Most of us don’t spend much time contemplating our body’s complex hormonal systems. Even when we are displaying the outward signs of hormonal imbalance, fixing the underlying root cause is not always top of mind. Popping a pill for menstrual cramps, or drinking caffeine all day long to stay awake, are just some of the “quick fix” solutions that our society gravitates towards these days. Unfortunately, these quick fixes do not resolve the reasons why your hormones are out of whack in the first place. One hormone that is responsible for much of the distress is estrogen. Both men and women have this important hormone, but when it becomes dominant in relation to progesterone and testosterone, problems start to arise.
A few weeks ago I was introduced to the term “estrogen dominance”. I had no idea what it meant but after doing some reading on the subject I was intrigued. Could this be the reason why so many women who are 35 and older, struggle with stubborn weight gain that no amount of diet and exercise can get rid off? To add insult to injury, estrogen dominance can also manifest itself in a host of different physical, mental and emotional ailments such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, breast tenderness, headaches, digestive disorders, foggy brain, gallbladder issues, memory loss, irritability, night sweats and low libido. Wow! Who knew a hormonal imbalance could cause such havoc in your body. Let me share a little of what I have learned on this subject. Hopefully, it will provide you with useful information, especially if you can identify with some of the issue listed above. Read the rest of this entry