Grapefruit and carrots

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Since HRT is not an option for me, I am trying to find a way to balance my hormones without medication. I have read that grapefruit can boost estrogen. Apparently, there are a few scientific studies about it. I think I am estrogen dominant and low on progesterone. Many of you may know this, but I didn't know that excess estrogen gets eliminated by feces. If you are often constipated, estrogen gets reabsorbed in the intestines. This is where carrots come in...they bind to estrogen in your digestive track and make you poop. Grapefruit has some science behind it while carrots is a bit more pseudo. Anyone ever heard this before or have experience?

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    Hi Staci...if you get migraines...do not eat grapefruit...citrus is bad news for migraines. Also, if anyone takes certain meds, grapefruit is a no-no.

    Carrots are good to go. I do not know anything about foods helping us through this mess...but it never hurts to put good things into our bodies. I know the progesterone creams are derived from yams. Also, lots of other foods contain estrogen...soy for example...but it kind of tastes like eating wet brains...I am not a fan...ha, ha!

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      ha,ha...I like sweet stuff...I miss chocolate soooo much...but I have officially gone a month with none...not even a chocolate chip!! Along with the med, trying hard to stick with it. Grapefruits are really good for the average person...but we have our sensitive migraine brains to care for! They are very needy indeed!

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      OMG! I know! the aged cheese is a bummer. I am dying over here for a slice of pizza too. For snack I have been eating baby carrots with 1/3 less fat cream cheese. I love dips, but all of them have too much crap in them. I am 7 hours away from only having 2 migraines this month... I think some good is coming out of this elimination diet thing.

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      Probably mostly the med. However, my plan is to go full on with both for 5 more months...then slowly introduce things back in my diet. I also am not nearly at the max dose of the med...my dr said he goes up to 100mg....however, a lot of my research found that most people do well on 40-50mg ... I am small framed too. But, I am sure as with everything, it may run its course in time...for now, I seem to be responding to it...happy thoughts for now!

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    Hi Staci,

    What a coincidence. I just saw your post as I was eating a carrot 😃 and yes, for constipation. I have been having constipation pretty much daily since the morning headaches/anxiety/hot flashes/blood pressure surges or whatever. I've been also having constipation pretty much daily. I know carrots definitely help keep things moving more than any other vegetable I eat.

    I was just saying to my husband that I'll bet the constipation is hormone related too. It's not like me to be constipated. I'm also currently at 42 days without a period. 3rd longest on record for me. Again, I just turned 52 so hopefully it will NEVER EVER come back 😃 only time will tell.

    As far as carrots binding to estrogen in your digestive tract, I've never heard that but I never looked it up before. Interesting.

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      Jane,

      I definitely think constipation is hormone related. I have never had bathrooms problems until recently. It doesn't matter what I eat or how much water I drink. And, I drink a ton of water daily. I never knew that if feces stays too long in the digestive track, that the body reabsorbs "dirty" estrogen. Luckily, I like raw carrots! It's worth a try!

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