It is almost accepted that women will gain weight after they go through a change like menopause, and we almost all know someone who has suffered from the negative effects. Does it need to be that way for this to happen? Is there a way to get relief from the symptoms and prevent the weight gain that can happen during menopausal times?
This can be difficult to understand and even the best in medicine struggle with this area. The jury is still undecided as to how to control or reduce the symptoms of menopause.
Let’s investigate, in saying that.
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Types of Estrogen
Different types of estrogen are available. A host of health issues can be caused by low levels of one type, while high levels of another type raise the risk for cancer.
Estrone, estradiol, and estriol are some of the female hormones.
- Estradiol is the estrogen that keeps us looking and feeling youthful. It’s produced by the ovaries in women and derived from testosterone in men. It promotes our libido and helps protect us from cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. Levels beginning waning in your 30’s. It’s virtually depleted in women by menopause, but it varies in men.
- Estriol and estetrol are pregnancy estrogens. Your body releases estriol during pregnancy to provide nourishment to the placenta. Recent studies credit it with anti-inflammatory properties and link it to gut health. The fetus’ liver produces estetrol, though its function is unclear. After giving birth, levels of both these hormones vanish completely.
- Estrone is known as the
. It’s secreted by ovaries, converted by testosterone, or produced by fatty tissues. Although it helps protect the heart and brain in women and men, it can cause weight gain, raise the risk for estrogen-driven cancers, and has been linked to type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis in men. (4)
Weight Gain and Menopause
During the aging process, most mammals and other animals have declines in reproductive capacity. Women and higher primates have menstrual cycles that are unique to menopause. The decline in circulating levels of estradiol is caused by the loss of a woman’s limited pool of ovarian follicles. Many of the major symptoms reported in women, such as osteoporosis, are directly attributable to low circulating estradiol concentrations. There are three more
The dramatic reduction in estradiol levels is the hallmark of the early menopausal transition. There is a shift towards androgen dominance with this reduction. Studies show a link between increased androgens and cardiovascular disease risk factors. There are two things.
This diagram shows you what happens to the different hormones during menopause. In a healthy woman, the symptoms of menopause should be minimal if not completely absent, because the levels of estrogen should diminish significantly after menopause. Why are there so many symptoms in so many women when there is excess estrogen? We will find out soon, so keep reading.
There is also evidence that specific reproductive hormones are associated with CVD risk factors in premenopausal and postmenopausal Caucasian women. Increased testosterone and decreased sex hormone-binding globulin levels are strongly associated with central adiposity (abdominal weight gain), increased triglycerides (blood fats), and decreased HDL (good cholesterol) levels in most women. Even after age and BMI were adjusted for. These hormonal changes are significantly linked with the presence of metabolic syndrome. (2)
Alterations in the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis are one of the factors contributing to women’s risk of being obese. Lean mass loss and fat gain increase prior to the menopause. Fat gain and lean muscle mass decline at the start of menopause. The gains and losses last until 2 years after the final menstrual period. After two years, the trajectory of fat gain and loss of lean mass begins to slow down. The problem is that for some women this transition can take several years to complete.
What Causes Estrogen Dominance?
Estradiol is an important hormone in both males and females. High levels of estrogen can cause a variety of symptoms and can increase the risk of certain medical conditions.
Estrogen dominance is a type of hormonal imbalance in which the body produces too much estrogen. The theory behind estrogen dominance is that during the transition into perimenopause, the body will produce less progesterone but keep producing the same levels of estrogen. This causes a problem that causes unpleasant symptoms.
Estrogen dominance is more common with general metabolic syndrome, which includes high blood sugars, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. There are two things.
The general population is exposed to a number of hormonally active compounds on a daily basis. These compounds were introduced in the living environment during the last few decades, the majority of which are xenoestrogens. Chemicals like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), dichlorodiphenyl-trichlorethane (DDT), some drugs (e.g., antiepileptic drugs), fungicides, cotinine, phytoestrogens, mycotoxins, bisphenol A (a plastics additive), phthalates, alkylphenols, and metalloestrogens mimic oestrogen action, affect oestrogen levels, or bind to oestrogen receptors. Xenoestrogens are present in a number of substrates such as cigarette smoke, automobile exhaust, chemical industry pollutants, grilled meat, volcano dust, forest fire smoke, milk, water, and cosmetic products. This means that all human population may be exposed to them. (13)
The constant exposure can be partly to blame for the menopausal and post-menopausal estrogenic excess symptoms.
Similar to perimenopause, menopause, or even PMS, the symptoms of estrogen dominance can be similar. If you have any of the symptoms listed, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to get tested for estrogen dominance.
Many women report relief from the symptoms of estrogen dominance after completing our herbal program. I will talk about the program later in the article.
Signs of Estrogen Dominance
High levels of estrogen can cause a wide range of physical and emotional issues, as well as cause weight gain, and can also cause menstrual problems. These symptoms can be found.
- Weight Gain – Particularly around the hips and waist. This symptom may also present itself as an increase in body weight, or just carrying your weight in different places than before.
- PMS symptoms worse – Another sign of estrogen dominance is worsening PMS symptoms. Breast tenderness, headaches, acne flare-ups.
- Irregular Menstrual Periods or Spotting – Menstrual periods can occur less frequently or more frequently. They may also change in duration.
- Heavy Periods – Women with too much estrogen may have heavy and painful periods. This can happen to both, women who are still getting their period regularly, or those who are experiencing irregular periods.
- Bloating – Most women who get regular periods can estimate when in their cycle this will occur. In cases of estrogen dominance, you might be bloated at a different time. Irregular and heavy periods may also cause unexpected bloating.
- Hot Flushes and Night Sweats – Just like with menopause, hot flashes and night sweats can be signs of estrogen dominance. Hormone replacement therapy can help alleviate these symptoms.
- Memory Loss – If you have problems recalling details or putting your thoughts together, then you may have an imbalance in hormones.
- Fatigue – Unfortunately, estrogen dominance can cause fatigue. This symptom can occur whether or not you have insomnia. If you experience persistent tiredness or feel more drained of energy than usual, talk to your doctor about being tested for hormonal issues.
Hair loss –
Some women may experience hair loss as they age. During perimenopause or menopause, this can happen. It might be one of the signs of estrogen dominance if it happens before menopause.
- Insomnia – Trouble sleeping is a common symptom of many problems involving hormones. If you toss and turn and can’t get to sleep even when you’re tired, then you should make an appointment to see your doctor.
- Low sex drive – Women with estrogen dominance may have a lower libido than normal. This is due in part to the imbalance in estrogen and progesterone.
- Mood changes, depression, or anxiety – In addition to noticeable changes in mood, women experiencing estrogen dominance may also be more irritable in general. There’s a difference between anxiety and worrying about the things that most people do. Anxiety is more of a general feeling while worries are about specific things.
- Swollen or tender breasts or Noncancerous breast lumps – These tissues are very sensitive to Estrogen levels and swell when the hormone is high.
- Uterine fibroids – These are noncancerous growths that develop on, in, or around the uterus
High Estrogen in Males
High Estrogen can also be obtained by males. There are symptoms that can include:
- erectile dysfunction
- There are enlarged breasts, or gynecomastia.
Hot Flushes and The Brain
Due to the depletion of ovarian function, estradiol secretion ceases at menopause and is followed by very low levels of circulating estradiol generating the typical menopausal symptoms. However, the end of ovarian estradiol secretion does not induce an overall loss of estrogen production: After menopause, sex steroids continue to be produced by other body tissues, including adrenal glands and fatty tissues, plus estrogens can be obtained from the diet. (5)
Hot flushes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause and occur in > 75% of women. The episodes include sensations of heat, intense sweating, and flushing. The age at the beginning of the disease is different for both women and men. Several authors propose that a change in the set point of the hypothalamus in the brain is the cause of HF, even though it is not completely understood. Supporting brain health can be important in reducing hot flushes.
The Liver and Estrogen Dominance
Estradiol, estrone, and estriol are the main forms of estrogens that circulate in the blood and exert a variety of biological effects. There is a fifth
Estradiol and their excretion are broken down into smaller pieces in the liver to allow for excretion through the gut. They are left in both urine and feces. More than half of the injected estradiol, estrone, and estriol are recovered in bile, according to studies. There is a fifth
The elimination of excess estrogens can be stimulated with a healthy liver function.
Excess weight is a major contributing factor in postmenopausal women. Obesity and excess fat levels may lead to increased circulating estrogens through the peripheral synthesis of androgens but also can induce insulin resistance, and suppress the production of liver hormone-binding proteins, thereby increasing total and bioavailable estrogens. (5) An eating plan that encourages weight loss will therefore be beneficial in reducing estrogen excess.
Strict vegetarians have increased fecal excretion of conjugated estrogens compared with nonvegetarians, leading to decreased plasma estrogen concentrations. An American study compared 10 premenopausal women consuming a “Western diet” that included high fat (40% of calories) and low fiber with 10 age-matched vegetarians consuming a high fiber and moderate fat (30%) diet; the vegetarians had triple the estrogens in feces and 15% to 20% lower serum estrogen levels. (5)
Low Saturated Fat
Because sex hormones including estrogens are synthesized from cholesterol a low saturated fat diet can be helpful. It has been found that Asian populations consuming a low-fat diet (20%-25% of calories) have systemic estrogen levels 30% lower than Caucasian women eating a high-fat diet. (5)
Alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer tumors in postmenopausal women. A recent study showed a positive association between alcohol consumption and estrogen levels and breast tissue density in premenopausal women. Among healthy postmenopausal women who were not on HRT and who consumed 15 to 30 g of alcohol per day, concentrations of serum estrone sulfate were increased by 7.5% and 10.7%, respectively, compared with levels in postmenopausal women who did not consume alcohol. (5) An alcohol-induced rise in estrogens is a consequence of alcohol catabolism in the liver (8)
Brassica reduces Estrogen
Vegetables of the Brassica genus, such as broccoli, contain a phytochemical, which may shift estrogen metabolism, and future research should consider Brassica vegetable consumption as a potentially effective and acceptable dietary strategy to prevent breast cancer. (6) Indole-3-carbinol, obtained from cruciferous vegetables (e.g. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, kale, turnips, collards and cauliflower) is a known inducer of oxidative P-450 estrogen metabolism by the liver. (7)
High Fibre Diet
a high-fiber diet diminishes estrogen absorption from the intestinal lumen and that the binding of unconjugated estrogens to fiber in the gut impedes their reabsorption. Increased fiber intake has been associated with less bioavailable estradiol. (8) All fresh fruits and vegetables are high in fiber.
Demographic evidence indicates that women in Asia have significantly lower serum estrogen concentrations and about a 3-fold lower breast cancer risk compared to US women, independent of body weight (BW). Asian women who have migrated to the US appear to lose this low-risk estrogen profile and acquire comparable rates of breast cancer to US women, suggesting that specific lifestyle factors may strongly influence breast cancer risk related to estrogen exposure. One such factor is dietary soy, which is an important component in a variety of traditional Asian diets but scarce in typical Western diets. Soyfoods such as tofu, tempeh, miso, and soy milk are rich in phyto-estrogenic compounds called isoflavonoids. Regular intake of soy/soy isoflavonoids has been associated with reduced breast cancer risk, particularly in postmenopausal women with higher endogenous estrogens. (9)
It was found that long-term daily treatment with soy isoflavonoids resulted in a reduction in Estrogens, consistent with prior evidence.
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Herbs have a long history of supporting general hormonal health, but especially by encouraging a healthy digestive system and liver metabolism. People who complete the Ultimate Herbal Detox program report a reduction in menopausal symptoms, including weight loss and better energy levels. The combination of herbs and recipes made this possible.
Cleansing the Gut and Liver
Because the gut and liver are primarily responsible for removing excess estrogen the full intestinal and liver cleanse with herbs and food is recommended. Learn more about the benefits of Detoxing
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Herbs for the Brain
As noted above, the brain-ovarian axis is central to regulating temperature and hot flushes can be the result of this being disturbed. Supporting good brain health can be very helpful at reducing hot flushes while simultaneously completing the detox programs above.
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Bacopa, Gotu Kola, Ginkgo, Feverfew, Withania, Turmeric, Saffron, and Ginger.
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There is research suggesting that practicing meditation may be associated with changes in blood chemistry and menopausal symptoms. The symptoms of anxiety and depression can be alleviated with meditation training, and the quality of sleep can be improved with the regularity of the exercise. There are twelve
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