Have you ever heard of estrogen dominance? It’s when your body has too much estrogen and not enough progesterone. This is not just something that happens to women. Men experience this as well.
In order for everything to work properly your hormones need to be in balance. Metabolism is greatly affected by hormonal balance. Are you struggling with your weight? Are you active and eating well? If you answer yes, then you may be experiencing some hormonal imbalance.
Here are a few things that can contribute to estrogen dominance.
- Carrying excess weight. In both men and women being overweight creates and stores more estrogen
- Exposure to environmental xenoestrogens. These can be found in plastic water bottles, body moisturizers and shampoos. They can also be found in the meat of animals given growth hormones and antibiotics.
- Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. Both of these contain synthetic estrogen.
- Chronic stress that causes problems with your adrenals and thyroid glands.
- Poor diet, drinking too much alcohol and caffeine and smoking.
Here’s a list of some of the conditions that estrogen dominance can be linked to:
- An increase in the fat around the abdomen and thighs.
- Difficulty losing weight.
- An increase in PMS symptoms.
- Decreased sex drive.
- Fibrocystic breasts.
Men with estrogen dominance will experience a loss of sex drive, increased abdominal fat, an enlarged prostate, and even prostate cancer.
How To Balance Your Estrogen Levels
- Follow a healthy nutrition plan high in organic whole foods and fiber. Aim for 9-11 servings of vegetables and fruit per day. Try for a 3:1 ratio of vegetables to fruit.
- Improve your digestion by increasing good bacteria in the gut. Try a probiotic supplement and/or eat fermented foods.
- Sleep seven to nine hours each night.
- Reduce stress and support your adrenal and thyroid glands with proper rest and nutrition.
- Decrease or stop using alcohol and caffeine. If you smoke, definitely stop.
- Decrease your exposure to xenoestrogens by using safe personal care products free of parabens and phalates.
- Eat grass fed meat and free range poultry whenever possible.
- When eating dairy opt for raw cheeses and yogurts that came from animals that were grass fed.
- Eliminate sugar and processed carbohydrates.
- Exercise regularly.
One Change At A Time
Don’t feel overwhelmed by this list. Pick one or two things you can change right now and do that. Just a few small changes can have a very positive impact your hormones.