There is a hidden enemy lurking in our environment and our bodies, and most of us don’t even know it’s there. Worse, most doctors don’t properly test levels of this substance. What is this hidden enemy? Excess estrogen. Estrogen is necessary for the healthy function of both males and females, but too much of a good thing can make us sick, or worse.
The disorder that we are referring to is called estrogen dominance, meaning that too much estrogen is present and active in the tissues of our bodies. Estrogen dominance can be a confusing condition to diagnose, though. This is because levels of stored estrogen in our tissues, especially fat cells, can be up to 50 times higher than blood levels. In fact, it’s possible to have very low levels of estrogen in our blood, and extremely high levels of estrogen in our tissues.
Unfortunately, most doctors only test for estrogen blood levels. Many even mistakenly diagnose a patient with low estrogen despite the massive levels stored in tissues. This can lead to a dangerous misdiagnosis and treatment that adds even more unwanted estrogen to our taxed systems.
What Causes Estrogen Dominance?
Estrogen does not just leave our bodies like other chemicals. It is stored in our fat. The more fat we have, the more estrogen we can store. The more estrogen we store, the more fat we gain. It’s a vicious cycle.
Additionally, the modern chemical toxins we are exposed to can both mimic the effects of estrogen and cause us to produce more estrogen than we need. One of the worst chemicals is BPA, which is present in canned food linings, hard plastics from soda bottles and even our water. Roughly six billion pounds of BPA are produced every year and this is just one of the thousands of pollutants that act as endocrine disrupters to our systems.
What Are the Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance?
Mild initial symptoms of estrogen dominance might include but aren’t limited to:
Heavier menstrual cycles
Muscle and joint pain
By the late 30’s, the condition can become more serious and include additional symptoms such as:
Anxiety and panic attacks