Dr. Jill Carnahan, MD

How to Reverse Estrogen Dominance Naturally – Detox, Food, & Supplements

Estrogen dominance

Estrogen dominance

Estrogen dominance is at an all time high across the globe. Though there are many theories as to why, it’s likely a complex combination of factors including everything from the food that we eat, to the increase in xenoestrogens in our products, and even glyphosate – the ubiquitous Monsanto herbicide that’s recently come under fire.

Estrogen dominance essentially means high levels of estrogen in the body, which are not being properly balanced by other sex hormones. Progesterone balances estrogen in women, while testosterone balances estrogen in men. Estrogen is also broken down by the liver. You may be surprised to hear this, but proper estrogen levels are just important to men as they are to women.

Estrogen Isn’t Just a Female Hormone

We often equate estrogen with women, but it’s equally as important men have just the right levels of estrogen. Your body actually produces three different types of estrogen.

Estrogen is essential to maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, bone density, a balanced mood, and more. Both men and women need their estrogen to be balanced by other hormones and properly broken down. But when it isn’t broken down well or there is simply too much, it can lead to estrogen dominance.

Estrogen is Complex – Receptors & Metabolites

We often oversimplify estrogen. First we lump three different types together, then we don’t acknowledge the different effects estrogen has on receptors, and finally estrogen metabolites are often missing from the conversation.

Not only do you need proper balance and breakdown to keep estrogen in check, these different types antagonize one another in the body. These three different types of estrogen bind to two different types of estrogen receptors – alpha receptors that promote cell growth and beta receptors which inhibit cell growth.

Many tissues throughout the body have both types of receptors where estrogen antagonizes against itself via alpha and beta receptors.  

Estrogens effects on different receptors make the type of the estrogen dominant in a body important. Estrogen metabolites are also important. Estrogen is broken down along two pathways into two metabolites:

Some research has suggested that the ratio of these two metabolites may be predictive of breast cancer.

As it stands, we still have a lot to learn about estrogen dominance. While we often simplify the diagnosis as too much estrogen in the body, it’s likely differences in ratios and imbalances among the three types of estrogens and their metabolites. What we do know is some of the most effective way to support somebody with estrogen dominance is to implement detoxification, diet, and supplementation that encourage the body to restore homeostasis this delicate balance.

19 Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance in Women

  1. Low libido
  2. Irregular periods
  3. Swollen or tender breasts
  4. Fibrocystic breast
  5. Bloating
  6. Headaches
  7. Mood swings
  8. Fatigue
  9. Depression
  10. Anxiety
  11. Weight gain
  12. Brain fog
  13. Insomnia
  14. PMS
  15. Thyroid nodules
  16. Fibroids
  17. Endometriosis
  18. Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  19. Cancer – breast, uterine, prostate  

3 Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance in Men

  1. Enlarged breasts
  2. Sexual dysfunction
  3. Infertility

Supporting Estrogen Metabolism or Detox

Estrogen Dominance Diet

Estrogen Dominance – Foods to Eat

Estrogen Dominance – Foods to Avoid

Estrogen Dominance Supplements

As a society, it’s important that we work to reduce the number of xenoestrogens in our water and food supply. Hormones are delicate and need to be carefully managed. If you suspect you have estrogen dominance I recommend working with the functional medicine doctor who has experience in the condition.

Too often people jump right to hormonal treatments when we should take a step back and work to restore function within the body. In cases where estrogen dominance has caused serious conditions such as endometriosis, these recommendations will not reverse the condition but can hopefully restore some normalcy.

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/870192

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10702625

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5336249/

http://projects.hsl.wisc.edu/SERVICE/modules/25/M25_CT_Estrogen_Dominance.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19250192

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3039007/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29040973

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12840226

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The product mentioned in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.   The information in this article is not intended to replace any recommendations or relationship with your physician.  Please review references sited at end of article for scientific support of any claims made.