Treatment for oestrogen dominance is a condition your naturopath can guide you. The use of dietary recommendations, natural detoxification agents and hormone balancing herbs and supplements are effectively used for the treatment of oestrogen dominance.
Oestrogen dominance creates hormone havoc
The environmental exposure to oestrogen is at an all time high in western countries and is as threatening to men as it is to women. Xeno-oestrogens (environmental oestrogens), which mimic the effects of oestrogen, are abundant in pesticides, plastics and car fumes, as well as hormones found in non-organic poultry which means than many of us are exposed to these in everyday life.
There is a direct link between ‘middle age spread’ and oestrogen dominance. Progesterone production drops significantly after women reach their mid thirties and likewise, along with a decrease in testosterone, in men when they reach their mid-forties, meaning that oestrogen becomes the dominant hormone. It acts like a fat magnet and stores weight around our middle, increasing the strain on our vital organs and cardiovascular system. Fatty tissue produces oestrogen which supports the body’s ability to store oestrogen. So no matter which diets you try or how hard you exercise, you won’t be able to lose this weight until you address the underlying hormone imbalance.
Oestrogen dominance has also been linked to BPH and testicular cancer in men, which has trebled in the last 30 years. In women, conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, fibroids, fibrocystic breasts, and heavy periods can also be linked to oestrogen dominance.
The bottom line is that hormone imbalance is very real, very relevant and very manageable with the right guidance.
Medical treatment for oestrogen dominance
Drugs and surgery offer limited answers for the treatment of oestrogen dominance, and can be associated with side effects such as:
- Weight gain
- Mood disorders
- Worsening hormonal imbalances and irregularities.
Naturopathic treatment for oestrogen dominance
Naturopathic medicine can be extremely effective for treating and managing oestrogen dominant conditions, either as a stand alone modality, or complimentary to medical management of oestrogen dominance.
Treatment for oestrogen dominance: what can we do to protect ourselves?
Naturopaths have been aware for years of the dangers of environmental toxins on our health. Women in particular are extremely sensitive to environmental hormones and we are seeing the results in the rising level of breast and hormonal-based cancers, endometriosis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and fibroids. The early developmental cycle in teenage girls is one manifestation of the effects of environmental hormones.
Men are also affected. The rate of impotence and prostate-related disorders is increasing dramatically. Prostate cancer is one of the biggest killers of men. Female hormones in our food and water must carry some blame for this situation.
Treatment for oestrogen dominance – natural solutions
- Bicom bioresonance is an effective detoxification therapy for the treatment of oestrogen dominance.
- Increase consumption of fruit, vegetables and salad greens. Choose organic to reduce exposure to xeno-estrogens.
- Choose wholegrain foods that contain all parts of the grain, e.g. oats, brown rice buckwheat, barley, rye, triticale, and millet (avoid gluten containing grains if gluten intolerant/coeliac). Limit quantities if trying to lose weight.
- All of the above are complex carbohydrates which are effective in optimising oestrogen metabolism rather than simple carbohydrates, which raise blood glucose and insulin levels, adversely influencing hormone balance. Plus, they are also a good source of dietary fibre, which binds to oestrogen in the digestive tract to facilitate excretion.
- Folate and vitamins B6 and B12 are important cofactors for enzymes involved in oestrogen detoxification. Low intake of B-group vitamins can lead to increased levels of circulating oestrogen. Good sources are leafy greens, legumes, eggs, nuts, and seeds, especially linseeds/flaxseeds.
- Increase dietary phytoestrogens. These oestrogen-like plant compounds, found in legumes, alfalfa, and flaxseed, bind to oestrogen cell receptors and protect them from accepting the more damaging xenoestrogens. Phyto-oestrogenic herbs include red clover, black cohosh, wild yam, false and true unicorn roots.
- Eat iodine-rich foods such as Japanese sea vegetables (kombu/wakame/nori). Even a mildly low thyroid function can cause an imbalance of other hormones, such as oestrogen and progesterone. Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is a traditional thyroid herb rich in iodine.
- Increase ‘good’ fats in your diet by eating more cold-water fish, free-range eggs, avocados, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nut oil, and raw nuts and seeds. These good fats, especially the omega-3 oils, assist in inflammatory conditions.
- Limit intake of saturated fats, found in red meat, chicken, deli meats and dairy foods. If you are going to consume any of these in moderation, ensure they are grass fed or organic.
- Stay well-hydrated by drinking 1.5–2 litres of filtered water daily. This will detoxify your system and reduce fluid retention.
- Quit smoking and reduce alcohol. Alcohol places extra stress on the liver, a major organ that assists in balancing your hormone levels. In addition, research shows that regular alcohol consumption increases breast cancer risk.
- To detox heavy metals, try natural chelaters such as zeolite clay, humic acid, MSM, garlic, rosemary and milk thistle.
- Take targeted supplements to assist with oestrogen clearance such as liver detoxifying lecithin, inositol, glycine, taurine, methionine, NAC, glutathione, choline and di-indolemethane (DIM). The latter is a supplement that helps the liver convert oestrogen into a healthier form. The dose is dependent on body weight.
- Correct gut dysbiosis. A a defect in oestrogen detoxification which may be present in individuals with significant gut dysfunction, dysbiosis or inflammation is upregulation of beta-glucuronidase. Beta-glucuronidase is an enzyme produced by both human cells and gut bacteria. The enzyme has the ability to reabsorb oestrogen back into systemic circulation as active oestrogen.
- Natural progesterone may be beneficial. Progesterone helps convert fat to energy, conditions the endometrial lining, acts as a diuretic, and can also assist thyroid gland problems.
- Get moving with light to moderate exercise 3-5 times a week. Regular exercise leads to weight loss and improves your capacity to deal with stress. Exercise helps with oestrogen clearance and women who are active tend to have lighter and less frequent periods.
- Recommend appropriate stress management techniques.
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