Estrogen Dominance is a Health Epidemic for both men & women
Estrogen dominance is a growing health concern for both men and women.
For women, this is defined as an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone. This imbalance is caused by having too much estrogen, too little progesterone, or a combination of both.
For men, this is defined as an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen. This imbalance is caused by having too little testosterone, too much estrogen, or a combination of both.
How does this imbalance happen?
It all comes down to our current lifestyle. Environmental exposure to xenoestrogens found in plastics and our food supply, rising obesity, increasing stress levels, and sleep deprivation are just some of the environmental factors linked to this growing epidemic.
What does this mean, and how does it impact men & women?
Signs and Symptoms of high estrogen for womenWhen a woman's estrogen levels get out of balance with their progesterone levels many symptoms can begin to appear:
swelling and tenderness in your breasts
fibrocystic lumps in your breasts
decreased sex drive
irregular menstrual periods
increased symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
anxiety and panic attacks
cold hands or feet
sleepiness or fatigue
Signs and Symptoms of high estrogen for menMen also produce estrogen, just at a much lower level than women. When a man's estrogen levels get out of balance with his testosterone levels, these symptoms may appear :
Gynecomastia (man boobs)
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
5 Ways to Naturally Lower Your Estrogen
If you think you may have high levels of estrogen, the first step should be to get it tested. You can do this with a saliva test and/or a blood test provided by your doctor.
If the results come back that your estrogen levels are too high, then you will want to get them back to a healthy balanced level. There are multiple ways to do this medically, and we suggest you do your homework before making a decision.
Below are 5 ways we found to naturally lower your estrogen and balance your hormones whether you are a man or a woman.
- Foods that help lower estrogen: cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, radishes, arugula, horseradish, etc)
- Fiber: fiber helps keep things moving down there (reduces constipation). Estrogen is excreted out of the body in your feces and the longer it sits in your intestines, the more leaches back into your system.
- Alcohol: alcohol impacts your estrogen level in a few different ways. One, it slows down your metabolism. Two, it contains chemicals that lead to higher estrogen production. And three, it prevents the liver from breaking down and eliminating excess estrogen from your body.
- Go organic with your food; especially with the "Dirty Dozen."
- Use less plastic - choose glass when possible.
- Upgrade your personal care items. To learn more about personal care items, read our blog: Holistic Living: Toxic Ingredients Found in Everyday Personal Care Products
Estrogen dominance is a growing issue for many men and women.
Our environment and our lifestyles predispose us to having higher levels of estrogen if we aren't careful. If you think this may be the case for you, then get your hormone levels tested.
Know that there are both medical and natural ways to deal with high estrogen levels.
You don't have to live with estrogen dominance!
If you think you might have this issue, reach out to your doctor and take the first step to improving your life!