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    Estrogen Dominance

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    Written by the Smart Solutions Education Team

    Estrogen dominance (too much estrogen) is a common problem today, particularly for women, because of the number of xenoestrogens found in our environment, including our personal care products.Xenoestrogens are harmful, foreign substances that mimic estrogen and bind to hormone receptor sites, preventing natural estrogens from binding to the same sites.

    Examples of xenoestrogens include:

    • Pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides
    • Dark hair dyes – phenylenediamine
    • Parabens, phthalates found in soaps and cosmetics
    • All plastics- BPA/Phthalates – do not microwave or heat
    • Farmed fish
    • The Pill and HRT
    • Commercially raised meat and dairy
    • Coffee – raises estradiol
    • Alcohol – raises estradiol
    • Soy products – raises estradiol 380%

    When we have too much estrogen fluctuation it:

    • Causes our thyroid to go low and sex drive to die
    • Reduces progesterone
    • Causes cells to grow without control
    • Encourages weight gain
    • Causes heavy periods
    • Causes fibrocystic breasts, acne, ovarian cysts
    • Promotes migraine headaches (caused by the fluctuations)
    • Worsens cellulite
    • Causes endo, fibroids, period problems, PMS

    Our body becomes challenged and overloaded by these bad, foreign estrogens and our liver has to work much harder to remove these harmful substances. To naturally reduce exposure to xenoestrogens and support your body’s detoxification of them, consider these tips:

    1. Choose organic foods when possible
    2. Choose hormone free animal products
    3. Incorporate cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) into diet daily
    4. Use natural skin care and household products
    5. Avoid BPA in plastics

     

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