Oestrogen is one of two main sex hormones that women have. The other one is progesterone. Oestrogen is primarily responsible for female physical features and reproduction. Men have oestrogen, too, but in smaller amounts.
Oestrogen governs the growth of the breasts, pubic, and underarm hair. During puberty, it’s oestrogen that triggers the start of menstrual cycles and oestrogen that helps control the cycle through childbearing and into menopause.
This hormone has other functions too. Oestrogen keeps cholesterol in control, protects bone health, and affects your brain (including mood), bones, heart, skin, and other tissues.
Your skin is plumper and more elastic due to oestrogens effect on collagen. Furthermore, it aids in building your muscles and bones, slows down the aging process, increases your libido, balances your moods, and your sleep cycle.
When it's an issue
Slow dancing with oestrogen is great, but everything takes a 180-degree turn if oestrogen dominance becomes an issue.
The term ‘oestrogen dominance’ refers to a condition where your body continually produces oestrogen in excess as compared to progesterone. During the follicular phase of your menstrual cycle, oestrogen is naturally more dominant, but only for a few days.
Hormonal imbalance tends to have a cascade effect, so oestrogen dominance often leads to a plethora of other health-related problems.
Oestrogen dominance can cause PMS symptoms due to which you can feel sluggish for days, weeks, or even months until you finally balance your hormones.
Symptoms of Oestrogen Excess
If you experience any two or more of the following symptoms, you may have oestrogen dominance.
Headaches or migraines
Water retention and bloating
Gaining weight in your lower body
Oily hair and skin
PCOS or Endometriosis
Tender and painful breasts
Random mood swings
Heavy flow during periods
Painful cramps before and during periods
How to Balance Oestrogen
The best natural way to balance oestrogen is by detoxing your body. Detox does not mean that you starve your body or indulge in ridiculous juice cleanses. Instead, it refers to eliminating certain foods and drinks and replacing them with healthier options.
To get rid of oestrogen dominance and balance your hormones, you will have to take care of your liver. The liver is responsible for filtering blood, removing toxins, and balancing your hormones.
To support liver health, avoid foods high in processed fat, sugar and salt and focus instead on fresh, whole foods and foods that are rich in fibre. Foods that are rich in vitamin C, sulphur, and B vitamins are also great for liver health.
Eating this way helps the body naturally detox and can be part of your path back to balance.
Ditch the toxins that you put on your body and in your environment for another layer of support. Try to use products that are clean and free of harmful chemicals. Whether it be makeup or skincare products, try to use organic products made from natural ingredients. Apart from this, you should also take care of your mental health by detoxing and removing all sources of negative energy from your life.
Oestrogen Detox Smoothie
To enjoy a tasty detox smoothie, blend the following ingredients until the mixture looks smooth and creamy and enjoy!
3 cups kale/ spinach
Half peeled cucumber
Peeled knob of ginger, crushed
2 stalks celery
2 cups mango
1 handful fresh coriander
3 cups of water
4 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 to 2 scoops of healthy protein powder (optional)
Taking steps to balance your hormones, reduce toxins, and kick your natural detox response into gear may take some time but it's definitely worth the effort.