Having issues with estrogen dominance? Or simply said, high levels of estrogen in the body? What does it look like and what are the simple things you can do to avoid taxing your body and estrogen even more?
First, what does estrogen dominance look like? Women can experience any of the following:
Foods and Drinks to Avoid
Sources say that caffeine can raise estrogen levels by 70%! Eliminating caffeine is a sure-fire way to reduce estrogen levels.
Eat hormone free meats – be sure all the meat that touches your lips is organic.
There is also a long list of natural herbs or culinary spices that will raise estrogen.To name a few – lavender, rosemary, sage, black cohosh, dong quai, and motherwort are on this list.
And, what about Soy??? Soy, soy, soy…Please use soy in minimal amounts. It’s estrogenic by nature, which is why women going through menopause like to consume more because it helps with hot flashes and night sweats. (Menopause is essentially the decline of estrogen in the body). And watch your labels because soy is in EVERYTHING!
Food Storage and Preparation
As for storing and preparing food, be careful of the dreaded Xenoestrogen. Plastic is high in Xenoestrogen when it leaches and it always leaches when combined with heat. For example, water bottles – we have no idea how long they’ve been in transport and in what temperatures. Not to mention, the plastics used for water bottles are almost always a Food Grade Level of 1. The lowest and cheapest. Higher food grade plastic is a little better, but not by much, an example of this are the ever so popular Nalgene bottles which are a level 8, but still shown to leach Xenoestrogen in small amounts. The best alternatives, good old glass or stainless steel are the safest containers to drink from. I, personally, drink out of glass mason jars or stainless steel water bottles like Klean Kanteen.
Preparing food poses its own problems. You absolutely never want to cook with plastic, think plastic frozen food containers made for the oven or microwave. Be careful with cheap plastic spatulas too that melt!
Balanced hormone levels lead to balance in every aspect of your life, and can help greatly ease menstruation, PMS, mood, sleep and energy, as well as preventing future issues such as difficult menopause and Breast and other Reproductive Cancers.
Christina Martin is the founder of Tao to Wellness. She is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Teacher and has been in practice for fifteen years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Christina entered Acupuncture school without ever having an Acupuncture treatment. She simply felt it was her calling.