Today I’m happy to bring you a guest post from Amy Trotter who is talking about naturally balancing estrogen levels to promote fertility. Amy Trotter is a health and wellness writer located in Vancouver, BC who writes on topics related to women’s health. She has a background in nutritional and dietetic science, and is always expanding her knowledge on related subjects.
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Naturally Balancing Estrogen Levels to Promote Fertility
Fertility struggles are increasingly common for women these days. It can be extremely difficult for women who are mentally, financially, and situationally-ready to have a baby, but are having the ‘physical’ end of the equation let them down repeatedly. Many different factors can contribute to infertility, and first and foremost in that regard is to mention that it takes 2 to make a baby – a man’s health and wellness is definitely important too.
But for the interest of this communication, we’re going to focus on the woman exclusively and more particularly on one the most prominent considerations when it comes to infertility.
Are your hormones in balance?
There are plenty of hormones in the body, and plenty still that weigh into whether or not a woman is able to conceive AND carry a baby to term. But none is more critical than estrogen for both the presence of the hormone, and having it sufficiently balanced – often via a female hormone balancing supplement like Estrosmart. So let’s discuss natural ways to balance estrogen levels to promote fertility:
But before we do that, it might be helpful to discuss common signs of estrogen imbalance, so that any of you who have some concerns in this regard can assess yourselves.
- Poor Gut Health
- Persistent Inflammation
- High Stress Levels
- Weight gain centralized around stomach exclusively
- Brain fog
- Severe PMS
- Anxiety and depression
1. Eat Organic, Eat Healthy Fats, Avoid Trans Fats
Healthy fats, like EPA and DHEA likeCod liver oil are the building blocks for hormone production.
Consuming a large amount of trans fats (typically through greasy fast food choices, fried foods, margarine etc) can cause endometriosis, which is one of the most common causes of infertility related to hormone imbalance.
Eat right, and supplement with a quality whole foods vitamin
2. Avoid Xenoestrogens
Xenoestrogens are a subclass of endocrine disruptors (man-made chemicals) that interfere with the natural functions and development of our bodies.
They are found in plastics, and – among other sources – in;
- Chemical lawn care products
- Food preservatives
- Sunscreen lotions
- Food dyes
- Bisphenol-A (BPA, a component of plastic water bottles and other plastic containers)
- Oral contraceptive pills like ethinylestradial
- Non-natural feminine care products
- Non-natural body and hair care products
3. Supplement Smartly
These supplements are excellent for balancing estrogen levels in women:
a) Royal Jelly – This is a substance secreted by nurse worker bee’s glands that are rich in amino acids, proteins, iron and calcium, and acetylcholine. It can mimic human estrogen, and supports the endocrine system to promote hormonal balance.
b) Maca – Maca powder helps to balance the hormones but does not contain any hormones itself. This is achieved through nourishing and balancing the endocrine system for healthy hormone balance
c) DIM (Diindolylmethane) – This comes from the plant chemical 13C and stimulates the body to metabolize ‘bad’ estrogens and leave the ‘good’ ones to be uptaken by the body. It is most easily ingested via eating cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli.
d) Vitamin D3 – Get it from exposure to sunshine ideally, but if not take Vitamin D3 supplement tablets or capsules. It keeps inflammation levels low.
e) Avoid birth control pills – see the reference to xenoestrogens above
4. Address the Possibility of Leaky Gut Syndrome
This is also referred to more clinically as intestinal permeability. It is the result of damage to the intestinal lining. Bacteria and their toxins, incompletely digested proteins and fats, and waste not normally absorbed may “leak” out of the intestines into the bloodstream. What happens next is there is an autoimmune reaction, which has direct effects on creating hormonal imbalances in the body, and it can affect estrogen levels dramatically.
The good news is that rebalancing estrogen levels is typically very doable for most women, and in addition to the tips listed above, you can also incorporate a supplement with rosemary extract, curcumin, sulforaphane, and the aforementioned DIM like Estrosmart to speed the balancing process. Lifestyle changes like increased exercise, better quality sleep, and relaxation techniques are advisable too.
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- 15 pregnancy friendly recipes for the first trimester and beyond
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- Benefits of yoga when pregnant and which poses to modify
- Essential oils safety and DIY skincare recipes
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