A little while ago, I had the chance to attend the David Wolfe's Sydney conference. I was really impressed by his knowledge of nutrition, and one of the most important things I learned was:
Flax oil is toxic for the liver!
The first thing you need to know is that fake estrogen (stuff found in our food) is dangerous. This is common sense, and you probably already knew that if you're interested in nutrition. But what you may not have known is that you can find fake estrogen in foods you might have every day! So keep your eyes wide open for these:
Ok, this isn't new. But the vast majority of people still don't know that we have to be careful with soy products. We're finally starting to see studies that show us that soy can cause breast cancer, thyroid problems, fetus malformations when consumed by pregnant women, and other hormonal problems.
Fermented soy products like miso and tempeh are fine, as fermentation breaks down estrogen, but I would't recommend eating them more than once or twice per week.
2. Flax seeds or linseeds
YES! I know, it was a breaking news for me too!
Flax seeds contain toxic estrogen, which increases our liver toxicity, especially if you eat them crushed or use their oil!
If you use flax oil regularly, I would highly suggest switching to hemp oil, which contains all essential fatty acids and tastes better.
3. Tap water
Tap water contains fake estrogen, which is harmful for our health. Everyone reacts differently to it; some might be very sensitive and others might not feel anything. In any case, it's important to be aware of it. Water directly from the spring is the best choice, but isn't possible for most of us. Bottled water has become a popular option, but there are growing concerns about the chemicals from the plastic. So do the best you can with what you have. Filters and ionizers are hugely helpful.
All this toxic estrogen is very dangerous for our liver because that's where they're stored. If you think you've been exposed to fake estrogen, or if you just want to detox and support your liver, there is a way to detoxify it — without having to do coffee enemas.
The main thing you have to do to detoxify your liver is to have high levels of the metal group in your food intake to help the detoxification process. Vitamins B6, B9 and B12 are great metal donors for example, so you'll want to use foods rich in these B vitamins.
Here are the main foods to help you detoxify your liver:
1. Beetroot juice
Beetroot juice is a great liver detoxifier. Starting your day with a fresh, organic beetroot juice is one of the best things you could do. Mix it with cucumber, lemon, ginger and celery for a great combination!
2. Goji berries
Gojis are great because they contain high levels of metal, as well as B6, B9 and B12. Add them to your breakfasts, salads and smoothies, or eat them plain as a snack.
3. Raw food
Raw foods contains much more metals and vitamins when compared to cooked foods. Having at least 51% of your food intake raw is great, not only to detoxify, but for providing benefits like food enzymes and vitamins.
You can also dissolve toxic estrogen found in your water or food by using citrus juice and peels. For example, boiling citrus peels with your tea is great to dissolve bad estrogen and may also provide anti-aging benefits, as it's full of antioxidants!