Female Hormonal Dysregulation may lead to conditions such as:
PCOS, Endometriosis, Female Infertility, Fibroid, Fibrocystic breast, Amenorrhea (absence of menstrual cycles), Oligomenorrhea (infrequent menstrual cycles), Acne, Depression and Heart Disease
The following includes a list of things that needs to be addressed when trying to balance hormones
- Improving natural liver metabolism/excretion of hormones
The liver is responsible for 40% of the body’s detoxification. For this reason, it is important to have an optimally functioning liver so that hormones can be excreted properly.
Liver Detoxification process can be achieved by making changes to your diet and using herbal supplements to help with estrogen clearance from your body.
- Using herbs such as Rosmarinus officinalis, also known as rosemary, helps with estrogen metabolism. Rosemary has added beneficial effects on memory.
- Curcuma longa found in turmeric also helps with liver detoxification (helps with phase I & II liver detoxification)
- Herbs acting on the liver tend to improve liver enzyme activity and increase estrogen clearance. Silybum Marianum, also known as (milk thistle) is one of the most commonly used herbs for liver detox and estrogen clearance.
- Eating more cruciferous vegetables and drinking green tea helps with liver detoxification
Decreasing intake of & exposure to harmful compounds (xenoestrogens)
Xenoestrogens are man made chemicals that imitate the female hormone estrogen in the body. These substances are close enough in molecular structure to estrogen that they can bind to estrogen receptor sites and alter hormonal functioning in woman. This can further lead to an increase in PMS symptoms, infertility and other medical conditions in which hormonal dysregulation plays a role.
Xenoestrogens are commonly found in the following substances. It is best to avoid common sources such as:
- Nail polish, soaps, gels, hairsprays and lotions
- Plasticized receipts
- Plastic bottles (hard and soft), liner on canned goods, plastic cookware,
- Flame retardants
- Dry cleaning solvents
- Alcohol consumption increases estrogen levels
- Even moderate consumption increases breast cancer risk in women
Modifying Estrogen Metabolism through exercise and healthy weight:
- Exercise: reduces estrogen production and increases excretion
- Promoting healthy weight: Aromatase, the enzyme responsible for production of estrogen, is stored in fat cells. When you lose weight, you lose adipose tissues (fat cells), which can further help lower production of estrogen E2
Modifying Estrogen Metabolism through Gut by:
- Increasing fiber intake and lowering fat intake (to reduce B-glucoronidase activity)
- Increasing lignans intake (found in flaxseed in high concentrations). Lignans decrease levels of free estrogen in circulation. Flax seed has also shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in estrogen sensitive breast cancer cell. Consuming 10g of flaxseed/day leads to higher progesterone: estrogen ratio, fewer anovolatory cycles, and improved ovarian function
- Establishing proper bacterial flora (Using probiotics; Please note that there are different types of probiotics and your naturopathic doctor can identify the type you should consume)
Establishing healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Changes in blood sugar and insulin levels prompt ovaries to secrete excess testosterone (male hormone) and decrease SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin). This can further increase free sex hormones and cause hormonal dysregulation
Modifying Estrogen Metabolism: Food/Herbs
Omega 3 fatty acids: For its anticancer and cardioprotective effects
Vitamin E: low vitamin E levels are associated with high estrogen levels. For this reason, intake of vitamin E might help with hormonal balance.
Magnesium: is needed for the excretion of estrogen and helps with excretion of extra hormone from your body
Please book an appointment to discuss how I can help you balance your hormones!
*** Please note that the strategies mentioned above must be used under your naturopathic doctor’s supervision