Estrogen And Fat Gain

Hey There  Gorgeous! (aka my hormone hungry knowledge vulture!)

 

This week I am giving you a crash course in estrogen 101.

 

When talking about hormones, sometimes it can be confusing, so lets break it down into a fool proof (super fun!) estrogen lesson!

 

What Is Estrogen? The Basics.

Estrogen is a hormone that is produced primarily in the ovaries in women and in the testes in men. When you think of Estrogen, you think of just women right? Nope, for men, it plays an important role in sperm production and bone maintenance. Estrogen is also produced by other tissues in both men and women, including fat and the brain.

 

So How Does Estrogen Make Me Store Body-fat?

Excess estrogen increases body fat.  Fat tissue produces and stores more estrogen. The estrogen in turn, causes the body to increase fat tissue, fat tissue produces more estrogen, estrogen continues to produce fat tissue, and on and on the cycle goes.

 

What Is Xenoestrogen?

Xenoestrogens are a type of xenohormone that imitates estrogen. They can be either synthetic or natural chemical compounds. Synthetic xenoestrogens are widely used industrial compounds, such as PCBs, BPA and phthalates, which have estrogenic effects on a living organism even though they differ chemically from the estrogenic substances produced internally by the endocrine system of any organism. Xenoestrogens are also called “environmental hormones” or “EDC” (Endocrine Disrupting Compounds).

 

Just so you know, Xenoestrogens ARE NOT A GOOD THING!

 

How Do We Ingest Xenoestrogens?

Xenoestrogens are everywhere, literally everywhere, unfortunately. They are in the food you eat, in the pharmaceuticals you take, it the water you drink, in the products you wash your hair with, in the cleaning products that touch your skin and the chemicals you breathe in. Wowzers!

 

That’s right, but the ills of estrogen on the body don’t just come from the environment. But also, the ineffective way we metabolize estrogen is directly linked to prostate and breast cancer risk. It also produces poor body composition and inhibits weight loss, you’ll likely store excess body fat on your legs if your estrogen is too high.

 

The issue I’m trying to get at here is, Xenoestrogen MIMICS estrogen. Which elevates your own estrogen, catch 22 and a recipe for disaster.

 

Ok Now I Know The Basics Penny, How On Earth Do I Fix It?!

Unfortunately, unless you withdraw from society, the chances of being able to completely avoid xenoestrogens are not very high.  However, there are plenty of things you can do to at least minimize their effect and lessen your exposure to them. LUCKILY, your Hormone Guardian Angel is here (that’s me!) with a FREE “Leaner Legs 5 Step Plan” to give you an insight into how to make the effects lesser, in addition my top tips below:

 

  • Improve Gastrointestinal Health
  • Improve Diet
  • Decrease Body Fat
  • Use Phytoestrogens To Improve Estrogen Detoxification
  • Stop Testosterone From Turning into Estrogen
  • Improve Estrogen Metabolism
  • Ensure Complete Elimination
  • Supplement With Essential Nutrients
  • Watch What You Drink
  • Limit Chemical Estrogen Exposure

So thats it for this week, stay safe, healthy and (hormonally) happy,

Pen xxx