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    Question from Sooz:

    I just read on a post about alfalfa being a phytoestrogen & thus helping rebuild breast tissue.

    Does anyone have a suggestion for an alternative to alfalfa? Apparently I'm allergic to alfalfa, and I'm bummed I can't take it along with CRT and the FiberTox. FiberTox gives me no problems. Alfalfa made me break out in hives. eeek!

    Answer from Teresa:

    First of all, Alfalfa is NOT a phytoestrogen. Instead it is proven to assist and support's your body's pituitary gland which regulates your body's level of estrogen. That's why Alfalfa works so well in helping our body maintain proper hormonal balance during monthly cycles (PMS control)and through menopause! If your body's level of estrogen is too high, it will lower....and if your body's level of estrogen is too low, it will raise it. Since our bodies are in a constant state of "homeostasis" (maintaining bio-chemical balance), it works in perfect synch.

    As far as a substitute for Alfalfa for hormonal balance abilities, there are none. However, Alfalfa is also a proven anti-inflammatory without side effects and it alkalinizes your body (for those who tend to be over-acidic). You can substitute other dense greens like wheat grass and barley but to support your skin's ability to tighten and tone without Alfalfa be sure to also take a complete multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplement. For extra skin support add Immune Boost (because it contains vitamin C, Zinc and grape skin extract ...all of which help the skin produce collagen). You can also support your skin's intake of minerals by taking dead sea salt soaks and using CellFood drops in your water (it contains all the trace minerals, amino acids, as well as ability for your body to oxygenate at cellular level...please note: CellFood is NOT oxygen drops!)

    BUT most important is to BRUSH your body using the CRT pattern! Also try not to use lotions that contain alcohol and lower your intake of sugar which is very acidic and contributes to the breakdown of your skin's cellular structure.

    Last of all, pump that lymph daily with PBS, Hoe Downs, and WALK (Step Away the Inches or walking using T-Tapp techniques) so your body can increase nutrient delivery into cellular tissue as well as increase elimination of cellular waste out of your skin!

    Good luck...you'll be able to get your cellulite under control and tighten your skin without the Premium Blend Alfalfa as long as you help your body help itself.

    Teresa Tapp
    02-05-2006, 11:34 AM
    Last edited by Forum Angel; 03-19-2016, 08:48 PM.

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    staffelm
    02-05-2006, 01:06 PM

    Well THAT's why it's so good for me. I've recently been experiencing SEVERE reactions from mold/toxic mold in my workplace, (which now means that I'm homebound and not working) and one of the many problems that I now have is low MSH, and hormone regulation, from the pituitary. Taking the Alfalfa has been a God-send for me and has greatly assisted me in fuctioning more normally- now I know why. I take 6 pills a day, but wonder if more isn't better? Is more Alfalfa better if your body needs it?

    Kate


    Lori French
    02-05-2006, 01:27 PM

    Kate,
    For hormone regulation peeps take 9-15 alfalfa's a day.


    Lori



    mbecker
    02-05-2006, 04:05 PM

    It is so amazing to me, that given the right supplements and exercise (t-tapp) how the body can heal itself...and we have T to teach us all of this! Thanks Mother T!

    Hugs,
    Marie


    sooztunes2
    02-06-2006, 12:55 AM

    Thank you, Teresa,

    As always, your answers are informative & useful. You're such a good educator!

    I just started Immune Boost, I'm brushing about EOD, and I'll check into the Cell food drops.

    T-Tapp is a wonderful thing, and I love the forums.

    Warm regards,

    Sooz
    Dallas, TX


    PatriciaB
    01-11-2007, 11:39 AM

    Has anyone had real-life success with other alfalfa alternatives like wheat grass? I had problems with the alfalfa but one great thing about it was that it made my skin look great and no under-eye darkness. I would like to find another "green" food that would do the same thing.



    Lori French
    01-11-2007, 12:48 PM

    As far as I know, trainer Vicki is the queen of wheatgrass....
    vicki@t-tapp.com


    Lori


    Joy2BMommy
    01-11-2007, 04:58 PM

    I'd love to hear of anyone's experience with wheatgrass too. I bought a wheatgrass juicer but haven't gotten around to growing my wheatgrass yet. I keep meaning to start, perhaps hearing positive experience with others would be the motivation I need to get started.

    Thanks,
    Debbi



    Nikki Dawn
    01-11-2007, 05:57 PM

    I have not had a chance to try the alfalfa yet but I juice faithfully and always use a green drink. Barley is also a great alternative to wheat or a combination. I have used them for years. I love them so much I have not been able to give them up. I did go a month not using it to see if it was really doing something and boy did I miss it. I just did not feel as well not using it. These greens can be very ceansing so you could get a reation of your body trying to cleanse out toxins. Make sure if you are not growing your own and you are using a powder it is a good quality with low heat processing. The cheaper ones are no good
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      Beauty in Balance
      01-03-2010, 09:38 AM

      Thanks so much Teresa!! I was having questions about Alfalfa. I am estrogen dominant. I NEED this!!! I have been taking Alfalfa. I just need to know how much is enough if you are trying to balance your estrogen. thanks so much!! Lisa


      Jen82
      01-03-2010, 10:15 AM

      There are a lot of other great green herbs out there and if you drink them as an infusion (an ounce of dried herb soaked in boiled water for four hours or overnight then strained, you drink the liquid)....well, you cannot equal that potency unless you take an whole bottle of pills. The water draws out the vitamins and minerals so that they can be easily absorbed by your body. Less work for your body to do.

      Nettle (that is stinging nettle urtica dioica) is a great one to try. Strengthens kidneys, tones lungs, intestines, and arteries. Restores vibrancy to the adrenal system. Great for people getting off of coffee. Resets metabolic circuits to normalize weight, reduce fatigue and exhaustion and restores adrenal potency to lessen allergic and meopausal problems and eliminate chronic headaches. Great calcium content. Contains calcium, potassium, protein, B carotene, chlorophyll, trace minerals, iron, vitamins A, C, D and K, virually all the vitamins and minerals known to be necessary for human health and growth. Increase milk production and richness in nursing mothers. Long term use is recommended to reach full benefits. Gentle and powerful.

      And that is just one option. There are many. Oatstraw is another great for adrenals and people who are worn out or stressed and experiencing grief. Wonderful for your nervous system and even auto-immune diseases. Great for teeth and nails.

      If you don't drink all of your infusion in time (lasts two days in the fridge) use it as a hair rinse! Very versatile and inexpensive. There are pills of most all herbs available so that if you don't want to drink the infusion or if you need a pill to fall back on when you forget to make your infusion you will have one. If you want to know more drop me a private message.

      There are a world of herbs out there God gave us and I'm sure you can find something else that will help you just as much as alfalfa.

      Another thing that really helps my hormones during times of need is evening primrose oil. I take a capsule as needed during "that time of the month".


      Joyfirst
      01-03-2010, 12:46 PM

      I think, that variety of fresh greens and their juice is always healthier than powdered greens, but if you know, that that's the only way you would take them or if you are on the trip or in other situation, where you have no access to fresh greens, then it is a good choice for you. And the more the better. I shoot for minimum a bunch a day(like a bunch of kale or beet tops or some edible weeds from my garden). More would be better. Check out Angela Stokes pictures, who is one of raw food famous people right now. Many raw foodists have pretty dull looking skin, and hers is the best I ever seen. She uses tons of greens everyday. Variety of greens.
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      • #4
        I have tried to take Alfalfa
        08-28-2004, 09:12 PM


        and each time I have started it, my chest is very tender and "puffy" (almost like when I used to have too much caffine). Does this go away after taking it a while or should it even be happening? Thanks for your help.

        Sharlyn

        brngckn
        08-28-2004, 08:25 PM


        If you are experiencing any negative side effects from alfalfa or any other item recently added to your diet, try cutting it out for a while and see if the problem goes away. There are some people with grass allergies that are not able to take alfalfa.

        Kirsten



        Xcitedtapper 08-30-2004, 12:26 AM


        Yes, this is my second time to try it and I feel like I gain 10 pounds in my chest with tenderness. I thought that it was very strange but it happened twice so I guess that the Alfalfa is just not for me. I wanted to take it given all the benefits, but I can't take that water/weight gain there. THANKS AGAIN.

        Sharlyn



        seawitch 08-30-2004, 10:42 AM


        Sharlyn
        you might want to call the office and talk to Lauren. Teresa told me that Alfalfa can regulate estrogen levels - and high estrogen levels are what causes the breast tenderness you are talking about - and Alfalfa has only HELPED me with this.
        this is just my opinion, but something i have experienced.

        Angela


        teresatapp
        08-30-2004, 12:22 PM


        Actually, Alfalfa is NOT a phyto-estrogen. Phyto-estrogens can cause adverse reactions with swollen breast tissue, cysts, lymph node inflammation, etc. Typically those with estrogen dominance cannot tolerate consumption of coffee, a known phyto-estrogen or ingestation of soy milk, soy shakes, soy supplements or soy foods. Additionally estrogen dominance creates increased insulin production which creates sensitivity to carbohydrates...specifically those that are processed or simple. (ie: sugar, candy, chips, bread, crackers, etc)

        Clinically proven is Alfalfa's ability to help the body help itself via pituitary support to regulate estrogen levels. This means if estrogen is too high, it will lower and if estrogen is too low, it will increase. So if one has estrogen/insulin/carbohydrate sensitivies, one can increase supplementation of Alfalfa accordingly. (ie: increase when you "cheat" or increase any of the target foods or drinks like soda, alcohol or coffee) This all has to be done on a trial and error basis since each person's body is different but usually 9-12 per day seems to work for those in peri-menopause or menopause or 6 to 9 for those taking birth control.

        HOWEVER, if one is allergic to grass then one obviously cannot tolerate alfalfa nor gain benefit from its consumption.

        For those individuals I suggest CRT body brushing, always consume protein/fat at same time of any carb, limit consumption of known phyto-estrogen foods, NEVER consume carbs right before bedtime and ALWAYS take Calcium/Mag right before bedtime (I prefer Cal/Mag Plus these days) Calcium/Mag before bedtime helps your body product Human Growth Hormone which helps your body maintain a better hormonal balance.

        There are so many hormones present in today's foods and even skin products. READ LABELS!

        Another product I like is called Udo's Choice Oil (in refrig section at most health food stores) This product is excellent in providing necessary elements for better body balance with hormones. I add a teaspoon daily to my balsmatic vinegar to create a homemade salad dressing for veggies.

        Last of all, try using a topical progesterone creme. There are several good ones on the market - I like Pro'Leve.

        Hope this helps...it sounds like your body doesn't like alfalfa. Even though I think the Premium Blend of Alfalfa is amazing in helping the body help itself in many ways, you still have to listen to your own body.

        Good luck, Teresa

        ps - interestingly, now that my body is in peri stage, I can no longer enjoy hummus. It sets me off within hours! Bummer since I used to love home-made hummus.
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        • #5
          shank70
          08-30-2004, 12:35 PM


          Sharlyn,

          I know how you feel. I found out only after trying the alfalfa that I can not take it either. I was bummed out because I wanted to reap all those benefits! Maybe once my grass allergy is under control I can try it again... keeping my fingers crossed!

          xo-
          Shannon


          Xcitedtapper
          08-30-2004, 01:59 PM


          Thanks Teresa for your insight. I think you may have hit on something with me for sure. I don't have a grass allergy so I am thinking that it might be low estrogen levels. I have had a partial hysterectomy but have never taken any hormone replacement and I always felt fine. I am doing the CRT brushing now though and will definitely add the Cal/Mag Plus and the Udo's Choice Oil.

          I am so interested in trying to change my eating habits that support a better functioning hormone/metabolism/overall feeling of good health, but I just don't know where to turn. I have been following WW, but I am interested in all the talk of eating right for your blood type. I have no problem sticking to a diet, I just want to find one that works best for me. I am O positive and wonder if this might be the next thing I should try. Although I have been losing since tapping in February, I feel like with my good eating habits and exercise 6 days a week, I should be a little further along toward my goal.

          Once again Teresa, thanks for all your insight. Whenever you pop in on the boards, I enjoy reading your knowledgeable insight.

          Sharlyn


          seawitch
          08-30-2004, 10:14 PM


          Hey ya
          just wanted to add that I followed T's advice here, to a 'T' for estrogen dominance problems and it so TOTALLY WORKED FOR ME! 25 years of suffering in silence completely GONE!

          Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.

          Angela


          Kiona
          08-31-2004, 12:26 AM


          Just wanted to add a bit to the discussion because I was actually doing research on this very topic today with my Essential Oils Desk Reference Manual. According to the manual, a EO's have been clinically proven to enhance the absorption of skin applied prgesterone creams because of their ability to be so readily absorbed into the bloodstream and carry nutrients (in this case a hormone) with them. Anyway, the ones the Manual recommends for estrogen dominance are clary sage, conyza, geranium, fennel, save and blue yarrow. You would also get an added boos of DHEA (another anti-aging/sex hormone) and that can give you a more rounded balance of the hormones enhanced.

          I am sure you'll find the right balance for you!

          Kiona


          Xcitedtapper
          08-31-2004, 03:06 PM

          Oh my goodness! Such valuable information that is available at our fingertips on this forum. I have printed out this information yesterday and have already made a trip to the health food store. I must once again say that this is an incredible outlet for questions, answers, comments, encouragement...

          TTAPP exercise video - $24.95
          Exercise outfit - $30
          Information on this forum - PRICELESS!!!

          Sharlyn


          aehend
          08-18-2007, 06:59 AM

          Xcitedtapper, I also read that alfalfa can cause inflammation problems in susceptible individuals--a kind of "false lupus", or an exacerbation of existing lupus--due to a certain amino acid in alfalfa, canavanine. You may be one of the lupus-susceptible folks who should avoid alfalfa. You might also check to see if you could have a mild underlying lupus condition. The problem is far worse with the seeds and sprouts than with a properly prepared grassy section blend like Teresa's, so really watch out for alfalfa sprouts, and don't eat 'em.

          Lori French
          08-18-2007, 09:00 AM

          FYI, anyone allergic to grasses, alfalfa is actually a part of the legume family. Teresa explains this in another later post.

          Lori
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