I’m a fan of healthy snacking. Mostly I will eat a date, but very often I like to have a crunchy bite and that means l grab a carrot. I eat a few carrots a day. I love the subtle sweetness! I’m also a huge fan of dipping carrots in hummus by the way. Yum!
Guess what, this crunchy snack is far more healthy than you might think. It seems that eating just one medium size carrot a day helps to balance your hormones (especially during the period right before ovulation ladies).
How is that possible?
Raw carrots contain a very unique fiber that helps detox hormones. This unique fiber absorbs (and removes) excess estrogen while not feeding unhealthy bacteria.
A study also showed the following:
”Two hundred grams of raw carrot eaten at breakfast each day for 3 weeks significantly reduced serum cholesterol by 11%, increased fecal bile acid and fat excretion by 50%, and modestly increased stool weight by 25%. This suggests an associated change in bacterial flora or metabolism. The changes in serum cholesterol, fecal bile acids, and fat persisted 3 weeks after stopping treatment.”
Additionally, Dr. Ray Peat found women reduced their problematic estrogen levels by the daily consumption of 1 medium size carrot. Less estrogen generally means less inflammation and liver stress, and better thyroid health.
Why you don’t want estrogen to be dominant
Due to different reasons our society faces estrogen dominance. Some causes are:
- Dietary components throw estrogen out of balance. Big time! Soy contains phytoestrogens that acts as estrogen in the body. Soy has devastating effects on hormone balance for men, women and especially children
- Stress (physical or emotional) increases the production of estrogen
- Many pesticides and chemicals are xenonestrogens. Those are chemicals which the body perceives as estrogen
- Be aware of unhealthy fats including all vegetable oils (corn oil, soy oil, safflower oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, etc.) lead to inflammation and increase the estrogenic load.
Estrogen dominance is an underlying reason for PMS, mood disorders, infertility, menopausal symptoms and hormonal acne.
Why men also should be aware?
Well, lack of muscle tone, erectile dysfunction, and “man boobs” all play a part when estrogen is dominant.
A carrot a day detoxes estrogen.
A raw carrot a day plays an important role in hormone balance, by helping to detox some of the excess estrogen.
So yes, the fiber in carrots is having both a bowel-protective and an anti estrogen effect.
Several women who suffered from premenstrual symptoms, including migraine, had their serum estrogen measured before and after the “carrot diet,” and they found that the carrot lowered their estrogen within a few days, as it relieved their symptoms. (source)
How to eat your daily carrot
- The carrot must be raw, not steamed or cooked
- A whole, medium sized carrot a day will already have the hormonal benefits
- Peeled or not peeled (washed though), both are fine.
- It’s best to eat the carrot in between meals and not with a meal.
- Don’t eat the pre-peeled baby carrots! The baby carrots contain tons of chemicals. They are artificial baby carrots and often colored. There is not much prove of this, but I wouldn’t take the risk.
Would you try a carrot a day? If you already do, I would love to read your experience in the comment section below.
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