Estrogen dominance is an extremely common yet rarely diagnosed condition where you have too much estrogen or not enough progesterone or testosterone to balance out the effects of estrogen. Estrogen dominance causes you to become less manly – you lose muscle mass, body hair becomes sparse, and you gain belly and breast fat (man boobs). Your libido and sperm count are also reduced, you may become highly emotional, and in advanced stages, erectile dysfunction and infertility can develop.
Lifestyle Causes of Estrogen Dominance
Common lifestyle causes of estrogen dominance include prolonged stress, excess body fat, poor liver function, and overexposure to xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are environmental, estrogen-like compounds found in water, personal care and cleaning products, industrial chemicals, mattresses, furniture, plastic, tin cans, food storage containers, and pesticides … to name a few. They are also found in many packaged and processed foods and in a few plant foods (more on this later).
The Leading Cause of Estrogen Dominance
The leading cause of estrogen dominance is the modern diet and animal products are the worst offenders. Commercially raised animals are injected with hormones to make them grow bigger or increase milk production. These hormones make their way into the animal products you eat. Exposure to estradiol is nearly 10,000 times greater from meat than it is from xenoestrogens. And dairy products are even worse — researchers have found that milk makes up 60-70% of the total estrogen consumed in the average American diet.
Additional Dietary Causes
A high-fat diet, and eating too much packaged and processed foods may contribute to estrogen dominance. Unfortunately, otherwise healthy foods may also contribute to estrogen dominance thanks to conventional farming practices. Pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides are more often than not used in non-organic farming, and these are all xenoestrogens. While they may only exist in small quantities on individual fruits and vegetables, the cumulative effect may add up.
Phytoestrogens are a subtype of xenoestrogens that are from plant origin. Soy products are the greatest dietary source of phytoestrogens, but phytoestrogens are also found in smaller amounts in foods such as oats, barley, flaxseeds, and sesame seeds. There is a lot of controversy about phytoestrogens and their effects on the human body but consuming them in excess is ill-advised if you want to maintain optimal sexual functioning.
How to End Estrogen Dominance and Regain Your Virility
To reverse estrogen dominance you need to address its main underlying causes. It’s important that you reduce stress and excess body fat, and support liver health by cutting out alcohol and taking a liver rejuvenation supplement that contains nutrients such as silymarin, asparagus, and wasabi root. This is beneficial because a healthy liver will be better able to metabolize and clear toxic estrogens. Also, lower your exposure to xenoestrogens by using natural, organic cleaning and personal care products and a water filter; and avoiding containers with BPA.
As mentioned above, the modern diet is the leading cause of estrogen dominance, and I highly recommend you reduce your intake of fat, eliminate processed oils and soy, eat more fiber, choose organic produce when possible, and rethink your consumption of animal products. Eliminating meat and dairy will not only help fight estrogen dominance, but researchers have found veganism also helps increase testosterone levels, and testosterone is the leading hormone for sexual desire and performance. If veganism is impractical for you, then consider reducing the frequency and portion size of the dairy, meat, and poultry that you consume, buying organic, and taking in high doses of DIM and I3C.
The Miracle Estrogen Clearing Compounds
Diindolylmethane (DIM) and Indole 3-carbinol (I3C) are two plant compounds found naturally in cruciferous vegetables. These potent sulfur-containing compounds have a unique ability to metabolize the toxic estrogens that lead to estrogen dominance. Some excellent sources of DIM and I3C that you should consume plentifully include broccoli, Bok choy, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, turnip, collard greens, and radish.
If you’re already experiencing the sexual symptoms of estrogen dominance or other symptoms of too much estrogen (acne, fatigue, urinary tract issues, anxiety, excess belly fat etc.) then a concentrated DIM and I3C supplement are recommended. EstroBlock Pro is a clinical strength supplement that provides the equivalent doses of DIM and I3C as you would get by consuming 4 pounds of raw cruciferous vegetables. It will help detoxify harmful estrogen hormones from fat cells and restore hormonal balance. With regular use, estrogen will be reduced and virility restored.