Phytoestrogens Are Not Estrogen

Phytoestrogens are a special group of phytonutrients that occur naturally in almost all plant foods. The two major classes are isoflavones in soy, and lignans in seeds, whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.

They’re called phytoestrogens because they interact with estrogen receptors but they’re not estrogen. In fact, they bind so weakly to estrogen receptors that they effectively block estradiol and are therefore better classified as ANTI-estrogen.

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Help for the Hormonal Weight Gain of PCOS and Menopause

Struggling with hormonal weight gain around your middle? It’s a common problem with PCOS and menopause and it’s not from estrogen.

In women, estrogen is beneficial for weight loss. The abdominal weight gain of PCOS and menopause is more likely to be caused by insulin and testosterone.

Let’s take a closer look.

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The Secret Powers of Ovulation (It’s Not Just for Making a Baby)

benefits of ovulationOvarian hormones estrogen and progesterone are highly beneficial for health. That means that natural ovulatory menstrual cycles are beneficial for health because ovulation is the only way to make ovarian hormones.

Does that surprise you? Men make testosterone every day, so you might think that women would do something similar, but we don’t. Instead, we make our hormones as a surge of estrogen leading up to ovulation and an even bigger surge of progesterone for the two weeks after ovulation.

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If You’re Not Thinking About Ovulation, You’re Not Thinking About Health

Ovulation benefits healthThis is my open letter to every clinician, personal trainer, and blogger who offers health advice without thinking about the importance of ovulation and natural ovulatory menstrual cycles.

Dear Sir,

Your health advice may cause your clients to stop ovulating. That’s a problem because regular ovulation is not just for making a baby. It’s also an important indicator or “vital sign” of your client’s general health. Furthermore, regular ovulation is the only way your client can make the ovarian hormones she needs for a healthy brain, bones, and metabolism.

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