Over-stimulation from estrogen of the breast tissue can cause unpleasant symptoms and lead to health issues for example, breast tenderness, swelling, and fibrocystic breasts. In the uterus, excess estrogen stimulation may lead to endometriosis, cervical dysplasia, increased risk of uterine cancer, heavy or irregular menses, menstrual cramping and uterine fibroid tumors. Excessive estrogen (dominance) can also cause weight gain, constipation, cyclical headaches and migraines, depression, mood swings, fluid retention, low libido, and anxiety.
Women can become estrogen dominant for many reasons. Lack of exercise, impaired elimination of estrogen, not taking in enough dietary fiber, lack of adequate amounts of progesterone to balance estrogen, using birth control pills, and environmental exposure. Estrogen mimickers are everywhere in the environment in the form of chemicals (xenoestrogens), and foods and plants (phytoestrogens). Pesticides are perhaps the biggest source of xenoestrogens followed by plastics, fuels, drugs, cosmetics, non organic meats and some dairy products.
Ways to Reduce Estrogen Dominance
- Do not heat food in plastic
- Reduce stress
- Avoid chemical sources of estrogen (xenoestrogen)
- Avoid food sources of estrogen (phytoestrogens)
- Cleanse the liver
- Balance hormones with bioidentical estrogen and progesterone
- Metabolize excess estrogen using a supplement like DIM or Calcium D glucarate
- Drink out of glass containers, not plastic or Styrofoam
- Exercise regularly
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