In our modern world, our body is constantly exposed to a multitude of chemicals with very detrimental effects on our health. Not only can they cause allergic skin reactions or irritation of the respiratory tract but they also have a disruptive effect on several functions of our body, including endocrine function. In this article, we will shed light on a little-known hormonal disorder: oestrogenic dominance. What are its causes and symptoms?
Hormones are chemicals produced by endocrine glands in the body that are released into the bloodstream to reach target tissues and organs. They have several roles such as activation of metabolism, growth, libido, etc. The latter is influenced by the level of sex hormones, namely testosterone (male hormone), progesterone and estrogens (female hormones).
For the optimal functioning of our body, it is important that the hormones are secreted in a balanced manner and that there is no overproduction or under-production of these substances.
In what follows, you will find what an excessive presence of estrogen can have as consequences on the body.
The Estrogen Dominance
Estrogen Dominance is a hormonal disorder that manifests itself in the presence of a high amount of estrogen in the body, and is not counterbalanced by progesterone. Moreover, the estrogen levels revealed in a blood or saliva analysis do not give precise results since they do not take into account those present in the various body tissues and especially in the fat cells, Sometimes the diagnosis and gives rise to an inappropriate hormonal treatment.
What causes this dominance?
One of the main causes of Estrogen Dominance is overweight. Indeed, the more fat accumulates in the body and the more they store estrogen, which in turn promotes the storage of fat, which creates a vicious circle infernal.
Moreover, as part of our current way of life, we are constantly exposed to chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system by mimicking the action of natural hormones, binding to their receptors, or hindering their mechanism of production . Among the most common products that contain such substances are plastics containers, detergents and cleaning products, pesticides, chemical cosmetics, and so on.
What are the symptoms of this hormonal disorder?
There are many signs of elevated levels of estrogen in the body, including:
- Breast tenderness
- Water retention,
- Unexplained weight gain
- Mood swings
- Abundant or irregular rules
- Muscle and joint pain
- Lower libido
- Sleeping troubles,
- Recurrent yeast infections
- Digestive disorders
- Deregulation of the thyroid gland.
In man, this unusual increase in the estrogen level causes the appearance of several signs including:
- Decrease in testosterone levels
- The loss of muscle tone
- Unexplained fatigue
- Reduction of the functioning of the reproductive system and thus of fertility,
- Prostate Cancer
If this hormonal disorder is not treated, other symptoms are added to the previous ones:
- Hair loss
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Increased risk of hormone-dependent cancers
- Autoimmune diseases,
- Accelerated aging process
How to treat naturally Estrogen Dominance ?
To restore the estrogen level and thus reduce the risk of suffering from various health disorders that it promotes, here is a 3-step plan. For best results, it is strongly recommended to combine it with better eating habits and the regular practice of a sporting activity, in order to limit as much as possible the accumulation of the adipose cells favoring the storage of the estrogens.
Step 1: Eliminate excess estrogen
The liver is the organ responsible for filtering blood and eliminating toxins and other substances from the body including estrogen. It therefore combines these hormones with glucuronic acid and excretes them by the biliary route. In order to ensure adequate production of this acid, sufficient intake of healthy carbohydrates, which are found in various fruits, vegetables and