what causes estrogen dominance

What Causes Estrogen Dominance

There are a lot of ways in which our environment, food, stress, and other lifestyle factors can mess with our hormones and create estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance causes many of the symptoms us gals dread. PMS, hot flashes, terrible periods, weight gain and even hair loss.

Estrogen Dominance Causes

As I talk about Beyond the Pill, your liver is responsible for packaging up estrogen so your gut can move it out. If either system doesn't do its job then you can develop estrogen dominance. You must supply your liver with what it needs to process estrogen and you must poop every day in order to remove excess estrogen from the body.

Environmental toxins known as xenoestrogens can also be behind your symptoms. You can watch a quick video explaining more about this here.

And if you don't ovulate or are having issues getting progesterone levels up during your luteal phase, this can cause a relative estrogen dominance.

How Your Gut Health Can Cause Estrogen Dominance

Oh and you know those rockstar gut bugs that do pretty much everything? Yeah, well, if they are out of balance and making too much beta glucuronidase then you can also find yourself with estrogen excess.

Calcium d-glucarate can help with this, which is why you'll find it in my Balance Women's Hormone Supplement. This supplement also contains B vitamins, DIM, and broccoli seed extract to support the liver's role in detoxing estrogen. Yup, it loves your liver and your gut in just the right way to support them in getting that estrogen out!

Notice if you find yourself constipated how your next period is. How does your skin look? How is your mood? Are your breasts more tender? Have you had hot flashes or difficulty sleeping?

In my naturopathic medical practice these are the kinds of things I ask my patients to monitor. Many of my patients are able to begin making the connection between their gut health and how their gut functions with how this impacts their hormones. I'd encourage you to do the same.

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Estrogen dominance is behind many of the symptoms us gals dread. PMS, hot flashes, terrible periods, weight gain and even hair loss. . What causes estrogen dominance? As I talk about #beyondthepill, your liver is responsible for packaging up estrogen and your gut moves it out. If either system doesn't do its job then you can develop estrogen dominance. . Environmental toxins known as xenoestrogens can also be behind your symptoms. (Click the link that says Balance @drjolenebrighten and you can watch a quick video explaining more about this) . And if you don't ovulate or are having issues getting progesterone levels up, this can cause a relative estrogen dominance. . Oh and you know those rock star gut bugs that do pretty much everything? Yeah, well, if they are out of balance and making too much beta-glucaronidase then you can also find yourself with estrogen excess. Calcium d-glucarate can help with this, which is why you'll find it in my Balance Women's Hormone Supplement (@drjolenebrighten). This supplement also contains B vitamins, DIM, and broccoli seed extract to support the liver's role in detoxing estrogen. Yup, it loves your liver and your gut in just the right way to support them in getting that estrogen out! . If you didn't see my last post about cortisol, go check that out now. How your adrenals function influence your estrogen too! . . . #drjolenebrighten #estrogendominance #hormonebalance #functionalmedicine

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Stress and Estrogen Dominance

Yes, we all know stress is a problem. But did you know that when you're stressed it pushes you into cortisol production at the expense of progesterone? This leads to a relative estrogen dominance because there isn't enough progesterone around to challenge estrogen. The result?

You're having trouble sleeping, you lose your cool, your periods are worse, your breasts are tender, and you feel like every stressor will break you!

Reducing stress is key to optimizing hormones! That's why you'll find stress reducing practices all throughout my book, Beyond the Pill.

Stress Reduction to Eliminate Estrogen Dominance

⚡Deep Breathing
⚡Massage
⚡Journaling
⚡Yoga
⚡Pilates
⚡Walking
⚡An epsom salt bath
⚡Essential oils
⚡Meditation
⚡Mindfullness
⚡Painting
⚡Dancing
You get the idea! Next time you feel stressed, try to practice techniques to help you reclaim your chill!

Can Diet Help Estrogen Dominance?

Absolutely! You can grab a free meal plan + recipes here that are designed to help you get your hormones in balance.

Foods to Support Hormone Balance:

⚡Broccoli and broccoli sprouts
⚡Cabbage
⚡Kale
⚡Flaxseeds and seed cycling
⚡Protein like grass-fed beef, lentils, eggs
⚡Shiitake mushrooms
⚡Carrots
⚡Jicama
⚡Avocado
⚡Blackberries
⚡Beets
⚡Burdock root
⚡Dandelion root
⚡Dark chocolate

Concerned you may have estrogen dominance? Get the Hormone Balancing Starter Kit and start optimizing your hormones today!

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Heavy periods. Painful periods. PMS. Irritability & mood swings. All of it can be due to excess estrogen. . It's your liver's job to package up estrogen and get it ready to be moved out of the body. . Then it's your gut's job to move that estrogen out. Pooping…that's how you do it just in case you were curious. . If either the liver or gut are struggling we can develop excess levels of estrogen, which is known as estrogen dominance. This is why there is an entire chapter on liver and another on gut health in Beyond the Pill. You must take care of your liver and gut if you want to create balanced hormones and be rid of these symptoms. . And all these symptoms of estrogen dominance is how so many women end up on hormonal birth control for symptom management. . But then, that birth control has to be a high enough dose of hormones to stop your brain from communicating with your ovaries, which places a big burden on your liver and then it messes with your gut health. This sets you up for poor estrogen elimination, which can lead to hormone imbalance and other issues. . And this is one of the big reasons women develop post-birth control syndrome (PBCS). . Ok, so what to do first! Include foods that support liver health, gut health and take a quality prenatal or multi-vitamin to support your natural ability to detox. . I've got a whole guide for you (link @drjolenebrighten) to help support your hormones and get you eating the foods that support hormone health. It's the Birth Control Quick Start Detox Guide and it has a list of what to eat to start supporting your body's ability to create better hormones, love your liver, and get your gut functioning right. Grab it now! On or off birth control, it can help! . . #drjolenebrighten #beyondthepill #postbirthcontrolsyndrome

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Dr. Jolene Brighten is a Functional Medicine Naturopathic Medical Doctor and the founder of Rubus Health, a women’s medicine clinic that specializes in women's hormones. She is recognized as a leading expert in Post-Birth Control Syndrome and the long-term side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives. Dr. Brighten is the best selling author, speaker and regular contributor to several online publications including MindBodyGreen. She is a medical advisor for one of the first data-driven apps to offer women personalized birth control recommendations.