Pink October and Nutrition

em 11 de Oct de 2023

The prevention of severe diseases can start with a good nutrition

by Karen Longo — Nutritionist and Nutrition Consultant, Korin

What is the meaning of Pink October?

The campaign called Pink October is celebrated every year since the 1990s. October is internationally recognized as a month of affirmative actions related to breast cancer prevention and early diagnosis.

Besides getting preventive screening tests (imaging tools and breast self-examination) to detect any changes or abnormalities associated with the disease, it is important to use this awareness and prevention month to understand that the choices made by the food industry may help avoid this type of disease.

Looking in a targeted way at the severe breast diseases affecting women, it is important to consider the balance of estrogen hormones in the body, which interferes with the disease process.

On the other hand, the estrogenic activity of synthetic chemicals and natural plant compounds, known as environmental estrogens, has been described in literature for more than 35 years.

Recent studies have associated this exposure with health problems such as the increased occurrence of certain types of breast and/or reproductive tract cancer.

There is a link between a healthy hormone balance, environmental estrogens and nutrition. Let’s understand it better.

Have you heard of endocrine disruptors?

Endocrine disruptors are chemical substances that alter the functioning of the endocrine system and the hormone function. They are also known as endocrine modulators or hormone active agents.

They mimic, block, increase or decrease the levels of hormones in the body, resulting in changes in the endocrine function, especially the sexual and reproductive functions.

These chemical disruptors accumulate in the adipocytes as they are hard to eliminate from the body. They act as if they were hormones naturally produced by the glands, thus altering the functioning of the organism.

Recent studies have associated this exposure with health problems such as the increased occurrence of certain types of breast and/or reproductive tract cancer.

Endocrine disruptors are chemical substances found in the environment that can contaminate the foods.

About 11 million chemical substances are known in the world, and approximately 3,000 are produced on a large scale. Numerous chemical compounds of domestic, industrial and agricultural use have been shown to influence hormonal activity.

Examples of such chemical products are insecticides, detergents, repellents, disinfectants, fragrances, solvents, as well as agents found in residential, industrial and urban sewerage system effluents.

Common ways of exposure to these substances include:

  • contact with contaminated water, soil or food (e.g., pesticides used in agricultural crops)
  • contact with industrial products (e.g., plastic packages, internal coating of cans)
  • use of plastic bottles or glasses, plastic containers to store hot food, baby bottle nipples
  • use of beauty and personal care products (e.g., makeup, nail polish, moisturizing cream, sunscreen, shampoo)
  • handling, inhalation or ingestion of contaminated products by farm/industry workers and residents

Examples of products used as pesticides, herbicides and fungicides that are considered endocrine disruptors are:

  • DDT, Metiram, Dieldrin, Parathion, Glyphosate

Most of endocrine disruptors are absorbed by the digestive system; However, contamination can also occur through the air or skin, or through the transfer from the mother to the fetus during pregnancy, or from the mother to the baby during breastfeeding.

What can we do to reduce the exposure to endocrine disruptors?

  • Eat fruits and vegetables from organic farming, without the use of herbicides and pesticides
  • Eat food products from animals raised without antibiotics
  • Don’t eat food produced by animals raised in systems using glyphosate
  • Never use the microwave to heat food stored in plastic containers
  • Don’t offer plastic teethers and toys to children

The levels of endocrine disruptors needed to cause damage to human health are still unknown. However, researches show that even minimum levels, if consumed in a constant and cumulative rate during lifetime, can be hazardous to health.

 

HOW TO IMPROVE BODY’S CAPACITY TO PROTECT ITSELF FROM THESE CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES AFTER THEY ARE INGESTED?

The best way to protect a healthy organism from the negative effects of endocrine disruptors and other toxic chemical substances that are hazardous to health is to increase the capacity of transforming them so that they can be eliminated. Or, in other words, improve its detoxification capacity.

The liver and all cells involved transform the toxic substances so that they can be eliminated.

Learn what foods have this capacity and include them in your daily diet:

  • Brassica vegetables: kale, white cabbage, red cabbage, arugula, watercress
  • Spices: turmeric, ginger, rosemary, thyme, oregano, coriander
  • Teas: green tea, chamomile, dandelion, artichoke
  • Oilseeds: Brazil nuts, chia, linseed
  • Water: Always remember to hydrate!

WHAT ABOUT INCLUDING A DETOX JUICE IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE DURING SPRING?

 

KORIN DETOX JUICE

Ingredients

  • 1 leaf organic kale
  • 1 piece organic ginger
  • 200 ml tea (green, rosemary, chamomile or dandelion tea)*
  • 1 tablespoon Korin organic linseed or chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Korin organic honey
  • ½ apple or 1 slice pineapple

Method

Let the linseed or chia seeds soak in ½ glass water for at least 6 hours (or overnight).

Mix all ingredients with the soaked seeds in the blender, including the gel-like consistency liquid.

Mix them for 1-2 minutes until all ingredients are dissolved.

Add ice to taste on warmer days.

Drink immediately to preserve the refreshing taste of the ingredients.

*To prepare the tea used in the juice:

Add 1 dessert spoon chosen herb to 200 ml boiling water and let it infuse for 5-10 minutes. Then, strain it and add it to the juice.

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