Raw Carrots And Hormone Balancing

Raw Carrots and Hormone Balancing

The power-food effect of raw carrots on hormone balance and gut health never ceases to blow my mind!

In fact, the ole saying, “an apple a day will keep the doctor away” has nothing on the raw carrot!

One vegetable has a special place in a diet

Using food to heal is at the top of our list of priorities and in doing so, understanding the properties within food is essential. Carrots, as do all root vegetables, contain antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial properties, which act as natural antiseptic and antibiotic agents in the bowel. Only difference is, these can be used every day for years without any harmful side effects.

The fiber in a raw carrot binds to excess estrogen, helping to safely remove it from the body. The carrot fiber also prevents the reabsorption of estrogen back into the small intestine. We can owe more cases of estrogen dominance to what is being described vs. the idea that the body is over producing estrogen, which is rarely ever the case. This is important because too much estrogen out of balance with progesterone can lead to array of unpleasant hormonal disruptions such as severe PMS, irregular cycles, endometriosis, PCOS, acne and weight gain.

Raw carrots and a healthy gut

The addition of a raw carrot to your daily routine can be a vital piece to the puzzle. Most GI issues will decrease blood flow in the intestine, which will increase the livers exposure to endotoxin and estrogen and lead to many unwanted side effects: headaches, PMS, bloating, constipation, thyroid problems, auto-immune issues and more.

The fiber in raw carrots bind to endotoxin and assist in normalizing gut bacteria. Gut bacteria is directly related to hormone regulation and is in fact where 20% of T4 is converted to T3, requiring an enzyme called intestinal sulfatase. Just so happens intestinal sulfatase comes from healthy gut bacteria. Studies have shown that endotoxin negatively effect thyroid metabolism.

Many people find that the daily use of a raw carrot eliminates their PMS, headaches, allergies, eliminates constipation, acne and bloating and other symptoms relating to hormonal imbalances. What is even more amazing is how quickly this can take place, but we will warn you – it might take a few days for your GI system to adapt to the raw carrot.

Not to be misleading, just like anything else, the raw carrot is not considered a magic pill but can be used very effectively along with a balanced diet. “More is better” is also a motto we strongly encourage you to reconsider. Although carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, the ability of the body to convert this to vitamin A is limited when thyroid function is less then optimal. Low thyroid function is intimately related with hormonal imbalances, meaning you cannot have one without the other. Additionally, the excess build up of beta-carotene in the tissues can lead to further interference of vitamin A conversion, place a toxic load on the thyroid and interfere with progesterone synthesis.

So if you notice you are turning into an Oompa Loompa, you may be overdoing it! Issues converting beta-carotene can result in orange calluses and under more extreme conditions, a yellowish-orange tint to the skin.

How to eat a carrot salad?

To begin, eating a raw carrot in the form of a salad is going to get you the most bang for your buck. However, if you are anything like the handfuls of clients we work with and time is of the essence, just eat the darn carrot, you are still going to receive the benefits.

Carrot salad recipe:

1 grated medium carrot (grating the carrot length-wise will increase its antiseptic properties)

1 tsp. of raw apple cider vinegar, white vinegar or lemon juice

1 tsp. of coconut oil or olive oil (or a combination of both)

Pinch of white-sea salt to taste

The coconut oil and vinegar act as mild germicides and used as dressings intensify the bowel-cleansing effect of the salad while also reducing the immunological burden.

Eating the carrot with a meal could interfere with the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods. However, for those of you who struggle with hypoglycemia, eating the carrot with your mid morning meal or with lunch, and in combination with additional root vegetables or fruit, is recommended to avoid hypoglycemic reactions.

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