How to keep your estrogen levels under control

 

How to fix high estrogen levels

 

  1. Proper nutrition

Lots of vegetables have indole-3-carbinol, which lessens the negative effects of high estrogen levels. The compound is found in moderate amounts in cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. Another potent estrogen inhibitor is calcium d-glutarate which helps the body get rid of the estrogen before it can re-absorb it.

Moderate amounts of it are found in apples, oranges, grapefruit and the same family of cruciferous vegetables that also have a high content of indoles. However, this does not mean that these vegetables and fruits can singlehandedly control and regulate high estrogen levels. At best, they can be regarded as “shifters” which can affect the amount of estrogen metabolites in your favor. In the same fashion, you should avoid foods which shift the amount of estrogen metabolites against you, such as all types of soy products. Here is a list of the top “anti-estrogen” foods.

 

  1. Supplements

Considering that increased estrogen levels pose such a big problem, supplement companies have spent lots of time researching and trying to find ways to counter this issue. Below is a list of nutrients, vitamins and various compound which have been proven to be the most potent in stabilizing estrogen levels:

  • Boron (reduces free estrogen levels)
  • Curcumin which works by decreasing the effects of aromatase
  • Fish Oil (especially DHA, which decreases the number of estrogen receptors)
  • Green Tea (which inhibits the impact of aromatase)
  • Resveratrol (reduces aromatase activity)
  • Zinc (decreases the activity of estrogen receptors)

 

  1. Pharmaceutical intervention

Drugs such as aromatase inhibitors interfere with the enzyme’s ability to convert testosterone into estrogen. There are 2 types of aromatase inhibitors. The first type is what we call “suicide inhibitors”, such as the compound exemestane. You should avoid these at all costs. They are too potent and they can very easily drop the estrogen levels too low. The second type of aromatase inhibitors is called “competitive inhibitors” such as letrozole and anastrozole. The first one should also be avoided, as it is also very potent. Trying to use it to fix moderately increased estrogen levels is the same as using a C4 explosive to open a jar of pickles. What we are left with is the moderately potent anastrozole, also known as Arimidex. However, this drug can also cause a rapid drop in estrogen levels. That’s why you shouldn’t take it unless you experience severe symptoms, special diet and supplements haven’t worked for you or you have had no experience taking it before.

The majority of men, however should never use a drug like anastrozole unless they are also on a testosterone replacement therapy and a great amount of their testosterone is being converted into estrogen. The general dosage protocol is to begin with 0.25mg of anastrozole every other day and up the dosage to 0.5 mg per day if the doctor finds it necessary.

 

  1. Cleaning your environment of xenoestrogens

In order to significantly clean your environment from xenoestrogens, you would probably have to move out of town and live in the nature and live off home-grown organic food. Short of doing that, there are still several things that you can try to make your environment less estrogenic. If you are particularly meticulous, here’s a list of chemicals you should try to avoid:

 

  • Alkylphenol
  • Atrazine (weedkiller)
  • 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC) (found in sunscreen lotions)
  • Butylated hydroxyanisole / BHA (food preservative)
  • Chlorine and chlorine byproducts
  • Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene
  • DEHP (plasticizer for PVC)
  • DEHP
  • Dieldrin (insecticide)
  • DDT (insecticide)
  • Endosulfan (insecticide)
  • Erythrosine / FD&C Red No. 3
  • Ethinylestradiol (combined oral contraceptive pill)
  • Heptachlor (insecticide)
  • Lindane / hexachlorocyclohexane (insecticide)
  • Metalloestrogens (a class of inorganic xenoestrogens)
  • Methoxychlor (insecticide)
  • Nonylphenol and derivatives
  • Pentachlorophenol (general biocide and wood preservative)
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls / PCBs (in electrical oils, lubricants, adhesives, paints)
  • Phenosulfothiazine (a red dye)
  • Phthalates (plasticizers)
  • Propyl gallate
  • Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben commonly used as preservatives in cosmetic products)

Trying to read every product label to check if they have one or more of the aforementioned compounds may drive you insane, so you can save yourself a lot of headaches and time by just doing the following things whenever possible:

  • Buy organic food
  • Store your food in glass containers, not plastic
  • Don’t let plastic wrap touch the food when you put it in the microwave
  • Use “all-natural” household cleaners and laundry detergents
  • Use “all-natural” personal care and skin care products
  • Avoid most plastics whenever possible, and avoid drinking from bottled water that has been exposed to the sun for a long period of time

 

  1. Lifestyle changes

It is quite probable that your problems with estrogen come from drinking too much alcohol or perhaps too often. The same goes for smoking marijuana. As always, a simple solution is to practice moderation in everything. Also, if you are overweight (which is in itself a major cause of high estrogen), lose some weight.

 

    How to monitor your estrogen levels

  1. Make regular tests using “sensitive” blood assay.
  2. If the results are normal, use the values you got as a reference point in the years to follow.
  3. If the reading is too high, be on the lookout for any symptoms of high estrogen. In a similar fashion, if the reading is too low, check to see if you experience any symptoms of low estrogen.
  4. Fix the problem by using any of the estrogen-fighting drugs or a combination of the solutions listed above, such as lifestyle adjustments, supplements, special diet or avoidance of phytoestrogens and xenoestrogens.

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