I will say it straight up front here….estrogen is not bad. Given the widespread fear of estrogen that most women have these days, it bears repeating…estrogen is NOT bad. It is a wonderful female hormone that gives us breasts and hips and helps to keep skin dewy and youthful looking. It also maintains our heart and bone health.

The problem is when estrogen is out of balance. That is where the problems start.

estrogen picture

An example (from the DUTCH method of testing) of estrogen out of balance

 

Here are 6 ways that you can minimize your exposure to bad estrogen:

1. Store your leftovers in glass receptacles. If you must use plastic, be sure not to pour hot soup into plastic containers. Let hot foods cool first.

2. Change up your beauty routine. Check your labels…do your products have parabens, pthalates and sodium laurel sulfate? These ingredients are known endocrine disruptors. I use and love Beautycounter because they ban over 1500 chemicals from their products.

3. Go organic as often as you can. Glyphosate, otherwise known as round-up by Monsanto has been shown to activate the estrogen receptor in women. This can cause a cascade of confusion for your entire endocrine system.

4. Eat more cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are things like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, and arugula to name a few. These help your body to make the good type of estrogen, 2-Hydroxyestrone. My advice to my client who had the poor estrogen metabolism as seen in this picture below was to have as many cruciferous vegetables as she could tolerate.

Picture of bad estrogen

This is an example of low 2-hydroxestrone, which is not good. It should be 70%!

 

5. Eat flax seeds. The lignans in flax seed can block estrogen signalling and lower excessively high blood levels of estrogen. This is great news for women with too much estrogen, also sometimes referred to as estrogen dominance. Flax seeds are best ground. They can be put in smoothies and baked goods.

6. Reconsider your method of birth control. If you are on hormonal birth control, you are getting exposure to synthetic estrogen and progestins. In one animal study, ethinyl estradiol, which is a form of synthetic estrogen commonly used in the pill, caused toxic effects on the liver. Since the liver is crucial to balancing hormones, anything that causes it harm should be avoided.

 

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26010915

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/467363