Hormone imbalance is one of the plagues of our times. One of the most dangerous types of hormone imbalance is estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is when your body has excess estrogen or estrogen like compounds in relation to the amount of progesterone. Estrogen dominance can lead to allergies, infertility, autoimmune disorders, breast cancer, diabetes, uterine cancer, ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer, thyroid problems, fibroids, yeast infection and blood clotting. One of the reasons that estrogen dominance is on the rise, is the prevalence of xenoestrogens in our food and household items.
Xenoestrogens are a sub-category of the endocrine disruptor group that have estrogen-like effects. These chemicals have the ability to block and bind our hormone receptors and lead to hormonal imbalances. Xenoestrogens are found in plastic bottles, plastic wrapping for food, sunscreen lotions, wood preservatives, paint, weed killers, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, detergents and other products.
Here are a few things that you can do in order to minimize your exposure to xenoestrogens:
1. Only consume organic animal products or do not consume animal products at all.
2. Eat in season fruits and vegetables. Give a preference to fruit with skin that you can peel off.
3. Buy fewer products wrapped in plastic.
4. If you must drink water from a plastic bottle, do not leave it out in the sun.
5. Use chemical free cleaning products around the house.
6. Use a chlorine filter for your sink and shower.
7. Avoid parabens in your cosmetics.
If you believe that you have already developed a hormonal imbalance, here are a few things you can do to help your body rebalance itself:
1. Take an herb called silymarin or milk thistle. It will cleanse your body of xenoestrogens by strengthening the liver.
2. Take vitex or chase tree herb as this will rebalance some of the excess estrogen in your system.
3. Occasionally apply bioidentical progesterone cream to your skin. Improving the levels of progesterone in your body will prevent you from becoming estrogen dominant.
4. Eat lots of steamed broccoli, sauerkraut, kale and other organic crucifers. This will encourage the enzymes in your liver to block the production of toxic estrogen.
5. Eat lots of pomegranates. This can block unwanted hormonal activity and prevent breast and prostate cancer.
6. Drink plenty of green tea as the powerful antioxidants in it help the body regulate estrogen.
7. Add turmeric to your cooking. Curcumin is an ingredient in turmeric that increases detoxification through the liver and re-balances hormones.
8. Try to avoid emotional stress that is likely to affect your reproductive system. Such stress includes: worry about your future or existing children, sexual conflicts and sorrow over not having someone in your life.