Yep, this was me. Estrogen domiance can be caused by:
By far one of the biggest sources of excess estrogen is our modern diet. Commercially raised animals are injected with growth hormones to make them grow bigger and faster or increase milk production. These hormones make their way into your food where they can disrupt your own natural hormone balance.
Plus, any of the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides found on conventional produce are known endocrine disruptors that interfere with your natural hormone activity and metabolism.While they may only exist in small quantities on individual fruits and vegetables, the cumulative effect quickly adds up and hasn’t been studied enough to determine what the long-term effects might be.
Unfortunately, our water has become heavily polluted with hormone-disrupting compounds including pesticides and fertilizers, synthetic and natural estrogens from livestock and prescription medications, and an unknown number of industrial chemicals from chemical plant runoff or the disposal of plastics and chemicals in landfills.
Coal-burning plants emit over 70,000 pounds of mercury in the into the air each year, which then settles into our water and impacts our hormonal levels.
3. Personal Care Products
Cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, and the numerous other body products we use often contain parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates and other compounds that all have estrogenic activity. And since the average person uses 10-15 body products a day, with a total of 126 different ingredients, this exposure can quickly add up!
Xenoestrogens in skin care products are especially harmful because they are absorbed directly into your tissues, and so never have the chance to be detoxified through your liver. Be wary of deodorants or other personal care products that contain an unspecified “fragrance,” as this can be virtually anything and it tends to be a catch-all term for hidden phthalates or other hormone-disrupting chemicals. You can check out the safety of your products on the Environmental Working Group's website.
4. Gut Dysbiosis
Your gut microbiome regulates circulating estrogen using an enzyme known as beta-glucuronidase. When your microbiome is out of balance, as in the case of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), these enzymes can’t properly metabolize estrogens, which leaves you more susceptible to breast cancer and other conditions caused by estrogen dominance.
5. BPA and Other Plastics
Plastic in all its forms, including in water bottles, food wrap, and storage containers, contain hormone mimicking xenoestrogens that can leach into what you’re eating or drinking and cause major problems for your health. Even products marked “BPA-free” are not safe, and in fact contain chemicals whose effects aren’t as well-known.Microwaving, dishwashing, and exposing plastic to sunlight increases the estrogenic activity of plastic even more.
You may not be aware that every time you take a receipt from the store, you are dealing a blow to your hormones. Receipts printed on thermal paper are a major source of endocrine-disrupting bisphenol-A (BPA). And because these xenoestrogens are getting absorbed through your skin, it’s a more direct hit to your system.
6. Heavy Metals
Similar to plastics, heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and mercury have estrogen-mimicking properties. It’s even been suggested that the presence of these endocrine-disrupting elements in our environment may be behind the earlier-onset puberty that has become the norm in our modern societies.
7. Body Fat
Excess body fat (especially stored in the hips, waist, and thighs) is one of the leading causes of estrogen dominance. Not only does fat tissue absorb and store estrogen circulating in your bloodstream, it also synthesizes estrogen from your other hormones. Having high levels of estrogen cues your body to make more fat cells, which then produce even more estrogen, creating a vicious cycle.
8. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and Birth Control
Hormone replacement therapy medications and most oral contraceptives contain estrogen without the necessary progesterone to maintain proper hormone balance. The hormones used in both HRT and birth control also tend to be toxic, synthetic hormones that are not easily metabolized by the liver, leading to DNA damage and an increased risk for breast and endometrial cancer.
9. Chronic Stress
When you’re chronically stressed (as so many of us are), your body begins to use the sex hormone progesterone to make cortisol. Low levels of progesterone lead to estrogen dominance.
Women who are estrogen dominant often feel...
Have difficulty losing weight
Experience heavy or long periods
See clots in their menstrual blood
Have fibrocystic breasts
Develop fibroids, polyps and growths in their uterus
Have difficulty conceiving
Are at the mercy of PMS
And too much estrogen stimulating your cells can cause cysts, fibroids and cancer! I know, that is some scary stuff!
And couple that with low progesterone and you’ll find yourself losing your mind the week before your period (no joke), struggling with sore breasts, insomnia and feeling like anything will make you cry. Most women are at the mercy of this 1-2 weeks before their period.
As you can see, hormones can not only keep you from enjoying life, they can rob you of your health. And the shocking thing is most women have no idea that their nagging pains and emotional roller coasters could be leading to some really bad situations.
Which is just one of the reasons I do my work. I know it can be complicated to understand your hormones which is why I want to make it simpler for you.
You don’t have to be at the mercy of your hormones and you don’t have to be scared. Girl, there is so much you can do and I want to let you in on all the hormonal goodness you should be enjoying!
If you need more support then I got you! In fact, I am so ready to help you ditch those unwanted hormone symptoms, figure out how to get your awesome self back, and be done with dreading your period. Seriously, your period can be amazing!
If you’re ready to be done with diets, prescription pills and not knowing what the heck your symptoms mean then I invite you to book your free discovery call with me.
With my clients, I have a 3 step approach to setting your foundation right. This includes nutrition, lifestyle and smart supplementation that fits your needs. And I share all of this with you in my 12 week program.
My program can help you get back on track, balance your hormones and help you feel more energised.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to support you and look forward to helping you master your hormones!
Sending love and healthy vibes