Today I just wanted to share some gathered information I had on having too much estrogen, what that means, how it presents and what you can do.
Excess estrogen is normally caused by a higher production by your ovaries as well as your body not being able to process and get rid of estrogen properly.
+ gaining weight unexpectedly, trouble loosing it, find weight sitting around hips, bloating
+ tender swollen boobs as well as fibrocystic breasts
+ heavier periods
+ mood swings
+ low libido
+ hair loss
+ poor memory
+ trouble sleeping
+ feeling exhausted
+ a normal cycle that becomes irregular, as well as shorter cycles
+ cold hands and feet
If you want to get test your estrogen levels it’s suggested that you test midway through luteal phase because you can test your progesterone level as well. Your estrogen level should be no higher than 270 pg/mL or 1000 pmol/L.
Your doctor may prescribe some sort of hormone therapy, but if you’re curious about what you can do at home it most focuses on what you can do and eat to help your body flush out estrogen better.
1. take care of your liver
- drink less alcohol
2. eat more fiber
- keep things moving
3. take a probiotic
- keep your gut health in check
- also avoid antibiotics for this reason
4. manage your stress levels
- go outside
- whatever your techniques are
I don’t have a ton of experience with high levels of estrogen personally beyond having low progesterone and therefore more estrogen that progesterone, but I think it’s worth talking about.
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