Estrogen imbalance is a serious problem, both physically and psychologically. People never check its level, but it can cause terrible conditions.
We all need and have estrogen in our bodies and it is absolutely necessary for our health. In fact, estrogen is a hormone which both men and women have and if balanced, it can cause no problems.
However, when there’s estrogen imbalance, or worse, estrogen dominance, terrible health conditions can develop.
In most cases, excessive amount of estrogen goes in the bones, brain, reproductive organs, heart, liver and mammary gland. Imagine all the kinds of diseases that can cause: hypothyroidism, lyme, autoimmune diseases, etc.
How does this happen?
Estrogen is stored in the fat. So, when you see you’re gaining fat, you’re also storing estrogen. The more you have of the one, the more you store of the other.
In addition, today, we’re in touch with many toxins which cause our bodies to produce estrogen more than our body is needs to. These toxins and chemicals are found in hard plastics, canned food and in some places even in the water.
What is estrogen imbalance or dominance?
Estrogen dominance is a disorder that happens when your body produces or consumes more estrogen that it should.
Sadly, this condition is quite hard to diagnose because estrogen goes in the blood but in the fat cells as well. Though estrogen in the blood can be measured, the one in the fat cannot. So, it is only normal for doctors to misdiagnose this dangerous condition, because they can test the estrogen in the blood only.
Early symptoms of estrogen dominance
- Breast tenderness
- Weight gain
- Joint pain
- Mood swings
- Heavy menstrual cycles
- Lowe libido
- Panic attacks
- Hair loss
- Cancers related to estrogen
- Fibroid tumor
- Polycystic ovaries
- Fibrocystic breasts
How can you treat and prevent this?
First of all, the main point in treating this disorder is to clear the estrogen excess by stopping the overproduction of it. In fact, a healthy diet and a lot of physical activity can solve this.
The healthy diet you’ll need to stick to is: fermented foods, antioxidants, omega-3 and saturated fats and cruciferous vegetables. For example, those would be: turmeric, citrus fruits, sage, sauerkraut, salmon, coconut oil, broccoli, Brussels sprouts etc.