Ladies, pay attention:
Have you been told by your doctor that you have fibroids, cysts or endometriosis?
Do you feel tired all the time?
Do your rings sometimes feel too tight?
Do you have PMS, clotting or irregular periods?
You may have estrogen dominance.
Never heard the term? Well, it’s basically a result of having an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone and there are actually many causes. It’s been known to cause weight gain increase PMS and breast cancer.
In the past 70 years, our bodies have been hit hard by estrogen-like hormones found in our meat, fruit and vegetables sprayed with pesticides, makeup, creams, hair products and a wide range of cleaning products just to name a few.
The body is made to be able to detoxify the excess estrogen under normal conditions but there are many factors in our every day life that can get in the way. Things like:
- lack of good bacteria
- an overburdened liver
- poor diet
- lack of exercise
- too much caffeine or alcohol
- nutrient deficiencies
If you have poor intestinal health or an overburdened liver, your body will have a harder time getting rid of the excess estrogen. If you are already overweight, have a poor diet and lack of exercise, you may also not be able to detoxify in the ways that your body needs. Stress, excess caffeine and nutrient deficiencies (particularly B6, folic acid and magnesium) also play a role.
Balancing your hormones can help you lose weight that you previously had a hard time losing, get rid of belly fat, help with mood balance and with sleep – just to name a few!
So without diving in too deep into the science of hormones, here are some things you can try:
1 – Eat fibre!
Did you know the average person typically consumes only 15 grams of fibre and we should be getting 25 – 30 grams per day? Snack on fibre-rich foods such as carrots, apples, whole grain bread and muffins, nuts and seeds.
2 – Consume broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage often which contain indole-3-carbinol which helps the detoxification of estrogen from the liver
3 – Limit toxins.
Eat organic when possible. Choose natural cleaning and self-care products, even if you only start with one product at a time and gradually introduce more. Limit caffeine and alcohol as both raise estrogen levels.
4 – Exercise.
Find something fun, even if it’s dancing in your kitchen. The point is – just move.
4 – Reduce Stress.
I know, easier said than done. It’s often hard for us to eliminate the causes of stress in our lives… like our jobs, people around us etc… however we can choose how we react to those things. Meditation, breathing exercises, journalling all help with reducing stress levels.
5 – And last, but definitely not least, restore the health of your liver! You could go full out with a liver cleanse or you could just start by eliminating toxins, foods you might have a sensitivity to, drinking less caffeine and alcohol or even just drinking lemon with water will help cleanse the liver. There are also supplements specifically designed to help the liver.
Start with something small and easy this week, like eating more broccoli or avoiding that coffee at lunch. Next week, add in something else, like tracking the amount of fibre you eat on a daily basis. With hormonal imbalance, the risk of cancer, diabetes osteoporosis and heart disease increase but if hormones are in balance, we can age gracefully and feel great!