Oestrogen Dominance could be thwarting your weight loss efforts

Oestrogen dominance is a growing problem in women, men and is even  affecting puberty in children. If you have tried everything to lose weight but just don’t seem to be able to get the results that others are getting then it may be  down to a hormonal imbalance.

 

Hormones & Moobs


Hormones have a key role in maintaining our health & well being. When they are all balanced we look and feel good, and have lots of energy and drive. When they are out of whack it can lead to health problems and disease. Oestrogen dominance  is becoming more and more common in both women & men. It occurs in women when  there is an imbalance because either oestrogen levels are too high or progesterone levels are too low.
In women after the age of 35  there is a 75% drop in progesterone levels & only a 35% reduction in oestrogen which tips the balance and causes oestrogen dominance.
Oestrogen dominance is believed to cause breast cancer, fibroids and other reproductive diseases in women as well as weight gain.  Then to top things off weight gain  around the middle produces more oestrogen and a host of  inflammatory chemicals that affect metabolism and how fat is burnt. Vicious  circle of weight gain. This  problem is not just seen in pre-menopausal women. The number of men having ‘breast reduction’ surgery has increased by 1000% in the last 10 years. Some also suggest that oestrogen dominance in men is contributing to hair loss, atherosclerosis, prostrate problems, lowered libido, and impotency.
The number of girls and boys reaching puberty early has dramatically increased also in recent years as result of this hormonal disturbance. Oestrogen comes from endocrine production, fat cells, food, the environment and can be made synthetically as  in birth control pills and HRT. Oestrogen mimickers in the form of chemicals (xenoestrogens), and foods and plants (phytoestrogens), mimic the action and effects of oestrogen produced in cells. So when we are constantly bombarded by oestrogens in the environment, from the food that we eat and the chemicals we use, our hormonal balance is altered and oestrogen dominance occurs.

Oh and guess what our lifestyle factors (stress & exercise) also have a part to play.

 

So how can we avoid these things that are causing man boobs (moobs) weight gain, and a high risk of cancer & other diseases?

We can reduce our exposure to oestrogen by making a few simple changes to our diet & lifestyle:

1. Avoid substances that contain xenoestrogens

  • pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Wash your food well
  • use a good water filter
  • avoid plastic goods  as they contain plasticisers and are found commonly  in food containers, water bottles, children’s toys, and are used in PVC,
  • (BPA is leaked out of plastic when subjected to high temperatures. Do not microwave food in plastic containers, and especially avoid the use of cling film  to cover food for microwaving. Do not leave plastic containers, especially your drinking water, in the sun).
  • Other Xenoestrogens can be found in lotions, cosmetics , sunscreens,detergents,  fabric softeners, perfume, nail polish.
  • Meat,  poultry and eggs if not organic, also increase the oestrogen load  due to pesticides and growth hormones that are given to the animals.

 

 

2. Avoid foods that contain phytoestrogens

Soy  isoflavones  should be used with caution, especially those commercially available in supplemental form. (Check your protein shakes)
beer  due to the hops containing phytoestrogens (also beer & larger are like liquid sugar so contribute to weight gain)
3. Drop body fat  as when oestrogen enters the fat cells the cells reproduce and multiply the amount of  oestrogen produced. In men as the ratio of fatty tissue to lean tissue raises, the body produces more oestrogen hormones and less androgen hormones (testosterone)

4. Limit alcohol  – severe  drinking damages the liver which metabolises hormones. An inefficient liver will allow the androgens to be converted to oestrogen’s in men. (man boobs).

5. Liver detoxification,  exercise and stress reduction techniques  play a  vital role in reducing the negative effects of oestrogen.

Our 28 Day FLAP and Health Exercise & Lifestyle Programmes (Fit Camp & online Busy Mum 2 Fit Mum) incorporate all of these diet & lifestyle changes that need to be made to reduce oestrogen dominance and its associated health problems.