Our world has rapidly become very estrogen dominant due to artificial estrogens in our environment in the form of plastics (BPA), canned food, pesticide sprayed fruit and vegetables, skin care products, cleaning supplies and other chemicals. In addition, a highly processed diet with unhealthy fats, caffeine, alcohol, sugars and dairy (which is loaded with growth hormones) all contribute to higher estrogen levels. Estrogen dominance occurs when the level of estrogen in
the body supersedes the level of progesterone that is circulating in the bloodstream. Once you discover the symptoms
of estrogen dominance it is hard not to see the signs all around you – in your own life, and that of your friends. That’s because it is a very common issue, but not something that is spoken about often. Women worldwide are struggling because their bodies are not equipped to cope with the incoming estrogen overload.
According to Desi Horsman, Clinical Nutritionist and wellness expert, these are some of the most common symptoms we should be looking out for:
• Heavy bleeding or post-menopausal
• Severe cramps and increased PMS
• Unexplained weight gain
• Ovarian cysts
• Gallbladder problems
• Thyroid dysfunction
• Low libido
• Depression or anxiety
HOW TO TREAT ESTROGEN DOMINANCE NATURALLY AND EFFECTIVELY
The natural treatment for estrogen dominance is not only the healthiest way but also the most effective and the longest lasting. This is because it gets down to the root cause of the problem, changes your hormonal ecosystem, and supports your elimination pathways.
The below tips will help your body to deal with some of the unavoidable sources that inevitably come your way.
INCREASE YOUR FIBRE INTAKE
Eat lots of fibre rich food which feeds your good gut bacteria and reduces estrogen dominance by safely excreting excess estrogen from the body. Broccoli, flax seeds and pears help your liver to process the excess estrogen so that it can be transported to the large intestine and then eliminated quickly.
ORGANIC IS THE WAY TO GO
Eat lots of organic fruit and vegetables with adequate amounts of protein that is not soy based or grown with artificial growth hormones. Dark leafy green vegetables are high in magnesium and B vitamins that are essential for the metabolism of estrogen in the body. Meat and poultry should be grass fed (free range does not mean the animals are
reared in a healthy manner).
It is your gut’s job to move out the estrogen that your liver has processed for elimination. Poor gut health means estrogen probably isn’t making its way out efficiently and instead could be reabsorbed back into your body.
GET SOME SLEEP!
Make it a priority to get seven to eight hours of high-quality sleep each night to balance your hormones. If you have trouble drifting off to dreamland you should try a relaxing tea, a warm bath or maybe a melatonin supplement.
Movement, exercise and outdoor activities are extremely important. Do everything you can to reduce your body fat percentage below 28%. Estrogen is stored in your body’s fat cells, so by losing excess weight through a proper diet and exercise, you will eliminate excessive estrogen storage.
Get rid of all chemical-based personal hygiene and cleaning products. You absorb a substantial portion of the things that meet your skin, so it makes sense to be conscious about what’s in the products you use. Whether you switch out your products as you run out, swap one thing a month, or go nuclear on your shelves, you’ll need to pay attention to your personal care products to reduce your estrogen load.