Estrogen is a hormone found in both men and women, but it’s more common in women.
All hormones are like messengers in your body, estrogen helps your body to grow and develop. It’s important for things like making sure our bones are strong, and helping female organs like the uterus and breasts grow properly.
Our bodies make estrogen naturally through our reproductive organs and adrenal glands, but there are other types of estrogen that can come from outside our bodies.
There are xenoestrogens, which are human-made chemicals found in things like plastic bottles, some pesticides, synthetic fragrances, and cleaning products; the BPA in plastic water bottles is a common xenoestrogen. Then there are phytoestrogenstoo, which are natural compounds in some plants like soybeans or flaxseeds. Both are kind of like estrogen impostors—they can act like estrogen in our bodies, but they’re not exactly the same.
Like we said above, estrogen is a messenger, it also works like a key that can be turned to a few different setpoints.
Our natural estrogen turns the key just the right amount, while xenoestrogens turn the key way too much, over loading our bodies with the effects of estrogen. Phytoestrogens on the other hand, turn the key much less, and can help lower the effects of xenoestrogens and they can help prevent our bodies to go to estrogen overdrive, also known as estrogen dominance.
Our bodies are really smart—they know when to use estrogen and when to get rid of it.
They do this partly through bile, which is a liquid made by the liver to help digest fats. Bile is also used to get rid of extra hormones, medications, and cholesterol. Sometimes, enzymes in our digestive system can mess things up and disrupt how estrogen is supposed to be removed. This can cause issues because if we are reabsorbing the estrogen we are trying to detox, it can lead to estrogen dominance.
Estrogen dominance, or having too much estrogen, can lead to problems like irregular periods or breast tenderness in women, stubborn weight gain and mood swings in men or women, and even increased risk of certain cancers.
There are natural ways to prevent estrogen dominance, and even correct it.
Eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies can help because they have antioxidants and fibre that help manage the enzymes that make estrogen detox difficult, allowing us to lower our estrogen levels. Supplements like Dim, I-3-C, and Calcium-D-Glucarate are all great additions to an estrogen detoxification protocol.
If you suffer from the effects of estrogen dominance, or are concerned about your estrogen levels, there are several ways to find out.
Hormone tests through blood, urine, or saliva can tell you about the overall estrogen levels in your body, and microbiome stool tests can tell you about the enzymes that might be making it hard for your body to detox.
Better Living has highly skilled natural health experts that can help you to lower your estrogen levels naturally.