How to Flush Out Excess Estrogen From The Body
Hormones are the messengers produced in the glands of the endocrine system. They communicate with organ systems and tissues and give our body direction on how to function.
In women, several hormones play a role in regulating the menstrual cycle. The ovaries are responsible for producing estrogen and progesterone, while the pituitary glands produce luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). They work together to create an ideal environment for reproduction. For the best chance at conception, these hormones need to remain optimally balanced.
Any disruption to this delicate system can lead to noticeable symptoms, infertility, and, if left untreated, can lead to other health issues like diabetes and breast cancer.
When treating a hormonal imbalance, it’s essential to consider a holistic approach. Several lifestyle and dietary changes can help restore natural hormone balance, and sometimes can be enough to avoid medication.
One of the most common hormonal imbalances in women has to do with estrogen. This article addresses estrogen imbalances and provides natural ways to flush out excess estrogen from the body.
Symptoms of Estrogen Imbalance
Estrogen levels fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle; however, when they remain too high or too low for extended periods, it can lead to symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Signs of An Estrogen Deficiency
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), too little estrogen denotes a yin deficiency. Once a woman approaches her 40-50s, and the body enters the perimenopausal phase, the production of estrogen decreases. Low estrogen levels can also occur because of excessive exercise and eating disorders, among other reasons.
Too little estrogen can lead to symptoms such as:
- Lack of vaginal lubrication
- Irregular or absent periods (also known as amenorrhea)
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Headaches and migraines
- Weakened bones
Consuming foods containing phytoestrogens may help boost estrogen levels. These include soybeans, flax seeds, garlic, and tofu. In addition, healthy fats found in avocado and coconut oil, and omega-3s found in fatty fish and chia seeds, also help promote balanced hormones.
Signs of Estrogen Dominance
Estrogen dominance is a hormonal imbalance marked by higher levels of estrogen than progesterone. When there is too much estrogen in the body, it leads to estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance can occur because of exposure to environmental estrogens, overproduction of estrogen, and the underproduction of progesterone. Or it can be caused by the body’s inability to flush out excess estrogen due to blockages in the liver, kidneys, and poor gut health.
The symptoms of estrogen dominance include:
- Breast tenderness and swelling
- Mood swings and anxiety
- Low libido
- Slowed metabolism
- Clotty menstrual blood
- Bloating and water retention
- Weight gain
- Heightened PMS symptoms
- Trouble sleeping/staying asleep
Excess estrogen in the body can increase the risk of developing uterine fibroid, ovarian cysts, including endometriosis, and breast cancer.
How to Flush Out Excess Estrogen
The best way to ensure the body is flushing out excess estrogen is through maintaining a healthy lifestyle, paying particular attention to liver and digestive health.
1. Support Good Liver Function
The liver is responsible for clearing and flushing out toxins such as excess estrogen. From a TCM perspective, when the Qi in the liver becomes stagnant, it can’t flow freely, and the liver is unable to clear toxins efficiently. Support your liver through a diet high in antioxidants by consuming foods like berries, grapefruit, and nuts. Dandelion can be consumed as tea and is shown to promote good liver health.
2. Limit Consumption of Alcohol and Coffee
The liver is responsible for clearing out the toxins found in alcohol and caffeine. When overconsumed, caffeine and alcohol can lead to a build-up of toxins in the liver. By limiting the consumption of these beverages, the liver doesn’t get backed up and has more resources to flush out other toxins such as estrogen.
Additionally, alcohol triggers stress responses in the adrenal gland. These stress responses lead to an overproduction of cortisol which contributes to lowered progesterone. Lower progesterone levels lead to estrogen dominance.
3. Eat Fibrous Foods
Fiber helps eliminate excess estrogen in the body. Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables are high in fiber and promote healthy digestion. Foods like whole grains, chickpeas, lentils, most legumes, nuts, and seeds also provide high amounts of fiber and help move waste and toxins through the body more effortlessly.
4. Avoid Environmental Estrogens
Estrogen is not only produced in our bodies synthetic versions of it can be found in our environment. The most common example of synthetic estrogen is found in birth control pills. Conventional meat and dairy may also contain estrogen, among other hormones. If consuming meat or dairy, it’s best to choose products originating from pasture-raised and grass-fed animals.
Estrogen and chemicals resembling estrogen can also be found in make-up, fragrances, and plastics. Therefore, avoiding BPA-containing plastic products, especially in the kitchen, can reduce exposure to xenoestrogens.
5. Use herbs and supplements
Vitamin B-6 and Magnesium have been shown to help balance hormone functionality and improve symptoms of PMS.
Probiotics help support a healthy gut microbiome and promote the flushing of estrogen from the body.
Polyphenols found in Green Tea are powerful antioxidants and beneficial in aiding hormone balance. One study found that frequent consumption of green tea reduced urinary concentration of estrogen thus, reducing the risk of developing breast cancer.
Herbal supplements containing milk thistle, ginseng, turmeric, and ginger are also known to promote liver function and cleansing.
6. Reduce body fat
Maintaining a healthy weight is a critical factor for good health. Studies have shown that obesity is a risk factor for developing postmenopausal breast cancer. Reducing body fat can help reduce the production of estrogen, therefore reducing the risk of breast cancer. Exercise lowers estrogen levels so, not only is it an effective way to reduce body fat, but it also aids in flushing out excess estrogen.
7. Manage stress
Too much stress leads to the overproduction of cortisol and insulin. An excess of insulin can lead to insulin resistance and overproduction of insulin in the pancreas, causing diseases such as diabetes. Cortisol lowers progesterone production, and when the body isn’t producing enough progesterone, it can halt ovulation. Stress can be managed through mindfulness techniques such as meditation and breathing techniques, lifestyle changes, and coping skills.
An estrogen imbalance can wreak havoc on the body, making it difficult to conceive and leading to higher risks of disease. Addressing a hormonal imbalance begins by making lifestyle changes that promote good health and overall wellbeing. This includes getting enough sleep, exercising, avoiding external toxins, and eating a healthy diet that promotes gut, liver, and kidney health.
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