Despite the message that the medical world puts out, many alternative practitioners believe that women have too much Estrogen, leading to a condition known as “Estrogen Dominance.” A term coined by Dr John Lee.
Dr John Lee who was internationally acknowledged as a pioneer and expert in the study and use of the hormone Progesterone, and on the subject of hormone replacement therapy for women broke new ground in the 1970’s when he claimed that estrogen dominance was the real cause of pre-menopause and menopause symptoms, especially in younger women.
It doesn’t imply that estrogen alone causes an imbalance, more that there is an imbalance in the ratio of estrogen to progesterone in the body and this imbalance is what leads to Estrogen Dominance. Two key factors that contribute to this imbalance, firstly is the use of synthetic estrogens in our everyday lives and secondly to something called Progesterone steal.
We live in a world of manmade chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body called Xenoestrogens, which our cells can’t always distinguish fully between what is synthetic and what is the body’s own Estrogen. The estrogen receptors around the body open to the shape of an estrogen molecular coming, regardless of where it comes from and this overloads the system and causes stress.
These synthetic estrogens are found in;
- Non-organic livestock, which are fed estrogenic drugs to fatten them up. Also, the grains they are fed are laden with chemical sprays that accumulate in animal tissue and promote hormone disruption in the person consuming them.
- Plastic bottles, containers and almost all food-can liners.
- Solvents found in fingernail polish and polish remover, glue and cleaning products.
- Emulsifiers found in soaps and cosmetics of the past and present are a real problem. Your skin being the largest organ is very capable of transferring chemical through the membrane at a highly efficient rate, in most case better than your gut. Find an organic source for this or one that you believe is the least harmful.
- Plus much more
So removing these out of your routine is a great start.
Stress plays a major role in estrogen overproduction by triggering an elevated level of cortisol, our stress hormone, which interrupts the feedback loop between the brain, and the ovaries that regulates hormones as both estrogen and cortisol are made from progesterone.
So when you are stressed for long periods of time, the increased need for cortisol depletes the progesterone levels as it’s diverted to meet that demand for making cortisol to deal with the stress response, meaning there is less available to balance off the estrogen and this is called Progesterone Steal.
Insufficient progesterone is hard on our health in other ways because, in addition to reproductive function, all women need normal levels of progesterone to spur new bone growth (and ward off osteoporosis), convert fat into energy, metabolize glucose, and perform many other vital cell functions.