How to Lower Oestrogen

Learn how to effectively manage Oestrogen for a better lifestyle

August 6, 2021
Hormones

Too much oestrogen can show up as:

  • Heavy periods
  • Fibroids
  • Acne
  • Tender and/swollen breasts
  • PMS
  • Bloating and fluid retention particular around ovulation or before the beginning of your period
  • Weight gain especially around the hips, butt and thighs
  • Migraines and headaches around ovulation or before the beginning of your period
  • Gallbladder problems or gallbladder removal

If you know you're dealing with high oestrogen, then below I have outlined the top diet, lifestyle and supplement strategies which have been shown to be the most helpful in lowering oestrogen.

Diet & lifestyle strategies to reduce oestrogen

  • Broccoli sprouts contain high amounts of a compound called Sulforaphane which works to support healthy oestrogen detoxification. Aim for 20-50g daily.
  • DIM (Diindolymethane) encourages healthy oestrogen metabolism by supporting beneficial 2-hydroxy oestrogen pathway and reducing the unwanted 16-hydroxy pathway. Helping to combat high oestrogen levels.
  • Fibre helps to bind up oestrogen in the bowels ensuring it’s pooped out
  • Poop daily otherwise this can allow for the recirculation of oestrogen back into the bloodstream.
  • Limit alcohol because every time you drink because alcohol jumps to the front of the line to get detoxed first, immediately stopping you from clearing any oestrogen out of your liver until all the alcohol has been cleared.
  • Reduce plastics in your household, and invest in glassware because plastics can mimic the effects of oestrogen, adding to your overall oestrogen load.
  • Add 1tbs of linseeds into your daily diet, these phytoestrogens promote healthy oestrogen detoxification and protect your body from the call of oestrogen.
  • Consume 1-2 organic, raw, unpeeled carrots because they contain indigestible fibres which help to prevent the reabsorption of oestrogen from the gut.
  • Water and plenty of it, to help keep those bowels moving, because constipation allows for the oestrogen that is in your gut to get recirculated back into your bloodstream.

Top supplements to lower oestrogen

  • Chaste tree is a progesterone promoting herb, which counterbalances oestrogen working to lighten periods, relief irritability and lessen tender and swollen breasts.
  • DIM (Diindolymethane) encourages healthy oestrogen metabolism by supporting beneficial 2-hydroxy oestrogen pathway and reducing the unwanted 16-hydroxy pathway. Helping to combat high oestrogen levels.
  • Calcium D Glucarate ensures that once oestrogen hits your bowel it doesn’t get recirculated back into the bloodstream. It does this by inhibiting an enzyme called beta-glucuronidase. This enzyme if high in the gut, has the ability to stop you from pooping your oestrogen out.
  • Iodine down regulates oestrogen-receptors, reducing how sensitive our tissue is to the call of oestrogen. You can think of it like the shield and is particularly helpful for tender breasts. Iodine protects the breast tissue from the call of oestrogen, therefore reducing pain.

Megan Haralampou — The Biomedical Naturopath

Naturopath & Women’s Health Expert

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