Have you ever had one of those weeks where nothing goes as planned and you don’t get near as much done as you hoped?
That was our week. I also know that what got done was exactly what needed to get done and what happened this week was exactly what was supposed to happen because life is always working for me. Those beliefs were what got me through the week. 🙂
I share that because I didn’t get my Friday email sent yesterday. The day didn’t go as planned and that is OK.
Today I want to talk about another hormone that often gets a bad reputation: estrogen, and more specifically estrogen dominance.
What is Estrogen Dominance &
Why Should You Care About It?
An excess of any hormone can cause an overall imbalance in the bodies’ endocrine system and therefore health problems can arise.
Estrogen dominance is when the body has too much estrogen and not enough progesterone to counteract it. There are three types of estrogen, estradiol, estrone, and estriol. Estradiol is the more potent of the estrogens in the body.
With all hormones you want to have a “Goldilocks” level, not too much and not too little. Proper hormonal balance affects so many things in the body, one in particular is our metabolism. It is hormones that control whether or not you gain or lose weight, not calories.
What Causes Estrogen Dominance?
Below is a list of things that will potentially cause and contribute to estrogen dominance.
- Exposure to environmental xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens can be found in plastic water bottles, personal care products such as lotions and shampoos, and in the meat and products of animals given growth hormones and antibiotics.
- Use of synthetic estrogens such as birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy.
- Chronic stress that negatively impacts the adrenals and thyroid glands.
- Poor diet.
- Digestion issues, which can impact the estrogen-detoxification process in the liver.
- Negative lifestyle habits such as drinking alcohol and caffeine and smoking.
- Carrying excess weight. In both men and women being overweight creates and stores more estrogen.
Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance
Estrogen dominance can be linked to a number of conditions including but not limited to:
- An increase in PMS symptoms
- Decreased sex drive
- Fibrocystic breasts
- An increase in the fat around the abdomen and tops of thighs
- Difficulty losing weight or weight loss resistance
Studies also show that excess estrogen can cause breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers. Estrogen dominance can also affect men. Men with estrogen dominance will experience a loss of sex drive, increased abdominal fat, an enlarged prostate, and even prostate cancer.
Tips for Balancing Estrogen Levels in the Body
- Sleep eight to nine hours each night.
- Reduce stress and support your adrenal and thyroid glands with proper rest and nutrition.
- Eat a supportive nutrition plan high in organic whole foods and fiber aiming for 9-11 servings of vegetables and fruit per day. Specifically eat cruciferous vegetables (Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, bok choy, etc.) to support the body in ridding itself of excess estrogen. Aim for a 3:1 ratio of vegetables to fruit each day, for every 3 servings of vegetables eat 1 serving of fruit.
- Optimize and support good digestion by increasing good bacteria in the gut with a probiotic supplement and/or eating fermented foods.
- Decrease or eliminate your consumption of alcohol and caffeine. If you smoke, stop.
- Decrease your exposure to xenoestrogens by using safe personal care products free of hormone disruptors such as parabens and phthalates. My favorite company for non-toxic personal care & make-up products is Beautycounter.
- Pack leftovers in glass containers not plastic.
- Eat grass fed meat and free range poultry whenever possible.
- Avoid conventional dairy products and opt for raw grass fed cheeses and yogurts instead.
- Dramatically reduce or eliminate sugar and processed carbohydrates.
- Move your body through exercise.
Pick ONE thing that you can do to help avoid estrogen dominance and go from there. There are small changes you can make to positively impact your hormones. Because of our diets, environments, and stress levels estrogen dominance can be problematic for many people.
On that note…
SAVE THE DATE – February 17th at 6:30 pm, I’m hosting a FREE Hormone Webinar
CLICK HERE to register. If you can’t make it live, be sure to register to get the replay.
In this seminar, you will learn how your hormones actually work and how to get them to work for you so you can eliminate nagging symptoms like:
- Weight Loss Resistance
- Low Energy
- Poor Sleep
- No/Low Sex Drive
- Mood Swings
- Hot Flashes
- Gastrointestinal Issues
By the way, estrogen is just one of FIVE key hormones that I’ll be covering in this FREE Hormone Webinar.
In the meantime, if you want to learn more about the comprehensive hormone testing, and the at home hormone test I offer as a Functional Health Practitioner and know if you have estrogen dominance, CLICK HERE.
In Health & Happiness,