14 Dec Oestrogen Dominance
Oestrogen levels decrease during menopause but they don’t fall substantially until after our last period. Many of the symptoms of the perimenopause are due to the effects of Oestrogen dominance. This doesn’t mean we have too much oestrogen, it means that we have more oestrogen relative to our progesterone.
When we ovulate we produce progesterone but as we ovulate less and less our progesterone levels decrease and so the oestrogen in our bodies becomes dominate, runs riot and overstimulates both the brain and the body. ⠀
Common symptoms of oestrogen dominance are; irregular periods, longer and heavier periods, low mood, bloating, anxiety, disturbed sleep, low libido, tender breasts, headaches, weight gain around the middle and hair loss⠀
It is important to rid your body of excess oestrogen, it is a case of use it or lose it or your body will re-absorb it. How do you do that? Exercise is essential for elimination as it stimulates the liver which aids the body to detoxify hormones and toxins it no longer requires.
Going for a poo regularly is also essential when it comes to balancing your hormones. One satisfactory poo a day is what you should be aiming for and if you’re not, increase your intake of water and good fibre. Reduce caffeine, alcohol and processed food, sugar and salt play a big part in clogging up your digestive system.
Midlife is a time for self-care which is not a luxury, it is essential. If you are going to support your mind and body through the ageing process you have to look after yourself. You are so worth looking after, you really are.