Estrogen dominance is when your body has too much estrogen in relation to progesterone. When this relationship is dominated by estrogen, it leaves you with many uncomfortable symptoms.
Bloating, aka water retention
Headaches, especially right before your period
Weight gain around the hips, thigh and butt areas
Acne along the jawline
No Bombshell wants this!
Stress can get in the way of producing progesterone, causing a rise to estrogen. Managing our stress levels is key to balancing our sex hormones, and avoiding these symptoms.
When your body has a rise in estrogen, it can be harder for the other systems in your body to keep up with metabolizing it. If your liver (the organ which acts like a cleansing system) is blocked, estrogen can't effectively be released by the colon (through your bowel movements). If excess estrogen is not released, it is then recycled within the body. That's when you'll start to notice the symptoms listed above.
How can you naturally lower estrogen?
1. Keep your liver clean.
Change some of your lifestyle habits to support your cleansing organ like:
Toss chemical ridden products and opt for all-natural versions from your cleaning supplies to make up.
Reduce or completely eliminate alcohol.
Add cilantro and parsley to smoothies, salads, and main dishes. They have natural liver cleansing properties.
Pucker up with lemon! Sip warm water with lemon juice first thing, and add it to your salads and favorite juice combinations.
You may begin to notice your skin clearing up and no longer struggling with hormonal acne!
2. Drop an F bomb each morning!
Add fiber to your breakfast like flaxseed in your smoothie, chia seed porridge, or drink a tablespoon of fiber powder with a tall glass of water. Increasing your fiber intake will bind excess estrogen together, and you'll flush it right down the toilet (aka with your poop!).
3. Manage your stress levels
Actively live in ways to lower your stress like bi-weekly yoga sessions, meditation, writing in your journal, talking to a friend, and getting outside for walk in nature (I do a sunshine walk every day!!). When your stress levels are lower, progesterone can be produced and balance its relationship with estrogen.
When you live in a way to support your hormones, you'll feel so much better! Understanding how your daily habits contribute to the inner workings of your body will empower you to keep making the choices that are right for you 😊
Have you noticed any of these symptoms?