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Estrogen dominance means that estrogen is more dominant than it’s “balancing” hormone, progesterone. This can mean that progesterone is normal but estrogen is way too high or it can mean estrogen is normal but progesterone is way too low. As you can imagine, treatment for these two versions of estrogen dominance should look very different, as they are in fact very different reasons for estrogen dominance!
Sadly, this is not often the case, most people do not realize that there are different forms of estrogen dominance and they simply take progesterone to “balance” the estrogen. The issue with this is that it will only mask the problem and help from a symptomatic standpoint, but it doesn’t fix the root cause of the problem, which is too much estrogen, and too much estrogen can actually do very damaging things to the body. Let’s unpack what else you need to know about estrogen and what to do about it.
You’ve probably heard of big bad cortisol, but in reality, it’s not all that bad; it’s more like Goldilocks. It needs to be in a sweet spot.
Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal cortex. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory but is also a stress hormone. When cortisol levels fall too low you’ll have difficulty regulating your blood sugar, building proper bone health, and maintaining energy. When cortisol is too high you’ll experience a wired but tired feeling, anxiety, jittery feelings, and hold on to stubborn belly fat. And this is why it’s Goldilocks!
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