Did you know you might be eating foods that are disrupting your hormones and causing your oestrogen levels to elevate? This can be detrimental on many levels, and cause unwanted side effects for both men and women.
What Are These Side Effects?
For men, more feminine like characteristics including gynecomastia (also known as man boobs) and excess weight carried around the mid section.
For women, hypothyroidism, autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, and menstrual disharmonies such as fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovarian cysts, irregular menstrual bleeding and PMS.
Too much oestrogen can disrupt the balance of the entire endocrine system. Oestrogen is ubiquitous in nature in many different forms, and we are constantly consuming oestrogen whether we realise it or not.
Foods To Avoid
Soy contains way to much oestrogen, not to mention the fact that most soy is genetically modified and sprayed with a high amount of pesticides (also a big contributor of xenoestrogens to our environment).
Too much sugar can increase oestrogen in your body.
Commercially-Raised Meat and Dairy
Try to buy hormone-free meats and dairy products to avoid hormones and pesticides.
In addition to foods that contain oestrogen, we are constantly dealing with oestrogens in our environment. These are called xenoestrogens, which are oestrogen mimicking in the body. When xenoestrogens make their way into the body, they attach themselves to cell receptors, replacing natural oestrogens' functions.
Xenoestrogens to Avoid
Plastic containers containing BPA (Bisphenol A)
BPA is known to mimic oestrogen. In recent years scientists around the world have found a link to BPA and a myriad of health defects in rodents, including mammary and prostate cancer, genital defects in males, early onset of puberty in females and obesity to name a few.
Cosmetics, Lotions, Soaps, Toothpastes, Air Fresheners, Household Cleaning Products, and Laundry Detergents
Xenoestrogens absorbed by the skin are more potent as they go directly to the tissue instead of passing through the liver. Try to choose organic plant-based products when possible.
How to Minimise the Harmful Effects of Oestrogen Excess and Xenoestrogen Exposure
Detox your body from excess oestrogens by eating cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and Chinese cabbage.
These vegetables contain a substance called indole-3-carbinol (I-3-C), which starts out as sulfur in your body. I-3-C is also available in supplement form. Consult your local Naturopath, Herbalist or Nutritionist to discuss whether supplementing with I-3-C or other oestrogen detoxing nutrients could benefit you.
Other Supplements to Help Detox Oestrogens from the Body
Alpha Mars – Alpha Mars contains herbs that increase natural testosterone production, thereby down regulating oestrogen.
If you are unsure about whether or not you should be taking a supplement for excess oestrogen, do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.
Written by Tanya Lim
Medicinal Herbalist & Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition
360 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000