The Tell-Tale Signs of Excess Estrogen:
- Increased blood pressure,
- Inflammation and Allergy,
- Abdominal cramps,
- Breast tenderness,
- Weight gain, and
- Low energy.
If you suffer from several of these symptoms, you should consider the possibility that your hormones are imbalanced in favour of estrogens. In severe cases of Estrogen Dominance, women may suffer from painful endometriosis, fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, interstitial cystitis, breast lumps and reproductive cancers.
Where Do These Excess Estrogens Come From?
High body fat content, lack of sleep, overloaded liver, poor gut flora, hypothyroidism and stress all contribute to Estrogen Dominance. We are also exposed to xenoestrogens (which act like estrogen in the body) in plastics, man-made chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides, paints, and personal hygiene products. Hormone replacement medications and consumption of conventionally-raised meat and dairy products also affect our hormone levels.
What Can We Do About It?
Taking a look at what might be causing your difficulty sleeping, overloaded liver, hypothyroidism, stress and difficulty losing weight is a great start! Then you can take steps to address those causes in a natural way, whether through dietary or lifestyle modifications, or natural supplements and herbal support. You can avoid conventionally-raised meat and dairy products to limit your intake of steroid and estrogenic hormones. Opting for organic produce as it meets your budget, particularly for the foods on the list of the Dirty Dozen, will also help limit your toxin exposure. Choosing natural personal hygiene and home cleaning products will reduce your exposure to endocrine disruptors, and ease the burden on your liver.
To learn the factors that may be contributing to YOUR symptoms of Estrogen Dominance, schedule your complimentary 20-minute Discover Session with me HERE. This phone session is your opportunity to share your symptoms and health goals, and your current diet and lifestyle, and for you to receive my natural nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, no-strings attached! Feel free to take a look at my Discovery Session Intake Form.
If you have addressed all these contributing factors and you are still suffering from symptoms of Estrogen Dominance, you can have your hormone levels tested by your ND or functional MD, and he/she may recommend Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.