We must maintain healthy levels of oestrogen in our bodies, more so women. Here are some ways to change your lifestyle in ways that maintain optimum levels of Oestrogen in your body.
Research has found strong positive correlations between oestrogen and overweight/obesity. Overweight and obese women have higher levels of circulating oestrogens in their bodies than normal weight patients.
Losing weight (for obese and overweight women) can lead to a reduction in circulating estrogens.
Limited alcohol and cigarette intake
Studies have shown that alcohol raises oestrogen levels. One serving of alcohol per day i.e. 1 glass of wine/1 beer/1 measure of spirit, has been shown to have minimal effects on Oestrogen levels.
Excess alcohol, on the other hand, is toxic to the liver; it congests the liver’s clearing pathways, which are also used for the eliminating the used oestrogens. This may lead to elevated oestrogen levels in the body.
Cigarette toxins also increase the load on the liver and compromise detoxification of old hormones including used estrogen.
Reduced intake of highly refined foods
Refined foods like added sugars, white flour and rice cause a spike in your blood sugar levels, which elicits a similar high response from insulin.
High blood insulin levels lead to testosterone production, which may trigger polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This is a condition that hinders ovulation in women and the consequent progesterone production.
Further, high insulin levels also lead to the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn also suppresses progesterone production. Low progesterone leaves estrogen uninhibited.
High fiber levels
Fiber rich foods such as whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits can help regulate oestrogen levels in the body. It can speed up the elimination of old hormones, including oestrogen so that it is not reabsorbed in the digestive tract. This would otherwise lead to excess oestrogen levels in the body.