Why Is Estrogen Dominance On The Rise?
You may not know this, but Estrogen dominance is on the rise.
Part of my role as a health and wellness coach is to look at hormone tests every day. And everyday, I see more and more estrogen dominance when I start investigating my clients’ hormone imbalance.
Many times, this imbalance gets overlooked on a standard blood test. It’s not only the cause of irregular menstrual cycles and PMS symptoms, but it can be related to issues like weight gain, decreased sleep, increased appetite, low energy, insulin resistance, low libido, and even mood disorders like depression in both men and women.
When my husband and I first started investigating our hormone health, we discovered we both were estrogen dominant.
And we’re not alone in that!
So many people experience this same type of hormonal imbalance.
For me, I knew my hormones were out of sync. It started when I got on birth control at the age of 11 to manage my debilitating cycles. Although birth control seemed to help, I wish I had known about the negative impact that daily pill had on my health long-term.
So why are you hearing more about estrogen dominance in the health sphere? And how do you manage it before it results in permanent damage? I’m covering all that in this blog.
What Is Estrogen Dominance?
In general, estrogen dominance means that your estrogen levels are high relative to other sex hormones. We particularly look at the estrogen to progesterone ratio in women and compare to testosterone in men. It’s a delicate balance between having too much or too little estrogen. And this is true for all the hormones!
The great news is, it doesn’t happen overnight.
And in most cases, it is preventable and reversible.
If you don’t get your estrogen dominance under control, it can contribute to a variety of health issues, such as the following:
- Hormone driven cancers like breast cancer
- Tumor-like growths like fibroids
- Autoimmune conditions like hashimotos
- Yeast and bacteria overgrowth and drive conditions like candida
Do you know if you have estrogen dominance? If not, let’s run a lab to evaluate your hormones.
Why Is Estrogen Dominance On The Rise?
Simply put, the reason why estrogen dominance is one the rise is because of our environment.
We’re exposed to numerous hormone disruptors in our everyday environment. These are known as xenoestrogens. These xenoestrogens lead to estrogen toxicity and disrupt our natural hormone production.
You can most commonly find these xenoestrogens in plastics, chemicals, pesticides, and our water systems.
Take a moment to look around in your environment.
Start with your kitchen. The foods we eat are either processed with chemicals or coated in pesticides. Our tupperware that reheats our meals are made of plastics.
Evaluate your cleaning products. A few chemicals to look out for include cyclosiloxanes, phthalates, and parabens.
Then survey your medicine cabinet. Certain medications can impact your estrogen levels – especially hormone therapy drugs.
All of these small things make a great impact on our health.
If we don’t control our home environment starting now, we’ll continue to see a rise of estrogen over our progesterone levels. Ready to take control of your health? Let’s chat about how to redirect your course here.
How Do You Treat Estrogen Dominance
So, how do you treat this hormone imbalance? I’ve put together a couple of tips that you can start to implement today.
Decrease Your Exposure
It’s nearly impossible to totally eliminate our exposure to these hormone disruptors, but you can take small action steps to help. Try any of the following to decrease your exposure:
- Opt for Pyrex dishes and glass containers instead of plastic food containers (i.e. tupperware).
- Make the switch to non-toxic beauty products. Unfortunately, a lot of the makeup and body lotions that women are using today have hormone disruptors in them – especially those plumpers. They are filled with these fake estrogens.
- Use non-toxic cleaners for your home instead of toxic chemicals. They not only smell better, but they’re safer for your home.
- Use a water purifier so you limit the exposure to toxic metals and chemicals in your drinking water. Our body is about 70% water. It’s vital that you care about what you’re putting in your body – starting with your water.
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Detox Your Body
Depending on the severity of your estrogen dominance, I may recommend a complete detox protocol where we strategically remove all the toxins impacting your body’s balance. If you’d like to explore what a detox would look like for you, schedule a discovery call here.
Love Your Liver
When you’re cleaning up these toxins, it’s also important to address the health of your liver. One of the liver’s jobs is to get rid of excess estrogen. If you fully support the liver by making sure its drainage pathways are open, then you’ll more easily eliminate the toxins you’re exposed to on a regular basis that could otherwise raise your estrogen levels.
To support healthy estrogen levels by loving your liver, you can:
- Take daily liver support supplements; ask me about what you should take for your body.
- Eat naturally detoxifying foods that support your liver, like lemons, beets, and grapefruit.
- Consume foods that regulate estrogen levels, like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, and arugula.
- Use castor oil packs to naturally detox the body. It helps you sleep better, improves bowel movements (which helps you release old estrogen), helps with digestion, and reduces stress by activating that rest/digest state in the body. It has so many benefits.
Experiencing Estrogen Dominance?
If you’re experiencing hormone imbalance and it appears that you have estrogen dominance, these tips will not be enough (at least with my experience working with dozens of clients).
If you suspect you may have a hormonal imbalance and you want to gain access to the right lab tests and resources to help you get it under control, then take the time to schedule an appointment with me today. This could mean the difference between living a life traveling from appointment to appointment and experiencing freedom.