Estrogenic cancers, such as breast and ovarian cancers, develop in the presence of excessive estradiol, the more “aggressive” estrogen which stimulates the multiplication and growth of cancer cells. Read more Here and Here
Blood test measuring estradiol is not the best test ,urine or saliva are the way to go for accurate results. The marker is the 2:16 hydroxyestrone that measures the relationship of two estrogen metabolites, one protective and one aggressive. This is one of the markers used to monitor women with breast and ovarian cancers, or women who have a family history of such cancers.
Thyroid nodules, breast (or ovarian) lumps, cysts, or fibroids are not OK – the word “benign” is somehow considered ‘safe’. Benign means it’s safe on the surface, but that there is an underlying issue that is going on which should be looked at and addressed. There is a tendency to think that oestrogen dominance is normal i.e pms is normal, however this is not the case we should have no symptoms of pms. When we start our first day of bleeding it should be seamless without any symptoms before hand.
So here are a few steps to reduce oestrogen dominance
Firstly it’s important to be aware that we live in an oestrogenic world which means we should stay away from conventionally-raised animal products and meats, skin care and cleaning products containing endocrine disruptors such as the BPAs, phthalates (labeled as “fragrance”), and perchlorate found in tap water.
Estrogen gets metabolized in the methylation and glucuronidation liver detoxification pathways and then literally gets pooped out with the help of the bile.
Use seeds to balance hormones
From Day 1 to Day 15 we need more estrogen in order to build up our uterus lining.
This is called the follicular phase. With seeds such as flaxseed and pumpkin seeds, we can naturally increase our estrogen levels.
From Day 15 to Day 30, which is known as the luteal phase, the corpus luteum begins to release progesterone.
By adding two tablespoons of sesame and sunflower seeds per day in the luteal phase, we can naturally support the body to produce more progesterone, a sex hormone of which many women experience low levels. Especially women who have thyroid issues.
So using seeds in this way we can boost estrogen levels in the first part of our cycle and progesterone levels in the second part.
Sesame seeds are available with their hulls intact or with the shells removed. In tact are higher in calcium, which has been shown to reduce symptoms in the luteal phase but are high in oxalates which may not be appropriate for some people. Check my blog post on oxalates Here.
Symptoms of low progesterone would be:
Mood changes, anxiety, nervousness, irrational fears, irritability.
Hot flushes (also known as hot flashes or night sweats if they occur at night).
Low sex drive / libido.
Menstrual problems such as irregularity or heavy bleeding.
Menopause and peri-menopause problems.
The high contents of zinc in sesame seeds and vitamin E in sunflower seeds have been shown to stimulate progesterone production
A 2011 study showed that pumpkin seed oil improved HDL cholesterol levels in postmenopausal women and decreased menopausal symptoms including the severity of hot flashes, and resulted in fewer headaches and less joint pain (Gossell-Williams, et al, 2011).
In 2012, a German study concluded that increased consumption of phytoestrogen-rich sunflower and pumpkin seeds resulted in reduced postmenopausal breast cancer risk (Zaineddin, et al, 2012).
A few highlights regarding what is oestrogenic
coffee is estrogenic
alcohol is estrogenic
birth control pills contain synthetic oestrogen’s and inhibit thyroid function
stress elevates cortisol levels and block progesterone receptors
Eliminate estrogen-like hormones and antibiotics given to conventionally-raised animals and switch to grass-fed and free-range meat.
Chemicals used in fertilizers and pesticides are high in xenoestrogens (synthetic estrogens). Switch to organic food.
Support your liver detoxification
Eat plenty of bitter vegetables such as dandelion (greens and root), parsley, and vitamin B-rich food like organ means, especially livers.
Introduce estrogen-metabolizing foods Flaxseed – not only to suppresses estradiol production, but it also pushes estradiol metabolism into a positive direction.
Epsom salts bath
Infra red saunas
rebounding for lymphatic drainage
be gentle with yourself
massage – lymphatic drainage
stomach acid – aids liver function and enzymatic activity for maximum detoxification. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon, ACV, sauerkraut juice or betaine/pepsin capsules before each meal, if low stomach acid (people with thyroid issues prone to low stomach acid)
Fiber – aids the liver in moving toxins out. Add 2 tbsp of insoluble fiber per day, ground flax seed , chia seed
Bitter greens – promote bile excretion to help remove toxins out. Found in radishes, dandelion and mustard greens. Juicing and steaming them is both great
Cruciferous vegetables – they are rich in diindolylmethane (DIM) which helps the detoxification pathways. Found in broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower.
Supplementing our diets with DIM can shift the production of estrogen metabolites away from dangerous 16-hydroxy in favor of beneficial 2-hydroxy metabolites. Read more Here
Lemon peel – an activator in the methylation pathway detoxification. Use in dressings, smoothies, cakes and juices.
Lemon peel helps the liver detoxify carcinogens through the glutathione detox pathways. Read more Here
Sulphur rich foods – supports the sulphating detoxification pathway. Found in egg yolk, brocolli, onion, garlic or MSM supplement
Selenium – helps remove toxins – found in brazil nuts, sardines, anchovies, herring, turmeric
Practice sleep hygiene. Turn down the lights at dusk and remove light-emitting devices from your bedroom – including smart phones and computers, etc.. Use candles, salt lamp, red bulbs.
Remove food intolerances – you can start off with gluten and dairy. You could do the Cyrex Array 10 – this evaluates immune reactions to foods, raw and/or modified, food enzymes, lectins and artificial food additives, including meat glue, colorings and gums.
Medications that interrupt the detoxification pathways – antibiotics, steroids
Remove fluoride – fluoride inhibits glutathione pathway – inhibits thyroid function – calcifies pineal gland. Read more Here