Hormones are biologically active substances that regulate the activity of almost all organs and body functions. Even tiny deviation in their levels causes confusion in the physical and mental development, metabolism, reproductive health, emotions, memory and more.
The imbalance between estrogen and progesterone is one of the most common hormonal disorders among women and the cause of many miscarriages, trouble getting pregnant, fibrocystic breasts, PMS, menopause, painful diseases such as endometriosis etc.
What is estrogen dominance? Estrogen dominance occurs in the case of excess estrogen and low levels of progesterone. But it can also occur at normal levels of estrogen but with a progesterone deficiency.
More women aged between 30 and 40 years and almost all women in menopause have estrogen dominance. Very often, however, this condition remains hidden. It is therefore important to know what conditions or diseases can be an important indicator of estrogen dominance:
- Swelling, soreness and breast tension
- Water retention, swollen hands and feet, cramps
- Irregular menstruation and PMS
- Hormonal acne
- Fibroids, endometriosis or cysts in the breast or ovarian cancer, infertility, breast cancer
- Mood swings, migraines, anxiety and frequent depressive periods, decreased libido, fatigue
- Slow metabolism and overweight; fat accumulation in the abdomen, hips, thighs and/or butt; insulin resistance; diabetes
- Acute shortage of magnesium
According to statistics, more than 50% of Western women over age of 35 are affected by this hormonal imbalance. The main reason for this are the toxic substances contained in many foods and household goods. Huge portion of meat, fruits and vegetables we eat are sources of pesticides, antibiotics and estrogen substances that circulate freely in the body, inflicting its devastating effect on the hormonal balance. Xenoestrogens (foreign estrogens) are found in many household products, including mass cosmetics, detergents, plastics etc.
The liver is the most important filter which cleans the toxins and excess hormones from the body. If you take good care for its optimal function, the liver will prevent deposition of fat in it and will help to process the estrogen to substances that can be easily removed from the body. This is the key to balancing the estrogen and to have a good hormonal balance.