One of the biggest hormone problems women face is too much estrogen. This issue is often responsible for problems such as acne, cramps, PMS, endometriosis, irregular periods, excess weight, ovarian cysts, infertility, and even breast cancer. In order for us to avoid these issues, we need to manage our hormone levels and reduce excess estrogen. But why do so many of us fall victim to this estrogen storm?
Our bodies are supposed to have a safe level of the estrogen called Estriol. However our bodies often get exposed to bad estrogens (such as Estrone and Estradiol). Unfortunately these days in our Western ways of living, we are exposed to many dangers that can significantly increase our levels of these bad estrogens.
Hundreds of chemicals in our environment are classified as estrogen mimickers (xenoestrogens). These chemicals when ingested into the body act like human estrogen. Xenoestrogens can include things like plastics, beauty products, cleaning products, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, animal products, cleaning chemicals, the birth control pill and more. Even too much stress, excessive caffeine intake, and not enough sleep can result in too much estrogen! There are so many things that can throw our hormone balance off. The good news is, there are several foods that can help to bring us back into balance! There are two main categories of foods that can help.
Phytoestrogens are foods that help to promote the good estrogen estriol, which will prevent the bad estrogens from affecting our bodies. These amazing foods are:
– yams/sweet potatoes
– flax seeds
– alfalfa sprouts
– beans and legumes
– sesame and sunflower seeds
– dry fruits like apricots, prunes, and dates
– almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, and pistachios
– green beans
Cruciferous vegetables are a specific category of vegetables that contain a powerful compound called Indole-3-Carbinol. Also known as I3C, it helps to speed up the detoxification of bad estrogens. It also regulates the amount of healthy estrogens.
– brussels sprouts
– bok choy
Important Foods To Avoid
The following foods have negative effects on estrogen levels and cause imbalances. These foods should be avoided or reduced as much as possible to bring hormones into balance.
- refined soy products
- dairy and meat products
- farmed fish
Adopting a healthy diet is one of the most important and easiest things we can do for our bodies to bring our hormones into balance, and to help common issues like PMS, cramping, acne, and so much more.
- A Smart Woman’s Guide To Hormones by Lorna Vanderhaeghe, M.S
- The Endocrine Disrupters: A Major Medical Challenge by J.J. Amaral Mendes
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