How to Improve Hormone Balance Naturally
“When there is an excess of any hormone in relation to the whole intricate system we call the “endocrine system”, an overall imbalance develops, and health problems can arise. When there is too much estrogen and not enough progesterone to counteract its effects, the situation is called estrogen dominance.
Estrogen dominance is a multifactorial situation and is caused by such things as exposure to excess environmental xenoestrogens, use of synthetic estrogens such as the birth control pill and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), anovulation (lack of ovulation during menstrual cycle, which is not uncommon among women older than 35), digestion issues (which tax the estrogen detoxification process in the liver), unrelenting stress (which strains the adrenals and the thyroid), unresolved emotional issues, poor diet and negative lifestyle factors such as smoking and alcohol use.
How does estrogen dominance specifically alter women’s health? It has been linked to a wide range of conditions, including increase in PMS symptoms, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis, as well as symptoms including allergies, decreased libido, fatigue, fibrocystic breasts, headaches, infertility, irritability, and fat gain around the abdomen and on the top of the thighs. In addition, numerous studies demonstrate excess estrogen can cause breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers (which are all considered estrogen dependent cancers) cervical dysplasia (a precancerous condition characterized by abnormal changes to cervical tissues) and even contribute to menopausal symptoms.” Excerpt from Dr. Holly Lucille website and blog. Click the link to read more.
In this interview, Dr. Lucille discusses some of the factors that can disrupt hormone balance and what you can do. She discusses a specific nutrient called DIM (Diindolylmethane). DIM is a nutrient that encourages a more beneficial estrogen metabolism and limits the harmful estrogen metabolites. She also discusses how you can avoid the xeno-estrogens in the environment which are potent hormone disrupters.
About Dr. Holly Lucille
Dr. Holly Lucille, a.k.a. “Dr. Holly,” is a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic doctor, educator, natural products consultant and television host. Dr. Holly is also the author of Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health. An acclaimed expert in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Holly lectures throughout the nation on a variety of natural health topics. Her appearances include national media programs and networks including Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Lifetime Television for Women, Montel Williams, PBS’s Healing Quest, The Hallmark Channel and Discovery Fit & Health channel. She is on the editorial advisory board of Alternative Medicine and Natural Practitioner and is also regularly quoted as an expert in both consumer and peer journals.