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Estrogen Dominance

Posted by Ashlynn D.

January 30, 2014 at 2:23 PM

estrogen-dominanceTwo primary hormones found in the female body are estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is a group of steroid compounds. When naturally produced, estrogen is a type of steroid hormone, but when synthetically produced is non-steroidal. Progesterone is also a steroid hormone. Both hormones are involved in the health and wellness of a female at different stages in her life, including pregnancy and menstruation.

The harmony between Estrogen and Progesterone is very important for both men and women. It is not the deficiency of either that causes health problems, rather it is the dominance of estrogen and comparative lack of progesterone that is the main cause of most of the health related problems in women. 

Causes of Estrogen Dominance

During the perimenopusal and menopausal stages of a woman's life, she will experience extreme, but natural, changes in hormonal levels. However, estrogen dominance can occur outside of these periods, in women of all ages. This has the ability to result in major health issues. Some of the most common reasons for estrogen dominance are as follows: 

Natural Fluctuations

Natural fluctuations in hormones can be one of the major causes of estrogen dominance in women. However the choice of lifestyle and several other factors also play a major role in hormonal malfunction.

Low-Fiber Diet

A low-fiber diet is one of the major causes of estrogen dominance in female body. This is because the excess estrogen is released in the bowels and if stool is not excreted from the body due to constipation or improper bowel movements, then estrogen is reabsorbed, increasing it in blood levels.

Impaired Liver Function

Impaired liver function is another major cause of estrogen dominance in females. Any factor that disrupts the function of the liver, like liver disease or an external cause like a reaction to drugs, food, or environmental toxins, can lead to an increased level of estrogen in the body. Therefore, estrogen can also be caused by intake of alcohol and drugs because they contain elements that limit the capacity of the liver to filter out any excess estrogen from the blood.

Environment

Your environment also plays a huge role in estrogen dominance. Xenoestrogens, such as phthalates, PCBs, DDT, and pesticides produce estrogenic effects in the body. Also, hormones and chlorine that remain in dairy products and meats can increase estrogen levels. You can minimize the estrogen dominance effects from food and the environment with an organic diet. 

Estrogen Dominance Symptoms

The following are some of the major symptoms of estrogen dominance in women:

  • Increased blood clotting
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Headaches
  • Hair loss
  • Foggy thinking
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Increased fat in hips, abdomen, and thighs
  • Uterine cancer
  • Early onset of menstruation
  • Dry eyes
  • Depression
  • Pain in joints and muscles
  • Decrease in sex drive
  • Breast tenderness
  • Breast cancer
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Allergies
  • Accelerated aging process
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Bloating and water retention
  • Uterine fibroids.
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Premenopausal bone loss
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Infertility

Estrogen Dominance Treatment

It is important for women to strike a balance between estrogen and progesterone in their bodies. According to Lorna Vanderhaeghe, a women’s health solutions expert, women can balance their hormones by taking the following steps:

  1. Limit exposure to synthetic estrogens by limiting the chemicals you expose yourself to.
  2. Eat a healthy, nutritious, and organic diet. Diet is very important to maintain a healthy balance of hormones in the body. This is because liver’s function gets sluggish due to the diet containing bad fats. By eating organic, you will limite the amount of chemicals that enter your body.
  3. Create harmony between your thyroid, liver, and adrenal glands. This is made possible by making an effort to eat cruciferous vegetables and proteins from free-range, grass-fed sources.
  4. Suport your adrenals. Your adrenal glands are responsible for creating and maintaining hormones in your body, which is vital for a healthy life. Keep your adrenal glands happy with eight hours of proper, restful sleep. This is necessary to reverse adrenal exhaustion.  

Foods for Estrogen Dominance

Following is the list of some foods that helps in maintaining the balance of hormones:

  • Rice bran
  • Organic fermented soy
  • Wheat
  • Carrots
  • Pomegranate
  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Mung beans
  • Alfalfa
  • Oats/ rice
  • Sesame seeds
  • Dried beans
  • Flaxseed
  • Pears
  • Squash
  • Green beans
  • Melons
  • Figs
  • Buckwheat
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli

For maintaining the balance of hormones in the human body it is necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle and proper diet. The perfect balance of hormones plays an important role in health of a woman. Make sure that you are on a diet that supports your glands and helps you strike a balance of hormones.There also many supplements that can help reverse the effects of estrogen dominance from brands like Lorna Vanderhaeghe, Thorne Research, and Douglas Laboratories.

Topics: Women's Health

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