Detox Tips for Xenoestrogen Overload

Xenoestrogens are so pervasive in our world, that no one can avoid them. So, how can you detoxify your body and eliminate them as much as possible? Luckily, there are many natural xenoextstrogen detoxifiers to add to our diet or supplements.

Phytoestrogens are probably at the top of the list. Why would you want to put MORE estrogen into your body, you ask? It’s because phytoestrogens, found in plants, bind to the receptors that xenoestrogens bind to and keep them from accumulating in your body.

These weak estrogens, found in beans, leafy green vegetables and oils, are a very good way to detoxify and remove xenoestrogens naturally. Another good detoxifier and cancer preventive is Indole 3-Carbinol found in cruciferous vegetables like kale, cabbage and broccoli.

You can find Indole 3-Carbinol in capsules, but getting it from vegetables also gives you the rest of the plant’s nutrition. It helps your liver remove xenoestrogens and also provides vitamins and minerals that enhance your body’s immune system.

One thing that may NOT be good for reducing xenoestrogens is coffee. Some studies show that caffeine boosts estrogen levels at more than a single cup a day. Of course, there are many more foods and drinks that contain caffeine, so it would be wise to be aware of this when choosing beverages and meals.

By choosing natural foods and personal care products and avoiding plastics, it’s possible to cut way down on the xenoestrogens that enter your body, but you can’t eliminate them entirely. To avoid the weight gain and health risks they pose, use the tips in this article to detox naturally.

(Reprinted with permission from Lill’s List)

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Yummy Summer Desserts


Many times, when we try to lose weight, the first thing we do is give up dessert. After all, you can’t lose weight eating sweets, right? Wrong. As long as you eat the right ones, adding something sweet to your meal can actually be good for you.

Now that summer has finally arrived, it’s even easier to indulge in a little treat after you eat. Let’s start with summer’s most powerful health boosters: berries. Strawberries, with their ellagic acid and vitamin C are superstars and so are blueberries, which are loaded with antioxidants.

Of course, if you dump spoons full of sugar on them or slather them with whipped cream, they’re not going to help you lose weight. But if you add a half cup of either or both to a cup of lowfat or fat-free yogurt, you’re doing your body good. You can even sprinkle a tablespoon or two of lowfat granola on them to make them a perfect parfait.

Blueberry pie and strawberry short cake are certainly not on the list of approved diet desserts. Or are they? Well, if you make the pie with just a bottom crust, as little sugar as possible and just a few little cutouts of crust on the top, you could have it once a week and still lose weight.

Or, how about strawberry shortcake, made with lowfat biscuits made with lowfat biscuit mix, and just a spritz of canned “whipped cream”, which has very few calories, fat or sugar in it? As long as you don’t have them every day, they won’t add enough calories to sabotage your weight loss. Just compensate by making sure that the rest of your meals are on the light side for calories.

Besides berries, there are other super healthy treats in the summertime. Watermelon, grapes, plums, cherries and peaches all are low in calories and high in vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. All of them can be combined with low calorie options like yogurt, cottage cheese, granola, a few nuts or a sprinkle of coconut. Use your imagination and your calorie counter to come up with innovative ways to indulge your sweet tooth.

If you really want to top off a low cal meal, you can melt a square of chocolate and then dip fresh strawberries in it. Chocolate is good for your heart, your blood pressure, your immune system and your mood. Pair it with strawberries and you have the perfect healthy dessert to round off your summer meal.

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Can’t Sleep?

We all know that sleep is good for us, but most of us don’t get the recommended 7 hour minimum. So, we’re tired and maybe a little irritable the next morning, but after our first cup of coffee, we’re fine.


First of all, sleep isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity. We might think that we’re “getting away” without enough sleep, but it’s a deficit that mounts up until it crashes and so do we. One of the most damaging results of too little sleep is that it makes us fat.

It has to do with cortisol, a hormone that encourages our bodies to store fat – especially in our bellies. While lack of sleep isn’t the only reason our bodies produce cortisol, it’s a major reason. The less sleep we get, the more cortisol we produce and the more belly fat we put on.

Empty calories and poor nutrition add to the cortisol deficit and we end up overweight, overstressed and overwhelmed. We’re so tired that we find ourselves living on stimulants like coffee, sugar and energy drinks. Well, all that energy has to come from somewhere.

Too often, instead of the natural energy we get from a healthy lifestyle of good food and enough rest, we get our energy from caffeine, nicotine or sugar, which stimulate our cortisol production, but don’t put any nutrients into our bodies to support our hormonal systems.

Instead of staying up and surfing until 1 in the morning, you might want to think about reading for a few minutes and turning the light out at 10. A short stroll after dinner and then a warm bath a half hour or so before bedtime will encourage sleep, also.

Along with a healthy weight loss plan, cutting down on cortisol production will help you shed pounds of belly fat. Start your cortisol-reducing plan by cutting out all stimulants, if you can, for at least a month.

If this is too difficult, slowly reduce the amount of stimulants until you’re down to almost none and then quit for a month. After that, slowly add one or two cups of coffee a day, a dessert once or twice a week or an energy drink only on Saturday morning.

You might find though, that you feel so good from the restful sleep and calm unstressed out feeling of living without cortisol boosters, that you don’t want to go back to them.

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Controlling Hot Flashes Naturally

By Debi Swift

Hot flashes are one of the symptoms of menopause. It is thought that a drop in the hormone estrogen causes them. Many women report that they feel heat mostly around their head, chest, neck, and shoulder area when experiencing them. Along with the unpleasant feeling of heat, some women also report nausea, rapid heartbeat, sweating and even a feeling of suffocation. While some misinformed persons, even doctors, have advised women that these reactions to a drop in estrogen are unavoidable, there are ways to naturally lessen the effects of menopause.

One method that was used more in the past, but has become less prevalent due to a possible link to breast cancer, is estrogen therapy. A synthetic estrogen replacement was prescribed to women to reduce the effects of menopause. Synthetics are not always the best answer however, and many people are now looking for more natural ways to treat these symptoms.

There are herbs that have been used by indigenous people of North America and the people of Asia for centuries. These gifts from nature successfully treat hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. Some of these herbs are, rhubarb root, black cohosh root extract, damiana leaf extract, wild yam root, hops flower, chastetree berry, and don quai.

It is a popular misconception that these products, derived from plants, cause the body to produce more estrogen. That’s not the case at all. The phytoestrogen in these plants has the same effect on the body as estrogen without producing estrogen. They are a replacement, not a stimulant.

As people become more aware of the harmful effects of artificial ingredients and products in our environment, it seems only natural to use plants that have been used for centuries with no bad side effects. Another benefit of phytoestrogen is that is a natural detoxifying agent that binds with the receptors of harmful pollutants that make their way into our bodies from our environment and then mimic estrogen. One of the worst is xenoestrogens.

Xenoestrogens are “foreign” estrogens that are widely used in industrial compounds such as PCB, BPA and Phthalates. These foreign estrogens are being studied by scientists and have raised concerns because they have an impact on the health and possibly the endocrine system.

Using the natural herbal formulas to lessen or stop hot flashes altogether as well as cleansing the body of harmful chemicals is one reason why many women who are menopausal use herbal remedies.

Debi Swift is the owner of Endless Herbs Natural Foods. Endless Herbs is a small company run by women and we use our own experience to develop our products and yes, we use them ourselves. We chose each ingredient through our own experiences and we are proud of the results and our repeat customers. Try EZ Meno’Pause

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Managing Menopause and the Seasons of Our Lives Naturally

By Debi Swift

To every thing there is a season and a time and a purpose… Don’t we women know it, especially when we enter the season of our lives known as menopause. It is a time when our bodies will undergo changes due to the drop in the hormone estrogen. While it may be a natural part of life, it may not be comfortable or welcome.

Some of the symptoms of menopause are nausea, rapid heartbeat, sweating, mood swings, achy joints, sleep problems, night sweats, a decrease in libido, and even a feeling of suffocation. While these symptoms may come and go our lives don’t stop and we can’t just put things on hold. They may range from mildly annoying to life changing and extremely frustrating. Though it may be hard to laugh at, sometimes seeing the humor in a situation is one of the best ways of coping.

Though menopause is inevitable, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have some control over it, after all it is still your body. Using natural herbs that have been used for centuries is one way to lessen the effects and give your body a break. The natural phytoestrogens found in plants have no harmful chemicals or synthetic ingredients and they do soothe you naturally because they have the same effect as estrogen, just what your body needs.

Each one of us is an individual so no two women’s bodies are exactly alike and how we respond to the change in estrogen and the symptoms it produces vary. Talking to other women and reading about their experiences and how they coped is one of the best ways to prepare yourself and then to adjust to the new cycle of your life. It is usually gradual unless there has been a drastic change in health or surgery, so most women have time to get into the swing of things.

Are there any pluses or benefits to menopause? One thing that many women find is that they start listening to their bodies and tuning in. Some feel that this is an often overlooked benefit of menopause. Nature forces us to slow down and start paying attention to our own health and the rhythms of our bodies. Just as there are often changes taking place in the world around us, outside of us, there are changing going on inside as well and they all combine to produce a new season and sometimes some new ways of looking at life.


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Relief From Night Sweats and Hot Flashes Caused by Menopause

By Debi Swift

The change in life otherwise known as menopause has many symptoms that women experience. Two of these symptoms, night sweats and hot flashes, relate to the body’s ability to regulate heat. The imbalance in the hormone estrogen is what causes the uncomfortable symptoms.

Naturally, there are some things you can do to relieve these unpleasant bodily reactions. Dressing in layers is one way to prepare for hot flashes. If you think that you might have hot flashes during the day, you can prepare by dressing in layers so that you may remove layers when they occur and then put them back on when the problem subsides. Another way to deal with them is to have cold water close by that you can sip on to cool your body.

As for night sweats, women report that they sometimes wake up experiencing heat and sweating profusely. Sometimes they fear that it is a symptom of a serious health issue. While menopause isn’t life threatening, it is a time of complications and bodily changes that must be dealt with and being prepared is one of your best defenses. Have a cold glass of water beside the bed and have layers of bed clothing rather than just one heavy cover.

Stress may cause both symptoms or worsen them so avoiding stressful situations when possible is always a good idea. Of course, in our world and our complicated lives, avoiding stress isn’t always an option. Some members of the medical profession have advocated estrogen replacement therapy. The estrogen replacement is actually a synthetic form of estrogen. Possible links to breast cancer, however, have brought that solution into disfavor with some people.

Some women have found menopause relief from supplements and herbs such as, black cohosh, don quai, rhubarb root, and chasteree berry, to name just a few. These herbs that are gentle and soothing do not replace estrogen or trick the body into producing more estrogen, as some people believe. The natural phytoestrogen found in plants does produce the same benefits of estrogen in the body without harmful side effects.

While modern chemicals and medicines have only been used for decades and the long term effects are still unknown, the natural herbs used to relieve the symptoms of menopause have been used for centuries and have a long history of safety when used sensibly. Another feature that women find attractive is that they are readily available online and at local health food stores.

Debi Swift, the owner of Endless Herbs Natural Foods, has developed the formula for EZ Meno’Pause A natural and safe herbal remedy. Endless Herbs is a small company run by women and we use our own experience to develop our products and yes, we use them ourselves. We chose each ingredient through our own experiences and we are proud of the results and our repeat customers.

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Managing Menopause – How to Survive The Change and Smile

By Debi Swift

They say there are two unavoidable things in life, death and taxes. We women can add menopause to that list. While it may be unavoidable, how we handle the so-called, “change,” makes all the difference.

It isn’t a singular event that must be endured, but rather a condition. In other words, menopause isn’t an isolated event. It is interwoven with all the other events in our lives. While we earn a living, care for children, have relationships, care for parents, we deal with it while we live our lives. It doesn’t matter if you are sitting in a crowd at your daughter’s graduation or having a romantic evening or sitting in a meeting with the social worker who is helping you to plan for your parent’s care, the symptoms may suddenly arrive, in fact, stress often brings on hot flashes and sweats.

The conditions in our lives affect the situations we are in and let’s face it, we’re all in a situation. While they often change with the years and seasons, our lives are affected by the conditions of our health. How you manage menopause will have an effect on all the other things you do. It may not be significant or it may be life changing. Some of the symptoms listed below can change relationships and how effective we are in our daily lives.

The symptoms of menopause may vary from woman to woman, but will often include, night sweats, hot flashes, nausea, rapid heartbeat, sweating, skin flushing, sleep problems, decreased libido, forgetfulness, joint aches and pains, irregular heartbeat, mood swings, and even a feeling of suffocation.

I remember waking up in the middle of the night with my heart racing and getting up to pace up and down the hall. The following day I would be tired and that added to my stress which just made the symptoms worse, until I took control and started doing things for myself. For some women it can be a downward spiral, but it doesn’t have to be. There are things you can do to control the effects of a drop in estrogen, the cause of menopause.

First of all, don’t fear it. We all live through it and learn to cope and there is strength in numbers. Women who have been through it or are going through it can often give you support and advice, so go ahead and talk about it with friends. Listen to your body and what it needs and try to avoid stressful situations. Don’t go off the deep end and remember, everything that you do to your body, including what you put into it, has an effect, so start slowly and cautiously.

One way to start is by taking natural supplements made from herbs that have been used for centuries. There are synthetic replacements and they may be the final answer. Only you and your healthcare provider can answer that question, but before doing anything drastic, consider herbs such as black cohosh, don quai, rhubarb root, and chastetree berry, to name just a few. Why not start with something that is readily available and all natural? You don’t need a prescription for these over the counter products.

Natural supplements, support from friends and women who have been there, and learning to pace yourself and listen to your own body are intelligent ways of coping with a natural part of life. As you go through the process you may be amazed to find that sense of humor will help you to cope as well. While you may be bothered, frustrated, even angered by the symptoms, you will eventually see that some of the situations you will find yourself in are sometimes funny as well.

Menopause isn’t an end, it is merely part of a very long process.

Debi Swift, the owner of Endless Herbs Natural Foods, has developed the formula for EZ Meno’Pause A natural and safe herbal remedy. Endless Herbs is a small company run by women and we use our own experience to develop our products and yes, we use them ourselves. We chose each ingredient through our own experiences and we are proud of the results and our repeat customers. Visit our store in Newport, Me or online at Endless Herbs Natural Foods

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Natural Remedies for Shingles Relief And Treatment

By Debi Swift

Shingles is a common affliction found across a wide cross section of the population. Anyone who has ever had chicken pox may also suffer from shingles so almost everyone in temperate climates has been exposed to the virus (varicella-zoster). In most cases it doesn’t cause symptoms but lies dormant in the body. The older an individual becomes the greater the chances of a shingles outbreak.

The first symptoms of shingles are usually a rash, itching, and or tingling feeling. This is because the virus is in the nerves which serve the skin. Usually, the skin lesions clear up within 7-10 days though complications may lead to pain that lasts for months. Because it is caused by a virus, the infection travels through the body via the blood and that is why some natural remedies that have traditionally been used as blood purifiers are used to treat shingles naturally.

Burdock root is one herbal remedy that has been used throughout the world for the treatment of shingles and other viral infections. It has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries and also in traditional Western treatments for a wide variety of ailments. While it doesn’t cure it completely, many who use it report relief. Used according to the directions something as simple as a tea made from Burdock root can be used to treat the pain and itching of shingles.

There are prescription drugs that are sometimes prescribed for shingles outbreaks. Unfortunately, the more powerful the drug the greater the side effects and risk. Though Foscarnet stops replication of all known strains of the herpes virus (when tested in a laboratory), it can also cause kidney failure, damage to the heart muscles, and seizures.

One of the great dangers of shingles is that they can actually affect the eyes and even cause blindness. Obviously, if you have a shingles outbreak you should consult a physician. However, depending upon the severity of the outbreak and your own personal tastes, you may want to include herbal tea made from Burdock root along with ointments and tinctures that include all natural ingredients to soothe your symptoms.

Treating shingles with natural ingredients, herbs and ointments is a way to find relief without subjecting your body to synthetic chemicals and drugs, but you should realize that it also means taking some responsibility for your own health and safety. If you have any doubts you should always consult a healthcare professional.

Debi Swift, the owner of Endless Herbs Natural Foods, has developed the formula for her Shingle Soother and Shingle Soother Kit A natural and safe herbal remedy. Endless Herbs is a small company run by women and we use our own experience to develop our products and yes, we use them ourselves. We chose each ingredient through our own experiences and we are proud of the results and our repeat customers. Visit our store in Newport, ME or online at Endless Herbs Natural Foods.

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Shingles Symptoms and Treatment for Relief

By Debi Swift

If you are like most people you probably like to solve a problem and get rid of it, not just keep making it go away for a while only to have it return. That is one reason many people wonder why natural remedies only treat the symptoms of shingles. As you may know, shingles are caused by a virus that also causes chicken pox, an illness that usually only affects children. Shingles, on the other hand, is caused by the same virus, but usually occurs in older people.

Who may have shingles? Almost anyone can have an outbreak of shingles especially if you have lived in parts of the world with a temperate climate and you are over 15 years of age. If you fit into that wide category, you’ve probably been exposed to the virus. Typically, however, only about 1-3 people out of 1,000 in the general population will experience an outbreak of shingles.

Even if it has been years since you had chicken pox, you may still have an outbreak of this painful and aggravating illness because the virus often lies dormant for years, then traveling through the blood, finds its way to the ganglion, nerve endings that serve the skin. It then moves into the dermal layers and manifests as itching, a rash, and pain. While most commonly found on the torso, it may move to the face and even affect the eyes. So it is a rash and condition that must be taken seriously.

It can cause moderate to severe pain and that is why we treat the symptoms. It is a virus and therefore there is no cure for it, though natural remedies have traditionally been used in Chinese medicine and Western holistic care. One of the more popular natural remedies is tea made from Burdock Root. There are also ointments and salves that contain St. John’s Wort, an anti-inflammatory, which may relieve pain; violet leaf, which may relieve itching, calendula, burdock, & yarrow which may reduce redness and be soothing to the skin.

It would be nice if there was an actual cure for shingles and chicken pox but as of the writing of this article, there isn’t a cure. The best we can do is to try to make those who suffer from shingles comfortable and to offer support. It is said in medicine, “First do no harm.” That is a good motto and the best way to start to treat any ailment, in my opinion, is to start with natural ingredients. Of course, you should always consult a health care professional before undertaking any treatment.

Your doctor may prescribe medicines for your shingles outbreak, but you may also want to use traditional treatments such as those mentioned above, to treat the symptoms.

Debi Swift, the owner of Endless Herbs Natural Foods, has developed the formula for Shingles Soother A natural and safe herbal remedy for Shingles relief and treatment. Endless Herbs is a small company run by women and we use our own experience to develop our products and yes, we use them ourselves. We chose each ingredient through our own experiences and we are proud of the results and our repeat customers. Visit our store in Newport, Me or online at Endless Herbs Natural Foods

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What’s Brewing in the Sunshine Apothecary?

Be sure to stop by and see what’s brewing in the Sunshine Apothecary. We make our own tinctures, oils, and natural products right in the store and you can watch and sample as we use all natural herbs and products daily. You never know what might be brewing from locally picked herbs like St. John’s Wort to Black Walnuts. We’d love to show you what we’re making.

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