Foods that Contain Estrogen
and Estrogen Dominance Symptoms

Foods that contain estrogen won't necessarily lead to estrogen dominance symptoms which are a huge problem these days. On the other hand, consuming a lot of estrogenic food and drinks is an entirely different story.

Estrogenic foods can create way too much estrogen or "bad" estrogen in your body.  And they will disrupt your love life as well as your happiness.  Estrogenic foods and drinks will also create nutrient deficiencies such as zinc, magnesium, and all of the B vitamins.

This problem affects both women and men of all ages.

Your diet and exposure to environmental toxins are two of the main causes of estrogen dominance symptoms.  Basically, this will mean too much estrogen and not enough progesterone or testosterone in your body. 

Thankfully, anti-estrogenic foods can be used to help correct this situation.  Learning about what foods can help to keep estrogen in check will not only save your love life, but your health too!

Common Estrogen Dominance Symptoms

  • Leg Cramps
  • Water Retention
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Digestive Problems
  • Weight Gain
  • Fat in Abdomen, Hips, and Thighs
  • Allergies
  • Dry Eyes and Dry Skin
  • Cold Body Temperature
  • Anxiety
  • Irritable and Moody
  • Depression
  • Irregular Periods
  • Vaginal Infections
  • Blood Clotting
  • Heavy Menstrual Flow
  • Infertility
  • Low Libido
  • Lumpy Breasts
  • Breast Cancer
  • Fibroids
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Insomnia and Fatigue
  • Bad Memory
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hair Loss

Estrogenic Foods

The amount of estrogen needed by men is small and men will tend to have excess estrogen in their bodies.  Women need more estrogen than men.  However, both men and women will want to eliminate or be very careful of consuming the following estrogenic foods as they can lead to estrogen dominance symptoms.

These Foods & Drinks are Estrogenic

  • Coffee and Caffeine
  • Factory Farmed aka Conventional Meat and Dairy Foods
  • Conventional Poultry and Eggs
  • Conventional Fruits and Vegetables
  • Foods Stored in Plastic Containers
  • Soy especially Unfermented Soy Products like Soybean Oil, Soy Milk, "Fake" Meats
  • Too Many Phytoestrogens (plant estrogens)
  • Clover and Red Clover
  • Refined Grains and Refined Sugars
  • Processed and Fast Foods
  • Foods with Additives like Preservatives, Flavorings, Colors, MSG, and "Other" Ingredients
  • Beer with Hops
  • Too Much Alcohol
  • GMO Foods
  • Foods with Pesticides and Herbicides
  • Farmed Fish
  • Unhealthy "Vegetable" Oils
  • Too Much Omega 6

Anti-Estrogenic Foods

Anti-estrogenic foods can be foods that contain estrogen that help in the efficient metabolism of estrogen.  And if your diet lacks anti-estrogenic foods, estrogen metabolism may result in the production of too much estrogen or "bad" estrogen which will promote damage to your DNA, may increase cancer growth, and estrogen dominance.

These Foods & Drinks are Anti-Estrogenic

  • Olives and "Real" Olive Oil
  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Culinary Mushrooms
  • Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Organic Red Wines
  • Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds
  • Fermented Foods
  • Cruciferous Vegetables
  • Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Squash
  • Grains like Oats
  • Sprouted Grains and Corn
  • Dark Berries
  • Citrus Fruits and Pineapple
  • Avocado
  • Pomegranates and Fresh Figs
  • Raw Honey and Raw Nuts
  • Wild Caught Seafood
  • Seaweeds and Spirulina
  • Pastured Eggs
  • Grass Fed Dairy Foods
  • Maca and Turmeric
  • Organic Foods

Important Tips

If you're eating a lot of estrogenic foods or suspect that you have too much estrogen - you may want to get your hormones checked.

I have seen saliva testing kits that you can buy online and then send to a lab.

Your best bet is to have a qualified doctor check your estrogen levels as you do not want to self diagnose like I did with progesterone cream (from a health food store). It caused a bad side effect and almost landed me in the hospital!

You see some of the symptoms of low estrogen can be the same as estrogen dominance symptoms. 

That's why you need a lab and/or a good doctor to confirm your estrogen levels.

It's important to note that foods that contain estrogen can be important for the health of both men and women.

Your body fat itself will secrete estrogen, so it's important to keep an optimal body weight and avoid becoming obese.

And a faulty liver as well as low protein diets may decrease your ability to metabolize estrogen safely.

The amino acids lysine and threonine (found in meat, fish, eggs, beans, and in some seeds) help to support liver function and will help to get rid of estrogen from the body.

Also, consuming adequate amounts of omega 3's is very important for the proper metabolism of estrogen.

Bad bacteria helps to create too much "bad" estrogen, so be sure to include "healthy" fermented foods in your diet.

Foods that contain estrogen (like fermented soy & flaxseeds) can be used to help keep you healthy if used in moderation as part of a very balanced diet.  Just remember that consuming foods that contain estrogen and anti-estrogenic foods will help to produce "good" estrogen. 

And consuming too many estrogenic foods, toxic personal care products, toxic cleaning products, and the use of plastics will all contribute to creating too much estrogen or "bad" estrogen.

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