Updated: Jul 18
Mood swings, hormonal acne and bloating got you down? Read on to see if you're struggling with estrogen dominance.
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 or 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 (your detox organ) 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 help you flush it right down the toilet.
3. Manage your stress levels
Actively live in ways to lower your stress. Anytime you can lower cortisol, one of your stress hormones, you allow progesterone to be utilized to naturally balance out estrogen. Some great ways to lower your stress include 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!).
Or if you're like me and notice no matter how much self care you do, you still can't reap the benefits, try my Confidence Beats Cortisol Workshop.
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 😊