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Where is this Rage Coming From?


Where is this Rage Coming From?

A Review of Davinia Taylor's, Hack Your Hormones

Ever wondered who the hell cut your fuse so short and why your buttons are so easily pressed? It’s because you don’t deal with Cortisol flooding your body in the same way that you did in your 20s. It’s almost like our patience, ability to rationalise and that youthful serenity dries up, leaving you standing on the precipice of losing your temper at any given moment. And how do we deal with that fury, stress and Cortisol driven rage? We comfort ourselves with processed fare, alcohol and decide that the day has just been too stressful to move our bodies - we decide that we will help ourselves tomorrow, but when tomorrow comes, it's filled with more of the same adolescent petulance, bad drivers and unmanageable workloads that have the potential to send us over the edge. This results in us forming habits that impact our health and hormonal balance negatively.

Hack Your Hormones

Davinia Taylor’s Hack your HormonesWhere is this Rage coming from? Is filled with go to solutions that can temper those bubbling feelings of fury and help you to disperse the red mist. 

DT highlights our “rage” hormones and helps you to understand how, when they are not working in harmony, they can make us feel terrible:

Cortisol - drives our fear response.

Oestrogen - regulates our mood.

Progesterone - mellows us out and lowers our irritability and fatigue.

Testosterone - increases Dopamine, makes effort feel good and increases our stamina.

Finding an Oestrogen equilibrium is vital for our mood and how we respond to stressful situations as this hormone also controls how much Serotonin (happy hormone) and GABA (stops our whirring brains) we produce. 

DT offers suggestions and ways that we can detox our Oestrogen and find that sweet spot:

Gluten is a hormone disruptor and it can impact your Oestrogen and Progesterone levels. Your digestive tract can become inflamed, which in turn can increase your Cortisol levels. DT suggests that if you are experiencing moments of blind rage, it might be worth cutting out gluten temporarily to see if it makes any difference. So swap out the pasta and bread for some rice, quinoa, oats, buckwheat, corn and teff. Always try and buy organic where possible to avoid pesticides that can be found on regular grains.  

BPA is found in cans, plastic bottles and microwave popcorn. DT highlights that, without noticing, you may be filling up on products containing Xenoestrogens, toxins that mimic oestrogen.  

Triclosan is found in some deodorant, toothpaste, antibac soap and body wash and is associated with a decrease in the levels of some thyroid hormones. 

Phthalate which is found in some scented candles, perfume, body lotions, air freshener and plastic wrap are endocrine disruptors and are detrimental to human health. 

Alcohol also has a detrimental effect on our Oestrogen levels.  As devastating as it is, alcohol is a toxin that our liver has to metabolise; this extra pressure on our liver decreases its ability to detox Oestrogen. DT is not suggesting that you should sacrifice that Friday night glass of wine (cough - bottle), but you should be conscious of how much you are drinking.  Swapping out some of your booze intake for Kombucha or WillPowder’s Nootropic energy boost, Brain Powder is a great way of getting the same kick, but without the liver damage. 

Oestrogen Detox Supplement

Hack your Oestrogen Regulation

Not only does DT highlight what can really throw you out of sync and hurl you into a fit of rage, she also provides some brilliant hacks that can support your Oestrogen regulation:  

A diet rich in fibre is great for an Oestrogen detox as it increases the passage of Oestrogen through the bowels. Sources of fibre goodness include: beans (lentils, pinto, kidney and black beans); fruit (apples, pears and kiwi fruit); veg (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, watercress and other brassicas); seeds and nuts (flaxseeds sunflower seeds and walnuts); grains (white rice and quinoa). Be sure to soak overnight grains and beans to oxalates which can be anti-nutrient. 

Support your Detox

Turmeric counters the negative effects of Oestrogen and is also an anti-inflammatory, supporting your overall mood and physical well-being. Willpowder’s SPICE supplement is the perfect way to support unwanted inflammation and to suppress those fits of rage.  

DIM balances out your Oestrogen levels, but also stops the enzyme Aromatase from working, which converts testosterone into oestrogen, resulting in you feeling exhausted and short tempered. This is something men need to be aware of as well. 

Phytoestrogens are a naturally occurring plant compound that balance out Oestrogen and also reduces symptoms of menopause, such as hot flushes.  Embed fermented soy, flax, chia and sesame seeds, lentils, chickpeas, black beans, carrots and cruciferous veg into your diet to support your regulation of Oestrogen.

Getting sweaty is another way to promote your Oestrogen detox, helping you to get rid of all those toxic metabolites through the skin. Following up a sweat fest with a cold shower will support that cosy feeling needed for sleep. Cold showers are an adaptogen and boost dopamine in the morning and serotonin and oxytocin in the evening. 

Supplementing the Right Way

DT further highlights how to find that hormone zen and explains how you can prevent your Cortisol from spiking, allowing all those other mood boosting hormones to work together and not against one another.  By exposing your body to the right nutrients, supplements and environments, hormone harmony is possible: 

L Theanine contains amino acids which help to blunt stress responses right down. WillPowder’s Calm supplement is the perfect addition to your well-being store cupboard.

Brain Powder - is an amazing source of Mucuna Pruriens which is a source of L-Dopa, a precursor to Dopamine. 

Dispel the Rage

MCT Oil and MCT Powder improves mood and cognitive function

ElectroTide calms anxiety 

Heat is your friend and protects you from those Cortisol spikes. 

Light is key to managing your cortisol levels - natural light stimulates your Cortisol when you need it and darkness dampens it down when you don’t. 

Get Rid for Good

Oestrogen Detox does exactly what it says on the tin - it rids your body from the bad Oestrogen that we all produce. 

Oestrogen Boost Precursor ensures that your Oestrogen is in good shape.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that reduces Cortisol and helps your sleep better, reducing that rattiness and short temper. 

Have a good cry and let your tears rid you of the excessive Cortisol you don’t need.