2009-12-12

What is estrogen?


Estrogen is a hormone that comprises a group of compounds, including estrone, estradiol and estriol. It is the main sex hormone in women and is essential to the menstrual cycle. Although estrogen exists in men as well as women, it is found in higher amounts in women, especially those capable of reproducing.


What can Estrogen do to us?


Estrogen levels fluctuate on a daily basis, but extreme highs and lows can affect our energy, mood, and health. Estrogen exist in the air, car emissions, detergents, nail polishes, lotions, soaps, plastics, food and water, so it is almost impossible to avoid them and these synthetic hormones are toxic to our system.


Estrogen is balance with other hormones in the body such as progesterone in women and testosterone in men. A balanced hormonal level helps to maintain our metabolic functions, or disorders and diseases can occur.


Am I estrogen-dominant?


  • Cravings for carbs and sweets
  • Stubborn fat in female areas like hips and thighs
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic headaches
  • Digestive problems such as bloating or IBS
  • Intense PMS
  • Breast pain
  • Water retention
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Slight depression

  • Is there anything that you can do to control your estrogen intake?


    Eat Organic!
    Organic meat

    – It might cost more, but so is the cost of diet foods and medical help! Introduce seafood into your diet.


    Love GREEN!

    Leafy and cruciferous vegetables contain indole-3 cardinol and sulforaphane that helps to flush away estrogen deposits. These vegetables improve your livers ability to metabolize estrogen rapidly as little time as a week. Try to intake at least a cup of cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, bak choi, rocket (arugula), kale, broccoli, daikon or wasabi and leafy vegetables such as spinach, Chinese water spinach or Swiss chard daily. Eat them raw or lightly steamed, remember not to overcook, that will kill many nutrients that your body needs. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to help flush out the toxins from your body.


    Be friends of nuts and seeds

    Fats in avocados, nuts, olives, and seeds help your body to produce progesterone, which blocks estrogen. Women can double their weight loss by adding as little as 1 oz of nuts or seeds a day to their diet. If you don’t have time or don’t like nuts or seeds, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to your diet each day.


    Your enemies

    Bacon, soy, beer, sausage and licorice are the foods that you want to avoid blockage from estrogen.


    Let’s spice it up!

    Hot spices, like curry and ginger, help to flush out estrogen!


    If you suspect that you are estrogen dominant, go and visit your doctor to know more information about estrogen.