Researchers Reveal How to Lower Estrogen Levels (Without Medicine)

Researchers Reveal How to Lower Estrogen Levels (Without Medicine)

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Today, we live a stress-filled existence. And, we run continuously at a hectic pace. So, it’s little wonder that hormonal imbalance increases in prevalence! Many women suffer from an excess of androgens or estrogen. Unfortunately, an imbalance of either hormone triggers negative impacts

Estrogen dominance, in particular, is one of the main drivers behind painful periods. It can arise from a variety of factors, including inflammatory foods, environmental pollutants, prolonged stress, and more. Treating this condition naturally involves figuring out the root cause, which offers a much more long-lasting solution than symptom-masking medication.

SYMPTOMS OF ESTROGEN DOMINANCE

  • Weight gain, particularly in the hips, waist, and thighs
  • Menstrual irregularities such as uncharacteristically light or heavy bleeding
  • PMS
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Depression or anxiety

RISKS OF ESTROGEN DOMINANCE

  1. Hormonal cancer

Breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers can all result from chronic, untreated estrogen dominance. Breast cancer, in particular, increses at an alarming rate. In fact, one in eight women receive a diagnosis. As discussed previously, fat tissue houses estrogen. Fat cells trigger the strongest form of estrogen: estradiol. Because of its potency, estradiol is harder for the body to detoxify; this can lead to increased circulating estrogen and, consequently, harmful metabolites. (1.)

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  1. Autoimmune disease

Drastic fluctuations in estrogen, such as during childbirth and menopause, can contribute to autoimmunity by increasing the body’s inflammatory response. These events cannot be avoided; of course, however, their effects may be minimized by taking care to avoid xenoestrogens in plastic, beauty products, food, and water.

  1. Thyroid dysfunction

Having too much estrogen increases levels of thyroid-binding globulin, a protein that allows thyroid hormones to circulate in the bloodstream. When these hormones are attached to TBG, they remain inactive. This prevents storage and conversion to active forms, which in turn disrupts metabolic processes.

  1. Candida overgrowth

A fungus that lives in the mouth and intestines, candida helps with digestion and nutrient absorption. This beneficial organism can become pathogenic when overproduced, breaking down the intestinal barrier and causing leaky gut. Studies have shown that candida becomes stronger when exposed to estrogen. Women taking birth control or hormone replacement therapy are more susceptible to yeast infections, and this connection may explain why.

9 POTENTIAL ROOT CAUSES OF ESTROGEN DOMINANCE

  1. Inflammatory foods

Conventional meat and dairy contain growth hormones which can disrupt the intricate balance in our bodies. Additionally, the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides on most fruits and vegetables are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that alter hormone function and metabolism.

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  1. Water

Today, our water supply is heavily contaminated with pollutants such as fertilizers and estrogens from both livestock and pharmaceuticals. Plus, countless industrial chemicals from plant runoff and the disposal of plastics in landfills contribute to pollution in water. Coal-burning refineries also emit more than 70,000 pounds of mercury into the air every year, which finds its way into the water. Many of the aforementioned compounds can have negative hormonal implications.

  1. Personal care products

The average person uses between 10 and 15 beauty products on a daily basis, with a total of about 130 chemicals! Makeup, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, and soap usually contain xenoestrogens or chemicals with estrogenic activity. These are arguably more harmful than estrogens in food, as what goes on our skin can’t be detoxed by the liver. Be especially wary of the ingredient, “fragrance,” as it’s an umbrella term that can contain a number of different endocrine disruptors. Unfortunately, these products are internally regulated, so nefarious activity can slip by without question.

  1. Gut dysbiosis

Our gut microbiome is responsible for so many internal processes, including estrogen regulation. It does this via an enzyme known as beta-glucuronidase. When gut health is compromised, such as in the case of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (or SIBO), estrogens cannot be properly metabolized. This malfunction can put women at greater risk for breast cancer and other ailments caused by estrogen dominance.

  1. BPA and other plastics

Plastic, no matter the source, contains xenoestrogens that can contaminate food and water stored in or touching it. Products marked “BPA free” are not safe either. Additionally, the chemicals they contain are not as well-studied. Heating or dishwashing plastic renders it even more estrogenic.

Even accepting a receipt after shopping could be compromising your hormone health!

Thermal paper is a major source of BPA, and people who handle it on a regular basis have significantly elevated levels in their urine.

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  1. Heavy metals

Just like plastics, heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and mercury have estrogen-like properties. These compounds are dispersed all throughout the atmosphere and have been suspected as a causative factor of early-onset puberty.

  1. Excess body fat

Storing too much body fat (namely around the hips, waist, and thighs), is one of the most commonly implicated causes of estrogen dominance. Estrogen is stored in fat cells, so being overweight keeps the hormone circulating in your bloodstream and vice versa. Fat tissue breaks down other hormones to create more estrogen, which can further the imbalance.

  1. Hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) and birth control

HRT and the majority of oral contraceptives only contain estrogen and not progesterone, which is necessary to maintain a balanced hormonal system. Progesterone is a vital hormone that reduces anxiety, increases focus, and improves PMS symptoms. It is only produced after ovulation, which doesn’t occur on birth control. Instead, the pill contains a synthetic version known as progestin. Progestin does not offer the same benefits as progesterone, and in fact is associated with an increased risk of depression.

Additionally, the hormones in these medications are usually toxic, synthetic versions of what our bodies produce. These unnatural compounds are not easily metabolized by the liver. This can lead to DNA damage and an increased risk for breast and endometrial cancers.

  1. Prolonged stress

Chronic stress leads the body to convert progesterone into cortisol. Low progesterone levels can lead to estrogen dominance.

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