Estrogen dominance is a hormone imbalance that occurs with most of the following symptoms:
Normally, the liver metabolizes estrogen without any problem and they are removed immediately from the body. If there is an alteration in liver function or a state of malnutrition is present, these hormones will not be metabolized properly and, therefore, accumulate in blood.
It is here where the importance of proper diet arises. The liver is an organ that needs protein, vitamins and minerals in order to carry out its function of detoxification. If estrogens are not disposed of properly, they accumulate and re-circulate in blood.
Protein deficiency has proven to be one of the reasons why the liver can not properly take its detoxification function. Typically, estrogen levels are in proportion with progesterone levels. But if the diet is deficient, this ratio may be altered.
It is also important that your diet contains the nutrients necessary for the formation of progesterone, such as cholesterol and vitamin A; and an optimal functioning of the thyroid. If the diet is low in these nutrients or if there is a hormonal disorder with decreased thyroid function (hypothyroidism), estrogen dominance can be triggered.
Stress of any kind (physical, mental) levels of progesterone decreases due to increased cortisol production.
The use of birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy with synthetic oestrogens are also two common causes of estrogen dominance. This is basically due to increased blood levels of estrogen that occurs when added from these synthetic sources. This also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease as the increased estrogen stimulate the formation of blood clots, varicose veins, miscarriage, and premenstrual syndrome.
With aging, estrogen levels tend to increase as pregnenolone levels and progesterone decrease. Therefore, it also increases the risk of this hormonal imbalance.
In order to restore the hormonal balance, it is necessary: to
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