What is Estrogen Dominance, Estrogen Detoxification & What Can You Do About It?
Estrogen dominance is a hot topic in the world of wellness, but estrogen detoxification is a topic that has yet to gain as much traction. To understand estrogen detoxification, it can be helpful to review what estrogen dominance is.
To review, estrogen dominance is when the body has too much estrogen when compared to progesterone. Excess estrogen in relation to progesterone (meaning low progesterone) will mean that some of the following symptoms are more likely to appear:
When progesterone is low and estrogen is too high, the body suffers. One of the first steps towards true wellness as a woman is to optimize estrogen detoxification. When we understand how the body works, we can better support it and reach more positive health outcomes more quickly.
What is estrogen detoxification?
"In premenopausal women, the ovaries produce estrogen, primarily estradiol, most of which the body converts to estrone and eventually estriol. The liver then metabolizes the remaining estradiol and the converted estrone, breaking it down further and excreting the excess from the body." (FX Med, 2015, estrogen metabolism)
Why should you care about estrogen detoxification?
Without proper estrogen detoxification, the body will most likely suffer from the abovementioned symptoms of estrogen dominance. Estrogen needs to go down the right pathway and fully leave the body to protect the body from estrone's carcinogenic effects. Essentially, estrogen detoxification will help you feel good today, and also have a lower disease risk in the future. It's a win-win situation.
Three ways to begin optimizing estrogen detoxification:
Support your liver: Your liver is responsible for phase one estrogen detoxification. To support your liver, you can do a few things. Liver supportive herbs, castor oil packs, b vitamins, and amino acids are a few things that can help.
Herbs: milk thistle, Oregon grape root, and burdock root are three great liver supportive herbs (Herb Pharm tinctures are what I suggest)
Castor oil packs: these are wonderful for supporting liver health. Check out the castor oil pack video here!
B-vitamins: having enough b vitamins is essential for liver support - aim to eat bee pollen, consider taking beef heart or a methylated b-complex if needed (Jarrow or Seeking Health are great brands)
Amino acids: although eating adequate protein in a day is a great way to get most of the protein you need, it can be therapeutic to use an amino acid supplement to provide extra support for the liver when needed. (Jarrow would be a good brand for this.)
Optimize digestion: going to the bathroom every day will be one of the best ways to make sure that you are excreting excess estrogen. Having a raw carrot daily (this helps remove excess estrogen from the body) and hydrating adequately will be helpful steps to take towards supporting proper digestion. If you aren't already taking a probiotic, it might be worth considering taking a probiotic. A great, basic probiotic is a spore-based probiotic. I suggest the spore-based probiotic from Just Thrive (justthrive.com) - if you don't already have a promo code, KALEMEKOURT15 will save you 15%. Sometimes they have bigger sales, so watch out for that and use that promo code instead!
Limit xenoestrogens: by limiting things like plastic, fragrance, and pesticides, you will limit these estrogen-like molecules that so easily mimic estrogen in our bodies and typically cause even greater stress on the body. Opt for glass bottles when you can, choose fragrance-free items, and buy organic when possible.