Common Signs of Estrogen Dominance
Common signs of estrogen dominance include:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Menstrual blood that is dark red or with black clots
- Anxiety, irritability and anger
- Mood swings
- Breast tenderness or pain
- Water retention, swollen figures and legs
- Pelvic cramps
- Weight gain
- Sugar cravings
- Sleep disturbances
In our body, liver is the organ responsible for breaking down estrogen and helping to eliminate excess estrogen from our body.
How to Metabolize More Estrogen Efficiently
So how can you help your liver metabolize estrogen more efficiently and free yourself from those unpleasant symptoms?
Here are a few tips for you to consider:
1. Be kind to your liver by avoiding the problem foods such as:
- Coffee, black tea, soda with caffeine
- Thick creamy or cheesy sauces
- Excessive sugar
- Hot spices: chilies, cayenne, pepper
- Commercial red meat, chicken and diary products packed with antibiotics and growth hormones
- Foods that contain soy protein and soy protein isolate, rich in condensed plant estrogen
- Fried and oily food
- Heavy, complicated meals
- Super-sized meals
- Late dinners (eat your last meal 2-3 hours before going to bed)
2. Have some sour foods.
Sour foods stimulate the liver and gallbladder, increasing their rate of metabolism. Add lemon to your water. Eat some sour plums, yogurt, hawthorne berries, kimchi and sauerkraut.
3. Eat berries regularly.
Berries are also good for harmonizing the liver due to their astringent property. Add some strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries to your diet. They’re excellent antioxidants too!
4. Have foods that promote blood circulation.
This can help move estrogen and other toxins out of your body. Blood-moving foods include chestnuts, chicken eggs, chive, leek, mustard greens, onions, peaches, radishes, scallions, turmeric and turnips.
5. Eat a lot of cruciferous vegetables.
This include veggies such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts and kale. They contain diindolylmethane, a phytonutrient that supports the activity of enzymes that improve estrogen metabolism.
If you want an extra boost, try Dim-Plus, a natural supplement that contains the same diindolylmethane found in those cruciferous vegetables.
6. Do a liver detox.
In Chinese Medicine, liver is associated with the spring season, and spring is considered the optimal time to take care of the liver. So do a liver detox by eating clean, organic whole foods for a week.
I hope you find my tips helpful, and that you’re inspired to implement one or two of them in your diet. Enjoy!
Chasteberry (proven to help treat low progesterone and regulate menstrual cycles in more than 60 years of clinical research, including 5 randomized trials)
Vitamin B6 (one of the best vitamins to boost progesterone)
Progesterone Cream (bio-identical hormonal support)
Reduce Estrogen Dominance
Liver Cleanse Detox and Repair Formula (support liver functions)
Dim Plus (improve estrogen metabolism)
Support Adrenal and Thyroid Functions
Adrenal Health Daily Support (promote overall hormone balance)
Thyroid Support Complex (support energy and metabolism)
Once Daily Organic Whole Food Vitamin Supplement (provide essential nutrients for health and hormone balance)
Liquid Iron (support healthy blood)
The Hormone Cure, by Dr. Sara Gottfried
Cooking for Hormone Balance, by Magdalena Wszelaki