Conventional medicine considers estrogen dominance normal. This leads to not treating the root cause of the issue. Birth control or other hormone replacements are the common treatments for most people that suffer from estrogen dominance.
Instead of focusing on the symptoms, finding the underlying cause of the hormone imbalance is crucial. You can find the underlying cause by implementing lifestyle changes.
Treating Estrogen Dominance
Here are some things you can start doing to balance your hormones:
Add brassica/cruciferous veggies to your diet.
I know many people that have thyroid issues get worried about this one because we’re told that these foods negatively impact your thyroid health. Unless you have a food sensitivity to them or are eating them raw in high amounts, you shouldn’t have any issues. Just make sure to always cook them.
Some examples are:
- Broccoli sprouts
- Collard greens
These foods have indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and diindolylmethane (DIM), which support your estrogen metabolism and detoxication.
Add lots of fiber to your diet
Fiber supports the gut and is also important for estrogen metabolism and detoxification. It helps keep your body clear of constipation so you can remove excess estrogen. If you have a problem taking fiber you should look into what is causing it. Some issues may stem from SIBO or leaky gut.
Try Seed Rotation
The first half of your cycle (days 1-14) eat seeds that would help the production of estrogen.
- 2 tbsp of ground flax or pumpkin seed per day
The second half of your cycle (days 15-28) eat seeds that support progesterone production.
- 2 tbsp ground sunflower seeds or sesame seeds per day
Limit your exposure to non-organic meats and processed dairy. They are found to have growth hormones, antibiotics, and xenoestrogens.
Reduce caffeine and alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol are linked to high levels of estrogen. This can impair your liver and put stress on the adrenals.
- Get off birth control
- Choose natural skincare products
- Filter your water
- Get on a sleep schedule
- Do stress relieving hobbies