Published on: 02/18/19
Hormone disruptors! We’ve been not-so-silently stewing in them for some time now. Unfortunately, it’s becoming harder and harder to evade hormone-disrupting chemicals that prompt hormone imbalances in our daily lives.
The foods we eat and the products we use on our bodies daily are actually full of hormone-disrupting chemicals – most of which have been put on the European banned substance list but are still quite legal in the US – causing estrogen dominance.
So, in order to help you wade through hormone imbalance and estrogen dominance, we thought we’d discuss:
- What is estrogen dominance?
- What are hormone disruptors?
- How to balance female reproductive hormones
- How to counter hormone imbalance
First though, what is estrogen dominance really?
Over the last 40 years, the world has seen a dramatic rise in female-related illnesses, especially in the West. Yep, it appears us ladies in countries such as the US, Australia, the UK, and Europe suffer from estrogen dominance at a rate of 50% in women over the age of 35.
Yes, estrogen seems to be THE main instigator for reproductive related discomfort, pain and even illness for modern day women.
300 years ago, women began menstruating at the age of 16. Today it tends to begin at an average age of 12.5 years. The incidence of endometriosis has also ramped up dramatically, and premenstrual syndrome now affects about 30% of all perimenopausal women.
Our biggest concern when it comes to women’s health, however, is the rise in breast cancer; affecting close to 10% of all women at some point in their lives.
Could estrogen dominance be the underlying factor?
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Estrogen and Progesterone
All women between the age of 35 to 50 experience a drastic reduction in the production of the hormone, progesterone. But when it comes to estrogen levels, the decline is only about half that much.
This means that by the time menopause pokes its head around, progesterone levels are super low, while estrogen levels are still relatively high. But, because healthy reproductive organs rely on a balance between progesterone and estrogen, this hormone imbalance sets off a process where estrogen overcompensates for the lack of progesterone.
This is a hormone that helps promotes the formation of bone tissue, the health of the uterus and growing fetus, restores vascular tone and protects against endometrial cancer, fibrocystic breast, and breast cancer.
On the other hand, estrogen – produced in the ovaries and in the fat cells – helps regulate the menstrual cycle and the reproductive system and contributes to the formation of healthy bones and blood clotting to help prevent excessive bleeding.
However, when an imbalance is incurred, like during menopause or from external hormone-disrupting chemicals, estrogen dominance may cause a myriad of illnesses like:
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Fibroids of the uterus
- Breast cancer
- Infertility problems
- Endometrial polyps
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Autoimmune disorders
- Low blood sugar problems
But there’s no need to get your panties in a knot. There are ways to undo the damage caused by hormone imbalance and help undercut estrogen dominance. Below we have some tips on how to avoid estrogen dominance and maintain healthy hormone levels.
Xenoestrogens are endocrine disruptors with estrogen-like effects. These can be found in things like fruits and vegetables that have been sprayed with pesticides as well as plastic bottles and Tupperware.
Additionally, xenoestrogens are everyday products such as:
- Nail polish
- Laundry products
- Birth control
The problem with xenoestrogens is that they do cannot be processed well by the body and can are therefore stored in our fat cells. So, next time you’re headed out for some shopping, be sure to read the labels and keep the risk of estrogen dominance in mind.
2- Avoid Phytoestrogenic Foods
Unfortunately, a lot of the foods we eat contain plant-based estrogen. So if you want to lower your risk of estrogen dominance, you might have to remove one or two things from next week’s menu.
Look out for farmed fish and meats that are raised on an unnatural diet as they might contain high levels of hormones, antibiotics and even heavy metals; all of which are categorized as endocrine-disrupting. Other foods to look out for include:
- Dairy products
- Processed foods
3- Progesterone Producing Foods
As often is the case, there are plenty of natural ways to get your progesterone levels up and running. An easy way for most of us is to eat our way through a problem. If that sounds like good solution then make sure to add these to your shopping list:
- Sweet potato
Eating foods such as these will help promote more progesterone, instigating a healthier balance between estrogen and progesterone.
As always, remembering to exercise is pivotal to all functions of the body. High-intensity exercises like squats, lunges, pull-ups, crunches and push ups are some of the best exercises, when it comes to releasing healthy hormones in your body.
Finally, getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night allows your body the proper rest it needs while promoting healthy repairs and recovery. When you sleep well, your body has a better chance of balancing cortisol levels– your stress hormone – influencing hormone balance.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).