Imbalance Of Omega 6 Omega 3

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Natural Ways To Avoid Hormone Imbalance

Hormone imbalance is something that most everyone has heard about and is a big problem in our population as evidenced by all the pharmaceuticals out on the market to correct the imbalance. However, if you are leery of ingesting synthetic hormones it's good to know that you can probably correct your hormonal imbalance in a natural way.

Just like anything else in your body, your hormones will probably stay balanced if you lead a healthy lifestyle which includes eating a healthy diet. If you already have problems with your hormones try to change your diet and, in particular, avoid chemicals as these can interrupt the way your hormones work. Reduce the dairy products and meats that you eat. These foods can be very bad for your hormones because the animal fats store chemicals and once these chemicals get into your body they can wreak havoc with the way your hormones work. In fact, the risk of hormone related cancers such as prostate cancer increases with the amount of dairy and meat that is consumed.

Another thing to do is be sure that you get enough of the omega-3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids. These will help you maintain good hormonal balance. The omega-3 fatty acids can be found in flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds but you should make sure that you are getting 200 mg of omega-3 DHA and 300 mg of omega-3 EPA. The omega 6 is important to and you should try to get 100 mg of this - finally a good multi-nutrient that supplies these values can help to ensure that you're getting enough as it is hard to get that from your diet.

As well as eating less dairy foods and less meat you want to make sure that what you do eat is organic. Not just the fruits and vegetables but the breads and cereals to. Foods that are not organic can have pesticides, herbicides and chemicals that may cause a hormone imbalance or adversely affect the way your hormones work.

Phytoestrogens are another way to help balance out your hormones. You've probably heard about these, in particular is flavones, which are found in soy foods. When you eat phytoestrogens your body simply accepts them as regular estrogen and they bind to your estrogen receptors therefore taking up the space that less desirable estrogen that is tainted with chemicals might take. In this way your body won't ingest harmful estrogen and in fact isoflavones are linked to reduced risk of hormone related cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer. Tofu is a good source of isoflavones.

Hormone imbalance is not fun for anyone and can be associated with the unpleasant symptoms of menopause, PMS and andropause. If your hromones are not in balance you might find that you have hot flashes, anxiety, trouble sleeping, tiredness and irritability. Changing your eating habits is the best way towards a healthy body not only to keep your hormones in balance but also to boost your immune system and keep you looking and feeling young as well as help your body fight off disease.

About the author: Lee Dobbins writes for Natural Health Buzz where you can learn more about getting healthy naturally and find out how to beat hormone imbalance.


Frequently Asked Questions

    How and why are Americans getting too much Omega 6 in their diets compared to Omega 3?
    I've even heard that Omega 6 isn't even necessary for health as it was based on a flawed study.

    An imbalance of this Omega 3 to Omega 6 leads to inflammation and disease... and probably heart disease in particular.
    But since the initial recommendations for Omega 6 were based on a flawed study, AND the fact that Omega 6 actually causes inflammation, there is a remote possibility that Omega 6 isn't even essential for the body. At any rate, it IS clear that people are getting way too much Omega 6, and some people don't seem to be getting ANY of the Omega 3's.

    • ANSWER:
      Soybean oil !! also see

    Do physicians generally prescribe statins to everyone with elevated cholesterol levels or do they look for..?
    ...real "cause" of elevated cholesterol levels? Without other tests to identify the cause, giving someone a statin for the rest of their lives seems pretty extreme. Statins just treat the symptom without correcting the cause.

    The causes could be hypothyroidism, an omega-3 versus omega-6 fatty acid imbalance or omega-3 deficiency, zinc deficiency, magnesium deficiency, nickel toxicity from margarine, lack of sunshine, (or Vitamin D3 deficiency), dental or other surgery, anorexia, heavy metal toxicity, too much sugar, etc.

    Don't statins just mask the underlying cause of high cholesterol?
    Furthermore, researchers found that statins activate a gene signal in muscles called atrogen-1. When this gene activates it targets key muscle proteins for destruction. The activation of this gene drives the process of muscle atrophy and muscle wasting. It is induced in cardiac muscle in failing hearts. Why on earth would any person want this gene activated by a drug?

    • ANSWER:
      The reasoning for statin prescription is in reducing risk of ischaemic heart disease. It is a cumulative marker, alongside BMI and smoking etc.

      Interestingly, there is increasing evidence to suggest that statins are actually not proven to reduce first onset myocardial infarcts or mortality. Perhaps in the future, this would detract from lifelong prescription. Who knows?

    Why don't American Farmers simply grass-feed cattle that is going to be butchered for meat?
    It's healthier for the cattle and MUCH healthier for humans to consume. It should also be cheaper to produce and purchase. Grass fed beef is much higher in omega-3 fatty acids and helps to prevent heart disease. Why are American Farmers working against nature and pumping them with expensive grain? This further increases the omega-6 versus omega-3 fatty acid imbalance in the American diet which increases one's risk of heart disease.
    Using the correct spices and proper cooking techniques do a lot for the taste difference. What you have become accustomed to over the years also plays a part. I'd rather pay the extra cost, (if true), for the health benefits associated with grass-fed beef. It beats getting heart disease later in life from over-eating corn-fed beef. If there were more grass-fed beef in America, I'd eat more beef.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it would seem cheaper to simply let the cattle eat grass,but do you know much grass a large frame cow/steer eats a day? They eat about 2-2.5% of their body weight in grass per day or 167 pounds a day. This is a lot of space which in turn costs money. A good size farming operation, raising only grass fed beef would need almost 2 acres per cow. Compare that to feed lots which can contain around 100 cows in about 4 acres.(acreage in the cattle producing areas, southeast, Midwest, and so on can be as high as ,000/acre.) Since the cost of raising each cow/steer would actually be higher then the cost of the meat would go up. Also, most grass fed beef producers try to go organic as well (to seem even healthier) which is pricey for name, label, and licence. (you must be licensed in order to be considered organic). Having said all this, some people absolutely hate the taste of grass fed beef. I don't know of any studies by consumers that have been done, but I would say almost 60% of the people I speak to do not like it and say it is rather bland (although this is a consumer opinion, nonetheless the consumers will be the ones to create the market). Another thing to consider, the processing and packaging of the beet itself (and almost any meat) is actually worse for you than anything the cow/steer will consume.

    Us Vegans are at risk for?
    Heart Disease. A recent study stated that we do not get enough DHA ALA ( omega 3 and 6 ). Are intake of omega 3 and 6 are imbalance and will later kill us. Is this true? And what can I do to keep them balanced?

    • ANSWER:
      Please when you ask a question like this provide a link to the study you have seen. Some studies are biased as they receive funding from meat industries etc. Not to say the one you saw was biased, just hard to say it wasn't without looking at it.

      Ignore Daisy's lies. It is true vegans are at risk from low DHA (but not vegetarians). You can reduce n6 levels by eating fewer grains, and boost DHA by taking a supplement produced from algae such as v-pure or udo's choice. There may be more than these two, they are just the only ones I know of.

      There is NO scientific evidence that the DHA has to come from an animal. Shows what I said before about identifying biased sources, right?

    Am I getting the proper balance of essential fatty acids in my diet?
    I eat ground flax seeds frequently. I eat eggs that have 660 mg of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acid apiece. I eat blueberries, spinach, strawberries, and bananas. I also eat cold cereal (Raisin bran of shredded wheat), regular milk, wheat bread, whole wheat pasta blend, oatmeal, and Laura's lean ground beef. In addition to that, I have frequently have P&J sandwiches with natural creamy peanut butter and jelly as a snack.

    What, if any essential fatty acid, is my diet heavy on? If so, how would you recommend for me to fix this imbalance?

    • ANSWER:
      You seem to be doing well both for omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids, it's usually the first one (omega 3 family) that is harder to get because it is not found in that many food stuffs but flax seeds contain a lot of it as do oily fish and walnuts.
      Omega 6 is widespread in the usual vegetable oils, corn, sunflower, soya etc

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