Ever felt you have foggy brain, sore breasts, extra handlebars around your middle and you don’t know where THAT came from as you most certainly have been “good” with what you are eating…
You also may have fatigue for no reason and trouble sleeping…even when you are so tired you can hardly keep your eyes open and it feels like your brain and your mouth are on a disconnect!?!
These can be symptoms of how an unbalanced hormonal system can be impacting how you function at work and at home. You may even start to think there’s something seriously wrong with you? Eek!!
So, what causes this and what can you do about it?
When a woman’s menstrual cycle is normal, estrogen is the dominant hormone for the first two weeks leading up to ovulation. Estrogen is balanced by progesterone during the last two weeks. As a woman enters peri-menopause and begins to experience anovulatory cycles (that is, cycles where no ovulation occurs), estrogen can often go unopposed, causing symptoms.
Skipping ovulation is, however, only one potential factor in estrogen dominance. In industrialised countries such as the United States & Australia, there can be many other causes, including:
- Excess body fat (greater than 28%) – Australia is one of the highest developed countries with obesity
- Too much stress, resulting in excess amounts of cortisol, insulin, and norepinephrine, which can lead to adrenal exhaustion (hear – fatigue like you can’t get out of your chair) and can also adversely affect overall hormonal balance
- A low-fibre diet with excess refined carbohydrates (packet food) and deficient in nutrients and high-quality fats
- Impaired immune function
- Environmental agents (Pollution)
Here’s what you can do to decrease estrogen dominance:
1. Increase nutrients* in the diet – Wholefood with lots of greens as well as a high-potency, pharmaceutical-grade multivitamin/mineral combination that is non-toxic and easily absorbed.
*Nutrients are different from calories – so eating 100% organic (which sometimes isn’t an option because of budget and availability) will still not give you the 59 vitamins, minerals & co-factors that every cell in your body needs to do all the jobs it needs to do…when it is healthy! Let alone when you’re stressed, busy, not sleeping and generally running around trying to get everything done in your life!
2. Get your Protein & Fats in – for women, alongside lots of greens and fresh fruits and vegetables, you must get adequate quality protein to help rebuild muscle (as oestrogen will eat away at your muscle levels as you get older), and moderate amounts of healthy fats (this is what helps make healthy hormone interactions & your body will be able to manage the balance ITSELF).
Remember to also get enough fibre. Most women need between 20-25gms p/day. Do a Google search of how many serves of broccoli that is….you might be horrified that you are not getting enough.
This will not only help with keeping you regular, but it will also aid in detoxification, lessening inflammation, indirectly lessening period pain and reduce how you “hold” onto excess weight. BONUS!
Estrogen is excreted by the bowel; if it’s not flushed out… estrogen is reabsorbed which is where the liver works harder and YOU FEEL CRAPPY, over-tired and also symptoms like hot flushes are more prominent.
3. Regular exercise—especially strength training and this rebuilds your muscle tissue making you stronger (not bulky), more likely to burn excess fat, great for mental & heart health.
4. Detoxify your liver – The liver acts as a filter, helping you screen out the harmful effects of toxins from what you put IN your body and also what’s IN the environment that you absorb.
When the liver has to work hard to eliminate toxins such as alcohol, drugs (recreational AND things like paracetamol, anti-inflammatories and other pain relief medications), caffeine, or environmental agents, it’s capacity to cleanse “natural” chemicals, like estrogen, is compromised.
This means you will feel tired, sluggish, hold on to weight (especially fat) around your upper back and under your arms and is a big precursor to side-effects of hormonal imbalances like hot flushes being “out of control”.
5. Decrease stress – Cortisol is a topic all on its own and how your body deals with “perceived” stress and “real” stress. Just because you don’t FEEL stressed, doesn’t mean your body isn’t having a stress reaction.
Learn how to say no to excessive demands on your time.
BREATHE from the diaphragm for 3-10 breaths EVERY DAY….this is the KEY to getting your body to recognise that you aren’t under attack and it can go into rest, relax, digest…and as far as beauty sleep goes…REPAIR…this means fewer lines, less elasticity heading south around your jowls and neck and better colour (which makes you look younger).
Ultimately, as women, we want to feel confident about how we look and this is your first step to taking back the reins on YOUR life…you only get one shot!
6. Create some space for YOU – One way I love to create a “ritual” around my nighttime routine – is…after brushing my teeth, fill the basin with warm water & add 1 drop of an essential oil, swish it around and use this water to wash off your cleanser…smell in…the smell – to get your brain chemicals ready for relaxation and a good night’s sleep….magic
Start now…don’t wait for when you have time…you will never have enough time – the time is NOW 🙂
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