Listen up, estrogen is not a dirty word. Altho it tends to get a bad rep, it is actually necessary + wonderful.
But when out of balance she can be a real bitch.
Causing bloating, heavy/ irregular periods, PMS, breast tenderness, acne, mood swings, endometriosis, PCOS, weight gain, allergies/asthma, blood sugar swings, depression/anxiety, dry skin, infertility, fatigue, breast + uterine cancer, water retention, fibroids, cysts, hypothyroidism, + GI Issues.
Girl, is this you? 👀
Estrogen must be in a balance with progesterone. This balance can get disturbed by stress, exposure to environmental toxins, poor diet, birth control, poor sleep, poor digestion + elimination of excess hormones.
Estrogen accumulates in two ways.
Endogenously: making too much + not able to eliminate appropriately.
Exogenously: from food + your enviornment.
You’re thinking “Laura, what the F do I do about it?”
First address where this estrogen is coming from + why it is not being eliminated.
+ Stress is #1, excess stress depletes progesterone production to make more cortisol.
+ Dysbiosis: more bad bacteria in the gut can cause estrogen to re-circulate back into your blood stream.
+ Low stomach acid will prevent you from assimilating minerals and nutrients that are needed to detox excess estrogen appropriatly. You need energy to actually produce + eliminate hormones.
+ Gallbladder probs? Bile is needed to escort estrogen out of the body.
+ The liver is responsible in the removal of excess hormones and like 300 other functions in the body. Give your liver some love with all the nutrients it needs to do it’s job.
+ Do yourself a favor + drop all that toxic shit mimicking estrogen in your life #nontoxicselfcare
+ Are you over-consuming alcohol? Are you sleep deprived? Are you stressed the F out?
It is rare to find a woman deficient in estrogen. Estrogen is stored in the fat tissues. You may have all the symptoms of estrogen dominance but your labs come back “normal.” This is why working with someone to do detective work is key.
With proper nourishment, good gut health + lifestyle changes YOU CAN overcome this dirty side of estrogen.