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We are surrounded by chemicals that disrupt hormonal balance. More and more studies show this. One of the first consequences of oestrogen dominance in the body is weight gain, especially on the hips, thighs and buttocks. What can we do about it?
Excess oestrogen in your body affects you in at least five ways:
Oestrogen increases the production of specific proteins (thyroxine-binding globulin) that bind to and deactivate thyroid hormones, which control the rate of metabolism. This means that metabolism and calorie burning are slowed down.
This is not a problem under normal circumstances, if oestrogen is not too high, because the body is ovulating. Fat storage increases for a few days so that the body has enough energy for the fetus to grow in case of pregnancy.
Metabolism slows down while fat storage increases. Oestrogen levels remain elevated in the body and there is not enough progesterone to balance it, causing a vicious cycle. This is because fat cells also release oestrogen and stimulate the accumulation of excess pounds.
Any woman who has ever had her period knows all about bloating. This is another irritating symptom that can be attributed to oestrogen. By retaining water in the body, we make sure that there is enough substance to thicken the uterine mucosa in which the egg will potentially nest.
When oestrogen activity is high, women look puffy and fuller and have a hard time putting on their favourite trousers or skirt. It is not something you want all the time.
Another thing most premenstrual women notice is an irresistible desire for oily and sugary foods. Calories in our veins! This is linked to our inherent instinct to reproduce, since these extra calories can be stored for pregnancy and, later, breastfeeding.
Sleep deprivation has been proven to be associated with weight gain or problems with losing excess weight. According to the American Sleep Foundation, as many as 67% of women have trouble sleeping a few nights a week. This is largely related to a sex hormone imbalance.
It is most often associated with a rapid decline in the "dormant" hormone progesterone just before the onset of menstruation, explains Kathryn Lee, a sleep specialist at the University of California. This means that there is also more oestrogen in our bodies, which works as an energy supplement. Sleeping problems are inevitable.
EstroLux balances hormones and prevents the oestrogen from accumulating in a natural way: with lemon balm, brown seaweed, rosemary, soybean seeds, flaxseed and broccoli flower buds, as well as Vitamin B6 (in the active form of pyridoxal phosphate).