Estrogen belongs to a group of hormones that play a very prominent role in the female body. It’s a dominant hormone and it is responsible for the balance of reproductive functions and development of female secondary sexual characteristics, such as breast tissue and uterine lining. As the body prepares for ovulation, estrogen levels will naturally peak in the body during the first half of the menstrual cycle.
While estrogen is important for female systems to function correctly, some of these hormones have been known to heighten the risks of developing breast cancer. It is believed that estrogen dominance which is an abnormal increase of estrogen, has become more common in modern society. There are a number of factors that have contributed to these increases, including stress, synthetic estrogen hormones from birth control and hormone replacement therapies, excessive caffeine use, as well as exposure to Xeno-estrogens. Xeno-estrogens are non-biodegradable hormones that can be found in products such as cleaning agents, detergents, pesticides and plastic.
Estrogen is detoxified in the liver. If the liver is not functioning properly due to starvation, it cannot do its job in clearing out the used estrogen. This can re-circulate through the body and accumulate in the liver. Most people are malnourished, but they fail to realize it; modern diets are highly processed and devoid of essential nutrients and vitamins.
Estrogen dominance can be very dangerous as it can aggravate many health problems, such as infertility, uterine fibroid, depression, miscarriages, osteoporosis, endometriosis, blood clotting, fibroid breasts, autoimmune disorders and thyroid imbalance. It can also increase the risk of developing not just breast cancer, but uterine cancer too.
Some of the Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance in Females are:
- Fat accumulation in the abdomen, thighs, and hips
- Mental Fog
- Hair loss
- Memory issues
- Mood Swings
- Slow metabolism
- Headaches and migraines
- Elevated blood pressure
- Depression and anxiety
- Breast tenderness
- Decreased sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Irregular periods or menstrual flow
Although estrogen dominance can cause chaos on a woman’s body and make daily life difficult, symptoms of estrogen dominance can be improved, and fortunately, in some cases, even reversed. This can happen by balancing out the hormones by using progesterone. It’s very important to use natural, bio identical progesterone because you can create other issues, introducing another synthetic hormone into the body.
One of the best sources of natural bio-identical progesterone creams is wild yam, which has been used for many years as a progesterone replacement, and is also the base for synthetic hormone drugs. These types are still not recommended, as they could do more damage than good.
There are few other ways to re-balance the hormones and decrease the estrogen dominance, besides bio identical progesterone replacement:
Healthy diet: Eat more whole, natural foods and stay away from processed, packaged food. Make sure to eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, which have the essential nutrients for detoxifying the liver and helping clear out excess estrogen. Eat foods rich in protein that are easy to digest and drink plenty of water.
Other detoxifying essentials include
- Folic Acid
- Omega 3 fatty acids
Epsom salt baths: Magnesium deficiency is one of the side effects of estrogen dominance. Epsom salt provides magnesium, and soaking in a warm bath can both relax the body and help restore the magnesium and balance hormones.
Stress reduction is also very important since excess stress can increase levels of estrogen. Try to make time for stress-relieving activities such as yoga and get sufficient sleep.
Detox your home, as well as your body. Since there are so many xeno-hormones in the environment, the more they are removed, the better. Take time to make common products such as soap and deodorant, and buy natural products.
Even though estrogen dominance can make someone feel as if their bodies are shutting down, recovery is possible. All it takes is a little effort with improving diet, integrating bio identical hormones, and cleaning house to improve symptoms and detoxify.