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Feb 17, 2022 | Women’s Health

Who Can We Thank For Mid-Life Estrogen Dominance?

Post by Valeriya Kettelhut, PhD

1. Alarming Rise in Estrogen Dominance

If you have difficulty losing weight despite dieting and exercising, then you are most likely experiencing hormonal disbalance. Hormonal imbalances are a particularly common reason why mid-life and peri-menopausal women can’t lose weight as easily as they did when they were young. Estrogen dominance is an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone, also known as estrogen excess. Since the 1960’s women have been experiencing an alarming rise in estrogen dominance. Now more than ever, women are seeking alternative solutions to support their healthy weight, energy level, glowing skin, and overall health.

Women in peri-menopausal and menopausal stage can be greatly bothered by estrogen dominance. Since there are some typical signs of estrogen dominance, it’s very easy for you to find out whether you are suffering from this problem. Estrogen dominance gives you a list of symptoms including irregular menstrual cycle, breast tenderness, sleep problems, obesity, moodiness, fluid collection, brain fog, and many more. The worst consequence of estrogen dominance involves the development of breast cancer. New research indicates that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

2. The Reasons Behind Estrogen Dominance Can Vary

There are many ways that estrogen can become problematic and lead to estrogen dominance. Overuse of oral contraceptive and hormone replacement therapy can increase estrogen levels in the body and cause an estrogen-projection disbalance. Research found that women who take birth control pills as teens may find it difficult to achieve balance in their hormones later.

You may be surprised to know that many environmental chemicals are actually similar to estrogen and are called xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens can bind to estrogen receptor sites with potentially hazardous outcomes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Americans of all ages carry more than 219 synthetic toxic compounds in their bodies at any given time. Each year, the average person is exposed to 14 pounds of pesticides, herbicides, food additives and preservatives. Evidence suggests even low-level toxicity is related to a variety of health concerns.

You need to be aware that natural estrogen breaks down quickly in the body. In contrast, environmental estrogens, synthetic estrogenic drugs, and phytoestrogens remain in the body longer than natural estrogens. These all can lead to a buildup of these chemicals in the fat and tissue. If you have too much fat on your body, it means that you’re carrying an unhealthy amount of toxins. So, if you suspect that you may be estrogen dominant, there are several things you can do to keep your body in a state of optimal health and hormone balance.

3. Can You Get Rid of Estrogen Dominance?

To regulate estrogen balance, you should:

  1. minimize synthetic estrogens use
  2. eliminate xenoestrogens in your lifestyle and diet
  3. increase fiber intake
  4. practice intermittent fasting
  5. strengthen your lymphatic system

The two chemicals to look out for are parabens (preservatives) and phthalates (plasticizing agents) — common estrogen mimickers. They can easily throw off the body’s delicate hormone balance. We literally live in an environment saturated with phthalates and parabens. Parabens have been found in 75-90% of all cosmetics products such as toothpaste, moisturizer, mascara, and even some medicines. Phthalates are found in plastic containers, soap, shampoo, hair spray and other cosmetics. A new study found that phthalates are linked to the presence of abdominal fat and insulin resistance. Reading product labels is an essential part of any healthy eating plan. But when it comes to beauty products, the label often gives no indication about what lurks beneath. So, it’s time to start reading labels!

Another scary fact: It may be hard to believe, but shower curtains made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) release more than 100 chemicals into the air, including dozens of fat-boosting ‘obesogens’. The heat from a hot shower can accelerate the rate of this release. A PVC-free shower curtain may be a great idea!

It’s not enough to just avoid using plastics. You also need to make sure you’re not drinking from sources contaminated with agricultural chemicals like Atrazine. This class of toxic chemicals is used to kill and prevent weeds from growing, but, ironically, affect you weight by increasing intra-abdominal fat. The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized that Atrazine is a serious endocrine disruptor and associated with an increased risk of developing breast and prostate cancers.

A diet with lots of fiber may help reduce the amount of estrogen that gets into your body from the digestive tract from the gut, diminishing the negative effects of estrogen dominance. Vegetables, like kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, have a lot of fiber. Although eating healthy is important to many people, the significance of organic, grass-fed products is often overlooked. If you’re trying to lose weight, cut down on the non-organic food. Avoid artificial food additives, colorings and preservatives. Hunt for quality food, not quantity.

Fasting is another popular nutritional strategy that helps to reduce exposure to environmental toxins. Intermittent fasting is particularly beneficial for hormonal balance: it helps to regularly clear toxic estrogen metabolites, broken DNAs, old cells from your body through a cellular recycling process called autophagy. To make intermittent fasting a success, you should eliminate table sugar, alcohol, and any carbs that cause your blood sugar levels to spike. Those substances are addictive and make you hungry, irritable, and lead to overeating.

Finally, you need to strengthen your body’s natural cleansing system. Clearing your lymphatic system will improve your body’s ability to cleanse and heal itself. Estrogen and many toxins are “fat soluble.” This means that they are attracted to the fatty cells’ membranes and stored in fat cells. Our bodies have a hard time getting rid of fat-soluble toxins. What can you do about it? The lymphatic system, the body’s natural filtration and purification system, can be strengthened to help eliminate these substances. Physical activities such as walking, lymphatic drainage using the endermologie machine, and skin dry brushing can help boost your body’s natural ability to detoxify.

Conclusion
In conclusion, we can make our lifestyles better through less exposure to xenoestrogens and synthetic estrogens, an active lifestyle, and healthy eating habits.
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