Do You Have Estrogen Dominance?

EstroDIM

WOW.
Do I ever have that.

I mean, I knew I HAD that … but I didn’t realize just how badly I had it.

If you don’t know what that means, or why you should care… let me set this up for you.

First, the symptoms:

Painful periods, PMS (wow, yeah, it’s not normal), fibroids, breast cancer, endometriosis, weight gain, sore/tender breasts, heavy bleeding/clotting with periods, ovarian cysts, low thyroid function, PCOS, hair loss… need I go on?

But why?  How do we get estrogen dominance?  Well, like with most breakdowns in our bodies – there are various things “causing” this hormonal imbalance, and there are LOTS of things you can do to protect yourself and your daughters.

Birth control pills, Soy, conventional dairy, being Overweight/obese, xenoestrogens that are shaped like estrogens and contribute to our problems. (chemicals in cosmetics, pesticides, plastics, pollution, STRESS, liver congestion, deficient in Vitamin B, too much coffee). These MAJORLY clog up our hormonal pathways, causing way too much estrogen that can’t filter out in our bodies!

{I think I had most of the problems at one time or another.  I was on birth control pills from age 14-23 to stop “break through bleeding” – they just kept putting me on stronger and stronger doses, until I was on the strongest dose.  It never did stop the breakthrough bleeding.}

What can we do to help this issue of estrogen dominance?

Well the first thing is diet, because that is something you’re directly putting in your body multiples times  day…  you might imagine that a Paleo diet would be ideal for your health, avoiding inflammatory grains, refined carb and sugar, vegetable oils, coffee and alcohol, and eating lots of cruciferous vegetables is essential.  For detoxing methods,  I take milk thistle daily, dry brush, drink juice, eat beets and love broccoli!  Pooping regularly.  Yes… I said it.  Seriously – you need to be going 2-3 times a day,  if you’re not – you’re not regular and all of those toxins are just being absorbed back into your system.  Yuck.  The digestive system shouldn’t be holding on to your stool for 24 hours.  Look at your beauty products (from make-up to shampoo) and cleaners – what chemicals can you get rid of?  Stop putting these on your face and on your skin day after day.  Your stress level is also key – so exercise regularly, and sleep 7-8 hours a night. (This is so key to healing our body!)

Personally, I also take Estro-DIM (2x a day, once mid-morning, and once mid-afternoon).  This past week, my husband’s bottle of Adapten-All (great support for adrenals, if you aren’t avoiding night-shades) got mixed up with my supplement, and I was taking the wrong thing.

What happened? 

I was a wreck.

I simply felt out of control, jittery, full of anxiety and emotions I couldn’t handle.  I used to feel this way before I knew I was pregnant, it was probably from the hormones shift – but it was NO fun at all.  It was down-right scary!  I hated myself when I got like that.

I realized just HOW bad my estrogen dominance was… and how much work I still need to do!

I had a little talk with my naturopath about this out of control feeling when I’m not on my Estro-DIM accidentally, so we could figure out what else needs to be done.   I also shared how much I just LOVE “not caring” and not getting stressed about the silly, little things.

In the next sentence asked when I would desire to “make lists” again….

She cocked her head and looked at me.  “This is very interesting…” she commented.

She then went on to explain that “list making” and this desire to be in control is a coping mechanism I have created to FEEL in control, or feel good about myself…  That while I equate that with being organized, or more “like me” that perhaps this NEW me, that still can get things done without “constant lists” is ok too… because…

It’s a HEALTHIER me.

Whoa.

Talk about earth shattering for me.

Here I was hoping I would desire to do this, make my lists.  I was even making that the measuring stick of a portion of my health and recovery…  and all the while, I’m really LESS stressed, and healthier WITHOUT the lists. 🙂

Not that I’ll never make lists again… but it did shift my way of thinking regarding “when I feel good about myself”, and what exactly being “like the old me” means.

Meanwhile, I have put tape on the top of our supplement bottles so that confusion will not happen again.  My whole family thanks me.

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings,

because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character;

and character, hope.

And hope does not put us to shame,

because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:3-5

 

Posted on November 22, 2013, in Auto Immune Disease, Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Our Struggles and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Excellent iformation as usual— I may have this problem also–

  1. Pingback: Do You Have Estrogen Dominance? | healthyforhim | sondasmcschatter

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