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Estrogen: What does it do?

Estrogen: What does it do?

Did you know that there are 50 different hormones circulating in your body right now!? 

Hormones are chemical substances produced by your body that act as messenger services to other parts of your body. Hormones control and coordinate activities throughout your body.

This blog focuses on the hormone estrogen, which is important for sexual and reproductive development. It’s estrogen that enables girls to reproduce and also have a feminine appearance. Boys have estrogen too, but just in much smaller quantities.

However, there’s a reason why people who take steroids often take estrogen blockers as well – estrogen inhibits your body from putting on muscle. It’s why guys always have a lower body fat percentage than girls. Girls naturally have a higher body fat percentage due to their estrogen levels.

Sometimes having excess estrogen can increase fat levels in certain areas of the body, particularly on your back and tummy. If you have high levels of estrogen, it may be because you are going through puberty, you have recently had a baby, are pregnant or breastfeeding. Or you may have a high estrogen level due to lifestyle choices and your surrounding environment.

The only way to truly know your estrogen level is to have it tested by a professional. If it is something that you are concerned about, being professionally tested is something you may wish to consider.

In the interim, here are our tips to keep high estrogen levels down:

  1. Take care of your liver

Avoid drugs and alcohol. If you find that hard, always consume in moderation and the consumption of folic acid afterwards will help to moderate the impact of these substances on your liver.

  1. Eat healthy bacteria

Good yogurts and probiotics will help to keep estrogen levels down.

  1. Boost your fibre intake

We are not talking bread here. Fruits and vegetables are the most efficient and effective form of fibre and will ensure good management of your estrogen levels.

  1. Go organic

Choose organic dairy and meat products to reduce your exposure to hormone additives.

  1. Mix up your diet

Consume foods such as pomegranate, flaxseeds, pears, apples and berries.

  1. Ensure you’re getting your vitamins

The body requires sufficient intake of zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6.

  1. Be mindful of what you consume

Avoid exposure to toxins from plastics, cosmetics, and the birth control pill.

  1. Be soy careful

Avoid unfermented soy products like tofu and soy milk, which are high in estrogen.

  1. Manage your stress

As the body responds to high levels of stress, it “steals” progesterone to manufacture the stress hormone cortisol.

  1. Detox

Infrared sauna treatments are an excellent way to rid your body of estrogen.

  1. Sleep well

Maintaining poor sleep habits cause a reduction in the hormone melatonin, which helps protect against estrogen dominance.

Simon & Karina xx


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