Listen to Your Body: Signs You Have Too Much Estrogen
Did you know that even men have some estrogen in their body? Yes, they do, and excess estrogen can be critical and even fatal for aging men. But back to the female population. You might think that you need lots of estrogen. After all, it is the female hormone. However, things aren’t that simple.
You need hormonal balance in your body. When your hormones are balanced, things run smoothly, but when you have an excess of estrogen, you experience problems. And that will happen even if you are a woman. Estrogen is responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle and the entire reproductive system, and things get out of hand when estrogen is rising. Sometimes, estrogen levels rise naturally. Sometimes, they rise as a result of an outside factor.
In either case, you have to do something. First, let’s take a look at signs of excess estrogen.
9 signs of high estrogen
Any of the signs listed here can manifest whether you have an excess of estrogen or not, so don’t take just one sign into consideration. However, if you experience two or more of the following symptoms, it’s time to visit the doctor and take matters into your own hands:
- Increased PMS symptoms is the first, early sign of too much estrogen. Uncontrollable pain or even excess bleeding can be a sign of high estrogen.
- Next on the line is an abnormal menstrual period. Again, this symptom is linked with your menstrual cycle, which, if you have an excess of estrogen, can last longer than usual.
- When you have too high a level of estrogen, it’s only natural that you gain some weight. If you can’t explain why you are gaining weight, estrogen might be one of the reasons.
- All of the symptoms are accompanied by constant headaches and feelings of fatigue. You have a feeling that your head might explode. And even though you’ve been relaxing most of the day, you still feel fatigued.
- In most cases, due to the other symptoms, you have trouble sleeping. But that’s only natural; with so much pain and troublesome symptoms, it’s logical that you can’t fall asleep easily.
- Given the fact that estrogen affects your menstrual cycle and the entire reproductive system, you’ll experience a decreased sex drive. It’s hard to be in the mood when your estrogen level is going through the roof.
- Same as during PMS, constant mood swings are now normal and usual. And that happens despite the fact that you are not in PMS. As you’ll notice, most of the symptoms are similar to when you are in your menstrual cycle. But you’re not.
- Hair loss is another common symptom of high estrogen levels. Just as men lose their hair due to an excess of testosterone, women lose their hair as a result of excessive estrogen.
- Last, but not least, you’ll experience difficulty concentrating and memorizing things.
So, what can you do? If you notice two or more of the above symptoms, test your estrogen levels. A simple blood test will show whether or not they are too high. If your estrogen levels are high for a long time, you risk developing more severe diseases and conditions, like breast cancer, for example. That being said, you can easily reduce the estrogen levels.
Remove xenoestrogens from your life
One way to reduce estrogen levels is to remove chemical compounds that mimic estrogen. One such compound is xenoestrogen. You might not know it, but you get in touch with this chemical compound on a daily basis. And xenoestrogen can throw your hormones off balance easily. Here are some ways that you come in contact with this compound:
- Non-organic dairy
- Non-organic produce
- Tap water
- Birth control pills
- Plastic water bottles
- Dryer sheets
- Soy protein isolate
Try to reduce the above mentioned products as much as possible. That might not look easy at first glance, but your health is at risk.
Detox your body
Simply put, estrogen levels can go high as a result of too many toxins in your body. Balancing your hormones is not an easy task. In fact, it’s one that requires patience and effort. Even daily stress and diet impact the hormonal balance. So make sure you are having a regular, daily bowel movement, as that is one way to remove excess toxins from your body and allow things to run smoothly.
How can you detox your body? One way is with detox drinks. But as a simple rule of thumb, you need to make changes to your lifestyle. Here are some lifestyle habits you can implement to remove toxins from your body.
- Eat plenty of vegetables, especially those rich in fiber.
- Consume probiotics like yogurt, kefir, and similar products.
- Drink plenty of water. The often cited dosage is 8 ounces of water, but depending on your weight, it can be more or less.
- Get a regular massage at least once per month to support your lymphatic system.
- Exercise to promote sweat, which is a natural way to remove toxins through the skin. You can also visit a sauna to sweat.
Detox your liver
Yes, we said detox your body, but the liver deserves its own spot on the list. Your liver is the main organ that removes toxins and waste from your body. But keep in mind that although it flushes toxins, some do stay in the liver. If you have an unhealthy diet, your liver works overtime to digest those fats and flush toxins. High estrogen levels may also cause your liver to work in overdrive.
To be healthy, you need a well-functioning liver. And for that, you need a liver cleanse and detox from time to time. To cleanse your liver, you need a healthy diet, mostly in vegetables and fruits. Here are some foods that promote a liver cleanse and healthy liver:
- Onion and garlic
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Dark leafy greens
- Dandelion greens
- Dandelion root
- Milk thistle