What do personal care products, birth control, weight gain, low libido and stress all have in common? The answer is a state of estrogen dominance in the body. There are a number of factors that have contributed to a rise in the levels of this hormone in women as well as men. Lets address some of those causes, talk about the corresponding symptoms and then speak to the ways in which we can lower high levels of estrogen.
One primary cause of high levels of estrogen comes from the food we're consuming. One culprit in particular is genetically modified soy. I read something that about 90% of soy as well as corn is genetically modified in the United States. That's an alarming number and so most soybeans, soy milk and overall soy products contain genetic modification. When humans ingest soy with an altered genome, our bodies can't metabolize it very well. It's recognized as foreign in the body and leads to inflammatory cascades being put into effect. This inflammation can be a foundational element for chronic disease and autoimmune issues in the body.
Much of the water supply contains hormone-disrupting compounds. I recommend an AquaTru water filter, which is a reverse osmosis filter. It goes above and beyond what standard municipal filtration systems can accomplish for removing harmful compounds and impurities.
Personal care products are another cause of high levels of estrogen, especially since they contain phthalates and parabens. Those are both endocrine-disruptors that cause instabilities in hormonal levels.
In addition, we have causes such as: gut dysbiosis, bpa and other plastics, heavy metals, excessive body fat, hormone replacement therapy and birth control as well as chronic stress.