Episode #148: “You Are Not Alone”: Estrogen Dominance, A Fitness Q&A And Why You Shouldn’t Slap Any Old Sunscreen On Your Skin.

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In this June 1, 2011 free audio episode: Estrogen dominance, indoor trainer vs. stationary bike, achilles pain, natural anti-inflammatories, dimethylamylamine in supplements, Juice Plus, Mona Vie, and shaky hands.

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Featured Topic: “Why You Shouldn't Slap Any Old Sunscreen On Your Skin.”

In Episode #92: The Things You Always Wanted to Know About Sunscreen, But Were Afraid to Ask , I interviewed Dr. Nic Martens about the same sunblock that Ironman World Champions Craig Alexander and Mirinda Carfrae use.

In today's episode, Nic is back, specifically to talk about how certain types of sunscreen can inhibit body cooling, and how sunscreen can block pores. Nic discusses the formulation called “Scape Sunblock“, which is available at http://www.scapelabs.com. You’ll get Dr. Marten’s formulation sent straight to you.

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Melanie asks: I need advice on how to reduce estrogen dominance. I'm not interested (at least right now) in using a progesterone cream. I'd like to reduce estrogen naturally. Which foods will help reduce and which foods will increase the problem? I avoid soy like the plague and I eat a mostly organic, whole foods diet. I exercise (maybe not enough) and I try to avoid drinking from plastic and avoid parabens in cosmetics. Also, I read that high fat diet should be avoided. Does this apply to healthy fats? I eat lots of fats, but the good ones (love nuts and seeds). Any advice is appreciated since PMS derails my exercise and healthy eating.

Joy asks: I'm doing my 1st Sprint Triathlon in July. I own a stationary bike and was wondering if and or what the big difference is between using an indoor trainer or a stationary bike? Was thinking of buying an indoor trainer but didn't know if I should spend the money when I Do own a SB.

Chris asks: Do you have any advice for general Achilles health?  I've had to modify a lot of the hill training simply because after I do the hills my Achilles will ache.  I've also noticed (all the sudden) that at distances greater than 13-14 miles I start getting achilles pain.

PhenocaneSuzanne asks: I saw that you were taking Phenocane as a COX2 inhibitor. In your opinion how would you compare this to Saligesic or White Willow stem bark for pain management? And for inflammation comparing Boswellia and Proteolytic enzymes (and of course fish oils -omega 3's)? I know that everyone is different and you have to be willing to be your own test dummy sometimes, but it's helpful to gain insight from others. Also, do you recommend a specific high quality supplement company for Phenocane?

Brian asks: I noticed a lot of pre workout supplements have 1,3 dimethylamylamine is this a safe ? I currently take Jack3d with the following ingredients:

Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate, Creatine Monohydrate, Beta Alanine, Caffeine, 1,3-Dimethylamylamine (Geranium [Stem]), Schizandrol A

Rich asks: What are your thoughts on the supplements: Juice Plus & Mona Vie from a general health point of view? I have been taken these two supplements for awhile and as a new listener I am thinking about maybe switching to or at least adding the Living Fuel Supergreens to my diet.

Jack asks: I'm 17 years old, and for as long as I can remember I've had very shaky hands. Usually not a big deal, but I'm a competitive rock climber and going into the Army, which both require steady hands. I've been to many doctors with little success. Any diet or supplementation advice that might help? I eat pretty healthy, especially for my age, but my diet still isn't perfect. I've been trying Natural Calm Magnesium for a little while, but no success yet.

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6 thoughts on “Episode #148: “You Are Not Alone”: Estrogen Dominance, A Fitness Q&A And Why You Shouldn’t Slap Any Old Sunscreen On Your Skin.

  1. Armin says:

    Hey, I can't download the mp3: 404 not found?

  2. Albert says:

    Is taking Jack3d safe? I was told by a representative at the Vitamin Shop that it was help increase the amount of oxygen to the blood for muscle growth and development. Is this true?

  3. armilegge says:

    Why do you still use sunscreen at all? There haven't been many studies showing it's all that beneficial or that it prevents skin cancer compared to not using it. Is it because you live in WA and have a hard time getting enough sun? I can imagine it might be a little different for someone who doesn't already have a tan going into the heat of Hawaii :)

    Man with Hand Tremors:

    The GAPS diet was developed specifically for people with severe food allergies, and it might be worth trying for the gentleman with hand tremors.

    It's basically a paleo diet with the exception of any possible allergens such as eggs, nightshades, and all forms of dairy.

    This would include egg whites, potatoes, peppers, ghee, butter and the like. You wouldn't have to go on this kind of diet forever, but you should give it 30 days to see if it works.

    The paleo diet would likely solve and problems with hypoglycemia/hyperglycemia as well, so it's really a pretty safe choice

    Matt Lalonde has an excellent protocol that would be perfect to try out- I highly recommend his advice.

    My brother is currently in the National Guard. He doesn't have tremors, but he has ADHD and a hard time focusing. I plan on trying him out on the paleo diet when he comes home.

    Man with calf pain:

    I would also suggest doing some plyometric workouts. These involve some explosive type efforts like box jumps and jump rope. Even a few minutes after a run can do wonders.

    I tend to think that motion control shoes are really covering up a problem rather than fixing it. If possible, it might be a good idea to try some more minimalist footwear. Shoes with high arches cause "functional shortening" of the muscles, which can be corrected via stretching. It will hurt at first, but you will probably do far better on hills.

    Excellent work Ben

    I appreciated your thorough explanation on the role of estrogen dominance as well.

    -Armi Legge

    1. Armi, come on down here to Hawaii and try to race for 5-10 hours in the sun and you'll see why I wear sunscreen. You can literally get close to third degree burns.

  4. feerlessfood says:

    Good luck this weekend man!

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