The sexy see-saw
Oestrogen is one of our main female hormones. In actual fact, oestrogens are a group of hormones and there are different forms of oestrogen at different life phases. In our younger years it’s the hormone that makes us feel sexy, it’s responsible for our menstrual cycle, (remember those?). It’s also responsible for bone and cardiovascular health. It can be high and low, relative to progesterone (think see-saw). When it’s high, oestrogen dominance can lead to endometriosis, infertility, fibroids and cancers (including breast cancer).
Going, going, gone
As we age and we go into peri-menopause, oestrogen drops which is the reason we have to content with all of those tricky peri-menopausal symptoms. This can catch us out – we can be confused and not know what is going on! Once we hit menopause it really drops but there are things that we can do. I’m all about getting our sexy back, so stay with me if you want to play hunt the oestrogen!
Dominatrix or just dominant?
What is oestrogen dominance? Nothing in the human body is simple! We can have too much oestrogen which can be down to some of the following, among other things: the oral contraceptive pill (OCP), xenostrogens, obesity and poor detoxification. The list goes on…
Life’s an estra-balance
You’ll be so pleased to hear that a lot of balancing our oestrogen has to do with things that are in our control. Meet the Estrabolome. This is the name for a collection of microbes in our gut whose job it is to metabolise oestrogen so it doesn’t recirculate in our body and cause us problems, including a toxic overload.
What’s your gut telling you?
It really is impossible to talk about anything without mentioning the gut. Why? We need to make sure our gut is healthy so that we can maintain a good mix of bacteria in our microbiome: certain bacteria are responsible for producing beta-glucoronidase, an enzyme that lets oestrogen re-circulate and cause a plethora of problems.
Where did my oestrogen go?
I know I had it in my 40’s, I just can’t find it anywhere
There are several factors that influence your transition to menopause, including chronic stress, this is a big one which deserves a blog of its own, and it will have one!
As you may know, there are always things we can do with food. Here are 5 foods to eat for oestrogen in menopause: Legumes ie: lentils, chickpeas), flaxseeds, parsley, soy (make sure it’s natural, fermented soy, not processed or GMO!), and lastly, celery.
You can get oestrogen effects from phytoestrogens including flavonoids, lignans and flavones. These phytoestrogens have a modulating effect on oestrogen. In short, you can’t eat too many of them in menopause so don’t worry, they’re not going to tip you into oestrogen dominance.
Back to the gut again
Remember! You will only get the benefit of these phytoestrogenic foods if they are fermented by intestinal bacteria, so remember to look after your gut with a good probiotic and some digestive enzymes every once in a while. This is one of my biggest passions, so ask me how.