In women estrogen is produced in the ovaries and is responsible for ovulation, menstruation, breast development, and increasing bone and cartilage density. But men have estrogen too and it is produced in their testes.
Below we will discover and get to know more details about Estrogen and its impact on the body.
Estrogen dominance is a term to describe the high level of estrogen hormone in the body compared to progesterone level. High levels of estrogen can increase the cancer risks, autoimmune disease and contribute symptoms for both women and men.
Truth Behind Estrogen Dominance
Estrogen Dominance For Women
- weight gain
- low sex drive
- hair loss
- mood swings
- memory problems
- menstrual problems.
Estrogen Dominance For Men
- Enlarged breasts
- Sexual dysfunction
Causes of Estrogen Dominance
We are keeping our body under attack every day by environmental toxins. They lead to hormonal disbalance and bad estrogen metabolites take over. Hormone-mimicking xenoestrogens, combined with your own diet and lifestyle habits can all contribute to estrogen dominance.
One of the triggers that causes high estrogen levels is our diet. Commercially raised animals are being injected with so many hormones in order to make them big, fat and even to increase milk production.
Imagine you use all of these products as food full of hormonal supplements. This is scary!
Personal Care Products
All of us love to look and smell good. We use numerous products like shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, body care creams and lotions, BUT..all of them contain parabens, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, and other chemical compounds. Many of them have estrogenic activity.
Xenoestrogens in skincare products are especially harmful because they are absorbed directly into your tissues. They never have the chance to be detoxified through your liver. Be picky in the products you use, check what they consist of and give priority to natural beauty and body care products.
The condition of your gut health impacts your hormones more than you can imagine. Millions of bacteria are living in your gut serving a number of crucial functions for your health condition, including producing certain vitamins and maintaining a healthy immune system.
Gut microbiomes control the circulation of estrogen in the bloodstream, using an enzyme known as beta-glucuronidase. When Gut microbiome is imbalanced, it can’t metabolize estrogen properly.
BPA and Other Plastics
In the kitchen besides the food filled with hormones, we use plastics as containers, water bottles, plastic bags and etc.. They all contain hormone-mimicking xenoestrogens that manage estrogen level. You are eating and drinking causing damage to your health.
Even products that are marked “BPA-free” are not safe enough.
Microwaving plastic is another mistake you may experience. These xenoestrogens are absorbed through your skin. Just imagine it, every time you touch plastics you may damage your estrogen balance.
Try to avoid any easy dealing dishes and give favor to glasses and ceramics.
Body fat is one of the sources of estrogen hormone. It also synthesizes estrogen from the other hormones. if you have high Estrogen level, your body would need to produce more fat cells and they, in their turn, would produce more estrogen hormone. It’s a vicious cycle leading to estrogen dominance.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and Birth Control
Hormone replacement therapy medications and contraceptives contain estrogen but the percent of progesterone in the composition is not enough to keep the hormone balance.
The hormones in the HRT and birth control are synthetic, they will not be metabolized by your liver and would fill your body with toxins. The birth control pill raises estrogen levels.
It may cause cancer, breast tenderness, weight gain, heart attack, stroke, migraines etc..Simply switch to hormone-free supplements, but never do that without talking to your doctor!
Now you know the causes of estrogen dominance and you can easily take the steps to clear your body.
- reduce using toxins
- exercise regularly
- keep balanced diet
- reduce your stress
- add natural seeds and herb to your food
- get a good sleep
You may consider the above mentioned treatment as little things that would not have much impact on your health condition.
But just look at the causes of hormonal imbalance, how simple they are, This should be a signal for you that your health is controlled by your daily habits.The more you care about it and keep using natural products, the healthier and stronger your body would be.
Never underestimate the daily steps you do! Stay safe and hydrated!
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