Oestrogen dominance has become a significant health problem, for both men and women. Many women have learnt to read the signs of hormone imbalance, but what about Oestrogen dominance.
The signs, the symptoms if you are suffering from this and what can you do to resume hormone balance and how to prevent it in the first place. This simple protocol I have for you will help to restore and also prevent this problem.
What are the Signs and Symptoms
- Increased Fat distribution to abdominal and chest area
- Abnormal menstrual periods leading to infertility
- PMS problems such as: excruciating breast tenderness/swelling, mood swings, irritable, losing temper easily with no valid reason and headaches.
- Decreased libido – There is more to your libido than meets the eye, healthy hormone function has an important role to play. Also managing stress.
- Decreased Energy – Feeling lethargic and tired all the time.
- Constipation – Stomach aches and pains
- Vaginal Dryness and Unexplained weight gain after menopause.
- Unexplained weight gain.
Sex hormones are also predominantly responsible for regulating your immune system!
What causes imbalance?
- Your immune system is designed to be one of your first lines of defense against disease.
- Not taking time to Rest & Relax: Often with today’s busy lifestyles, making time to rest (just sitting reading a book), relax – taking a long bath, or gentle walk in the outdoors, watching a good movie isn’t part of most people’s schedule. BUT IT NEEDS TO BE! Both for yourself and your family.
- Indulging in negative habits such as excessive drinking, smoking, prescribed, over-the-counter and illegal drugs.
- The increased consumption of processed foods, not getting enough sleep and the decline in exercise and physical activity. All has a detrimental effect to your sex hormones and immune system.
- Fatigue – That is unexplained and consistent even after getting plenty of sleep.
- Difficulty thinking, confusion, forgetfulness and your brain feels foggy.
- Unexplained hair loss or sometimes excessive hair growth.
- Thyroid problems – This can be indicated with energy or sudden weight changes.
- As mentioned unexplained weight gain. This is mainly around your hips, stomach and diaphragm.
- Trouble sleeping – either trouble getting to sleep or waking more than 2 to 3 times per night for no apparent reason.
- Sluggish Metabolism, you are feeling bloated and maybe experiencing digestive problems such as irritable bowel, heartburn, indigestion.
So What Can You Do?
(1) Remove Xenoestrogens – Xenoestrogens these are dangerous and harmful chemicals that have entered our day to day living. Xenoestrogens mimic estrogen in the body. You are bombarded by them every day, so is it any wonder why so many people are suffering from estrogen dominance. Here are some of your top offenders that need to be eliminated from your daily living. Many of your processed foods that have additives and colourings including milk and many of the packaged cheeses. Tap water, cans, contraceptive pill and soy protein isolate just to name a few.
Plastic water and drink bottles, plastic products such as Tupperware, especially when foods are cooked or stored in these plastic products it releases the chemical toxicity from them into the food or drink. Polyurethane containers, Cosmetics, Makeup and many toiletries. Such as panty liners, tampons and deodorants.
(2) Improve your bowel, liver and kidney function: Yes your processes of eliminating toxic chemicals from your body. If you’re chronically constipated? Then estrogen isn’t going to be eliminated from your body. It will quite simply re-enter your bloodstream and circulate throughout your body. Being the precursor to serious health problems. It is vitally important that you improve your bowel, liver and kidney function with dietary changes and increase your water consumption. Herbal teas such as dandelion, lemongrass and ginger will help.
Tips to improve your Bowel, Liver and Kidney function
- Drink 2-3L of filtered water per day
- Each morning on awakening squeeze one lemon add filtered boiling water and sip slowly.
- •Increase your daily intake of vegetables, having three quarters of your dinner plate of vegetables
- •Include probiotic foods and drinks such as Kombucha, Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Miso, Kefir, Plain organic yogurt and tempeh.
- •Enjoy a daily smoothie with berries, greens, berries and fiber such as a banana and psyllium.
This is going to be far more beneficial than taking supplements for detoxification as this is going to support effective detoxification and slowly where your body is able to cope. Taking supplements to detox can often make you quite sick. Supplements will NEVER support a healthy body in the same way as the food you choose to eat.
Detoxification for Hormonal Balance
- Breathe deep into your lungs from your belly, this supports detoxification of your lungs.
- Skin Brushing: Before a shower or bath use a loofah brush, brushing your body in upward movements this will improve the flow of your lymphatic system helping to reduce fluid retention, otherwise known as oedema.
- Exercise daily where the activity has you working up a sweat. Go for a sauna or just having regular baths say 2 – 3 times per week with a cup of Epsom salts will assist the elimination through your skin. Your largest organ of detoxification.
How to Support Healthy Liver Function & Healthy Detoxification of Hormones
How it works:
- Supporting Liver detoxification – There are two phases of the detoxification process –Then in Phase II, the liver transforms that less harmful form of estrogen into a water-soluble form now it can be excreted through your bowels and kidneys. As you can clearly see that supporting the liver through Phase 1 and Phase 11 is crucial for healthy detoxification. There are circumstances where this is not possible. Here’s what you can do to support efficient Liver function and detoxification
- When the liver is not supported with the proper nutrients to work with Phase 1 and Phase 11 or if the liver is so chemically compromised due to alcohol, drugs, junk and processed foods. In these cases the liver is overburdened with chemicals and toxicity that detoxification becomes an impossible task.
- Phase 1, the liver transform harmful estrogen into a less harmful form of estrogen.
- A well-functioning liver helps us remove excess estrogen from the body. In simple terms this is how detoxification of your liver works:
- •Apply a diet being that of mostly plant based, limiting your intake of animal protein to the portion size recommended, this being the size of the palm of your hand.
- Not to forget the filtered water – 2 – 2 ½ litres per day
- Don’t overeat: It is recommended as a health tip, always leave the table a little hungry.
- •Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol. Wine and beer are the recommended drinks only and 2 drinks of either 2 – 3 x week only.
- Eat Foods to support healthy liver function such as: beets, beetroot, dandelion greens, dark green leafy lettuces, artichokes, onions, garlic, leeks, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale and spinach.
Herbs I Recommend
St Mary’s Thistle, Dandelion Root, Barberry, Gentian, Globe artichoke, Burdock, Black Cohosh, Chaste Tree, Ginger and Wild Yam.
Nutritional supplements that I use are Vital Greens, a Powdered B Complex and if there is muscle or joint pain, I will incorporate Fibroplex. These nutritional supplements also help to support healthy hormone balancing.