What is Estrogen Dominance
Estrogen dominance is a term coined to describe how estrogen, may be out of balance due to stress or environmental exposure ('xenoestrogens') compared to other hormones. Or too other hormones are available in only trivial amounts, and even deficient, where estrogen may be a normal level. Without enough of other hormones, may still exhibit signs and symptoms of high estrogen.
Estrogen is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands (two pyramid shaped glands on top of the kidneys), ovaries, and fat cells. It contributes to regular menses, and keeps our skin smooth, bones strong, and digestion optimal by tight junctions in our gut wall. We may be familiar with menopausal symptoms that indicate a decline in estrogen, such as bone loss, night sweats, and dry skin, but what exactly characterizes too much estrogen- and wouldn’t that give us health bones, restful sleep, and radiant skin? Not quite.
So why is this a problem? Do you, or do you know someone who, experience(s):
- weight gain
- uterine fibroids
- autoimmune disorder
- allergic tendencies
- sugar cravings
- muscle pains
- irregular periods
- breast tenderness
Estrogen dominance or low progesterone can also resemble hypothyroidism, and quite often the two are interrelated. Enter Progesterone- a wonderful aide to calm the body, prepare a woman’s uterus for pregnancy, and can help relieve many PMS-related symptoms. Estrogen and progesterone are constantly working together on their balancing act to ensure YOU experience as little symptoms as possible as you live your wonderful, healthful, life.
Here’s how you can help your hormones to optimal balance:
- Do you like numbers? Then get your levels tested! Saliva or blood tests will do.
- Eliminate use of plastics, and consider changing body care products, detergents, and other products that may contain synthetic estrogens
- Consider a non-hormonal birth control
- Eat at least 5-7 servings of vegetables a day, organic when possible, to help nourish your body and clear out excess hormones.
- Talk to your provider today about natural herbs, supplements, and detox therapies to help improve your levels.
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