Be Aware and Act: Flax

RecipEmails, from Replenish PDX are a monthly recipe delivery with a side of information highlighting one key ingredient.

This month’s featured ingredient:

flax for breast cancer

flax

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in this RecipEmail:

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

That does not mean that your awareness and action should stop by the end of the week. In fact, you should be honing your breast cancer awareness throughout the year (and that’s for women and men alike!).

Approximately 75% of breast cancers are estrogen receptor positive. What this means for you is that one of your best cancer prevention technique is addressing your internal hormonal equilibrium and understanding the estrogen dominance that plagues so many of us (again, women and men alike).

But estrogen dominance doesn’t just result in breast cancer.

Estrogen dominance has lead to a significant increase in female-related disturbances as we have never before seen in history. It’s a modern day epidemic influenced by both environmental factors and our body’s abilities to break down, process and eliminate the excesses that we’re exposed to.

Anything excess in your body functions as a toxin.

And estrogen has reached toxic levels in many of us.

Consider these facts and figures related to our cultural hormonal instability:

  • the age of puberty has dropped to as low as 10 years of age
  • endometriosis plagues approximately 10% of all perimenopausal women
  • PMS symptoms are increasing, afflicting nearly 30% of all menstruating girls and women
  • uterine fibroids affect close to 25% of women between the ages of 35 to 50
  • close to 10% of women are diagnosed with breast cancer
  • and the symptoms of menopause are getting rougher to navigate as the root causes of those manifestations are being overlooked

Scientific data now supports the fact that hormone disruption is at the root of all these seemingly separate but related conditions.

in comes flax

While achieving hormone balance may not come in a snack bar, we’ve got a tip that will most certainly help you on your way.

It’s one of our favorite mid-afternoon treats. It’s the Flaxie Maxie bar (adapted from a tried-and-true Replenish recipe by an awesome and devoted Replenish client).

To get your Flaxie Maxie recipe, click right here.

Below you can learn more about why we love flax (not too little, not too much, not the wrong kind, but how great it is when it’s just right*). . .

And if you’re hankering for guided hormonal balancing KNOW-HOW and HOW-TO, join me for the fast approaching Estrozen: the detox diet to restore your hormone balance. This three-week information and action-step packed program is designed specifically to teach you how to harmonize your hormones for your health (breast and otherwise!) and happiness while finally addressing those stubborn weight loss goals.

I’ll see you in class for your next Action Steps and more distinctively delightful yet healing recipes!

Warmly,

AndreaSig
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flax energy barFLEX YOUR FLAX MUSCLE

Flaxseeds are a nice source of omega-3 fatty acids, and a great addition to your diet for myriad reasons. Check it out.

Flex your muscle!

  • Flaxseeds can be purchased whole, pre-ground, or as an oil. The whole seeds, stored in the freezer and ground weekly or as-needed is our favorite way to incorporate flax into your everyday routine.
  • Flaxseeds are rich in alpha linolenic acid (ALA). This is an omega-3 fat that is a precursor to the form of omega-3 found in fish oils called eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA.
  • Flaxseed oil provides a higher concentration of the ALA than the seeds.
  • The seeds provide a host of other nutrients that are lost in the oil, including manganese, magnesium, and especially fiber!

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Health benefits of consuming flax include:
o anti-inflammatory properties
o bone protection and health
o cancer prevention—particularly breast cancer
o reduction in formation of blood clots leading to heart disease
o increased insulin response, beneficial for diabetics and all those with blood sugar issues
o blood-pressure regulation
o cholesterol management
o hot flash reduction

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Buy it & Store It!
o Whole flaxseeds will last longer than pre-ground flax.
o If buying in bulk, be sure the store has a good turn-over rate and the seeds are not sitting too long to ensure freshness.
o Whole flax should be stored in an airtight glass container in your refrigerator or freezer.
o Grind small amounts in a coffee-type grinder and store in a separate airtight container in your refrigerator or freezer.
o Ground flaxseeds are more prone to oxidation. Purchase in vaccum-sealed or refrigerated bags and store in an airtight glass container in your freezer.
o Flaxseed oil is especially perishable and should be purchased in opaque bottles that have been kept refrigerated.
o Flaxseed oil should have a sweet nutty flavor.
o Never use flaxseed oil in cooking; add it to foods after they have been heated.

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Quick & EZ Ways to Boost your Flax Intake to Start to ACE Your Hormone Balance:
o Sprinkle ground flax on hot or cold cereal.
o Add ground flax to smoothies.
o Add flaxseed oil to smoothies.
o Use flaxseed oil in place of other oils for salad dressings. (Remember to store in fridge.)
o Dip your bread into flaxseed oil instead of olive oil.
o Add ground flaxseeds to your homemade energy bars (hello Flaxie Maxie!)
o Sprinkle ground flax between the halves of an almond butter and jelly sandwich.
o My son’s favorite breakfast: Gluten-free bread with flaxseed oil,avocado, tomato, smoked salmon, capers and some good-quality sea salt.

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Join me for your next Action Steps. . .

Estrozen: The Detox Diet to Restore Your Hormonal Balance

We often don’t realize that our hormones exist in a delicate balance to one another. When they get off balance, you not only feel it in your body, but you see it in the mirror.

It’s time to be the Zen Master of your own biochemistry.

Estrozen inlcudes three online classes to discuss the Whys & Hows of your Detox Diet.

group detox start date: November 4th

detox duration: three full weeks!

In EstroZen you’ll learn how to. . .

  • tackle chronic weight concerns
  • rediscover your sex drive
  • decrease your risk of breast and ovarian cancer
  • reduce your vulnerability to diabetes & metabolic disorders
  • support your bone health
  • and enhance your mood & memory

Learn key information for your health while eating great food and living the best life possible to support not only your own wellness and aging, but that of your entire family.

click here to learn more and TAKE ACTION!

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What’s all this about hormone balance?
Did you get to tune into the free Tipping the Scale Webinar this past weekend?
It’s not too late to watch on your own time.
Click here to register and get your copy mailed to your inbox today.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at support@replenishpdx.com.

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*Some people have questions about flax being a phytoestrogen, meaning a plant estrogen. Does it increase the levels of estrogen in our body? Likely not. In fact, it helps detoxify the more harmful forms of estrogen.

According to Lise Alschuler, author of the Definitive Guide To Cancer: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment, and Healing, studies on flax lingnans demonstrate safety and efficacy in their use against breast cancer, “inhibiting the growth of human estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells in mice and strengthening the tumor-inhibitory effect of tomoxifen”.

Our rule of thumb is to hit the “just right” mark.

While we’re not fans of daily consumption of daily crackers loaded with dehydrated whole flax seeds, we do promote the use of 1 to 2 tablespoons of fresh ground flax per day.

This flexes just the right amount of flax muscle as we’ll be doing in Estrozen.



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