Estrogen, it’s everywhere you don’t want to be these days. We are experiencing an epidemic of excess estrogen and it is getting out of control.
In women, excess estrogen can lead to conditions such as cystic breasts, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS and even breast cancer.
In men, excess estrogen can lead to gynecomastia (breast development), erectile dysfunction and infertility.
In children, excess estrogen can lead to early puberty (i.e. before age 7 for girls and age 9 for boys).
So, where is all of this estrogen coming from?!
Xenoestrogens: these are estrogen-mimicking compounds found in our personal care products, industrial products, plastics, furnishings, insecticides and building supplies
Animal products: factory-farmed dairy and meat are a considerable source of estrogens as a result of a variety of different growth hormones given to the animals throughout their life
Medications: some drugs that have been introduced create a natural estrogen dominant state on purpose (e.g., hormonal birth control) while others have increased estrogen activity as a side effect (e.g., certain antibiotics, anti-psychotics, steroids)
Obesity (yes, you read that right!): our fat cells are metabolically active tissue and they produce estrogen; the more fat you have on your body, the more estrogen you produce
In addition to the fact that we are on estrogen overload, our bodies are also having a harder time detoxing it. We are consuming less fiber, eating less nutrient-dense diets, moving less and as a result, are more constipated than ever. More estrogen in and less estrogen out is a recipe for estrogen disaster.
The thing is: estrogen is not all bad. We need estrogen; both men and women do. In addition to its reproductive function, estrogen plays a role in bone development, memory, body temperature regulation and mood, just to name a few. However, as with all hormones, the Goldilocks effect is paramount: not too high, not too low…“just right”.
In order to reach this optimal balance, you will need to clean up your body, mind and environment.