5 Foods Every Woman Should Avoid

Ever wondered if some foods are preventing you from achieving humming hormones and flourishing fertility?

Ever wondered if the foods you consume are contributing to symptoms such as PMS, acne, bloating, heavy menstrual cycles, period pain etc.? 

Here is a breakdown the top 5 foods every woman should avoid and why...

1. Dairy

Not everyone can tolerate dairy, and this is because some people are sensitive to A1 Casein, which is a protein found in cow's dairy. This sensitivity causes your immune system to generate inflammatory cytokines.

Some great alternatives include sheep’s milk, goat's milk, coconut milk and almond milk.

2. Gluten 

Unfortunately, our immune system thinks that gluten is a foreign bacteria and reacts, causing collateral damage to our intestinal wall in the process; creating the perfect conditions for zonulin, an inflammatory protein that regulates the permeability of our gut wall, to unlock the wall's tight junctions.

These tight junctions are meant to stay tight, as the name suggests, and act as a barrier - preventing any undigested foods and toxins from passing through into the bloodstream.

3. Refined Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are heavily processed with chemicals and are highly inflammatory.

Artificial sweeteners can be found in "diet" and "no sugar" soft drinks, chewing gum, breakfast cereals, processed snack foods and mixers for alcoholic beverages, just to name a few. 

Research has shown that artificial sweeteners can decrease the number of beneficial gut bacteria and increase faecal pH, which in turn, decreases nutrient absorption. 

Some hazardous artificial sweeteners to look out for include "Splenda”, “Equal”, “Aspartame”, “Saccharin”, “Sucralose". 

Refined sugar is an extracted and chemically processed form of cane sugar or sugar-beets. 

When ingested, it is gut triggering and highly inflammatory. 

Refined sugar feeds the bad bacteria in our gut, causing an imbalance between our good and bad bacteria.

High levels of refined sugar can also lead to insulin resistance by causing inflammation in the liver which impairs insulin sensitivity. 

4. Vegetable Oils

Vegetables oils such as soybean, cottonseed, sunflower, peanut and canola oil cause an inflammatory response within the body.

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These oils have been genetically modified, bleached and chemically processed, to form a product that the body no longer recognises as food, leading to a cascade of inflammatory responses in the body.

Great alternatives to these toxic oils include avocado oil, coconut oil, flax seed oil, olive oil, ghee and good quality butter.

5. Alcohol

Alcohol consumption can impair the clearance of oestrogen, lead to insulin resistance, interfere with nutrient absorption, damage gut bacteria and impair efficient detoxification. 

I totally get that we are human, and that alcohol is apart of most of our lives however, it is the quantity that I am most concerned with.

I would recommend no more than five standard drinks per week and two standard drinks per sitting. 

A standard drink may look like a 280mL glass of beer or a 100mL glass of wine. 

If you do decided to have a drink, ensure it isn’t something combined with refined sugar (e.g. pre-mixed spirits) - otherwise, you are essentially getting a double hit of inflammatory substances all at once. Instead, opt for a dry wine or beer.