Are You Confused With all the Talk About Estrogen

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If you’re a woman you have heard plenty about estrogen. Problem is you have probably heard a lot of conflicting information about estrogen and it’s role as one enters peri-menopause and menopause.

Can I have too much Estrogen? Is it safe to take hormone replacement therapy? What about Bio-identicals? What will happen if I don’t take hormone replacement therapy? These are just a few of the questions I hear time and time again. What are your questions? Your fears?

The real problem comes down to Estrogen Dominance. That’s right - too much estrogen! How can that be, you ask? I don’t have nearly the amount of estrogen that I had 5 – 10 years ago, how could I possibly have too much?

Estrogen dominance is a condition where a woman can have too little, normal or too much estrogen with little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. The problem really is more in the estrogen to progesterone balance than in the deficiency of estrogen.

Like all the hormones, estrogen and progesterone work together to create harmony in the endocrine system. Estrogen is a proliferative hormone, meaning that it tells the cells to grow. Progesterone tells the cells to stop growing and to grow up (mature). Without progesterone’s balancing effect cells will continue to grow when and where they should not. Big problem!

If you are a cycling, peri-menopausal or menopausal women you should be aware of the dangers of estrogen dominance. The majority of women in this country are in an estrogen dominant state and, unfortunately, this puts you at risk for life threatening health issues such as:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Stroke/Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Endometrial (uterine) cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Hypoglycemia/Diabetes
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoporosis

The one thing that drives me absolutely crazy is to hear someone say, “Oh, I’m fine, I’m already past menopause”. Well, that may be true but if you are one of the 8 in 10 women living in this society you probably are estrogen dominant.

There are many ways you can become estrogen dominant. To list a few; SAD (Standard American Diet), increased and prolonged stress, excess body fat, impaired immune function, anovulatory cycles in cycling women. And xenohormones (environmental) such as; meats, dairy, pesticides, plastics, off-gasing from carpets, furniture, plywood, etc.

Signs & Symptoms include:

  • Accelerated aging
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Irritability
  • Allergies/hives/sinus
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings/PMS
  • Slow metabolism
  • Bloating
  • Headaches
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Belly fat
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Oh, did I mention accelerated aging:(

Listen to your body, it is always talking to you.

So, what can you do to counter the harmful effects of estrogen dominance?

Apply for a Midlife Miracle Makeover Strategy Session!

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Discover how you can restore your energy, vitality and clarity, naturally.

*Saliva testing – knowledge is power ladies – know your numbers.

*Decrease body fat

*Increase exercise

*Increase fiber, vegetables and nutrients

*Liver detoxification – if the liver is congested it is unable to filter excess estrogen and is reabsorbed in the system.

Whole Food Nutrition – based on your goals, weaknesses, and test results can make all the difference in the world when using a natural approach to balancing hormones.

*Supplement with bioidentical Progesterone – only when needed and this is where the testing comes in. I do not recommend creams as they can build up in the subcutaneous fat cells and spontaneously release into your system, whether you need it or not, creating additional imbalances.

There are several different ways of measuring the hormones in a person’s body. Most blood and serum tests look only at the level of hormones that are present in a person’s tissues. This is known as “bound hormone levels”.

Saliva testing looks at the “unbound hormone levels” also known as “free fraction hormone levels” which are the hormone levels that are available to be used by the body’s tissues.

This gives us a better idea of the levels of hormones that are actually influencing the tissues, rather than just the level of hormones that are present in the tissues.

Measuring free fraction hormone levels gives us more information than measuring bound hormone levels. Usually, when bound hormone levels are measured, a provider needs to guess at the level of hormones affecting the tissues.

This is not the case when measuring free fraction hormone levels.

The accuracy of saliva testing, together with its affordability, convenience, and the ability to collect multiple specimens makes saliva testing superior to blood testing.

*Interested in knowing where you stand?

*Are you tired of feeling like crap and just want your younger body back so you can do what you love?

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About Dr. Brenda Sahlin

Dr. Brenda Sahlin, D.C, Clinical Herbalist / Whole Food Nutritionist Making 50 the new 35!
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