What is estrogen dominance?
Estrogen dominance means that your body has too much estrogen in comparison to progesterone. Unfortunately, it’s very common in women of all ages and occurring more frequently even in men (and has been linked to prostate cancer).
For estrogen dominance that is not due to a specific medical condition, doctors may recommend lifestyle changes to reduce the levels.
Common Indicators of Estrogen Dominance:
- Acne along jaw line or chin, especially cystic acne
- Headaches/migraines that are triggered by period or ovulation
- Menstrual cramps
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain in hips and thighs
- Uterine fibroids
- Fibrocystic breasts
- PCOS / PCOD
- Mood changes during menstrual cycle and during perimenopause
How to reduce estrogen dominance?
- Eat Phytoestrogen Rich Foods.
- Phytoestrogens found in soy and legumes provide a weaker form of oestrogen that down regulates your total oestrogen load.
- Reduce Your Alcohol Intake.
- Eat Magnesium Rich Foods or Supplement.
- Changes to your eating habits.
- Eat Cruciferous Vegetables Regularly.
- Aim for 30 g of fibre per day.
- Another important strategy for balancing estrogen levels is simply maintaining a healthy body weight.
- A study indicates that exercise can lower levels of circulating estrogens
Estrogen Dominance Effects On Body
Estrogen dominance can impact sugar metabolism, fat build up and break down, energy level, and neurotransmitter production leading to anxiety and depression. It can also put you at higher risk of thyroid dysfunction, breast cancer, uterine fibroids, and autoimmune disease
Hormones plays crucial role in our wellbeing. It’s important to keep them balanced. Hormones helps coordinate our body’s functions, from metabolism to growth and development, emotions, mood, sexual function and even sleep. If our body is producing too little or too much of a hormone, it can make you very ill and set you up for a number of serious health problems.
Natural Ways to Balance Your Hormones
- Eat Enough Protein at Every Meal. Consuming an adequate amount of protein is extremely important.
- Engage in Regular Exercise.
- Avoid Sugar and Refined Carbs.
- Learn to Manage Stress.
- Consume Healthy Fats.
- Avoid Overeating and Undereating.
- Drink Green Tea.
- Eat Fatty Fish Often.