Estrogen has a wide variety of functions, such as the growth and development of female sexual characteristics and reproduction, the growth of the uterine lining during the first part of the menstrual cycle, changes in the breasts during adolescence and pregnancy, and the regulation of cholesterol levels.
When women have excess estrogen, it’s referred to as estrogen dominance. While hormone levels are always in a state of fluctuation, as women age, there is normally a decline in progesterone and testosterone levels, and an increase in estrogen. When there is too much estrogen in the body, there is an increase in experiencing the symptoms described above, as well as a bigger chance at developing more serious health conditions, like breast and uterine cancer.
Estrogen dominance can be attributed to a number of factors, such as going off the birth control pill, having a stressful lifestyle, consuming a poor diet, and using household and cosmetic products that contain environmental toxins.
Luckily, there are a few simple things women can do to help balance their estrogen levels. Here’s how:
Xenoestrogens are chemicals that mimic estrogens and are found in many household cleaners, detergents, cosmetic products, and even non-organic food due to the use of pesticides and solvents. Some common xenoestrogens include BPA, parabens, and phylates. It’s a great idea to swap your household cleaning products and detergents to environmentally-friendly versions, purchase organic beauty products, minimize the use of plastic, and eat organic food whenever possible.
The liver not only helps to detox environmental toxins, it also helps to break down excess estrogen. There are a few simple ways to support the liver, such as consuming herbs like milk thistle, dandelion, rosemary, and turmeric, as well as upping your intake of dark leafy greens.
When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands release a surge of stress hormones into your system, such as cortisol and adrenaline. When you’re under chronic stress, your main physiological functions become disrupted, which can potentially alter your estrogen levels. Make sure you manage your stress levels to not only help balance your hormones, but also to improve your overall well-being. Some simple ways to manage your stress is to spend time in nature, get regular exercise, and see if medical cannabis helps to ease your symptoms. At NamasteMD, we provide medical cannabis consultations from the comfort of your own home. Sign up here to begin your application and get one step closer to legal, medical cannabis consumption.