Are estrogen dominance and weight gain really related? And what is the proof?
More important, can you actually lose weight by lowering your own estrogen?
When you have too much estrogen in your body in relation to other hormones, you have a condition called estrogen dominance…
And it can lead to weight gain, an inability to lose weight and not being able to benefit much from your workouts.
That’s right: estrogen excess can cause weight gain — and other problems.
This problem impacts men and children as well as women. While estrogen is viewed as the “female hormone”, we all need it — and many of us have too much of it.
And it’s no wonder.
Dr. John R. Lee coined the term “estrogen dominance”, and he says our environment and what we eat are to blame.
You would have to virtually live in a bubble to escape the excess estrogens we’re exposed to through pesticides, plastics, industrial waste products, car exhaust, meat, soaps and much of the carpeting, furniture and paneling that we live with indoors every day.
Perhaps even worse than weight gain is the evidence that estrogen can cause cancer, alter brain transmitters and cause mood and fertility issues when you have it in excess.
Women need estrogen for healthy pregnancy, bone building, libido and much more. Men need it for sperm health, memory as well as sex drive.
But what happens when there’s too much?
Estrogen Dominance Causes Bloating And Weight Gain
Bloating is a very real condition and a very specific set of symptoms, and excess estrogen is proven to cause bloating. Women know that bloating is a symptom of PMS, but bloating happens in men too.
– water retention
– fullness in the abdomen
– tightness in the chest
– discomfort ranging from mild to severe.
When it happens all the time, it’s almost certainly hormonal. High estrogen levels lead to water retention, which then causes a feeling of tightness or fullness and discomfort or pain.
When you have too much estrogen, the hormone progesterone is overpowered — or dominated — and get this: progesterone is a diuretic, something that causes you to pass water.
To make things worse, the balance between estrogen and progesterone is very delicate. If you have too little estrogen, you can also get bloating from over-production of bile by the liver.
Excess Estrogen Increases Fat Storage
Estrogen is also a hormone that impacts fat storage. While estrogen promotes fat storage, progesterone and testosterone are among hormones that help you burn fat.
Don’t you want to make sure you have enough of the fat-burning hormones in your system? And since estrogen promotes weight gain, don’t you want to keep it in check?
When you have too little progesterone, you get hip fat.
When you have too little testosterone, you get belly fat.
Raise your levels of these hormones and you’ll burn the fat — and look and feel better.
But here’s a complicating factor: I already told you that we get estrogen from our environment and from our diets. But fat makes estrogen too. So being fat makes it easier for you to get even fatter.
Still, raising your levels of progesterone and testosterone while lowering your estrogen levels can make manageable the process of burning that fat and restoring your body to a healthy weight
Excess Estrogen and Low Progesterone
Specifically, there are several ways that excess estrogen and low progesterone impact your body:
Estrogen turns calories into fat. Dairy farmers know this and give milk cows estrogen so they stay fat and keep producing good milk.
Low progesterone blocks your thyroid. When you don’t have enough progesterone, thyroid hormones can be blocked by TBG created by your liver.
Low progesterone leads to inflammation. When you experience progesterone’s anti-inflammatory efforts, you’re more peaceful, more calm and you have a tendency to eat less.
Low progesterone blocks sleep. Or to put it better, progesterone promotes sleep. When you don’t sleep well, it can impact seritonin levels, causing you to eat more.
Low progesterone leads to fluid retention. That’s bloating, as I said before.
So the idea is to boost progesterone while lowering estrogen — and balancing testosterone levels too — to lead to a well-balanced body that naturally handles every one of life’s processes.
How To Reduce Estrogen Dominance And Lose Weight
The simplest first steps in eliminating estrogen excess and the weight gain that comes with it are related to your diet and nutrition.
Start with these steps:
Stop eating phytoestrogenic foods. This may be most important. These include soybeans and related products like tofu, tempeh and soy drinks, linseed or flax oil, sesame seeds, hops and beer.
Avoid xenoestrogens. These are industrial compounds like BPA, PCBs, phthalates and other chemicals that mimic estrogen and cause you the same estrogen excess problems as the real thing.
Take B vitamins. Long proven to support healthy metabolism, every system in your body functions better when you take plenty of vitamin B, often available in liquid form for quick absorption.
Lose excess weight. Sure, it’s a catch-22, but all that extra weight produces estrogen, making it easier and easier to gain even more weight. Every bit of progress at losing weight makes continuing to lose easier.
Increase fiber intake. Healthy for a variety of reasons, studies, including one in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, show that increasing dietary fiber decreases estrogen. Corn brand may be your best bet.
Take magnesium and vitamin D. Vital for good nutrition anyway, estrogen may burn up magnesium, meaning that supplementation is necessary as you correct your estrogen level. And vitamin D and magnesium are great friends, working best when taken together.
Maximize selenium and zinc intake. These two essential nutrients can help you rid your body of estrogen and may help with producing progestrone as well.
Estrogen Dominance And Weight Gain – Conclusion
Evidence clearly demonstrates a strong link between estrogen and excess weight gain.
You need to break free from excess estrogen if you want to lose weight and live the healthy life you deserve — whether you’re a man or a woman.
And here’s the great news: reforming your diet is an easy way to make a real difference. You don’t need to take harmful drugs.
When you make smart choices, you can put an end to estrogen excess and the weight gain that goes along with i