Do I Need to Boost My Estrogen Levels?
All too often, we look to medicines to cure what we think is an illness. In many cases however, the body is not sick, just lacking. Estrogen is a collection of chemicals which has a profound impact on a woman’s body – both short and long-term – and features in over 400 functions. Maintaining a healthy level of estrogen is key, but how to we know if our levels are low? And what can we do about it?
Estrogen: The Body’s Beauty Hormone
For women who are approaching menopause, it’s very likely that you will notice changes in your skin, hair, mood, sleep and weight. As we grow older, our bodies lose the capacity to produce as much estrogen as we once did. These lower concentrations result in reduced collagen leading to sagging and wrinkled skin, mood swings as our bodies try to cope with fluctuating hormone levels, a decrease in bone density, and an increased risk of colon cancer and heart disease. Add to this night sweats, hot flashes and general irritability and you can be pretty certain that you are facing low estrogen levels.
There are several options available to stabilise estrogen levels in out body. The more natural the product, the better it is for you, and the fewer side effects you are likely to suffer. Synthetic and non-identical hormones are often offered however we have found that bio identical hormones are a safer option.
Some women choose to ride out the symptoms of menopause without any HRT and instead look to improving their diet and lifestyle to combat the lower hormone levels. Foods that contain phytoestrogens may assist in this regard, and include:
- Cruciferous vegetables
If you suspect lowered estrogen levels or you are looking for advice on naturally coping with menopause, then we encourage you to call us. Dr Sanua works with the body to help you to live your best life.