Estrogen dominance can be a very serious health problem and has become a hot topic. It’s important for everyone to know how to read the signs and symptoms of this condition.
Alina Islam, who is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner from Toronto, Canada, a writer, and nutritional consultant wrote useful advice with three easy steps. It’s a simple protocol which will help you bring your hormones back into balance, which can be used by both men and women for prevention as well.
But before you get to that, here’s a quick recap:
Top 10 Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance
- Abnormal menstrual periods
- Bad PMS (breast tenderness/swelling, mood swings, headaches)
- Low libido
- Weight gain (especially hips and abs)
- Brain fog
- Hair loss
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Sluggish metabolism
- Trouble sleeping
Step 1: Remove Xenoestrogens
Sadly as a side-effect of the rapid industrialization and innovations in technology, we’ve seen harmful chemical compounds enter into our daily routine. One of this chemical compounds is “xenoestrogen,” which can mimic estrogen in the body. We are bombarded with it on a daily basis. Therefore it’s no wonder so many people are suffering from estrogen dominance!
In this list you can see which of the top offenders you have to swap out of your daily routine:
- Plastic water bottles
- Plastic Tupperware
- Cosmetics, makeup, and toiletries (opt for natural lines)
- Non-organic dairy, produce
- Tap water
- BPA cans
- Dryer sheets
- Birth control pill
- Soy protein isolate
Step 2: Ensure Efficient Elimination
The estrogen accumulated in our bodies isn’t going anywhere! It will keep re-entering the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body and continue to cause problems. Therefore we have to remove excess estrogen from our body. That’s why this step is crucial before beginning to take liver and estrogen detoxification supporting supplements.
Ensure you have daily bowel movements. If you’re not, try these tips:
- Drink 2-3L of water per day
- Fill up half your plate with vegetables at each meal
- Eat probiotic foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, kefir, plain yogurt and tempeh
- Add a scoop of fiber to your daily smoothie, oatmeal or parfait
- Supplement with magnesium citrate or Triphala (an Ayurvedic herb) to promote bowel movements
To support elimination through all the pathways in the body, make sure to do the following as well:
- Take deep breaths to support the lungs
- Go for a massage to support the lymph
- Work up a sweat through exercise or sit in a sauna to support the elimination of toxins through the skin
- Use a dry skin brush to remove dead skin cells
Step 3: Support Liver Health & Estrogen Detoxification
A well-functioning liver helps us remove excess estrogen from the body. Here’s how it’s done in simple terms. During Phase I of detoxification, the liver turns harmful estrogen intro milder, weaker forms of estrogen. In Phase II, the liver turns that mild form of estrogen into a water-soluble form so that it can be excreted through the urine and stool.
Clearly, supporting Phase I and Phase II detoxification is crucial. But there are two main instances in which this would not be possible:
- If the liver is not receiving the nutrients it needs to fulfill Phase I and Phase II
- If other chemicals are competing for liver function i.e. alcohol, drugs, junk food (there is only so much the liver can do without becoming overburdened)!
This is how you can support liver function:
- Eat a real, whole-foods based diet (avoid processed food)
- Drink plenty of clean, filtered water
- Avoid overeating
- Avoid alcohol abuse
- Eat plenty of foods that support liver health:
* Beets, dandelion greens, dark leafy greens, artichoke, onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, eggs, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale etc.)
* Supplement with botanicals that support liver health:
*Milk thistle, dandelion root, barberry, Oregon grape root, gentian, rosemary, licorice, ginger, wild yam, red clover, burdock
* Supplement with nutrients that support detoxification:
* B-vitamins (in particular, B6, B12 and Folic Acid)
* A hormone balancing formula that contains one or all of the following: Calcium-D-Glucarate, Indole-3-Carbinol, DIM, sulforaphane
* This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.