The best ways for your estrogen detox!
I’m sure you’re totally aware that our bodies are exposed to a lot of different sources of estrogen, both natural and synthetic, which can easily disrupt our hormonal balance, it’s becoming so difficult to avoid this day after another, so if you can’t avoid estrogen sources you can at least try and help your body to get rid of it, and in this post, I will show you exactly how to flush out excess estrogen in the right way and restore a healthier hormonal balance naturally!
Before jumping to the solutions let’s talk about why getting rid of unnecessary estrogen in your body is so important:
Estrogen dominance can lead to a lot of health issues, such as:
- weight gain
- mood swings
- hormonal imbalance that leads to irregular periods, fertility problems, and PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome).
So if you want to detox your body from estrogen you need to understand one simple thing: how your body flushes out excess hormones such as estrogen:
That’s it! So now that you understand how your body works, all you need to do to help this process of detoxing is by helping your liver break down estrogen, your kidneys, and your intestine to eliminate it.
Here are some of the ideas that helped me eliminate excess estrogen from my body, they are simple yet very effective!
Always remember that detoxing can be a long game, you need to try these solutions for a long time so that your body can adapt to the changes and not only eliminate estrogen faster but also reduce its production to achieve a hormonal balance!
Each individual is different so consult with a healthcare professional if you notice that none of these solutions work for you and you suspect you have very high estrogen levels, they can assess your specific situation and provide personalized guidance and recommendations.
Now let’s get to it!
Increase your fiber intake:
As I said before your body can get rid of excess estrogen through the stool, so maintaining a regular bowel movement can help you flush out estrogen easily and quickly, and one of the easiest and most effective ways to help your bowel movement is to increase your fiber intake, especially insoluble ones.
Here are some insoluble-fibers-rich foods: Wholegrain foods, beans, seeds like chia seeds, and flaxseeds (flaxseeds are so important for your hormonal balance because it doesn’t only have insoluble fibers but also omega 3 and phytoestrogens, we will get to this one later in the post)
Eat Cruciferous vegetables daily:
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale contain compounds like (3,3-Diindolylmethane) that support estrogen metabolism and estrogen detox in the liver and help the body eliminate all the excess estrogen. So make sure to add some cruciferous vegetables to your diet!
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Limit alcohol consumption:
Consuming alcohol can affect the levels of sex hormones in your body (estrogen and progesterone) because it can increase estrogen levels by slowing down its breakdown in your liver. So try to reduce alcohol consumption or avoid it altogether to support your liver health and hormonal balance.
Add Probiotics to your diet:
A healthy gut microbiome is not just important for your gut’s health but also has a very important role in balancing your hormones, especially a bacteria called ‘Estrobolome‘ that is capable of metabolizing estrogen in your gut so try to include probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir in your diet or consider taking a high-quality probiotic supplement (always consult with a healthcare professional first).
I’m sure you are already aware of the fact that you should drink enough water during the day because it’s good for your skin and overall health, but also drinking enough water can support your body’s natural detox processes by promoting healthy kidneys, which can help in flushing out excess estrogen and a lot of other toxins too. So make sure to drink enough good quality water
Consider herbal supplements:
Certain herbs like milk thistle, dandelion root, and burdock root are one of the best herbs for estrogen dominance, they can act as a diuretic (increases the flow of urine) and can help your kidneys and your liver in the metabolism and elimination of the excess estrogen!
Always remember to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any herbal supplements.
Exercising regularly can help you improve your overall hormonal balance and promotes healthy detox processes by helping your liver, reduce stress and maintain a healthy body. Try a combination of cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and activities like yoga or Pilates several days a week.
Your liver function more at night during your sleep (especially from 11 pm to 3 am) to get rid of toxins and excess hormones in the body, so by sleeping at night your not just resting your body but also you’re helping your liver work better, plus the sleep hormone melatonin reduces the production of estrogen so make sure to get enough quality sleep each night and maintain a regular sleep schedule!
Boost your progesterone levels:
This one is not linked directly to flushing out estrogen from your body BUT boosting your progesterone levels can have a balancing effect on the estrogen levels in your body because when progesterone levels are low compared to estrogen levels, your body can suffer from irregular menstrual cycles, mood swings, sleep disturbances, weight gain, and reduced libido. So by increasing progesterone levels, you can restore hormonal balance and help your body produce less estrogen in the first place.
Here are the 10 best herbs to boost your progesterone naturally!
Consume phytoestrogen-rich foods:
Phytoestrogens are plant compounds that can help regulate estrogen levels. Foods like, soy products, lentils, chickpeas, sesame seeds, and flaxseeds!
I love flaxseeds! they’re not just good for your bowel movements but it’s also very rich in phytoestrogen especially the ones called ‘lignans’. This form of phytoestrogen can compete with the natural estrogen in your body for estrogen receptors causing the body to produce less active forms of estrogen and can reduce the risk of postmenopausal invasive breast cancers by reducing the activity of a certain type of estrogen receptors. Also when you add flaxseed to your diet, it changes the way your body gets rid of estrogen through urine
Finally don’t forget to reduce exposure to environmental estrogens:
Minimize exposure to environmental toxins that can mimic estrogen in the body like plastic containers, I mean you can’t flush out excess estrogen without limiting your exposure to environmental estrogen. Try to use natural and organic products, especially organic unprocessed food