According to amazing woman functional medicine doctors like Dr. Sarah Gotfried and Alissa Vitti, the main cause of so many hormonal imbalances, especially PMS is estrogen dominance. If you are looking to feel and look better, focusing on balancing your hormones will change your life!
What Is Estrogen Dominance?
Estrogen and progesterone are the primary sex hormones that women produce. They are very opposite in their roles and function. When their levels are in a natural balance they work in synchrony, which allows for a state of harmony. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle has left most women with a terrible ratio of estrogen to progesterone.
Estrogen dominance simply means that a woman has way more estrogen in comparison to progesterone. Even if she has low estrogen, it could still be higher and out of balance with her progesterone levels.
Symptoms Of Estrogen Dominance
- Weight Gain
- Mood Swings
- Painful Periods
- Low Libido
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Cervical Dysplasia
- Low Energy
Causes Of Estrogen Dominance
Toxic Personal Care Products
This one is HUGE! Most personal care products contain compounds called ‘Xenoestrogenic Chemicals’ that mimic estrogen in the body, creating an overload that is hard for the liver to process.
Here is a list of chemicals you should check your personal care products 1 to make sure you are not putting them into your blood stream.
Many people have a slow working liver because they are eating processed foods, using toxic products, and not eating foods that help support it. This is causing the liver to get overloaded and backed up.
When this happens, the liver does not eliminate the hormones it needs so they get recirculated in the body, causing hormonal imbalances.
Stress is a huge factor because it is what prohibits the creation of progesterone. When we are stressed, our body can either make cortisol (stress hormone) or progesterone.
If a woman is constantly stressed, then, her body is constantly making cortisol and not progesterone, therefore, progesterone levels get extremely low, and estrogen dominates.
Natural Solutions To Estrogen Dominance
Support The Liver
Eating and drinking certain foods will help support the liver in the detoxification process2. This will then allow your body to excrete the excess hormones and remain in balance. Liver supporting foods include:
- Apple cider Vinegar
- Fermented and cultured foods
- Leafy greens and vegetables (especially dandelion greens)
- Plenty of filtered water daily
- Milk thistle
- Greens powders
Eat Cruciferous Veggies That Contain DIM
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage contain several powerful nutrients3 that detoxify bad estrogenic molecules. These nutrients include Indole-3 Carbonyl and Diindolylmethane (DIM).
These cruciferous veggies also contain sulfur nutrients that enhance liver detoxification processes and destroy cancer cell formation.
Avoid The Following Products
What you avoid is almost more important than what you eat. The main things to avoid for balanced hormones are:
- Toxic personal care products
- Inflammatory foods (like vegetable oils, sugar, wheat, factory farmed animal products)
- Tap water
- Genetically modified foods4
Self Care And Pleasure Daily
In order for a woman’s body to stay in hormonal balance, her system needs to be in a parasympathetic state as much as possible. This means that each day, doing something that you enjoy and makes you relax is one of the most powerful activities you can do for your hormones.
Eating on the run, constantly switching from one task to the next, worrying about the future, etc all put your hormonal system into a state of shut down – making it impossible for hormones to be produced properly.
Balanced Hormones Daily Check List
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet.5
- Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces.
- Eat plenty of veggies.
- Drink 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water.
- Do one activity a day that relaxes you and brings you pleasure.
- Learn how to not let stress shut down your body.6
I want to hear from YOU! Have you noticed a change in your hormones when you switch to an organic diet and natural personal care products!
|↑1||Toxic Ingredients In Your Products, Renewing All Things.|
|↑2||Some Food Additives Mimic Human Hormones, Scientific American.|
|↑3||Cancerous Cells Cannot Thrive Without This, Mercola.com, Take Control Of Your Health.|
|↑4||Save Your Health, Say No to GMO, Renewing All Things.|
|↑5||Basic diet, sleep, movement, supplements, and mindset recommendations for optimal health, wellness, and happiness, Renewing All Things.|
|↑6||Adaptogens: The key to energy, focus, and busting stress?, Renewing All Things.|