Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Stagnant waste can create symptoms the mimic perimenopause, says Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam, 2006). The reason: To balance hormones, the liver breaks down excess estrogen and directs the metabolites to the colon to be flushed. If there's stagnant waste, metabolites linger, then are reabsorbed into the body. This creates estrogen dominance, which has been linked to irregular periods, hot flashes, irritability and low libido in women who are too young for perimenopause. And for women who are perimenopausal, it makes symptom more severe. The smoothie at right will remedy the problem by speeding waste removal, plus it will nourish the liver so it can better process estrogen.
WHAT CAN HELP- This is at-home enema kit- can flush pounds of hardened waste. And here, some less invasive alternatives.
1. If you have one to three BM's a day and pass waste with little difficulty, your body may be holding on to just a few pounds of stagnant buildup. Dr. Dean advises drinking (not sipping) 16 oz. of water first thing in the morning.
This softens colonic contents, plus triggers a peristaltic action that gets the body into a rhythm of flushing waste.
2. If you go to the bathroom less than once a day, you likely have a significant buildup. For mega dose of fiber that will help sweep hardened waste from colon walls:
Blend 1 papaya, 2 cups cranberries, 1 Tbs. ground flaxseed and 2 Tbs. psyllium powder (like Metamucil). Drink twice a day until you're regular and symptom-free, than drink twice weekly.
(Don't eat within an hour of drinking so the fiber doesn't flush away nutrients in food.)
Information: First, September, 2008
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