By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
When a woman’s estrogen levels fluctuate, she goes through bursts of hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, irregular periods, fatigue, frequent headaches, hair loss, low libido, and the list goes on.
Estrogen is a vital hormone due to its countless roles and functions in the body. Besides regulating menstrual cycles, healthy estrogen levels also regulate the reproductive tract, urinary tract, cardiovascular system, bones, secondary sexual characteristics, skin, and hair.
Soy is one of the highest estrogen foods. Soy contains phytoestrogens that affect estrogen levels and estrogen metabolism in the body. For some people, eating soy is fine, but soy is not for everyone.
For some people, soy can cause significant health problems. Hundreds of research studies link soy to malnutrition, allergic reactions, thyroid disorders, immune issues, digestive disorders, infertility, cancer, and heart disease.
Here is a list of safe estrogen-rich foods to support healthy estrogen levels, which you can incorporate into your diet to reap the multiple benefits of each food!
Mung Bean Sprouts
Here are some ways to ensure that you are doing your bit to maintain healthy estrogen levels in your body.
Look out for some symptoms that indicate a hormonal imbalance in the body, like irregular periods, insomnia, hot flashes, erratic mood swings, vaginal dryness, decreased fertility, and loss of bone density
It is essential to realize that any hormone, specifical estrogen, can have adverse effects on the body if its levels are imbalanced.
Estrogen levels affect our metabolism, sexual function and prevent the premenopausal syndrome. Estrogen also works to balance and improve our cholesterol levels and overall bone health.
Integrating more whole foods from this list can improve the look and appearance of your skin and return to a youthful appearance.
A simple saliva hormone test will provide you with the bio-available levels of your estrogen levels and all of your needed hormones.
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
REFERENCES: “Estrogen’s Effects on the Female Body”. University of Rochester Medical Centre. Paula Goode, Daniel Sacks.