Thursday, 4 February 2016

Estrogen Dominance Cure: How Candida Causes Female Hormonal Imbalance in the Body

Estrogen dominance is little known yet is a widespread curse and the cause of seemingly unrelated health problems. Consider resistance to weight loss, problematic PMS, cancer, heart disease, fibroids, hairloss, premature wrinkles, fatigue and lower than average basal body temperature.

A little estrogen is needed in the body for proper female reproduction and the creation of bone mass. In males, a little estrogen is needed for sperm health.

But today’s lifestyle promotes too much estrogen in the body. Too much estrogen is simply bad for you.

Too much Estrogen in the First Half of the Menstrual Cycle

The culprits of Estrogen Dominance.

1 Poor diet causing poor estrogen metabolization. A diet high in grains creates estrogen. Inorganic meats that have received hormone and antibiotic injections can also be carried through the food chain.

2 Being fat. Fat tissue produces an enzyme called aramotase that creates estrogen from testosterone.

3 Deficiency in essential minerals, including zinc, selenium, magnesium and vitamin D and C.

4 Too much alcohol.

5 Taking contraceptives.

6 Exposure to chemicals in household products such as plastics, food tins and beauty products. Look out for parabens, phthalates and BPA. These contain xenoestrogens that will elevate the estrogen levels in the body.

7 Long term stress levels, causing high levels of cortisol – a fight-or-flight hormone similar to adrenaline. Progesterone is needed to produce cortisol. With an overproduction of cortisol, progesterone levels fall, contributing further to estrogen dominance.

Diet and Estrogen

Cold Extremeties
But one of the biggest contributors to estrogen dominance is poor diet. Too much sugar, grains and junk food promotes an overgrowth of candida albicans, a yeast that lives within the intestines. The problem arises when the yeast overwhelms the digestive tract, causing inflammation of the gut lining and eventually, leaky gut syndrome. Allergies and an exhausted immune system are the result.

Furthermore, insufficient fibre in the diet does not permit the conveyance of toxins and excess estrogen from the body. This causes a build up of estrogen.

The terrible thing about candida is that it is insidious. It loves sugar and it impedes nutrient absorption, causing fatigue, cravings, mood swings, thrush, eczema and hairloss. I have experienced these symptoms for myself.

Sadly, the treatment is often for the isolated symptoms rather than the underlying cause. Examples are antidepressants for depression, HRT for hormone imbalances and antibiotics for thrush.

Candida can wreak havoc upon the endocrine system, producing its own false type of estrogen. Too much estrogen in the body in fact promotes more yeast overgrowth, weight gain and a vicious cycle.

In short, healthy adrenals, thyroid and colon are key to rebalancing the hormones in the body.

My Own Experience of Estrogen Dominance

I have noticed that the first half of the menstrual cycle leading up to ovulation is accompanied by a cluster of symptoms which I have always suspected have been connected. In three words too estrogen dominant.

In my own experience, the symptoms are as follows: cold hands and feet, dry eyes and mouth (especially at night), itchy skin, hair loss, fatigue, puffy eyes, water retention, constipation and a yellowish pallor to the skin. Migraines and depression may come prior to or after menstruation. From my research, low blood pressure and temperature dips are indicative of estrogen dominance. Progesterone is the ‘heat producing’ hormone.

Having cold hands and feet as well as low blood pressure might indicate that I do not have enough progesterone.

However, when the progesterone cycle kicks in during the second half of the menstrual cycle (after ovulation), these symptoms ease off. But not for long enough, for soon the cycle starts all over again.

The answer seems to be to rebalance the estrogen levels in the body and to promote progesterone.

From my research vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin B6 and magnesium will promote progesterone production naturally. Wild yam cream, containing progesterone is thought to be absorbed through the skin.

Healthy adrenal glands are also a must. Exhausted adrenals will often point to an overproduction of cortisol which in turns leads to low progesterone. Another cure for estrogen dominance is to de-stress.

Easier said than done but will keep in mind the underproduction of progesterone during the menstrual cycle and amend my diet accordingly.

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