Are you in oestrogen dominance? And how to fix it.By Olivia Hillier - Natural Therapies
Oestrogen is essential for both men and women. For women oestrogen is needed to maintain the growth and function of the uterus so that the uterine lining can fertilise an egg. For both men and women oestrogen is essential for skeletal growth, skin, fat, protein deposition and electrolyte balance.
However, in the 21st century maintaining a balance of oestrogen can be difficult as there are many environmental factors that can send us over into oestrogen dominance, for men this means an imbalance or testosterone and oestrogen and for women this means an imbalance of oestrogen and progesterone.
Oestrogen dominance can be caused by: contraceptives, environmental oestrogens – chemicals such as BPA, DES, PCB’s and some pesticides, hormone therapy, stressful lifestyle, glandular dysfunction or obesity.
What are the signs and symptoms of oestrogen dominance?
Signs of slight oestrogen dominance: joint and muscle pain, PMS, mood swings, headaches, migraines, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal gland fatigue, fluid retention and/or weight gain.
Moderate oestrogen dominance: fatigue, infertility, hair loss, weight gain, depression, anxiety, miscarriage, irregular menstruation and/or accelerated aging.
High oestrogen dominance: Endometriosis, PCOS, breast tumours.
If you think you may have a slight oestrogen dominance or things that you can do right now to prevent oestrogen dominance?
1: Minimise the use of hormone disruptors
Now days there are a lot of manmade chemicals that can mimic oestrogen in our body, which creates excess. This excess then causes the above health issues and is stored in fatty pockets in our unwanted ‘trouble areas’ hips and thighs for women and in the breast tissue of men. To minimise your exposure to these chemicals, avoid plastics where possible especially in food and drink containers. Avoid make-ups, skincare and deodorants that contain parabens and always eat organic where possible to eliminate exposure to pesticides.
2: Improve your bodies detoxification processors
Eliminate foods that may be causing your body internal inflammation such a sugar, high processed foods, high trans-fat, gluten and dairy. Add more pre-and probiotic food into your diet to assist with your body’s natural detoxification. My favourite pre-and probiotic foods include sauerkraut, coconut kefir, coconut yogurt, garlic and asparagus.
3: Eat healthy fats
Healthy fats such as omega 3/6/9 are essential for the body’s natural hormone regulation. Include foods such nuts, avocado, salmon, olive oil, coconut oil and/or macadamia oil into your diet daily.
4: Supplement with a high-quality green powder
A high-quality greens powder provides you with phytonutrients, chlorophyll and DIM which assist in making the bodies detoxification processes more efficient and regulate the production of hormones. My favourite choice is Vital Greens from Love Your Health Australia.