If I were to ask you right now what you knew about estrogen, chances are you’d think back to your high school biology lesson that estrogen is a sex hormone found in women. Truthfully, you wouldn’t be wrong. Estrogen is a vital hormone for females, especially in terms of reproductive health. However, what you mightn’t know is men also need it to maintain good health. Estrogen is not only naturally produced but can also be found in a variety of food, drink and even packaging. Striking the perfect balance of estrogen levels can prove to be a challenge in our always-on-the-go fast-paced world. High estrogen levels can develop in both females and males, ultimately negatively affecting our health long term.
Diving back towards high school and the science 101 basics, estrogen is one of the primary sex hormones specific to women, and it is responsible for that transition through puberty and regulation of the female reproductive system. There are, in fact, three variants of estrogen – estrone, estradiol and estriol. Out of these three variants, oestradiol is the strongest, and it has a role in both male and female bodies, with female’s having a much higher concentration.
Unlike regulating the reproductive system, in men, stable estradiol levels help to maintain bone strength and health, nitric oxide production and good brain health. Striking that picture-perfect balance of estrogen levels can prove to be quite a challenge with all the stressors of a modern, fast-paced lifestyle. Stress, whether it be physical or emotional, can be a catalyst to increasing estrogen levels. Factors that contribute to stress are smoking, drinking, poor diet and a lack of exercise.
High estrogen levels affect, among many things, affects the brain specifically and amplify mood-related disorders such as anxiety, depression and other-stress related mental illnesses.
Symptoms of high estrogen levels in females include weight gain, fatigue, low sex drive, bloating, depression, anxiety, brain fog, mood swings, insomnia and in more severe cases, endometriosis which can lead ultimately to infertility.
In males’ symptoms include weight gain, anxiety, depression, gynecomastia or man boobs, insomnia, mood swings, low sex drive and, in more severe cases, can cause an enlarged prostate.
Additionally, to our naturally produced estrogen, artificial and estrogen producing products can be found in foods, plastics and even water, by estrogen producing products. These include phthalates, parabens and benzophenones.
In a perfect world, we could eat a clean and refined diet 24/7 and exercise daily, however being truly realistic, some days we get there, and other days life throws everything else at us.
Enjoying a balanced diet rich in cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts. As well as getting around three hours of moderate exercise per week is one way to lower estrogen levels.
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