How To Lower Estrogen Levels – These are some of the best ways you can use to reduce, control or lower excess estrogen: Do you suffer from excess estrogen or do you suspect that this is the case? Then see what the symptoms of too much estrogen are and read the top 8 best tips. These tips help you to lower your estrogen in a natural way. As a hormone coach, I know exactly how to balance the hormone estrogen. Through the table of contents that has been added to this article, you can go directly to the information you are interested in.
What is estrogen?
Estrogen is a hormone belonging to progesterone to the female sex hormones. Testosterone belongs to the male sex hormones. There are a total of three types of estrogen. These are oestriol, oestradiol, and oestron. Oestradiol is the most important estrogen with oestron as a by-product. Oestriol is a waste product of estradiol. Oestriol is mainly produced in the last three months of pregnancy. The liver is responsible for converting oestradiol to oestron and oestriol. It is therefore important to have a well-functioning liver so that all conversions can take place sufficiently.
At the beginning of the menstrual cycle, the production of estrogen prevails. After ejection, production decreases and progesterone increases the production of the hormone. Estrogen takes care of the structure of the mucous membrane in the womb. Estrogen prepares the uterine mucosa for a possible implantation of a fertilized egg.
Functions of estrogen
Estrogen has a number of other important features that I have listed below:
- Breast development;
- Stimulates the development of female characteristics: pubic lips, clitoris, ovaries, vagina, and uterus;
- Contributes to the smoothness of the vaginal wall;
- Widening of the pelvis;
- Brain in the armpits, pubic area;
- Increase of subcutaneous fat on the upper arms, upper legs and hips if the hormone becomes out of balance;
- Cell division and (length) growth (during puberty);
- Conservation of bone mass (estrogen attacks osteoporosis)
- Holding moisture;
- Provides a normal cholesterol level;
- Promotes a good brain function;
- Works energy-enhancing and is good for the mood
- Increase women’s libido;
- Increased the chance of fertilization by regulation of the uterine mucosa;
- Provides a firm skin and prevents wrinkles.
Creation of estrogen
The sex glands (ovaries and tealballs) produce sex cells. Sex cells are also called gametes. There are two types of sex cells: “the ova of the woman and the sperm of the man”. In the sex glands of men and women lies tissue in which the sex hormones are produced. These hormones are produced under the influence of hormones from the pituitary gland, which delivers a signal to the ovaries and tealballs. The first sex hormones are formed before birth by stimulation of maternal hormones. The sex hormones are responsible for differences between the sexes. From birth to puberty, very limited sex hormones are formed. Only during puberty is this process really going on to make boys and girls sexually miserable.
Three ovarian hormones are produced in the ovaries:
- Testosterone (relatively low).
In the breeding balls, three hormones are also created:
- Progesterone (relatively few);
- Estrogen (relatively low).
Incidentally, all female and male sex hormones are also produced in adrenal glands.
Symptoms Of high Estrogen levels/Symptoms of excess estrogen
For good health, it is important that your sex hormones are in a certain relationship in your body. If this is not the case, this often leads to many annoying complaints. If your body causes too much estrogen, your sex hormones are thus out of balance. Your body causes too much estrogen and insufficient testosterone and/or progesterone. This is also called estrogency. What complaints can all lead to? Below I have an overview for you:
- Heavy bleeding during your period
- Load of tense and painful breasts (in women);
- Breast formation (in men);
- Breastfeeding on the upper legs, calves, and buttocks;
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS);
- Depressive feelings;
- Accelerated aging;
- Autoimmune diseases;
- Headache or migraine;
- Sleeping problems;
- Variable moods;
- Moisture retention;
- Meatbone (uterus);
- Tumors of the cervix, breast, and ovaries;
- Painful joints;
- An enlarged prostate and prostate cancer (in men).
Do you recognize yourself in three or more of the above? Then you probably make too much estrogen.
Causes of excess estrogen
The balance between estrogen and progesterone and/or testosterone can be balanced for several reasons:
- An excess of phytoestrogens such as soya and beer;
- Reduced capacity of your liver to detoxify and break down hormones;
- A candida infection;
- Too many xeno oestrogens;
- An excessive fat percentage that produces more estrogen;
- Insufficient fiber-rich food;
- Too much stress;
- Lack of magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin E and vitamin C.
To reduce too much estrogen: 8 tips
The balance between estrogen and progesterone and/or testosterone can be restored in several ways. I will first show you a video that discusses the importance of estrogen and how to balance your hormone estrogen. Then I’ll give you my 8 best tips to reduce too much estrogen. Have fun with the video and with my tips.
Tip 1: Eat phytoestrogens, but to a degree
Phytoestrogens are plant substances with an antioxidant effect that can affect your hormones. Thus, these substances emit the action of the body-like estrogen. Phytoestrogens in our diet reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, gray stare and immune system disorders. Additionally, phytoestrogens cause an increase in bone density and can prevent or delay osteoporosis. Another advantage is that phytoestrogens match the estrogen receptor, blocking access to carcinogenic and body-like estrogens to a certain extent. Since phytoestrogens have less effect than the body-like estrogen, the overall estrogenic activity in your body is lower.
The three main groups of phytoestrogens are ‘lignans, coumestans, and isoflavones’. Lignans sit in seeds, pips, cranberries, green or black tea, and most vegetables. Coumestans are mainly found in olives, cucumbers, and alfalfa. Isoflavones are in legume, citrus fruit, red wine, beer, grapes, green and black tea, apples, onions and olive oil. Most phytoestrogens are in soy and beer. Women who produce too much or too little estrogen can benefit from the occasional eating of small amounts of phytoestrogens. This does not apply to men and women after the transition. Men who regularly eat phytoestrogens often suffer from a decrease in their testosterone production. Therefore, I advise men to eat phytoestrogens only occasionally, in very small amounts.
Tip 2: Provide good delivery
Your liver is responsible for the detoxification of your body. Reduced detoxification capacity of your liver is caused by improper nutrition, alcohol or medication such as the contraceptive pill. Do not eat too much-processed food, drink little to no alcohol, and use only medicines if it is really necessary.
Another important function of your liver is the breakdown of hormones such as estrogen. This degradation is at least as important as the production of estrogen. The worse your liver is able to break down estrogens whose function is no longer necessary, the more estrogen accumulates in your body. As a result, the balance between estrogen on the one hand and progesterone and testosterone further disturbs. To ensure that your liver is able to continue to break down estrogen, the following substances are required:
DIM (di-indolylmethane) from crossflower vegetable
DIM is a phytonutrient that is found in all the crossflower vegetables. By eating regular cruciferous vegetables, you help your liver to really break down the estrogen to be broken down. This reduces the risk that you get too much estrogen in your body. The clove vegetables include cauliflower, broccoli, kale, Chinese cabbage, daikon, cabbage, cabbage, cabbage radish, horseradish, radish, red cabbage, rucola, savoy cabbage, gardeners, wasabi, and watercress.
Chlorophyll from chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass or green leafy vegetables
Chlorophyll is a substance that supports your liver to function properly. This allows you to break down better hormones and provide daily physical detoxification. Chlorophyll is mainly of chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass and green leafy vegetables such as parsley, andijvie, lettuce, spinach, chopped beetroot, green oak leaves, rucola, rapeseed, celery, postelein, lettuce, iceberg lettuce and paksoi.
Vitamin B from leafy vegetables, liver, cereal, meat and nuts
Vitamin B also helps your liver to break down estrogen. Vitamin B is found in leafy vegetables, liver, cereal products, nuts, and meat.
Tip 3: Prevent a candida congestion
Candida is a yeast fungus that occurs in most people on the skin and in the vagina, mouth, and intestines. Under certain conditions, this fungus can overcome. You have too much candida in or on your body. This is the case, for example, in a disturbed intestine environment in which the poor bowel bacteria prevail. The candida fungus then gets ‘free play’ to multiply. Too much candida causes you to get a low progesterone level. It breaks down progesterone. As a result, the balance between estrogen and progesterone is disturbed. You have too much estrogen in proportion to progesterone in your body. Now, of course, is the demand for a candida overtaking? Below I have listed the reasons for you:
- Medication: NSAIDs, anti-inflammatory, and gastric acid inhibitors;
- Antibiotics (antibiotics disturb your intestinal environment by affecting both the good and the bad intestinal bacteria);
- Too much stress;
- Too many sugars, refined carbohydrates, and wheat products;
- Yeast and fungus
- Alcohol and milk;
- A weakened immune system.
Consequently, limiting the use of products and agents that help to overcome a Candida overgrowth.
Tip 4: Avoid Xeno oestrogens
Xeno oestrogens are foreign oestrogens that affect your liver function and disrupt your estrogen balance. These estrogens cause an increase in estrogen in your body. Xeno oestrogens are found mainly in plastics (bisphenol A), plasticizers (phthalates), pesticides, untreated drinking water, paints, glue, artificial hormones, and cosmetics.
5 tips to avoid xeno oestrogens
- Only use natural care products and do not spread anything on your skin that you can not eat;
- Store your food in glass bowls;
- Purify your drinking water with a water filter;
- Heat meals packed in plastic, not in your microwave;
- Eat as many organic, unprocessed foods as possible.
Tip 5: Provide a healthy fat percentage
In case of excessive fat, testosterone in your body is converted to estrogen. This occurs in your fat tissue using the enzyme aromatase. An excessive fat percentage contributes to a disturbance of the estrogen-testosterone balance.
Is your fat percentage indeed too high? Prevent one of the biggest mistakes you can make by following a diet. Many of the diets currently offered are based on long-term calories. As soon as you get fewer calories than you actually need, your body is in the “saving state”. This helps keep your body in an efficient way. Additionally, if you follow a diet for seven days, there is a decrease in the action of the leptin hormone of 50%. Leptin is a body-like hormone that helps you burn fat. If you follow a diet, it will take your capacity to burn fat.
If you are deprived of a calorie-lowering diet, this is mainly due to a decrease in your muscle mass. Your fat mass drops because your body holds the fat. It is precisely your muscle mass that causes you to burn fat. As soon as you stop dieting, the kilos will be added soon and you are more relaxed than before. In the long run, a diet is insufficient, in addition, there are many shortages of essential nutrients and your metabolism slows down. This creates a vicious circle of arriving and losing weight. Consequently, following a diet usually results in short happiness but ‘long pain’.
10 Tips to Declare Responsibly
Below I have put 10 tips to help you lose weight in a good and responsible manner. This allows you to work on a healthy fat percentage.
- Eat organic, unprocessed foods (organic food has a much higher nutritional value);
- Make sure your food does not contain preservatives and flavors, color or flavors;
- Do not use trans fats;
- Do not eat sugar and quick carbohydrates (choose slowly absorbable carbohydrates);
- Replace cooking salt with Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt;
- Provide sufficient variation;
- Do not eat too little;
- Move daily for 30 to 60 minutes;
- Twice a week of intense sports;
- Eat a lot of vegetables (> 400 grams a day) and to a limited extent fruit.
Natural aromatase inhibitors
You have previously read that enzyme aromatase contributes to the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. Fortunately, besides a healthy fat percentage, there are a number of natural aromatase inhibitors to reduce this conversion. Here you can think of: ‘Vitamin D, with red wine, pigeons, apples, onions, soybean, green tea, black tea, citrus fruit, parsley, celery, chamomile and olive oil.
Tip 6: Eat high-quality foods
Fiber-rich foods include the ability to bind and discharge excess hormones. If this happens too little, these excess hormones will remain present in your body and, for example, you will get too much estrogen in your body. Therefore, it is important to eat enough fiber-rich foods like vegetables, dried fruit, whole grain cereals, brown beans, white beans, coconut, and nuts.
Tip 7: Avoid getting too much stress
Too much stress causes a reduction of the hormone progesterone. This will disturb the balance of your sex hormones and you will automatically get too much estrogen. It is therefore important to limit stress as much as possible. You can do this by bringing humor into your life. By regularly laughing and relating things, you reduce your stress level. Find friends or friends with whom it’s fun and with which you can laugh, or watch a comedy movie regularly.
Another way to reduce your stress level is by thinking positively. Ask yourself powerful questions like:
- What did I learn today?
- How can I improve my health?
- What am I happy about in my life?
Dare to make choices in your life too. You can not do everything at once. When making choices, you create rest. Finally, I would advise you to free more time for yourself. Make regular space in your calendar to get to yourself. Turn off your phone and computer and find ways to relax. This is different for everyone. See what’s best for you.
Tip 8: Provide enough magnesium, zinc, vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin E
If you have a shortage of vitamins and minerals above, this also contributes to excessive estrogen or estrogenicity. Make sure that you have enough of your blood. How can you find out if this is the case? By conducting a laboratory research. This can be done through your GP. However, often all blood levels mentioned above cannot be investigated. You can also carry out a laboratory examination elsewhere, for example with a complementary therapist. I also offer a test to show a vitamin or mineral deficiency. More information about this is here: ‘ Energetic Morphological Blood Test ‘.