Estrogen Dominance: Steps you can take now to decrease harmful Estrogenic exposure – By: Dr. Andrea Minesaki, ND

February 7th, 2013

Part Two

Now that we have had a discussion on estrogen dominance and how environmental xenoestrogens affect this condition, let’s talk about some preventative measures and possible treatments.  Protecting your body from excess amounts of estrogen and assisting hormonal function can be achieved with the following suggestions:

In addition to a diet rich in organic whole foods and fiber, eat 5-9 servings of organic fruits and vegetables daily will provide fiber and phytonutrients to aide in elimination of harmful toxins that disrupt hormonal function.

Make healthy lifestyle choices by being a nonsmoker and limiting alcohol intake.  Physical activity and exercise are also important components to a healthy body; sweating will also help the body rid itself of toxic waste products.

80-90% of the immune system is found in the gut.  Prevent overgrowth of yeast or bad bacteria in the intestinal tract by keeping your diet varied and consider a high quality probiotic for helping to establish healthy immune function.

Eliminate sources of chronic stress to help support your thyroid and adrenal glands.  Practice meditation, yoga or other relaxing hobbies to help relieve stress.

Educate yourself further on xenoestrogens.  I suggest www.ewg.org for reliable information. It’s also important to decrease exposure to xenoestrogens by making healthy and informed choices as a consumer.  From household cleaners to cosmetics and food choices, opt for the “green” choice, which is safer for the environment and for you.  The EWG site is a wealth of information for consumers.

Consider preventative testing of hormonal status.  Hormonal testing shouldn’t be reserved for diagnosis of a problem, as it can often provide insightful information on preventative measures to keep your hormones balanced.

Seek out a comprehensive and safe detoxification protocol for your body, under the guidance of your local licensed naturopathic doctor.

*** This article is for information and education purposes, it is not a replacement for an in-person visit with your doctor to identify and treat your health concerns.

 

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