Estrogen Dominance - How This Affects Weight Loss and Tips to Overcome
Many women today are living in a state of estrogen dominance without even realizing it. They are experiencing the symptoms of estrogen dominance, but aren’t sure what is going on or how to fix it.
What is estrogen dominance?
Estrogen dominance is exactly what it sounds like: too much estrogen floating around the bloodstream. Because the hormonal balance of your body is absolutely critical to optimal functioning, estrogen dominance can throw off a number of things.
What are the symptoms of estrogen dominance?
There are several symptoms of estrogen dominance including: bloating, weight gain (specifically in the midsection), headaches, acne, and abnormal periods.
What causes estrogen dominance?
There are a number of factors that can cause estrogen dominance. Low progesterone levels, pharmaceuticals (birth control), and environmental toxins can all contribute to estrogen dominance. Estrogen can be found in many of the foods we eat, and in things like plastic water bottles. For women taking various kinds of birth control pills, estrogen dominance is a common side effect.
What do we do about estrogen dominance?
Many of the women I have worked with throughout the years reach a point of frustration after eating clean and exercising for a while. They see results initially, then hit a plateau, often due to estrogen dominance. Here are a few simple ways to reverse the effects of estrogen dominance.
- Go Paleo and choose organic meats/animal products
- Drink LOTS of water (filtered)
- Replace plastic bottles with glass or metal bottles
- Discuss birth control with your doctor
- Increase dietary fiber
- Engage in regular strength training
- Use a progesterone cream
Estrogen dominance may be throwing off your weight loss goals and making life a little less enjoyable. Try implementing a few of the above ways to reduce the effects of estrogen dominance so you can live the happiest, healthiest version of your life!