According to experts, estrogen dominance is one of the leading contributory factors to specific cases of cancer in women. Conditions like breast cancer, benign breast disease, and pre-cancerous conditions have been found to be associated with excess estrogen and progesterone deficiency. Determining the symptoms and causes of estrogen dominance allows you to support your body’s detoxification, preventing hormonal imbalance.
Symptoms of estrogen dominance include:
- Pre-cancerous conditions
- Benign breast disease
- Breast cancer
- Breast tenderness
- Scanty or excessive blood flow during periods
- Variations or skipped cycles
- Weight gain
- Varicose veins
- Dryness or itchiness of the honeypot
- Mood swings and depression in tune with your menstrual cycle
- Cyclic insomnia, including fatigue and night sweats
Why estrogen dominance occur?
The liver normally treats estrogen as poison and quickly removes it from the body. Estrogen often builds up to extremely high levels whenever the liver gets sluggish. According to experts, liver malfunction is usually caused by, malnutrition, too much estrogen, or other forms of damage.
Excess estrogen due to a malnourished liver, which reduces estrogen detoxification
Your liver requires an abundance of vitamins, proteins, and minerals to detoxify and eliminate used hormones from your system effectively. Estrogen recirculates in the body whenever its detoxification is not possible. The resulting dysfunction allows estrogen to build up in your body.
According to experts, protein deficiency is a major contributory factor to the liver’s inability to detoxify estrogen. If the body’s ability to remove used hormones from the system is impaired, they are allowed to recirculate causing problems such as PMS.
Poor hormone production results in low progesterone, leaving estrogen unopposed.
Progesterone and estrogen are supposed to be present in balanced levels. However, poor diets often lead to low progesterone. In order to make progesterone, the body needs a few raw materials such as cholesterol, vitamin A, and thyroid hormone (T3). Reduced thyroid function or lacking these nutrients often results in low progesterone, a common cause of estrogen dominance.
Cortisol (stress hormone) is necessary and helps a lot when it comes to overcoming stress. A stress of any kind lowers progesterone levels to increase production of cortisol.
Birth control pills and estrogen replacement therapy
The addition of synthetic estrogen to your body results in increased estrogen, which ultimately ends in estrogen dominance. Synthetic estrogen is associated with several cardiovascular risks such as PMS, varicose veins, miscarriage, and the development of blood clots.
Oral contraceptives contain estrogen, which correlates with the effects these medications have on clotting. Increased risk of cardiovascular disease is currently the most pressing concern regarding the effects of oral contraceptives. As a result of oral contraceptives, the risk of cancer, immunodeficiency, or depression is considered minimal.
Estrogen levels tend to increase with age, as pregnenolone and progesterone levels decline.
How to prevent Estrogen dominance
Stop the low-fat dieting, and calorie counting, and instead eat more organic foods. You should especially eat enough protein and carbs to meet your metabolic needs. Including proteins, fats, and carbs in every meal you take and frequent ingestion helps to stabilize blood sugar. This applies in particular to those with issues handling blood sugar.
Nourish your liver
Increase your daily protein intake to at least 70 grams. Including foods like eggs, dairy products, fish, gelatin, shellfish, chicken, lamb, and beef helps to create the all-important amino acid balance. This balance empowers the liver and ensures proper detoxification. Eating easy-to-digest foods reduces endotoxin, which often backs up the liver.
Support hormone production
Increase your intake of foods rich in a thyroid (T3), vitamin A, and vitamin E and get more vitamin D from the sun. All of these nutrients promote hormone synthesis. Reduce hormone synthesis blockers such as excess iron, ultraviolet light, x-rays, unsaturated fats, and excess estrogen. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath before bed, at least 15 minutes several times a week, increases magnesium levels. Ingesting a carrot every day helps the colon to absorb endotoxin and estrogen, which improves excretion.
Reduce environmental toxins and stress
Identify and eliminate stressors such as food allergies and sensitivities, lack of sleep, and insufficient levels of energy. You most likely use chemicals in your beauty routine and for cleaning purposes. Ditching such chemicals helps to reduce environmental toxins.