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The Harmful Effects of Estrogen and Phytoestrogen

The Harmful Effects of Estrogen and Phytoestrogen
Let's not set out on the wrong foot here. Let's make something abundantly clear. Estrogen is a good thing to have in your body. It's an essential hormone to have circulating and many bodily functions and responses rely upon it.

Often mistakenly thought of as a female-centric hormone, both estrogen and testosterone are found in men and women alike, and plays vital roles in both. For women, it plays key roles in sexual development, the menstrual cycle, and maintaining a healthy reproductive system. For men, it also plays a role in sexual development and function, but also supports positive and balanced moods by acting as a counterbalance to testosterone.

Estrogen is actually 3 separate hormones that are so similar in their roles and purposes that they've been grouped: estradiol, estriol, and estrone. When we talk about estrogen, however, we typically are talking about estradiol and estrone, as estriol is primarily reserved for pregnant women.

Effects of estrogen

Like so many health challenges today, maintaining a good estrogen balance has become ever more challenging in recent years. From the foods we eat that have been genetically modified or received hormone treatments to compounds we interact with such as plastic, unwanted estrogen spikes are part and parcel of living in modern life. Even tap water has been found to instigate a rise in estrogen levels.

In terms of food, animal products cause the most damage to your estrogen levels. Dairy is the biggest culprit. Milk is designed to deliver hormonal requirements to baby cows, making it the most estrogen-disrupting food on the planet.
milk estrogen

In the plant-based food world, plenty of foods contain 'phytoestrogens'. Whilst phytoestrogens cause far less damage to your levels of hormonal balance, they are still problematic for your body. Soy receives the most blame for phytoestrogenic imbalance, but phytoestrogens exist in a spectrum of plant foods: apples, carrots, sesame seeds, oats, barley, lentils, pomegranate, wheat germ and many more.

This excess estrogen can cause havoc on the body. A few symptoms include:
  • headaches
  • generalized anxiety disorder
  • sleep disruption
  • weight gain (in the form of fat)
  • muscle loss
  • hair loss
  • memory issues
  • bloating
For women, issues such as irregular menstrual cycles and swollen, tender breasts become commonplace.

For men, erectile dysfunction, infertility, and gynecomastia (or 'man boobs') are symptomatic of too much estrogen in your body.

Combatting too much estrogen

Like so many illnesses of the modern world, the ideal solution would be to walk away from our busy and stressful lives surrounded by disruptive technology and gadgets. We know that's impossible for most people.

That's why we've developed LifeGive Organic Hormone Filter. A completely wholefood state formula based around broccoli seed and ecklonia cava (from brown algae) - two natural foods that buffer and filter out harmful estrogenic effects.

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  • Rob Trounce