If you don’t know what I mean about estrogen overload, take a peek at last week’s blog post. The short version is that in your body estrogen is having a greater impact then progesterone.
Are You Estrogen Dominant?
Breast tenderness and heaviness
Water retention in hands and feet
Irritability, mood swings
Heavy bleeding and clotting
Family history of breast cancer
Reducing your estrogens:
30-50 g fiber daily
Exercise – at least 10 minutes daily
B complex supplement
DIM or I3C
Lots of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale
Reduce calorie intake or portion sizes to help yourself lose weight
Boost your water intake to flush out excess estrogens.
Broccoli, cabbage and kale may seem like a strange step, but there is a supplement with the active ingredient from cruciferous vegetables taken out and concentrated. You can find it under two different names. One is DIM (Di-indole Methane) or I3C (Indole 3-Carbanol) – both of these are on the list above. They are essentially the same thing, just at different points in the metabolic pathway. Cruciferous vegetables and both of these supplements are powerful estrogen chelators, which means that they bind to estrogen to help your body eliminate them.
Remember fiber and water are both important for this elimination pathway as well because estrogen binds to fiber in your digestive tract which stops it from being reabsorbed. Water helps to flush everything out of your system, estrogen included.
Losing weight is one of the most important steps you can take to balance your estrogen, simply because your fat tissue makes it’s own estrogen. How terrifying is that? In both men and women, fat cells actually make estrogen.
All of these seem like small steps, and it’s true they won’t change your estrogen levels overnight, but sadly, nothing will short of drugs like tamoxifen that are used in breast cancer. Still, taking these steps for three months will produce noticeable results in your PMS, mood swings, estrogen related weight gain and cycle.
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