Estrogen is one of the sex hormones both females and males have. It is the hormone that creates many of the female sex characteristics we are familiar with such as breasts, wider hips, and pubic hair. Estrogen plays an essential role in a healthy female cycle, reproduction and pregnancy. It’s needed for bone and heart health, energy and vitality, and it’s the hormone that drops off after menopause, hence the associated discomfort.
Too much estrogen, or toxic forms of estrogen, can lead to:
- Breast Cancer
- Fibrocystic Breasts
- Painful Periods
- Low Libido
- Mood Swings
- Weight Gain
We obviously don’t want to experience symptoms like these, but estrogen dominance is a sign that something is not right. There are many factors that play with this hormonal imbalance, such as genetics and epigenetic factors, liver detoxification imbalances, our body’s preference on which hormones turn into estrogen or not, environmental toxicity, dietary choices, and gut health!
Two main situations can lead to high estrogen. The first is if too much estrogen or synthetic estrogens are coming into or are being made in the body. The second is if not enough estrogen is leaving the body and that’s likely due to gut health, as it’s involved with the elimination of the hormone.