy periods, acne, headaches, PMS, breast tenderness, weight gain, anxiety, mood swings, hair loss, and insomnia.
Too much estrogen can result from exposure to toxins and chemicals, stress and excess cortisol, anovulation, excess weight especially abdominal fat, poor diet, conventional animal products, dysbiosis and decreased eliminatory function (liver and bowels).
Did you know that your needs change depending on where you are in your cycle? Find out below how you can best support your hormones throughout the month:
Focus on lighter foods such as raw fruits and vegetables, if you can handle them. Healthy fats improve ovulation and cervical mucus while fermented foods help to support healthy estrogen levels.
Legumes: black-eyed peas, green lentils, lima beans, mung beans, split peas
Vegetables: artichoke, broccoli, carrot, lettuce, parsley, peas, zucchini
Fermented foods: tempeh, sauerkraut, kefir, miso, natto, kimchi
Fruits: avocado, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, plum, pomegranate, cherry, rhubarb
Grains: barley, oat, rye, wheat
Focus on plenty of fiber rich and cruciferous vegetables to eliminate excess estrogen from the bowels. Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables provide important antioxidants for healthy egg quality.
Vegetables: asparagus, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, chicory, chard, dandelion, eggplant, endive, spinach
Fruits: apricot, cantaloupe, coconut, fig, guava, berries, tomato
Grains: amaranth, quinoa, corn
- Weight lifting
Focus on foods rich in nutrients specifically the B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C to boost progesterone, flush out excess estrogen, and reduce fluid retention and PMS symptoms. Fermented foods and root veggies will help you to curb sugar cravings especially in the evening.
Fruits: apples, dates, peach, pear, raisin, orange, kiwi
Legumes: chickpeas, navy beans
Grains: millet, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat
Nuts & Seeds: almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
Vegetables: cabbage, cauliflower, celery, collard, cucumber, garlic, ginger, leek, onion, parsnip, pumpkin, radish, squash, sweet potato, dark leafy greens
- Brisk walk
- Trail runs
- Higher intensity yoga
- Easy bike rides
Focus on low glycemic and mineral rich foods to reduce PMS and replenish restorative nutrients lost with bleeding.
Grains: wild rice, buckwheat
Fruits: berries, grapes, cranberries, watermelon, cacao, avocado
Legumes: kidney beans, adzuki beans
Vegetables: beets, kale, mushrooms, dark leafy greens, sea vegetables
Nuts & Seeds: sesame seeds, almonds, cashews
Animal protein: seafood, beef, lamb
- Restorative yoga
- Light cardio
Reclaim diet & lifestyle tips
- Include healthy fats at each meal to stabilize blood sugar and support healthy hormone production. Examples: avocado, nuts, seeds, coconut, wild fatty fish, olives…
- Prioritize stress management by incorporating relaxing routines during your day, especially upon waking and before bed. These could include meditation, deep breathing, bath, music, colouring, stretching, yoga…
- Keep your meals balanced with healthy fats, quality protein, and complex carbohydrates included at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And don’t skip meals!
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugar which can cause a lot of stress on the endocrine system resulting in symptoms such as fatigue, PMS, cravings, and stubborn weight gain.
- Take care of your gut by including plenty of fruits and vegetables and fermented foods in your diet.
- Add 1-2 Reclaïm to your daily supplement routine for added support.
Calcium D-glucarate may decrease the body’s levels of the hormone estrogen, thus strengthening the defence against hormone-dependent cancers, such as breast and prostate cancers. Calcium D-glucarate also supports the liver in removing toxins from the body and decreasing LDL cholesterol.
Green Tea Extract
Green Tea Extract can promote weight loss, blood sugar regulation, disease prevention and exercise recovery. It can also help keep skin and liver healthy, reduce blood fat levels, regulate blood pressure and improve brain health.
Broccoli Sulforaphane Extract
Broccoli Sulforaphane has been found to be a very powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer, anti-aging, neuroprotective agent. Studies also show this to be a very promising chemo-preventive agent against not only a variety of cancers but also against cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes.
DIM may help to prevent breast, uterine, and colorectal cancer. It is also used to prevent and treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS), breast pain and assist in weight loss.
Resveratrol is a very unique estrogen modulator and has similar effects as the ingredient DIM. It balances estrogen levels based on the body’s needs. In some situations it acts as a phytoestrogen and encourages estrogen synthesis and in other situations it can block estrogen production.
St John’s Wort
St. John’s wort is most commonly used for symptoms such as nervousness, tiredness, poor appetite, depression, unbalanced mood and trouble sleeping. St. John’s wort is also used to relieve symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and mood changes.
Chaste Tree supports the pituitary gland to reduce levels of follicle-stimulating hormone and increase luteinizing hormone, and thus reduces estrogen and increases progesterone levels – both of which are necessary for your body to ovulate, for regular menstrual cycles, and to avoid symptoms of hormonal imbalance. is added to relieve digestive disturbances and menstrual cramps that are a result of hormones released during menstruation.
White yam benefits conditions such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), hot flashes, menstrual cramps, vaginal dryness, low libido, and osteoporosis.
B6 supports protein and glucose metabolism plus the manufacture of hemoglobin. In addition, Vitamin B6 is also involved in keeping the lymph nodes, thymus and spleen healthy.
Astragalus is an immune-boosting, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory herb. It is also used against heart disease, diabetes and other conditions.
Zinc regulates immune function, affects learning and memory, treats the common cold, is responsible for wound healing and decreases risk of age-related chronic disease.