Estrogen Dominance in Women in Nashville, TN
Estrogen dominance refers to a condition in which a woman may have deficient, normal or excessive estrogen levels, but has insufficient progesterone levels to balance it in the body. This hormonal imbalance may cause toxic fat accumulation, water retention, bloating and a host of other health issues. If you are a woman in Nashville, Franklin or the surrounding communities of Tennessee and think you may have estrogen dominance, contact regenerative medicine specialist Dr. Morgan Moor at New Life Physicians in Brentwood.
What Is Estrogen Dominance?
Many women have imbalanced levels of estrogen while also suffering from a deficiency of progesterone to counteract the amount of estrogen in the body. This condition is most often seen among peri-menopausal women who do not ovulate. A woman may have a seemingly normal menstrual cycle, but no egg is released, hence very little progesterone is produced.
What Causes Estrogen Dominance?
Estrogen dominance may be caused by several causes. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), birth control pills, environmental estrogens, plant estrogens, stress, obesity, poor liver function, perimenopause and glandular dysfunction all contribute to estrogen dominance.
Estrogens are present everywhere in our environment, from foods we eat to chemicals that are present everywhere in our daily life. Estrogen mimickers in the form of food/plants (phytoestrogens) and chemicals (xenoestrogens) may replicate the action of estrogen produced in human cells, altering your body’s hormonal balance. Exposure to xenoestrogens poses a risk for everyone, but individuals with an estrogen dominance condition should especially avoid exposure to xenoestrogens.
Phytoestrogens are estrogenic compounds that occur naturally in a variety of foods, herbs and spices, and whose chemical structure mimics estrogen. These compounds are generally weak estrogens in comparison to real estrogen and xenoestrogens, but in those who are already overloaded with too much estrogen, exposure to these compounds may worsen the problem.
Among the most powerful phytoestrogen-containing substances are soy, the lignans found in flax seed products, red clover, black cohosh, chasteberry and dong quai. Soy products include soybeans, soy milk, tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein, roasted soybeans, soy granules, miso, and edamame.
Estrogen Dominance in Women
Estrogen dominance generally occurs when a body produces too much estrogen and not enough progesterone. This imbalance can cause a host of health problems and conditions including the following:
- Allergy symptoms
- Breast tenderness
- Cold hands and feet
- Decreased sex drive
- Mood swings
- Dry eyes
- Depression, anxiety, and irritability
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Slow metabolism
- Zinc deficiency
- Uterine fibroids
- Water retention and bloating
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Acceleration of the aging process
- Fat gain around hips and thighs
- Polycystic ovaries
- Memory loss and foggy thinking
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Magnesium deficiency
- Gallbladder disease
- Unstable blood sugar
- Cervical dysplasia
Key points to reducing estrogen dominance:
- Avoid chemical sources of estrogen (xenoestrogen)
- Avoid food sources of estrogen (phytoestrogens)
- Cleanse the liver
- Reduce stress
- Balance hormones
- Metabolize excess estrogen (DIM, Calcium D-Glucarate)
- Do not heat food in plastic
- Drink out of glass containers, not plastic or Styrofoam
Optimal Hormone Levels
Hormones are the most powerful molecules in the human body, regulating the function, growth, reproduction, metabolism and repair of every cell in our bodies. Humans require optimal hormone levels, just as we require optimal levels of nutrients, such as vitamins, fats, amino acids, and minerals.
Hormone levels typically peak in our early 20s and begin to decline at a rate of two percent per year after the age of 30, as our glands and the parts of our brain that control our glands begin to deteriorate with age. Although this age-related hormone loss is natural, it is asymptom of the aging process that can be treated successfully.
Effects of Hormone Loss
Hormone deficiencies have been shown to contribute to many of the conditions that result from the natural aging process, such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, fatigue, decreased muscle strength, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, cognitive decline, increased cholesterol levels, loss of libido, depression and some types of cancers. Some younger individuals may have hormone deficiencies or imbalances that are caused by hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction, endocrine gland failure, hormone resistance or metabolic disorders.
Women are more affected by hormonal disorders because their complex hormonal system is affected by menstruation, pregnancy, and lactation, as well as perimenopause and menopause. Women also have a much higher incidence of thyroid and cortisol insufficiency that may contribute to fatigue, aches, anxiety, depression, allergies and autoimmune diseases.
Progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone are three sex hormones that are crucial when considering hormone optimization. Nearly 200 hormones and hormone-like substances flow silently through our bodies daily, secreted by nine major endocrine glands (adrenals, thyroid, parathyroid, ovaries, testes, hypothalamus, pancreas, thymus, pituitary, pineal) and other organs. These hormones affect every cell in thebodyand affect whether you feel hot or cold, hungry or full, calm or stressed, alert or sleepy, and naughty or nice. Hormones are also crucial to building bone tissue, regulating menstrual cycles and many other essential functions.
Balanced hormone levels are vital to good health. Dr. Moor specializes in measures to combat estrogen dominance, including hormone replacement; with the addition of nutritional supplements, diet and exercise, and an all-encompassing treatment regimen that will help you feel like your old self again.
Contact us today to find out if estrogen replacement therapy is right for you. If you are a woman in Nashville, Franklin or the surrounding communities of Tennessee and think you may have estrogen dominance, Dr. Moor of New Life Physicians in Brentwood can offer help.