I know I have already touched on estrogen in https://www.stittleburgrhc.com/lifestyle-blog/lets-talk-estrogen BUT there's so much more to estrogen AND it's vital in women's health.
This blog is going to be specifically about estrogen dominance.
Estrogen induced inflammation may be the reason why women account for 75% of all autoimmune diseases. *Read that again* Excess estrogen can cause inflammation in the body and push the immune system to make too many antibodies. Women make up SEVENTY-FIVE percent of ALL autoimmune diseases- women deserve better.
Estrogen is not a single hormone, it's a complex hormone. It is a class of hormones and hormone like compounds that have estrogenic properties. There are human estrogens, synthetic estrogens, animal estrogens, phytoestrogens, and xenoestrogens. Estradiol, estrone, and estriol are the three human estrogens- they belong to the steroid hormone family.
As Functional Medicine University explains, '"Estrogen dominance" is a term coined by Harvard physician John R. Lee M.D. It describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal, or excessive estrogen but the body has little or no progesterone to balance its effects."
Signs and symptoms of estrogen dominance include:
Speeds up the aging process
Weight gain around the middle
Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction
Decreased sex drive
Muscle and joint pain
Early onset of menstruation
Fat gain in abdomen, hips, and thighs
Increased blood clotting
Irregular menstrual periods
Pre-menopausal bone loss
Water retention and bloating
You shouldn't have to struggle before menopause, through menopause, or after menopause. You shouldn't have to struggle before your hysterectomy or after your hysterectomy. There is hope and there is help.
Quick Fact: Too much estrogen can cause Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) in two ways: it can inhibit the conversion of T4 to T3 and it can bind to thyroid hormones from its own receptors.
What causes estrogen dominance?
Well, besides the typical hormonal fluctuations of menopause, certain lifestyle choices, diet, and conditions can also contribute to estrogen dominance syndrome. For example, a low-fiber diet, overloading the liver with internal toxins, and absorbing toxins from the environment. Women live a very different lifestyle now-a-days. It's constant stress- how you look, what you drive, do you be a stay at home mom, do you work, how do your kids look, do I look fat in this, how do I contour, what makeup should I use..... It never ends. The toxins just continue, and continue, and continue. Women are in a fight or flight response, continually.
Your liver cannot keep up!
"The liver is a filter of sorts. It detoxifies our body, protecting us from the harmful effects of chemicals, elements in food, environmental toxins, and even natural products of our metabolism, including excess estrogen. Anything that impairs liver function or ties up the detoxifying function will result in excess estrogen levels, whether it has a physical basis, as in liver disease, or an external cause, as with exposure to environmental toxins, drugs, or dietary substances.
Estrogen is produced not only internally but also produced in reaction to chemicals and other substances in our food. When it is not broken down adequately, higher levels of estrogen build up."
Our Standard American Diet (SAD) is just that, sad. Having our diets rich in animal fats, refined starches, sugar, and processed foods- it can lead to estrogen levels in women twice that of women in third-world countries. Foods high in estrogen include soybeans, tofu, soy milk, bran cereals, alfalfa sprouts, dried fruit, especially dried apricots, dates, and prunes, flaxseed, sesame seeds, chickpeas, beans and peas.
We are consistently exposed to xenobiotics (petrochemicals), xenohormone-laden meats and dairy products, forms of pollution, and synthetic hormones ('The Pill'). It's not surprising that estrogen dominance has become an epidemic in America. What we don't recognize is- over exposure to these potentially dangerous substances have significant consequences, like passing on reproductive abnormalities to children.
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Functional Medicine University. Dr. Ronald Grisanti, D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S., CFMP
Let's Talk About Estrogen!
Estrogen is a major hormone affecting women, daily. Let’s face it, we’re not getting any younger! Women’s life expectancy has increased from age 47 in 1900 to age 80 in 2005. Estrogen imbalance is a very common ailment that most women know little about!
Did you know that there are three types of estrogen?
– Estrone (E1) 5% - 10% (primarily during menopause)
– Estradiol (E2) 5% - 10% (primarily for reproductive years)
– Estriol (E3) 80% - 90% (primarily during pregnancy)
Most estrogen is created by the ovaries with lesser amounts from the adrenal cortex.
Estrone (E1) Quick Facts:
• Is the least abundant of the three estrogens
• Primary hormone during menopause
• Made in the ovaries and peripheral tissue
• Is converted into estradiol and estriol
• Can also convert into testosterone
• Synthetic estrone has been shown to cause cancer
Estradiol (E2) Quick Facts:
• Estradiol is the most biologically potent estrogen
• Primary hormone during reproductive years
• Most biologically active estrogen in the body
• It is 12X as potent as estrone
• It is 80X as potent as estriol
Estriol (E3) Quick Facts:
• Weakest form of estrogen
• Non-pregnant production is from the conversion of estrone and estradiol
• Produced by the placenta during pregnancy
Some functions of estrogens:
• Activates immune system
• Can have pro-inflammatory effect
• Improves insulin function
• Increases action of cilia in fallopian tubes
• Promotes sleep
• Induces ovulation
• Prevents bone loss
• Increases metabolism
• Softens and smooths skin
Many women experience estrogen dominance, with some experiencing estrogen deficiency- this can be caused by a significant amount of factors. Now remember, this blog is only addressing estrogen, specifically!
This chart shows some "typical symptoms".
When a woman’s estrogen levels aren't where “they should be”- it causes a cascade of other issues. No, you are not crazy! Yes, there is hope! Hormonal regulation is a complex system- if you would like to know more, please, contact us today!
Let's get back to health,
Dr. Taryn Stittleburg, DC, CFMP, PSc.D