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a carrot a day

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The simplest and cheapest hormone balancing tool. No excuses not to incorporate this into your mornings!

As found by Ray Peat Ph.D in the 1970s, with his research into hormones and anti-ageing, a medium sized raw carrot, or its equivalent, eaten daily can lower anti-thyroid and inflammatory substances, reduces liver burden, assists the GI tract and liver to detoxify endotoxin* and estrogen.

Raw carrots (and bamboo shoots also) contain unique fibers that don’t feed bacteria, which means they lower inflammation. They also bind to and eliminate unused hormones like estrogen, lower serotonin and histamine, which in turn lower the body’s need to produce cortisol (catabolic stress hormone). Ultimately this increases the efficacy of progesterone and testosterone. These fibers work much in the same way to bind toxins as charcoal.

A carrot salad daily, aids the body in its natural detoxification process. Apparently when grated length-ways (but not put through a blender) enhances the effects of its fibers. But if you can’t be bothered grating; just eat the darn carrot!

Best eaten on an empty stomach before a meal or snack, preferably before midday: Eaten with a meal can lead to hypoglycemia in some people as it will slow the absorption of nutrients from other foods (raw carrot fibers can inhibit the absorption of certain minerals if eaten with other foods).

Whether you struggle with estrogen dominance (most women are progesterone deficient these days), low thyroid function, inflammatory conditions, bacterial overgrowth, liver issues or the usual repercussions of a stressful life, this should be an essential daily routine, just like brushing your teeth:

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