In the fast-paced, high stress, modern world that we live in high levels of estrogen can develop naturally in both females and males, which in turn can be problematic to long term health. A build-up of estrogen can come from lifestyle factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking & drinking or taking certain medications.
WHAT DOES IT DO
Symptoms of estrogen dominance in males include: enlarged breasts (gynecomastia or man boobs), feeling lethargic, abdominal weight gain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, mood swings, irritability, enlarged prostate, low libido and infertility.
Symptoms in females include: PMS, weight gain (particularly in hips, midsection, thighs, breasts), insomnia, fibroids, endometriosis, bloating, breast tenderness, abnormal menstruation, fatigue, reduced sex drive, depression, anxiety, mood swings, brain fog,
Long term effects estrogen dominance can have a very negative impact on our health including weight gain and fatigue.
The problem we have is that we are surrounded by estrogen producing products that contain xenoestrogens, There’s a long list of chemicals that mimic estrogen including Parabens, Phthalates & Benzophenones. Estrogen can be found in the food we eat (glyphosate in pesticides), the water we drink and in plastics that we use every day.
Known ways to reverse estrogen dominance is by supporting liver function with herbs such as cruciferous vegetables and essential estrogen balancing supplements such as DIM (Diindolylmethane) which is a mixture phytonutrient from some of the healthiest vegetables.