Estrogen dominance / toxicity has become a huge health issue for women. Estrogen is a very powerful hormone. It has much to do with the way we develop, grow, and has an enormous amount of influence on gene expression. When tissue with high in estrogen receptors, like breast tissue, are inundated by high levels of estrogen cancer can occur. Estrogen, from a evolutionary and survival perspective, does many things to protect the body. It is highly anti-inflammatory and helps regulate everything from blood pressure to insulin sensitivity. In its mechanisms for protecting us, it helps the body store fat. It gets a bad rap for causing mood swings, irritability, sugar craving and other monthly “symptoms”… not really, it does cause those things.
Balancing estrogen levels, along with a low carb/no sugar diet, is one of the most effective ways of losing body fat. It is especially true for the estrogen and DHA laden fat of the thighs and hips.
So now that I’ve your attention ladies, let’s get down to dealing with estrogen…
Lowering estrogen is only half the equation. Increasing testosterone is crucial also. We typically hear about raising test in males, but women also benefit from optimal testosterone levels. Studies have shown creating a better ratio between test and estrogen in females not only facilitates fat loss, but it eliminates depression, reduces the risk of women specific cancers, increases libido, reduces symptoms of PMS/menstruation, and in training athletes, improves performance.
So how can you reduce estrogen and also increase testosterone? First, stop eating junk food. Yeah, it makes you feel better to woof down a container of ice cream, but after it is all gone you are only depressed and getting fatter. Do not ever consume soy or any soy product again… NEVER. You might as well eat an estrogen cake with cancer icing. Eat a healthy, clean diet of grass fed and antibiotic/hormone free meat, natural fats, green veggies and berries with no preservatives or artificial anything. Insure you are not deficient in Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin D. 100-150 mg of Zn and 500-1000mg of Mg per day (make sure the Zinc and Mag are chelated… if you don’t, salt forms will make you sick) will take care of those and 50,000iu of Vitamin D3 on Monday and Friday will get your D up to par. Zn will help free what test you have from sex binding globulin hormone (SBGH) and aid in reducing the aromatase enzyme (testosterone “aromatizes” to estrogen), Mg will help detox and clear estrogen (among MANY other things) and Vitamin D is synergistic with both Zn and Mg… i.e., they help each other do their respective jobs in the body.
If you are on an oral contraceptive, the chances are it is estrogen based. Estrogen analogues can be more toxic than natural estrogen. Talk to your MD about taking the correct dosage for you. Obviously coming off birth control is best. However, since it may not play into your lifestyle very well, you have to weigh out the costs vs. benefits.
The next step, ladies, is reducing the estrogen levels already in your body. Rid your life of chemicals, plastics and do not consume animals raised on hormones. Do not cook in coated pans or microwave plastics. They release BPAs and xenoestrogens (toxic, estrogen-like compounds) into your foods. Use iron skillets and microwave in glass. Get a BPA free water bottle and filter your own water. The liver treats estrogen and xenoestrogens like a toxin and clears them via numerous pathways… the 2-hydroxy pathway is the least toxic. The other two produce many toxic metabolites linked to cancer and are stored in fat. So we need have to help the liver utilize the 2-hydroxy pathway. To do so, we have to reduce the liver’s exposure to insulin and increase the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids available to it. In other words, reduce the high glycemic carbs, eliminate sugar and supplement with EPA/DHA* (fish oil). B vitamins, Vitamin A, Tumeric, some antioxidants, Kudzu, Licorice, and DIM further aid in the leading estrogen down the right elimination pathway.
In addition to aiding the liver in clearing the body of excess estrogen, we must also deal with the body’s overproduction of estrogen. Most estrogen is produced from androstenedione and/or testosterone conversion by the aromatase enzyme. Vitamin C is very effective at reducing the amount of aromatase in the body. Zinc and Green Tea Extract also aid in reducing aromatase.
Another piece of the estrogen health puzzle is blocking estrogen receptors in the most affected tissues. By placing a weak, plant based (phytoestrogen) estrogen blocker in estrogen receptor sites, it disallows the estrogen from binding with that tissue. In other words, the estrogen has no where to make itself at home, continues to circulate and if the liver is healthy, gets cleared.
That’s estrogen… but testosterone is the key to adding lean muscle and dropping fat. If we get a woman’s test up, she’ll experience exponential gains, be less prone to mood swings/depression, and many of the symptoms associated with PMS.
This is where Zinc comes back into play… again. Zn frees test from SBHG in the blood and becomes available for use. The next thing we can do is add DHEA. DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is often referred to as the “master hormone” because it is the precursor to both testosterone and estrogen. As women get into their thirties, their DHEA begins to decline drastically. DHEA has been used by women for a long time to slow the effects of aging to bolstering the immune system. Supplementing it can help return DHEA to more youthful levels. Beware though, it is on the WADA list.
The protocol is pretty simple. Like I said before, this protocol will not yield the best results if your diet is crap.
Omega 3 6:1 (low DHA fish oil) – 6 caps 3 t.i.d. just before major meals
Uber Zinc – 2 caps with breakfast and lunch
Uber Mag – 5 caps with dinner (or evening post-workout meal) and at bedtime
D3 Excellence – 8 caps on Monday / 8 caps on Friday
Uber C – 2 tablets 2 t.i.d.
EstroShield – 1 serving / day
EstroClear – 3 tablets with 2 of your major meals
Green Tea Excellence – 2 caps 2 t.i.d.
DHEA – 50/100mg a day (with or without food… doesn’t matter) – GNC stocks DHEA.
DO NOT take DHEA without the other supplements. Without the supplements in this protocol that address the estrogen directly, DHEA will convert to estradiol and worsen your problems greatly.
All the sups listed above, except the DHEA, are Poliquin Group Products made specifically for the intended use. I use Poliquin unless there is something better. In this case, there isn’t.
If you’re interested in dealing with your estrogen dominance, the above protocol is a great start. Order it and we will give you 15% off the protocol.. or the products you need (you should already have Zn, Mg, and D3). Get your body fat tested in a BioSig consult with Tony, Cody, or Melissa to have a pro track and facilitate your progress.