Xenoestrogens and the Case of the Man-Boobs

Have I mentioned blogging is hard?

Well it is. It's not just writing...there's all this SEO stuff to think about too.

What is SEO you ask? SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time to when I didn't know what that acronym meant. Things were simpler then...

Alas, here I am, writing a blog, thinking about how I should use specific words to make it all "Search Engine Optimal" and stuff. But instead, I'm just being open and honest about my struggles and trying to come up with funny titles for the things I write about. 

To be honest, I think things will work out better that way. One of my goals with making videos and blogs is to try to make learning about health fun and entertaining. Yeah I know I'm not doing a good job at it right now - but I one day I will be able to be my goofy-self on video (something happens when I press record and I get all quiet and serious...it's weird and I don't like it, but I haven't figured out how to stop it).  

But about the man-boobs. They are becoming a real concern in our society. And this is just one of the issues with the toxins present in our environment. 

No, I don't believe that man-boobs are solely due to xenoestrogens - it's just one of the many factors contributing to this issue - but these hormone-distrupting compounds are becoming more and more of a concern as our lives become more and more high-tech.

Here is my rant about xenoestrogens:

Bare with me friends, I will become less awkward on video, I promise. 

That is it - I hope you all have a lovely Easter :)

 

What Is All This 'Detox' Talk?!

April showers bring May flowers, and the desire to eat clean and detoxify your body...or something around like that...

Maybe you haven't been exposed to all of the talk about doing a 'Spring Detox' (sometimes I forget that I live in a bit of health bubble being a naturopathic doctor), but I'm sure you have heard the term 'detox' at some point, and wondered to yourself, "Hmm, I wonder what this is all about?" or perhaps, "Should I do a detox?"

Not to fear, I am here to answer all your detox questions! Stay tuned the next few days/weeks to learn ALL THE THINGS! 

How To Make Butter Coffee

Bulletproof coffee is a hot topic right now. And for good reason - it's delicious and can be a great way to boost up fat-burning (IF you do it correctly).

When you wake up in the morning, your body is in a fasted-state (depending on what time you consumed your last meal). To promote fat burning, we want to stay in this fasted state for as long as we can. But this can be very difficult when your stomach is growling and you start to feel light headed and shaky.

And here is where butter coffee comes to the rescue!

Having a high-fat beverage with MCT oil instead of breakfast, can keep your body in fat-burning mode, without feeling like you're going to pass out and start convulsing.

Never heard of butter coffee and have no clue how to make it?

Good thing I made a demo video just for you ;)

Ingredients:

2 cups brewed coffee

1 tbsp MCT oil (work up to this amount)

1 tbsp grass-fed organic butter (I used Kiwi pure, from Superstore)

1 scoop collagen protein powder

pinch of cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extra

1 tsp Maca Powder (I used Organic Traditions)

Directions:

Place all ingredients in your blender and blend for ~5 seconds :)

6 Things You Should Know About Supplements

The topic of supplements is very confusing. The majority of athletes know they could benefit from a good supplementation regime, but have no idea what to take, how much to take, or when to take it.

The right supplements, in the right dose, taken at the right time by the right person, can make a massive difference when it comes to health and performance. 

But here are 6 things you should know before you head to your local health food store and stock up on various powders, pills, gels and bars.

1. The Supplement Industry Is Unregulated.

It is not mandatory for the supplements you find at places like GNC and Popeye's to be third party tested. What this means is, companies can make whatever claims they want on the labels and there is no one to check to see if these claims are accurate or backed up by research. Testing how shown that some products actually contain NONE of the claimed ingredients on the label!

2. The Recommended Amounts Are Often Not At Therapeutic Dose.

What is the point in taking a supplement if it's not actually doing anything for you besides burning a hole in your pocket? This is essentially what's going on when you take poor quality supplements that are not at a high enough dose to actually have an effect. Knowing how much YOU should be taking can sometimes be tricky, which is why consulting with sometime who is educated in this area is highly recommended.

3. The Form Of The Nutrient May Not Be In The Most Absorbable Form

You aren't what you eat, you are what you ABSORB. You can take all the supplements you want, but if you aren't actually absorbing the nutrients, you are again just burning a whole in your pocket.

4. Many Contain Detrimental Fillers

Many brands that you find on the shelves not only lack absorbability, and so are not doing much benefit, but can actually be doing harm to your body through the fillers they contain. Third party testing has shown that Jamieson brand supplements for example, contain petroleum and formaldehyde.

Yes, you read that correctly. FORMALDEHYDE! Eeeek!  

5. There Are Some Supplement Companies That Are Trustworthy

Based on numbers 1-4, I now only prescribe professional brands to my patients. A professional brands are companies that only sell their products to regulated health care professionals (eg. Naturopathic Doctors). Some of these companies will have every single batch third party tested, to assure that what the label says is 100% accurate. No fillers, no junk, no lies. 

6. Everyone Is Different

What may be an appropriate dosage and form of a nutrient for one person, likely isn't the most appropriate dosage and form for YOU. We are all different and have different nutrient requirements dependent on a number of things including sex, body composition, activity level, activity type, diet, stress levels, etc. 

This is why is always best to consult with a professional.

Uhhhh....is there even such a thing as a professional supplement prescriber?

Yes, they are called Naturopathic Doctors :p.

If you would like a supplement regime tailored to your needs and goals, click here to book an appointment.

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic Doctors are primary health practitioners who treat using natural therapies, and taking the time to figure out the root cause of their patient's health concerns.  Dr. Milliquet is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Calgary, Alberta.

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