Reaching Optimal Estrogen Levels: An All Natural Guide
Estrogen is a hormone produced in both men and women’s bodies, but it is most commonly known for its important function in women’s reproductive health. Throughout your life, estrogen regulates puberty, menstrual cycles, and menopause, and plays a critical role in keeping your heart healthy and your bones strong. Low estrogen is most common in women who are post menopause, but women of any age can be affected by estrogen imbalance. Symptoms like mood fluctuations, poor sleep quality, missed menstrual cycles, low sex drive, and unusually dry skin can all signal low estrogen.
Hormonal problems like estrogen imbalance are one of the most frequent issues I see in my practice. Screening for low estrogen is simple and minimally invasive, and most women notice improvements in their health and wellbeing shortly after they begin a personalized supplement plan. Before starting the screening process, I will set up a virtual consultation with you. This consultation gives me an opportunity to learn about your health history, walk you through the screening process, and answer any questions you may have. Many of my patients are new to naturopathic medicine, so it’s important that I take the time to explain what I do and why it works. After your consultation and screening, I will put together a detailed report of all of your health concerns and screening results, and we will then work together to make a treatment plan to bring your hormone levels back into a healthy range using the appropriate supplements.
In addition to having a hormone screening, there are a few other things you can do to encourage your estrogen levels to stay within a healthy range. A combination of cardio exercise and strength training can boost hormone levels, and weight-bearing exercises in particular help lower the risk of osteoporosis caused by low estrogen. Nature has given us a variety of foods that can help fortify estrogen: soybeans, hummus, sesame and flax seeds, apricots, prunes, and dates all contain naturally occurring compounds known as “phytoestrogens”. Incorporating more of these foods into your diet can encourage your body to reach and maintain optimal estrogen levels.
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