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Taming Estrogen Dominance

Taming Estrogen Dominance

Yesterday we broached the subject of estrogen dominance in Estrogen Dominance Examined and looked at the ramifications of treating it holistically rather than conventionally in Estrogen Dominance:: A Case Study.  Today we are going to get a little more in depth and talk about some real nutritional and lifestyle adjustments that can and should be made to treat estrogen dominance. Most people (I say people because men suffer from estrogen dominance as well) that suffer from estrogen dominance also have an acid/alkaline imbalance and generally are affected by chronic inflammation.  They are almost always hypothyroid and have some sort of adrenal insufficiency.  About 65% are overweight and over half of that 65% are obese.  They can also be insulin resistant.

Why am I running down the laundry list of other health issues when I am supposed to be talking about estrogen dominance?  I am attempting to illustrate, again, how you can cannot heal selectively just as you do not get a health condition selectively.  It’s what conventional medicine either doesn’t get or doesn’t WANT to get  but whatever the case, a few pills or creams isn’t going to magically heal you if you are doing/eating/using the same things/foods/products you have always used.  What is the definition of insanity?  I’ll give you one definition of insanity that has nothing to do with your lifestyle.  So many people are estrogen dominant in part because the water supply is polluted with enormous amounts of hormones from women on birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy already.  They are not only literally being flushed down the toilet every time they eliminate but hundreds of pounds of unused medications are being dumped into landfills and absorbed into the earth.

So you have a diagnosis, or, at the very least, an inkling that you are estrogen dominant.  You have 10 out of 11 symptoms and you just don’t feel well.  If you are one of my UK or perhaps Canadian readers, getting treated on the NHS conventionally is a headache and a half because they just don’t want to run those types of test to diagnose.  If you are in the US, the doctors are more than happy to run the tests but push creams and/or pills made of the urine of a pregnant horse.  It might be natural but your body does not metabolise it in the same way it would say, if it were bio-identical.

Please remember that women have ten times the rate of autoimmune disease as men – due to imbalanced and excess levels of estrogen. This is because estrogen (estradiol) suppresses T suppressor cells, leaving them out in the circulation longer and more likely to adversely react to inflamed tissue.  (Caused by chronic inflammation!)  The cases of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis along with fibromyalgia and polymyositis being diagnosed in women in their 30’s, 40’s and early 50’s is sky rocketing due to estrogen dominance and the so called “HRT” treatments being given as a result. I paint a very dark picture, don’t I?

The fact of the matter is it is possible to treat Estrogen Dominance holistically with nutrition and lifestyle changes right alongside more conventional medicine.  I say MORE conventional medicine because I absolutely convinced women need to be consulting doctors that are schooled in Functional Integrative Medicine and are well versed in bio-identical hormones.  Your GP is probably or even run of the mill OB/GYN is probably not the one you want to ask about nutrition, lifestyle changes and rational hormone replacement. I will be going into conventional vs.  bio-identical hormones in a few days.  We will be focusing on nutrition and lifestyle adaptations to treat estrogen dominance and the ensuing conditions that surround it. To recap the definition of estrogen dominance, it is exactly as it sounds.  Estrogen dominance is when the estrogen produced by and circulating in the body far outweighs the other hormones, namely progesterone. This imbalance causes a multitude of symptoms and, if those symptoms weren’t bad enough, it causes weight gain which can make the estrogen even more unbalanced.  It’s a Catch-22.  Or is it?  The fact is that good nutrition is the absolute best medicine for estrogen dominance.  Then there are a few lifestyle changes such as reducing stress through exercise, (and my favorite all-time exercise for hormone balancing happens to be yoga), meditation/prayer, and breathing techniques.

Let’s get down to business and discuss how to tame the estrogen dominant tiger with nutrition. Reducing estrogen dominance is not only about foods with anti-estrogenic effects but foods with FIBER that is going to help eliminate excess estrogen through the bowels, which is where excess estrogen ends up to be excreted.  A carrot a few times a day has the PERFECT fiber to bind to estrogen and excrete it.  Carrots must be eaten RAW and bamboo shoots can also be substituted.

Let’s first discuss what to avoid, shall we??  These are particularly important to avoid in the first 21 days of undergoing a holistic shift because our aim is going to be reducing the amount of estrogen produced AND helping eliminate the excess from the body.

Commercially raised meats and poultry are particularly problematic in the issue of estrogen dominance.  First, they are fed on a diet of hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals mixed in with their feed. Second, that feed is grain, which the animal is not able to metabolize in the first place.  Like in humans, who are, by and large, not able to tolerate grains, when the bacteria and gluten in those grains becomes too much, leaky gut and other malabsorption issues occurs in the livestock causing not only vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the animal, but all those toxic hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals are leached into the blood stream causing inflammatory immune responses.  The bodies of the animals are not able to detox properly and those chemicals are stored in the fat of the animal.  Never mind about the grains that the animals can’t metabolize in the first place are genetically modified.  That goes without saying these toxins and pathogens are going to find their way into every organ of the animal and those organs and slabs of meat are going to be eaten by the consumer.  Dairy products add insult to injury by not only having high levels of puss and blood from the immune responses raging in the animals but then are pasteurized killing every single enzyme that could ever hope to make it digestible.

Eat animal protein, by all means, but make sure it is pastured and grass-fed, limit your chicken to once a week and stick to wild, line-caught cold water fish.  Young cod, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, and tuna in small amounts a few times a week will not hinder estrogen reduction.  If you want to eat eggs they absolutely must be soy-free, free-range and foraging hens that have access to a rooster.  You can usually find these at farmer’s markets. These are the healthiest eggs around.  If you must eat supermarket eggs, don’t eat eggs!  (About now you are wondering why I haven’t said “organic eggs are ok”.  They aren’t because they might still be fed on grains and soy, even organic they can still be estrogenic.)

We are resetting your body the first 21 days so eliminating grains will help restore insulin sensitivity and, as you add more whole grains back into your diet you will find which ones trigger responses and which ones are more tolerable.  I strongly urge everyone to give up modern wheat as it is has been bred to contain up to 40 times the strength of glutens present in heirloom grains.  Great for Wonder Bread, BAD for digestion and one of the prime reasons the incidence of Celiac’s Disease is rising to epidemic proportions.  In fact, if you are caucasian you are probably gluten intolerant.  If you have hypothyroidism and estrogen dominance you are probably, at the very least, gluten sensitive.

So if you can’t eat meat,and you can’t eat modern wheat  or many grains, and you can’t eat eggs, what can you eat??

Avocados, sprouts, radishes, asparagus, artichokes, celery, carrots, squashes, tapioca, pineapples figs, pears,  green beans, and corn** are all produce  that has an anti-estrogenic effect on the body.  (The corn must be fresh, NOT genetically modified and organic if you choose to eat it. If you have insulin resistance, avoid it for the first 21 days.)

Citrus fruits  contain D-Limonene, a naturally occurring substance found in the oils.  Along with onion and garlic they also contain flavanoids and indoles that are estrogen inhibiting compounds found  in plants. D-Limonene, a naturally occurring monoterpene found in the oils of citrus fruits, promotes the detoxification of estrogen by triggering Phase I and Phase II enzymes in the liver (the primary detoxification pathways in the liver).  This compound has also shown great promise in the prevention and treatment of breast and other cancers.  Try drinking Ginger Lemon Tea and grating the peel of the lemon or lime into salad dressings, puddings, and into salads.

Seaweeds contain a live source of iodine that can effectively and rapidly detoxify xenoestrogenic compounds. North Atlantic Dulse, Nori, Uniradiated kelp, and other seaweeds make great additions to salads and soup.

Sweet Potato is a natural progesterone stimulant, it works on the pituitary gland.

Rosemary contains a potent antioxidant, inhibits breast cancer development and it helps to detoxify carcinogenic estrogens. Rosemary may also enhance estrogen detoxification.

Thyme and Oregano  can increase the body’s progesterone levels.

Grapes contain Resveratrol- a naturally occuring bioflavonoid.

Seeds such as flax, chia and hemp,  sprouted pulses and beans, legumes, and vegetables such as broccoli and kale containing lignans  are natural plant compounds containing important insoluble dietary fiber.  They can interrupt the circulation of estrogens in the liver and digestive tract in two ways.  Because of their phytoestrogenic properties they bear a strong resemblance to estrogen, which enable lignans to compete against estrogen for estrogen receptor sites on breast cells. (It is through estrogen receptor sites that estrogen may cause cancerous mutations in DNA.) Once displaced, excessive or bad estrogens are harmlessly flushed from the bowels as waste. They also inhibit aromatase activity, thus decreasing conversion of testosterone and androstenedione into estrogens in fat and breast cells.

NOTE:: Upon further investigation (and far too many classes) I no longer recommend chia seeds due to the estrogenic effect they have in women with estrogen dominance.  They don’t actually compete very well, rather can exacerbate the issue.  They are also little PUFA bombs which can further contribute to estrogen dominance.

Sunflower seeds contain vitamin E which has  been shown to inhibit the growth of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer (the type of breast cancer caused by estrogen dominance) cells by as much as 50%.

Dark Green Leaves (and wheatgrass/ barleygrass) contain alpha lipoic acid (ALA) – Since we know that fat cells store toxins, detoxing the fat cells with alpha lipoic acid is another key factor reducing estrogen dominance.  These foods also enhance the potency and life of vitamins C and E and other antioxidants, recycling them and making them much more effective. Alpha lipoic acid also aids in the conversion of carbohydrates to energy. This, in turn, helps improves energy metabolism.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid has been found to be a super antioxidant with the ability combat the effects of aging..  ALA protects DNA and is vastly beneficial for combating chronic inflammation.

Make sure you COOK your dark green leafies or, better yet, boil them with your bone broth and discard them, drinking the broth instead.

 

Red Peppers,garlic, onions, broccoli, brussel sprouts and oats contain N-acetylcysteine a powerful antioxidant.

Green Tea extract contains polyphenols, catechins and flavonoids shown to inhibit breast tumor growth, improves liver detoxification of estrogen, reduces aromatase enzymes and lowers levels of damaging estrogens, protects against estrogen-specific free radicals and carcinogens

Tomatoes, pink grapefruit, papaya, guava and watermelon contain lycopene a powerful antioxidant found which was recently shown to reduce a women’s risk of breast cancer by 36 percent.  Lycopene  inhibits cancer cell proliferation and reduces DNA damage from estrogen.

Apples, Oranges, Broccoli, Spinach, and Brussels Sprouts contain Calcium D-glucarate  which  is a powerful detoxifier of excess estrogens from the liver. This compound binds to excess estrogen and inhibits the unfriendly bacteria in the gut that is present as a result of a low-fiber, high glycemic diet that allows estrogen to be recirculated from the bowel into the blood stream. Calcium D-glucarate has been found in animals to lower estradiol levels and inhibit the initiation, promotion, and progression of cancer. There really is something to the saying  “An apple a day….”

Cruciferous vegetables ( Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Kale, Mustard, Turnip, Bok Choy, Kohlrabi, Rutabaga, Swede) are rich in zinc, vitamins A, B, C, D and E  and contain Indole-3-Carbinol (l3C)
I3C and DIM (diinodylmethane), naturally occurring compounds that actively promotes the breakdown of estrogen to the beneficial metabolite, 2-OH. Sulfurophane, from broccoli,  has been shown to stimulate the body’s production of detoxification enzymes that eliminate harmful xenoestrogens. Sulfurophane is also a powerful antioxidant slowing the aging process, which, in my book, is a major reason to eat my broccoli.

Again, make sure the above are VERY cooked and eaten with plenty of healthy saturated fat like grass-fed butter or ghee.

Tomorrow we will talk about supplements to aid in detox of estrogen dominance.

PLEASE make sure you stop by and read Evolution and My Estrogen Dominance Protocol. 
154 replies
  1. richard monore
    richard monore says:

    We are ten days in and Laura’s energy levels are a million times better. She even got her oncology surgeon to admit, he feels better when he doesn’t eat red meat!

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  2. Marnie
    Marnie says:

    I have often wondered if I have this problem as there are times I just feel shaky during certain times in the month. I just feel off. I will be bookmarking this post. Thanks for the list of foods to eat. I’m going to give this a serious try!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      It sounds to me like your hormones are imbalanced and you might have a little insulin resistance. The food list should take care of all that if you are eliminating sugar and eating a plant based diet!

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      • KLynn
        KLynn says:

        @thedetoxdiva– sorry i couldn’t find the regular reply button— but i have this question– I just started eating hemp hearts a couple days ago to improve my energy– i believe it is helping with that– however, today I woke up with an emotional-hormonal-imbalance type of feeling that lasted all day. I’ve had some estrogen dominance issues in the past but not very much anymore. I saw in your article you said hemp seeds had estrogenic properties and no longer recommended chia seeds because of that (i once tried chia seeds and they started having the same affect on me)… Do you think the hemp seeds could be doing the same thing? or could it be that the hemp seeds are having this affect because they are detoxing my estrogen– and that the feeling would go away eventually? I would love to keep using the seeds because for once I actually have energy all day.

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  3. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    Hi! I have found this site after finding out that I have had very high estrogen levels, but my doctor seems to have no clue what to do about this, other than “avoiding soy”. Internet searches regarding high estrogen levels provide amazingly conflicting information! Do you happen to know how I could find one of the doctors that you recommended, schooled in Integrated Functional Medicine? I am in the Boston area.

    Thank you!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Avoiding soy is a rubbish answer (I think) because it is only soy isolates (or raw soy) that causes any kind of problem and lignans of any kinds (Flax seed, hemp seed, chia seed) along with beans, nuts, and seeds have SOME phytoestrogens. Detoxing from estrogen is much more than avoding phytoestrogens, rather that’s the last thing you should worry about. Much more than this is the xenoestrogens that are present in so many foods (packaged) and personal care products along with antibiotic and hormone laden beef, pork and poultry and even pesticides and herbicides on our fruits and vegetables. Boston Osteopathic Health have functional medicine specialists on staff. Dr. Joseph Kaye is an amazing doctor in the Boston area and he even specializes in bio-identical hormones. He’s awesome. Dr. Kathleen O’Neil-Smith is known in her field but I don’t know her personally. I think her clinic’s name is Treat Wellness. These are the ones I know in the Boston area. Detoxing from estrogen is not impossible. Most of my clients that have come to me have had to go through the detox I suggest so you aren’t alone.

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  4. Just me
    Just me says:

    Is it okay to eat lentils soup (soaked beforehand) and beans soup? I prepare the beans this way – I soak them for at least 12 hours, then boil them and change the water 3-4 times before adding the other ingredients. It’s a traditional way to prepare it in my country, this way you avoid gas. This soup is the best for my stomach, it feels great and makes me full like no other soup (but it takes hours to prepare). So is it okay to eat it?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I still eat lentils but I do soak them as well. I eat them about once a week as a meal. You are completely prepping them the right way just don’t make it a basis for all your meals.

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  5. amanda
    amanda says:

    Hi, this is all great. It backs up so much of what I’ve read elsewhere but brings it all into one place. Thanks so much.
    I’m in Edinburgh, mid-50s and have had a terrible few years struggling with perimenopause, because of estrogen dominance. I’m beginning to implement the diet stuff (tho find exercise so hard because of fibroids/heavy bleeding) so have gone down to very little. Not good in the overall picture, is it?
    Any suggestions for finding a receptive doctor over here would be so welcome. They all look at me like I’m crazy when I refuse synthetic hormones/surgery.
    Many thanks again
    Amanda

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Hi Amanda,
      My best advice for finding a doctor is to try to find a reputable functional medicine specialist OR at least a private doctor that specializes in bio-identical hormonal treatments. Usually this will be an endocrinologist or an OB-GYN. Unfortunately on NHS this is harder to find. I will be doing a piece shortly on menhorragia which might help a bit but surgery, unless it is a hysterectomy (which is extreme) is the worst case situation and ablative surgery doesn’t always work….

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  6. kellio
    kellio says:

    I really have tried to stay away from conventional fruits and veggies (at least the ones where I eat the whole fruit and veggie including the skin) but what if I’m not able to get all organic fresh produce?
    I use organic wild blueberries and organic spinach plus some other things, in my smoothies, and use organic lettuces in salads. I am able to get some organic at the store but can’t get organic asparagus, brussel sprouts, etc. and all of it is from the store, not a farmer’s market. Also, apples and lemons are some of the very few organic fruits I can get. What are your thoughts on that? If I am gonna do this for 21 days, I want to do it right.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Don’t obsess too much about organic if they aren’t available. Obviously the thinner the skin (especially apples, strawberries, and cucumbers) these are what you should focus on buying organic but soaking your fruit in a little hydrogen peroxide and water (or you can use baking soda and water) will soak off much of the “nasties” of conventional fruits and vegetables.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Most nutmilks are nothing more than PUFA bombs. If you are going to use milk alternatives, I prefer you use coconut milk or macadamia nut milk (which has a lipid profile closer to olive oil than polyunsaturated fats). A little nutmilk in a smoothie is fine, just not every day.

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      • kellio
        kellio says:

        PUFA?? Lol I would prefer coconut milk anyway. I am not a big nutmilk fan. I still love raw milk. Speaking of, at what point can I drink raw milk. The main way I drink milk is in the kefir I make. Ok, I lied. it wasn’t the last question ^.^

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        • thedetoxdiva
          thedetoxdiva says:

          PUFA as in polyunsaturated fatty acid. And who told you that to do a cleanse can’t include raw milk kefir?? Yes, on a “clean” cleanse you would eliminate milk as it is a classic allergen but if you had no problems with it to begin with I question the wisdom in giving it up.

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          • kellio
            kellio says:

            I was going by what I read in your post about the 21 day reset. I think at this point it’s difficult to know if milk(kefir) has affected me, because of dealing with all this stuff. I would think that it hasn’t, because of all the benefits, but If it’s better that I wait until after the 21 days I’m totally ok with that. I just want to do it right 😉

  7. kellio
    kellio says:

    Ok, so I picked up more raw milk today, and I just want to verify. Should I or should I not have raw milk kefir during these 21 days? Thanks 😉

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      If you are doing a traditional “clean” cleanse, you can cut out all dairy but, if you have never had a problem with fermented dairy and have raw milk, a little kefir a day should not affect your cleanse.

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  8. kellio
    kellio says:

    Ok, thank you. I have never been a popcorn eater, but in the recent past, I read that organic popcorn is a great light snack. I had it with organic coconut oil and himalayan salt. I assume I should not have it during the cleanse, but thought I’d ask just in case.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      It is better to keep popcorn (which is a grain) out of your diet during the 21 days and introduce little by little afterward.

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      • kellio
        kellio says:

        That is what I thought. I have always known popcorn to be a grain and never thought it was good to eat, but then read an article saying how good it was as a light snack. So, I figured it wouldn’t be good, but just wanted to double-check. Maybe others have had the same question too 😉

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      • kellio
        kellio says:

        I meant to ask your thoughts on agave before and forgot. I have read that it is not a good sweetener like people think. I’ve also read that it affects the body worse than fructose does. What are your thoughts? Also, what do you think about dates? Just trying to find some healthy ways to sweeten things. I use stevia in some things, but would like other options depending on what I’m making. I am almost at the end of my 3 week reset, and I have to say, I was hoping I would have lost some weight. I think I may have lost 3 or 4 pounds. The only time I actually feel like I have lost is in the morning, otherwise I still feel just as puffy as I did before this detox 🙁 I have been using progesterone for about 2 1/2 weeks, but I know that will take some time. Thanks again for your advice 😉

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        • thedetoxdiva
          thedetoxdiva says:

          3 or 4 pounds is actually good considering MOST people that do harsh resets that lose tons of weight are losing weight by losing water and glycogen. If you were doing this as a jump start to weight loss IF you have a thyroid condition, estrogen dominance, and/or adrenal fatigue, then you did it for the wrong reasons. Also, why are you using progesterone?? Was your progesterone low?? I never suggest my clients use progesterone unless being tested properly.
          And sweetener of choice is SUGAR…. Yes, I said it…. SUGAR. Not bowls of it but get some good unbleached cane sugar or raspadura and use it…. within reason. Molasses, honey, muscovado are all good choices. I am about to write a post that is going to rock your world on why all these sugar alternatives are actually causing more issues than they are helping.

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          • kellio
            kellio says:

            No, my reason was for the estrogen dominance, but of course hoping for some weight loss just because I’ve been stuck at this weight for so long, even with exercise and eating very healthy. I am using progesterone, because like I mentioned in the other thread, I had a hysterectomy(at 37) a few years ago, and my bloodwork showed me at nothing for progesterone, and estrogen higher than what I am suppose to be at post menopause. Ok, I’ll look out for your post. I also have been looking at raw coconut crystals, so that may be something to add to your post if you know anything about it. Thanks 😉

          • thedetoxdiva
            thedetoxdiva says:

            Oh that’s right. I forgot about your history. Yes, progesterone will help but it should not be used as a cleanse for estrogen dominance and unfortunately, depending on the extent of the estrogen dominance, 21 days really isn’t enough. It’s not about a reset (in your case and many others) it is about teaching your body to readjust. Don’t think about raw coconut crystals, think SUGAR!

          • kellio
            kellio says:

            Ya, I figured it would take a good while. I was just planning on adding some free range eggs, healthy meats, and some raw dairy, after doing this 21 day reset, and continue with all of the green smoothies and veggies I’ve been eating. Do you think that is ok? Or should I just continue with only fruits and veggies and some wild caught sardines a couple times a week?

          • thedetoxdiva
            thedetoxdiva says:

            I am actually going to amend that post to not recommend a lot of the green smoothies as my complete understanding now (as a result of PhD level research) has led me to understand that juicing too many leafy greens can actually attack the thyroid which will bring estrogen dominance further into the forefront. (not what we want). I think adding some raw dairy as well as pastured (soy free) eggs, free range meats, and sugar into the diet (as well as your carrot a day with coconut oil) would do better for you than a largely plant based diet. Fruits are important as are vegetables but in addition to not instead of the above.

          • kellio
            kellio says:

            Ok, well that is good, because I am not a vegetarian 😉 Still havin a hard time with the sugar bit, but I’ll look into a few of the different forms of sugar you mentioned above. I just don’t want to use something that will feed candida or affect the blood sugar, right? So you are are saying also to have carrots and coconut oil each day? My leafy greens have consisted of spinach and kale along with banana, wild blueberries, sometimes pineapple, chia, and coconut oil in the morning. Salad(mixed greens, tomato, bell pepper, broccoli, artichoke hearts, cucumber) with balsamic vinegar and olive oil at lunch, and then some cooked veggies like brussell sprouts, asparagus, sweet potato, broccoli, etc and maybe the sardines. So do you think that messed up the reset? I appreciate your time, sleep well.

          • thedetoxdiva
            thedetoxdiva says:

            You clearly have the wrong ideas based on mainstream media. Sugar doesn’t actually feed bacteria and actually it is the PUFAs you are eating with sugar that spike blood sugar. More on that in the post. You are eating too many leafy greens (probably not rotating them either) as raw for juicing. If you have estrogen dominance you are affecting your thyroid.

  9. kellio
    kellio says:

    No, most of what I’ve read hasn’t been mainstream, but I’m always open to learning. I also have been eating some other things listed up above. I just listed the main things i have been eating. But it’s good to know that the last three weeks have been for nothing, lol Who would have thought eating lots of veggies would do damage.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      No, not for nothing…. 21 days doesn’t destroy your thyroid but it will hamper your estrogen detox if you don’t rotate veggies (especially greens). If I were to do a consult for you one of the first things I would tell you after a hysterectomy is to rebuild what is lost and gently detox…. It’s one reason I still wanted you to do raw dairy kefir because it is nourishing….. Sugar is actually estrogen’s enemy as is helping your body use oxygen more efficiently. More to come on that… you didn’t do lasting damage but remember a 21 day reset (though this reset was never published) is only a very small part of the equation. Do your carrot salads in favor of your juices for the time being, incorporate coconut oil into your diet (including cooking in it), eat bone rich meats, drink the bone broth, and do dairy….. eat a little sugar every day (I like homemade marshmallows and orange juice with a little sea salt.) That will do more to help your body than you know.

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  10. kellio
    kellio says:

    Sounds good 😉 I definitely use coconut oil in cooking and smoothies. What are some of the best bone rich meats you would recommend? So, then take the bones and boil them? Also, if we have free range chickens in the freezer, what would be the way to cook them to get the most out of them?

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  11. kellio
    kellio says:

    Darn, I forgot to ask about cacao. Is that something I can have during all this? I was not sure about that or Green tea, because of the caffeine. I’m not actually sure how much caffeine is even in them. It probably is a nominal amount. You have been so gracious to answer all of my questions. Thank you.

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  12. kellio
    kellio says:

    It seems that most the farms around here are feeding their free range hens organic grains that have a little soy in them. I know I can go to the store and get no soy eggs, but they have been pasteurized. So do I just not eat any eggs, or is it ok to have them if it is a very small amount they are given?

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  13. ged48
    ged48 says:

    Hi im a guy 48 with low testosterone, my libido is very low
    i was put on to testosterone patches 3 years ago with no effect.
    i told my urologist to check my estrogen levels, he took some blood
    and amazingly cannot read the results of the blood test!
    anyway just wondered how i can reduce estrogen on my own.?
    i feel very anxious all the time, have no sex drive and feel numb!
    Gerry.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I do help men with estrogen dominance issues but you really do need to look at what is causing it. I have loads of information on my site about estrogen dominance but I do feel a consultation might make it easier to tailor something specifically for your needs. Looking forward to talking to you.

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  14. Julius
    Julius says:

    Avacadoes, peanuts, and olive oil are all great to keep in your diet, as healthy fats help regulate hormones and keep your test/estrogen ratio in a healthy range. Many women think low testosterone is just a problem for men but it affects women too.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Peanuts we disagree on. Too high in mold to be healthy and the PUFA in peanuts is most assuredly not great for hormonal balance.

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  15. hudchick
    hudchick says:

    I just stumbled onto your site. I’m two months into my food revolution. No processed foods, wheat or soy. Grass fed meats excedera…
    My interest in your site is due to the extreme sharp headaches I get once a month when I take a week off of birth control pills. They last for days and are unbearable. My doc says I can just stay on them with no breaks and basically never have a period. This does not feel right in my spirit so I’ve set out to find as much info as possible. I’m eager to learn.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      The fact that you are ON birth control is something that horrifies me. Birth control pills CAUSE estrogen dominance so it should go without saying that taking them without breaks would be severely damaging to your health overall. I would urge you first and foremost to get OFF the birth control pills and find another form of birth control.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      You can absolutely use coconut oil. As far as using your progesterone cream, it depends on the type of progesterone cream you are using but since progesterone opposes estrogen, if you are using progesterone because you are low in production, then absolutely you can and should.

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  16. Jwoods79
    Jwoods79 says:

    Hello,
    I self-diagnosed myself with estrogen dominance a few years ago and it was confirmed when I went to a holistic doctor. I have been studying nutrition and health since I was 17 (34 now) because my dad had terminal colon cancer and was cured through juicing and Essiac Tea. I am working hard at controlling my estrogen dominance but I feel that my body needs something radical to realign itself. I had a uterine ablation procedure done a few years ago because of extremely heavy bleeding (before realizing I probably could’ve handled it a more natural way) I am 15 pounds overweight, I haven’t been my happy self in years and I’m tired of being so moody and frankly, my family is, too! All caused by this excess estrogen. I’m thinking a 21 day juice fast will reboot my endocrine system. Can estrogen dominance be completely healed or reversed through such extreme measures? Thanks for your time.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      It would indeed be extreme to go on a juice fast as it will not have the desired effect of resetting your endocrine system and would more than likely affect your blood sugar in such a way that it would increase symptoms of estrogen dominance. There are much smarter ways of doing things. Yes, estrogen dominance can be healed and reversed but no, not by these measures.

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      • Agirl21
        Agirl21 says:

        This is a really old post but I would love to hear more about how *exactly* can estrogen dominance be treated/ reversed completely like you say here. Is the diet that you mentioned enough to do so. I have been practicing yoga for a few months. Can you recommend specific poses that assist in hormone balancing.

        Thank you so much.

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  17. Carelita
    Carelita says:

    Hi, I stopped drinking coffee because I read that it contributes to estrogen production and I used to drink coffee 3 to 4 times a day. I’m desperate since I’ve been married for 7 years and have not been able to get pregnant even thou we have tried for the last 3 years. I seem to have all the symptoms of hight level of estrogen and hypothyroidism that’s why I’m trying your 21 days to detox from estrogen but, should I eat lentils, red or white beans during the 21 days?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Actually, those are the last things on earth you should be eating for 21 days when detoxing from estrogen. Coffee isn’t hugely estrogenic if it is high quality and low in mycotoxins and not drank in the amounts you discuss. If you are trying to detox from estrogen and heal your hypothyroidism you need to heal your gut first and make sure your detox pathways are working properly. The body is intrinsically more intelligent than we give it credit so making sure you are eating a high quality (low PUFA diet) is going to do more for detoxing estrogen than all the plans in the world.

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  18. Kay
    Kay says:

    Hi there! Great thread. Im curious… if someone has had a hysterectomy, do they need to be concerned about estrogen spikes? Its good to take soy out of the diet since its a common food allergen, but will it spike estrogen for someone who has had a hysterectomy? Thanks.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Your ovaries are not the only place that makes estrogen, your fat cells do too AND you are exposed on a daily basis to xeneostrogens so yes, you still have to worry about estrogen dominance issues and estrogen spikes. You can still have estrogen dominance with a hysterectomy, especially if any part of your ovaries are left in tact but even with a full hysterectomy in this day and age, estrogen dominance can affect MEN to not affect all women! Hope that helps.

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  19. Jennifer Mosley
    Jennifer Mosley says:

    Please please help. I believe i have estrogen dominance. Working on getting saliva test for adrenal and sex hormones to see where my levels are. I have ha low thyroid since having my daughter 14 yrs ago. 2 yrs ago diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Pcos. Etc. what can i do to work on this? Certain diet? Some mention a high protein low carb diet. Please help i just want my life and health back. I am now 35 yrs old. I have 3 kids. Im sick of crying over all this and my weight gain.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I really would need to do a full consultation for you but I CAN help you!! Email me privately and we will set up something in the beginning of the new year but there is NO such thing as ONE perfect diet so if you go low carb you must be aware your adrenals WILL be even more taxed. We need to find YOUR triggers and learn how to work with the challenges you have but we CAN make you feel miles better!

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  20. gillc
    gillc says:

    Hi there, great thread, I’ve read all through and found it all very helpful. I have spent the last 5-6 years of my life dealing with estrogen dominance, not really doing enough to combat it. I struggle with weight loss after gaining around 15kgs after having 2 kids, inadequate eating patterns and basically letting my health down.
    I have now taken quite a dramatic approach to my eating and exercise. Started juicing, using psyllium husk and green powders, snacks of veg, cut out nearly all wheat (this has made a HUGE improvement to my bloating and IBS) almost eliminated caffeine and dairy (to be honest I’m not a massive milk fan) have increased green tea intake and yes the best thing I’ve done increased my H20 intake.
    I’ve even started doing coffee enemas at home as I heard they were good to purge the toxins. The main question I wanted to ask was should I be supplementing? If so what with? I’ve stared a bit b complex but heard that L Glutamine and Andrenogen could help to with my recovery?
    I do eat as well as juice but stick mainly to 3-4 juices per day (2 with green powders) snacking on miso soup, veggies (raw) And oak cakes with a little goat cheese, beetroots etc. I have homemade soups and salads with fresh fish, chicken etc.
    Only been doing it 2 ish weeks seem to be feeling alive again. I need to know if my “leaky” gut will improve? I’m worried that I’ve done permanent damage?
    Thank you.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Personally, I think you are way overdoing the greens. They can be cellulose laden and, if they are raw, can be tough on the thyroid. Miso soup is fine but it must be done in extremely small amounts because it is still soy and if you are estrogen dominant, it can be too much. In my view, your leaky gut can’t improve until you HEAL your gut which you aren’t doing. Cutting out wheat is a great thing but nothing is said about how much other grain you are doing and that can be very fibrous which is not a good factor. I am bit taken aback by the Andrenogen. L Glutamine should be taken in whole food form. Yes, there are some supplements that could be helpful but barring knowing your history, which we can most certainly take and do a consultation, there is no way of knowing which supplements you really need.

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  21. Sids
    Sids says:

    Hi, ive been suffering from pannic attacks, angiodema, allergies for quite long time. M just 25 n m on betablockers. I suffer from extreme swelling on hands face and feet especially in warm weather. All symptoms go worse with heat. My lower body is heavy while upper is ok. M sick of extreme gastric problem before during and 7 days after periods. Swelling and gas gets better with sunflower seeds also my pimples. Wat cud be the possible reason. Plz guide me

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      There is NO way sunflower seeds can make your swelling and gas better. You are on a great deal of medications when you most assuredly have serious intestinal permeability and malabsorption issues which have more than likely impaired your thyroid and affected hormones. Beta blockers are incredibly caustic to the situation. The only way I can guide you is with a private consultation because I need much more information from you to personalize a plan. You can schedule a consultation right on the website! I look forward to working with you.

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  22. Dominique Adansi-Bona
    Dominique Adansi-Bona says:

    Hi, I have a very rare disease called Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, LAM. I have hundreds, maybe thousands of holes, cysts on my lungs. Doctors have told me that this is caused by elevated estrogen levels. I am extremely skinny, I don’t think that I have ANY body fat. I am a 90% raw vegan and I eat all sorts of fruits and veggies. I’m also pretty active but this past Christmas I found myself in the hospital with a collapsed lung. I am still recovering and having difficulty breathing until my lung heals from the pnuemothorax. I am supposed to be on a diet free of xeno and pyto-estrogens and am wondering about 3 food items that I keep seeing on “foods to avoid” lists, tomatoes, dates and apples. Also, as I am home now trying to recover, I find that I cannot breathe unless I do an Albuterol Breathing Treatment every 6 hours. Walking from my bed to my bathroom 10 steps away leaves me breathless. What kind of diet would you recommend while I am on this healing journey-completely raw, grain-free, starch-free?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Honestly, I have read this comment over and over. You are a raw vegan so unfortunately I can’t advise because raw veganism (sorry to say) is one of the causes of high estrogen levels. I wouldn’t advise no starches but I would advise no grain because that isn’t going to help you. Raw, unless you live in a VERY hot climate is not going to do you much good. The very things that I would prescribe to heal your body you will turn away. Oh I don’t agree that tomatoes, dates and apples are phytoestrogenic to the point where it would cause elevated levels of estrogen. I actually know a lot about your disease and estrogen does play a role but unless you are willing to abandon your ideology, I am afraid I am not going to be able to give you any healing advice because the first thing I would suggest is animal based.
      I wish you the best of luck and hope you do find a way out of this. I had pneumonia shortly after my triplets were born and that was terrifying. I can’t imagine what you must be going through.

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  23. Miranda
    Miranda says:

    Dear Detox Diva
    First of, I must commend you on the support you are giving readers – its very generous, and is a breath of relief for those of suffering from estrogen dominance.
    I have had several tests recently throughout the course of my cycle, and I am estrogen dominant, with my last levels off the chart (it was a weird and wacky cycle with a 28 day and then day 10 bleed). Before that, levels were high, but not off the chart. My progesterone levels are low and am supplementing with bio-identicals. My testesterone is very low (about to start a low-dose bio-identical cream), and low morning cortisol, DHEA. I gave up sugar (save for honey in my tea) and gluten about a month ago.
    I was wanting to get your opinion on Chinese herbs. From a TCM perspective, estrogen dominance or hormonal imbalances often stem from liver congestion, and your approach definitely tackles this. I wonder if you have any advice on taking Chinese herbs to clear both liver congestion and spleen qui deficiency? I note that you don’t like supplements, and I have slowed mine right down as I find myself getting stimulated. I was supplementing heavily because what appears to be adrenal fatigue issues, but I wonder if all the supplementation causes additional burden on the liver?
    My other question is about estrogen metabolism products like Estriol – what are you views on things like this? I have just started mine today.
    My key symptoms have been insomnia, and nightly “surges” during the upper part of my body which feels like adrenalin running through them (thyroid normal) and then severe anxiety.
    I have started taking passionflower as I here that helps estrogen dominance as well.

    Thanks for your input

    M

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I actually love Chinese herbs but believe strongly in getting a specialist to prescribe them rather than taking a one-size fits all approach. You probably don’t do enough sugar having cut yours out which will put a strain on your liver as detox pathways require glycogen to work.
      I don’t like too many supplements, no, but my clients will tell you that I do have a few that I recommend (mostly products that can be absorbed into the skin) and, although I am not terribly fond of most estrogen metabolism products, if they work for you, then try them. Most people I know have horrible symptoms as a result because their livers just don’t support phase 2 or 3 detox so these supplements can make things worse.
      Sounds like you are doing everything right!

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      • Miranda
        Miranda says:

        Thank you so much. Yes, I have had a consult with a TCM practitioner as well as Accupuncturist both who identified that I have liver-qui stagnation, as well as blood deficiency – the herbs hope to balance the hormones as well as tonify the liver. I wonder if you can point out a good article which explains the different phases of the liver detox process? I am already following your suggestions in this article. Very interesting about the sugar – I wasn’t aware of that, so will be sure to increase.

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  24. Deborah
    Deborah says:

    Thank you so very much for your time and dedication to helping others! You are an angel! You are appreciated very much. Thank you! 😀

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  25. Mika
    Mika says:

    Hello! Just found your website searching for excess estrogen.
    Well, I am not sure I do have it, all I know is that I have fibroids which may or may not be caused by excess estrogen.
    I was reading about some herbs that can help flush excess estrogen but I can not remember which ones! Can you help me? I know it wasnt dandelion though … I had an internal fibroid removed 2 years ago, after removal I got pregnant. Now I am afraid it’s growing back 🙁 I am very skinny, underweight (always been). Thx

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Most fibroids are caused by estrogen dominance. Dandelion is not an herb that flushes estrogen but it’s mostly about making sure that your liver is functioning properly and you are eating the right way to help you detox estrogen.

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  26. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    You appear to be one amazing woman. I have just read this post … And all the accompanying comments. I am exhausted. I find your posts very informative, written to read with ease. I will be contacting you to schedule a consultation. Even with the wide, varied and voluminous information you post; I realize this journey needs to be personalized for the greatest effectiveness and overall success. I admire your work and wit. Again, you must be one amazing woman. Eagerly looking forward to working with you.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Hi Lisa. I have to say you made my day today waking up to your comment! Thank you! I look forward to seeing you on my schedule soon! And you are right, a personalized plan is always the best!!

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  27. Jamila
    Jamila says:

    Thank you for this article. I haven’t been tested yet but i do believe a am estrogen dominant. I am making a lot of changes and hoping to see a difference soon. Before i had even started researching estrogen i had given up gluten products. But am i understanding that you are suggesting we give up all grains? Brown rice? Are there any you suggest?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      White rice is rather innocuous (not too much fiber and miles better than brown) and quinoa are the only two I recommend with any regularity. It’s not hard to give up grains once you realize all the other foods that you CAN eat!

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  28. Autumn
    Autumn says:

    Hi
    My estrogen is low. I am a few months post partum, and my estrogen level seems to have gone up a bit. (Vaginal dryness isn’t so bad). I’m finding it impossible to lose weight. Even though I eat well and exercise I’ve actually gained a few pounds. I want to do a fast, whether it be a water fast or green juice fast but I’m concerned that these will lower my estrogen levels again. Do you have any advice? (Btw, I’m not breast feeding). Thank you.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Well, first, I don’t think it is your estrogen being low, I believe it is your progesterone levels that are even lower. I don’t believe a water or a green juice fast (especially a green juice fast) is going to help your metabolism (hormones are a part of metabolism) any. These WILL lower your progesterone levels even further. With all the chemicals we are exposed to on a day to day basis, your estrogen levels will be high in no time but eating a real foods digestible diet with balanced macronutrients and plenty of healthy fats will go a long way to creating balanced sex hormones.

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  29. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    Hi! I recently came across your site and read through these articles on Estrogen Dominance. I recently have had my hormones tested due to a number of different symptoms .. and sure enough – ED. I was instructed to go off of birth control .. I am trying to understand the diet part. I eat extremely healthy and exercise already .. but some things I consume will need to be cut out. My questions is – is seems like every site I look at – the info is different! I’m so confused! For example, Rosemary and Sunflower Seeds – some sites say eat them .. some say stay away. ?? Can you help me with that? What is there so many different opinions? What do you recommend now? Same at what you have listed above? Thanks! Great blog!! 🙂
    Jennifer

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Jennifer, I will tell you that depending on your personal situation, many different factors, (which we can discover by filling out a new client questionaire as well as having a dialogue) there are different answers for everyone. I can absolutely help you and explain why I make the recommendations I do but I would recommend a consultation to devise a personal plan that would reduce your estrogen quickly and easily! I have changed a little of my views because I get very clear when it comes to how to eat green vegetables, but as someone who eats rosemary regularly, I can assure you, rosemary used as an herb does not need to be avoided. Sunflower seeds are high in PUFAs and must be used in moderation.

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  30. Jacklin
    Jacklin says:

    Dear Detoxdiva,
    my daughter had breastbud when she was 8 years and 4 months. We went to doctor and he said that she is at early side of normal, and not proposed any treatment. My heart is broken since she is very young. To slowdown the process we switched to organic meat, dairy and fruits mostly. Unfortunately she doesnot like vegetables. she is very thin, swimming, dancing, etc. When I read from internet breast bud appears when the estrogen increases in the body. I give her every day water with lemon, orange jjuice, organic meat and pasta, soups, almond, nut and sunflower seed, berries when I find in tbe market. Do you have any suggestion to us.
    thank you

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I would love to talk to you about what she might be exposing herself to. Breast buds are, in fact, rooted with excess estrogen. I would look at the chemicals she is exposed to in addition to her diet and make sure her gut health is up to par and her liver is detoxing properly.

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  31. Diane
    Diane says:

    I was just listening to an interview with Dr. William Wong in which he said flax was higher in estrogen than soy…therefore, avoid it. Do you have any updated info on this? Here’s the interview:

    http://youtu.be/615dC8xh230

    Thanks for your articles summarizing the estrogen issues. They are very helpful!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I don’t ever recommend flax or soy (or chia for that matter) for this very reason. On top of that it is very high in PUFAs so it exacerbates the issues with estrogen.

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  32. Megan
    Megan says:

    Hi Diva Detox,
    I am a 23 year old and I think I’m suffering from ED… I had an IUD for 3 years and 3 months ago had it removed. I’ve always been sensitive to hormones because I had breast buds at the age of 5 and started menstruating at 10. Thinking the IUD would help stabilize my hormones and also be an easy BC method, I got one. Three years later I have terrible cystic acne, I’m unable to lose weight, my moods are crazy and sometimes I feel like crying for no reason. Currently, I live in Spain and have found it almost impossible to find a doctor that understands me and normally they look at me like I’m insane. I do CrossFit 4-6 times a week and eat a very clean diet, and yet I only get bigger and bigger. My question is, is there anything I can add to my current routine? I’m a bit desperate and bought the 30 day Raw Forest Foods Estrogen Detox. I know I can’t expect miracles, especially after 3 years of destruction, but maybe there is something I can do..
    Thank you for all of your wonderful advice thus far!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      That Estrogen detox isn’t going to help much. Try eating a few carrots (look up my “carrot salad”) a day and some calcium-d glucarate but I would love to have a consultation with you to see if we can’t put together a personalized plan. You might be OVERDOING your crossfit. Sounds like your metabolism needs some working on to make your estrogen detox more easily.

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  33. Tanya
    Tanya says:

    Dear Diva Detox

    I love all of the information on here, it all make so much sense. Im not sure how familiar you are with MTHFR Gene mutation, have 2 copies of the A1298C which im learning has to do with methylation issues, i also have Pylouria , I suffer with panic attacks, headaches, body pains, breast tenderness, ovarian cysts, terrible ovulating pain plus many more things, I have suffered terribly in the past 9 years, but have done many things over this time to make myself as pure as i can. I have tried compounded Indole but had bad reactions to this, Do you have any other advice in regards to detoxing estrogen, as i believe with this gene mutation its hard to detox estrogen through the liver. Any advice would be greatly appreciated x

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I am VERY familiar with the MTHFR gene mutation and have a complete protocol I use to detox estrogen. Compounded Indole causes problems for the majority of people with this mutation so you are not alone. I would love to talk to you at length about what you are already doing, lifestyle, nutrition and supplement wise and personalize a plan for you. It is difficult but not impossible to to detox estrogen with your particular mutation. You also might want to consider seeing how your sulfate pathway is doing as sometimes it helps treat both concurrently. Email me and let’s talk about getting you set up!

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  34. Monica
    Monica says:

    Hello…I was recently diagnosed with fibroids and a lot of what I’ve read has indicated that these are caused by hormone imbalance and high levels of estrogen. I reside in NYC so it is easy to find organic and these foods you have recommended. I have yet to find a good holistic doctor that can help me. If you are familiar with one, please let me know. I’ll look on your website to see if you have written any articles about fibroids, but if you have any goods one, please share. You can email me at the email below. Thanks for the great information.

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  35. Gloria Avilez
    Gloria Avilez says:

    Hi my name is Gloria I am 37 year old I have been on my weight loss journey since 2012 an have lost 90 pounds so far but I’m struggling to lose the last 20. I enjoy working out, about 5 days a week, I eat healthy, I don’t eat organic because I can’t really afford it. I’m not vegan nor gluten free type of person. I just want to lose these last 20 pounds!! I made a HUGE mistake by trying birth control( the patch)for the first time for one month. I only used it for one month because the side effects were HORRIBLE! I had severe headaches, nausea, fatigue , I felt like a balloon, I gained weight in my mid section . The pain and discomfort this patch made me feel was just insane! Every time I think about it it makes me cry because I can’t believe I poisoned myself this crap! I was so very into my exercise and healthy eating, happy that I lost all that weight but once I took birth control it affected my enthusiasm for the things I enjoyed doing, it affected me mentally. I feel gross and dirty. I want to get all this excess estrogen out of my body I want to be again! :'( I purchased some supplements as a quick fix because I just don’t feel Good. I know you recommend nutrition vs. supplements. I belive I have estrogen domince because I have trouble losing inches from my mid section aka Love handles and I noticed that when I used the patch my Love handles got bigger and also because I have a slow metabolism. Overall I’m a healthy person with No serious illnesses. I was taking a a caffeine pill for energy to work out but I read that caffeine is not Good for estrogen dominance nor cortisol levels which makes losing weight more difficult. I didn’t really want to give up my coffee. How soon can I see my body come back after using the patch for 3 weeks? And I can’t seem to tone my body, I excersies with weights but I’m still flabby all over. Is this also a sign of estrogen dominance or just genetics? I would Love to hear from you soon. Thank you!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      You don’t have to give up caffeine or coffee… you can’t drink a LOT of it but coffee is workable for most people… I will be doing a post about it soon.
      I would love to be able to work with you as you say you have a slow metabolism and I think I can unequivocally say we can speed it up and get you to be able to firm up, lose the last bit of weight and adopt a new lifestyle!

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  36. Shimra Fine
    Shimra Fine says:

    Is this something that can be far more relaxed after 21 days? Like if I were to have chinese food with friends every once in awhile (months down the line, not within the 21 days) would everything be ruined?
    I have issues with menstural irregularity, acne, saddlebags, and periodically I am pre diabetic. I am also suspicious (and currently testing the theory out) that my menstrual cycle causes the periods of pre diabetes because I have occasionally gotten glucose in my urine and get chronic utis that seem to coincide with points of my menstrual cycle. So I think the pms spikes the glucose levels and then they spill into my urine, causing utis. Needless to say this is REALLY bad and has caused a lot of issues and no doctors know what to do, so I am hoping maybe that I can try resetting my hormone levels like this but I am worried that if I need to be this strict forever that it won’t be sustainable.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Your periods and your insulin resistance are absolutely related. I don’t know what to say about relaxing your regimen. I don’t believe in having a strict enough regimen where this would be a problem inevitably. Ultimately you want to avoid MSG so you will want, when you go for Chinese to ask them not to use it. You sound like you need a consultation to help get you on track!

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      • Shimra Fine
        Shimra Fine says:

        I have a very complicated health history due to having Ehlers Danlos? Are you at all familiar with it? It complicates pretty much everything. I am so unsure of what is going on with my hormones because despite everything my levels show up as normal. I suddenly (I just found out today) am no longer pre diabetic despite no environmental changes, no dietary changes, no life style changes. And my becoming pre diabetic had no known cause either. I am a bit nervous about trying a detox when nothing shows up on tests but I am just so sure there is something wrong hormonally.
        How much are consultations?

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  37. Shimra Fine
    Shimra Fine says:

    I have been looking at your recipes and was curious if things like salt are necessary to avoid in the first 21 days as well. Do we have to be that strict or can we have seasonings?

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  38. Linda
    Linda says:

    If I eat soy, flax, or too much cilantro, I get double periods and become anemic. If I eat fatty foods, take licorice, or ginseng, I get breast pain, but I use to be able to have everything.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I would bet you that you aren’t eating the RIGHT fatty foods. Licorice has a tendency to be adaptogenic but if you have estrogen issues it can be aggravating, especially depending on the year. Soy and flax are no brainers…. Estrogen and copper increasing which eat iron stores.

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      • Linda
        Linda says:

        I would lose so much blood that I’d feel like fainting. At first I just noticed bad fats affecting me, but now, I can’t have some nut butters, Fats can also affect my period.

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  39. Jay
    Jay says:

    I just stumbled upon this site and love all the help you are providing for others! I am in menopause and have estrogen dominance and have hypothyroid 5.5 level . I have adrenal fatigue at times as well. I eat organic ,not a lot of leafy greens because of hypothyroid. I eat nuts and nut butters ,Ezekiel bread3-4 pieces weekly, organic meat ,vegetables and fruits also Hormel natural cold cuts (nitrate free hormone free) I have tried Standard Process products and have side effects from them. My joints seem to hurt from wheat. My hair is thin and my eyebrows are falling off so I take a Maxi hair vitamin by country life. I would love to get your input on what route to take to help myself detox and help thyroid. Thank you in advance for all your help

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      HI Jay. I’d definitely love to be able to work with you on getting your thyroid back into balance and arresting estrogen dominance (though it might be a deficiency in another hormone causing the estrogen dominance.) Without more information I can’t really give you much input but I can tell you that your nuts could have a detrimental effect on your thyroid depending on a few factors. You need leafy greens you just don’t want to eat them raw. You are taking something out of your diet but keeping the nuts which is just causing more issues.

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  40. Rhonda
    Rhonda says:

    You say in this article that flax is good… receptor sites and all. Then you say in the comments that you never recommend flax–you put it in the category of soy, a no-brainer. Which is it??

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I actually explained that in a subsequent post. Because of the PUFA content of flax I don’t recommend flax any longer. I revised that statement. For some women with little to no body fat reserves, a little can be ok, but if there are any body fat pockets, flax is out simply because the combination of polyunsaturates (which are stored in the fat cells and oxidize quickly) it can contribute to stronger effects of estrogen dominance. When I first wrote that post it was from a holistic nutrition perspective rather than a scientific biochemistry perspective and, luckily, because I continue to improve the actual science and medicine in nutrition, I can separate the difference between mere nutrition and the science behind it!

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  41. Nur
    Nur says:

    I want to ask about honey and honey products like propolis,royal jelly,bee pollen…are these affect to level of estrogen? Frequently i have ovarian cysts ,i dont understand that because of cysts my estrogen level is high or because of my estragen level is high i have cysts. And now i have adenomyozis because of high estrogen.Do you tnink can this diet help me or while will it not work while i have cysts?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Bee products are great additions for hormones however they are not cure alls. You have to find out the ROOT cause of what is causing your estrogen dominance, whether it is liver or gut dysfunction.

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  42. min
    min says:

    I have recently been diagnosed with PCOS. I have just stumbled across your page and it has helped me immensely! I am fighting to get my periods back so one day I can hopefullt have kids. I have recently had to bring this to my older sisters attention as she may have the same thing. We are both not overweight, live relatively healthy lifestyles and i exercise like crazy. I think most of this has escalated and come to my attention due to my increased intake of soy milk earlier this year.The doctors are offering me different forms of the pill to help me. Do you have any recommendations or insight that might help us? Do you have programs available? I would really appreciate and am happy to do what it eve it takes to get healthier.
    Sincerely, Min.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I absolutely do have full programs to help you but we personalize them. I would urge you NOT NOT NOT to take any kind of birth control pills if you want to treat the root cause of the estrogen dominance and treat the PCOS effectively without adding the stress of most pharmaceutical/ synthetic hormones.

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  43. Jen
    Jen says:

    Thank you so much for all of your help! I find your website very informative. I have recently been diagnosed with complex hyperplasia with atypia and was treated twice with megace. They hyperplasia is currently gone and it’s primarily caused by estrogen dominance. How much soy can I safely consume (in the form of cooked tofu and tempeh)? My doctor said to eliminate cholesterol because it interferes with estridol, what do you think?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I think your doctor needs to be educated in biochemistry…. You have to treat tofu and tempeh VERY carefully. If the tofu isn’t fermented (not all in the US and CA are) then I wouldn’t touch it. Tempeh, so long as it is made the way it should be and fermented can be eaten as a condiment ONLY. Very little and not every day. I would say no more than 1/4 of a cup when you eat it and maybe only once a week or less.

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  44. zinna
    zinna says:

    hi
    I wonder if you could help me with some quicker resolution as my case is bad I cant even sleep NORMALLY .. apart from food what can I do >>>will the cream help ? and what do you think of brevail and if it is useful ?
    I really need some helpful tips

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Zinna, All I can suggest is you schedule a consultation ASAP with me so that we can look at your INDIVIDUAL issues and address them as they need to be addressed (on a bio-individual basis).

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      • zinna
        zinna says:

        how I wish we live in the same place the doctors in my country are clueless about this they keep giving me vitamins … I keep having sleepless nights and my heart rate is getting faster …what can I do

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        • thedetoxdiva
          thedetoxdiva says:

          I do Skype sessions all the time! If you wanted you could set one of those up, fill out the forms, become a client and we can definitely look at what you NEED versus rather what your doctors aren’t listening to!

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  45. Laura Lea
    Laura Lea says:

    I was on the birth control pill for over 10 years and even now, years later after being off of it, I still have not reached the balance I so desire. My extreme breast tenderness and coinciding migraines always let me know when my estrogen has spiked – and this happens off and on pretty much all month (it’s brutal). I eat a very healthy diet. Organic salads for lunches during my work week. (romaine, green cabbage, carrots, cucumber, radish, olives a little chopped parsley and a little grated organic cheddar. I top the salads with sunflower and pumpkin seeds that I soak and dehydrate myself. For the dressing I use a very high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar. My other meals consist of a lot of veggie egg scrambles (from pastured eggs). Fresh stir fries with basmatti or brown rice and even quinoa. I am sure to fit in potatoe dishes like mashed potatoes but usually always pair it with a nice veggie stir fry. I am not vegetarian (although leaning more in that direction) and do eat organic chicken 2 – 3 times a week (it varies) but for the most part have cut fish and other meats out, except on rare occasions. Don’t get me wrong I love fish but with the pollution of of the oceans I just don’t know what I can trust. As far as supplements go I am taking a good food derived organic multi-vitamin (from synergy), DIM, Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil combo, D3 and K2 (MK-7 and MK-4) and iodine. I’ve also incorporated homemade fermented sauerkraut into my diet several times a week. My diet is pretty simple and I eat a lot of the same things over and over. I definitely like my raw honey and I indulge in dark chocolate (70% or above). Aside from these headaches and tender breasts I am feeling pretty darn good. My energy levels are high, I sleep well and I get a 60 minute walk in 4 times a week (my commute home from work). I just ordered a bio-identical progesterone cream out of desperation and find myself cruising the internet often in search of a remedy. I came across this site and noticed how good you are about responding to people. Any advice you have for me would be very much appreciated. Love and gratitude 🙂

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Laura, if you are having this many issues, to me, it tells me that you have to take a step back and see why you aren’t detoxing estronen. (I would definitely knock off the fermented cod liver oil!!! That’s a NEVER to be taken!!) To me, there is a gut issue (which is HUGE in estrogen dominance) and perhaps a methylation issue. These are the things I would look at (gut specifically) if you are feeling good but not detoxing estrogen. You may also be dealing with some sensitivities!! I looked at your second posting and I would disagree that the gut is REALLY working as a well oiled machine. I think we might have to look at changing things up a bit.

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      • Ana
        Ana says:

        Similar happened to me, I led a very green diet, but was getting worse and worse. My oestrogen was off the charts. I finally found out about methylation, read the work of Dr. William Walsh and watched the videos of Dr. Robert Mensah. Here I learned about copper dysregulation that I later learnt was caused by my vegetarian diet. Copper dysregulation and oestrogen dominance go hand in hand. I then learnt about methylation, and did a whole blood histamine test, which found out I was undermethylated. This means I cannot tolerate folates (found in a lot of leafy greens and vegetables). This put my body in such a state of stress it impacted my adrenals, which impacted my hormones, which made me crash. Careful of those salads. Read up about methylation and the work of Dr. William Walsh.

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        • thedetoxdiva
          thedetoxdiva says:

          I am already aware of Dr. Walsh and the works of others who understand methylation, like myself and copper dysregulation . It might help you to know that avoiding folates for a time and then supplementing with the RIGHT kind of folates after addressing the other methylation issues that are almost certainly present might mean you can start tolerating them cooked. My own clients on low histamine diets find that they have to stay on those diets maximum 6 months and most for only three.

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  46. Laura Lea
    Laura Lea says:

    I also forgot to mention that I snack daily on about 1/4 cup of raw organic cashews that I roast lightly in coconut oil. I also try and eat a couple organic Brazil nuts daily – which I think of as a supplement. Oh and something else I should mention is that I’ve been taking a tablespoon of diluted Calcium Bentonite Clay each morning with a tall glass of lemon water. This is something I started last spring when I had a horrible issue in my gut – which I believe was brought on by juicing too many powerful vegetables like turnips and radishes. I think I wiped out a lot of the good bacteria in my gut and was suffering badly until I repopulated and started the clay. Since then I have given up juicing and try to just eat the fresh food. I am for a little raw and a little cooked 🙂 I do plan to stop the clay soon because the gut seems to be working like a well oiled machine again and it has served it’s purpose.

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  47. Laura Lea
    Laura Lea says:

    Thanks so much for you reply. I am always very open to all possibilities. When I said my gut seems to be working like a well oiled machine again I was only referring to how it’s been feeling in comparison to last spring. The bloating and severe stomach aches have gone away and my bowels have been well formed and moving several times a day. I hear you that there may still be an imbalance. What could be a huge underlying issue are the stress hormones I most certainly have pulsing through me on a regular basis. My boyfriend can’t tell me enough that I need to turn inward to gain some better control over my mind and my stress response. I definitely get stressed out on a semi regular basis and don’t have any outlets. It’s been years that I have been trying to get my health to a state of homeostasis (trying everything from diet and supplements) and they say the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result. I think the best thing I can do for myself right now is focus on settling into a regular meditation and yoga practice. Once I see myself reacting to the stresses in my life in a more productive way I will continue my search for a possible external cure – if I even need one at that point. Love and Gratitude, thank you again.

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  48. Laura Lea
    Laura Lea says:

    I had a copper IUD for several years before having it removed this past spring too. It was impinged in my flesh and took them an hour to get the thing out. Never again. Interesting comments about copper dysregulation. When I’m feeling up to it I will do a little research on that 🙂

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  49. Mobi Bradley
    Mobi Bradley says:

    Hello Jaqueline,
    Thanks for a sound and promising protocol.
    I just ordered Blue Ice CLO for my anti-fibroid assault. But now I read your advice to Laura Lea: “I would definitely knock off the fermented cod liver oil!!! That’s a NEVER to be taken!!”
    But in your fish oil article from 2013 you approved of it. What is the change of heart? Kindly advise.

    Mobi

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Mobi, I am more than happy to explain. Luckily, in nutrition and functional medicine, we are always evolving our knowledge. 2 things with fermented CLO. First thing is there was quite a big scandal involving CLO not long ago you might want to look up. Second, MOST (and to me ALL) FCLO really is pretty much rancid before you ever take it so the oxidation effect that it has on the body is detrimental. That’s just not at all up for debate. Oh there is a 3rd thing. MOST people aren’t nearly ready for any fermented foods when they are in a fibro or estrogen dominant state so this is the last thing I would ever recommend anyway, but especially as a means to heal your health. THANKFULLY I never stick myself to a schtick and I evolve my medical knowledge the exact same way an MD would look at new studies and procedures. I have continuing education in all my fields of expertise and it benefits my clients and patients enormously because I am not afraid to say “Yeah, ok, I realized that this was not the best position.”

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  50. Tori
    Tori says:

    Came across your website recently and am at my wits end! Can identify with so many people on here, nice to know I’m not alone!

    Have had fibroids for the last 3 years that I know about… steadily been getting worse and worse pain with my periods, extremely heavy bleeding, bowel issues and terrible painful gas during my periods, the doctors say they are not that big and shouldn’t be giving me many problems though. I also have an ovarian cyst and am tired all the time, depressed all the time and having always had a slim figure and very small breasts, I am now putting on a lot of weight, my breasts feel huge, swollen and unbearably painful (have had doctors checking them out for the last 3 years because they feel lumpy to me, but insist nothing is wrong).

    None of my clothes fit anymore, despite me not changing my eating habits and when I go to the gym I often start bleeding in between periods (around the time of ovulation), so have to limit my exercise. I’ve had smears that all come back normal.

    I’ve had some absolutely mortifying experiences at work recently where my excessively heavy bleeding has caused me to leak all over my office chair and clothes and I feel like a social recluse.

    I managed to lose some weight for my wedding 6 months ago by following the 5:2 diet, but that’s not a long term solution for me.

    I don’t know where to start! 🙁

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Tori, you have to think of this as a knot and carefully and in a fundamentally patient way you have to start unravelling until you get to the root of knot! It can be done with a skilled Functional Medicine practitioner and you CAN get back to slim and healthy. You just have to begin somewhere. NONE of what you describe is “nothing” but none of what you describe is untreatable. If you were my client I’d have you back to normal in no time!

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      • Tori
        Tori says:

        Hiya, thank for the reply… I also have reynaulds disease, frequent candida attacks (confirmed by doctors), a severe nut and seed allergy and a lot of stress in my life (family illnesses).

        Because of my depression I find it hard to work sometimes so am not earning a lot of money at present – do you offer an affordable package for clients like me? 🙂

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        • thedetoxdiva
          thedetoxdiva says:

          Unfortunately Tori, I’m not inexpensive. I take a great deal of time and put forth a great deal of effort to help my clients unravel their health issues but it is an investment and I do not have a sliding scale. There are ways to work together but maybe a place to start would be my “Heal Your Gut for Good” e-course (with a lot of the issues you have stated, clearly there is a gut permeability issue.). You have to be willing, in this case, to look at what your health is truly worth and decide whether you are worth the investment.

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  51. Julia
    Julia says:

    For some reason I keep coming across articles saying chia seed is good and safe, unlike flax. I’d appreciate of anyone has a link to read more about chia seed and why it should be avoided. thanks

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Actually JUDICIOUS use of chia seeds is fine. (We are talking 1-2 tablespoons per day maximum). They don’t seem to be nearly as estrogenic as flax seeds. I don’t ever recommend flax to women of childbearing or even menopausal years!

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  52. Cassie
    Cassie says:

    Hello,

    I’ve been diagnosed as Estrogen Dominant My numbers were so high. I’m 44 always been slim and energetic…now I’m tired quite often and have put on 10lbs. I haven’t changed my eating habits so that with moodiness and being tired., I knew something wasn’t right. I’m fortunate where my family doctor recognized the symptoms and had blood work done. As well as a sonogram…I was told Ii do have a cyst but they don’t believe it’s an issue as of now. My doctor prescribed me the progesterone cream and I’ve started taking it. I’m going to print this to start the 21 day cleanse. I do not eat red meat as it is…and do eat mostly organic. However I love nuts, and do eat sweets from time to time. Is there anything else you think I should be doing? I also started taking milk thistle vitamins as I heard they are suppose to help. It’s so frustrating! I’ve noticed I seem to look older than I used to ;(. As well I didn’t see comments about this but for being exhausted I can’t seem to sleep. I’m located in the Nortjhern Virginia area. Thanks so much!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I’d look at gut health first. You might think you are living a healthy lifestyle but it hasn’t always been thus. Work on your gut health THEN look at the liver and you’ll be fine.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      If your gut isn’t ready (and if you have estrogen dominance your gut isn’t ready) you will only be making things worse by starting Milk thistle and dandelion because your liver isn’t ready to work on those pathways.

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  53. Tomeka
    Tomeka says:

    Thank you, for answering so many of my personal questions about estrogen dominance. My name is Tomeka I have pcos and weight is 130. I am 42 and still trying to have that one baby,but I am not ovulating. I just started looking up foods what to and not to eat. I am starting your program tomorrow. What is your email address. I want to become one of your clients.I am a natural path with M.S. last episode in 2006 please help. Thanks again Jacqueline

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Tomeka, please email me at jacqueline@thedetoxdiva.com so we can talk about getting you that baby. By the way, my triplets, conceived NATURALLY, were conceived at 42! I can help you but I want to personalize and individualize a plan rather than the shots in the dark Dr. Google can provide!! I’m looking forward to helping you!

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  54. Kate
    Kate says:

    How does this all play out with MTHFR mutation as well? Specifically C677t and A1298c heterozygous.

    Are there other dietary considerations I need to make with the above suggestions?

    I’ve just recently learned of my mutation recently and I very much suspect ED

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      It plays a great deal with this. You have to be careful about nurturing and, at the same time, not aggravating the pathways so eating plans would have to be more personalized so as to work with these mutations and still rebalance the estrogen.

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  55. Joy
    Joy says:

    my daughter is 10. She weighs 150lbs and still gaining rapidly. I know she is estrogen dominant. I also have symptoms but I use progesterone cream. How can I help her. I am dreading she will start menstruating soon.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      It sounds absolutely like she not only is estrogen dominant but may have PCOS or something like it. Finding the root of WHY she is estrogen dominant at 10 would be helpful, honestly, so that you can arrest the cause of the weight gain and the estrogen dominance and put her back on the road to health.

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  56. AHW
    AHW says:

    I have read so many conflicting articles about which foods actually inhibit estrogen vs. promotes its production. The foods that are in conflict are apples, broccoli, flax, sweet potatoes, and beans. Even on this site I thought you listed beans as something that should be avoided. I could be wrong. I know that I recently read on a paleo website that legumes are not recommended for estrogen dominance. Any clarification you can offer would be helpful. I’m so grateful for your site and your work!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Hi Angel! Beans are generally low nutrient foods due to the physic acid which binds to micronutrients that are needed to detox excess estrogen. If you have NO gut issues (which is not the case if you have estrogen dominance issues) eating them occasionally is not a bad thing but eating them often would be something to avoided. Apples are fine but high in pectin and can contribute to feeding bacteria in a negative way (also bad for estrogen) but if you cook them they become more digestible. Flax can help SOMETIMES and it can HINDER sometimes…. Most of the time I don’t recommend it but some freshly ground flax can be beneficial in certain cases. (We are about to launch our Estrobalance course that will explain this more). Sweet potatoes are not estrogenic. You are thinking of yams. Most of the “yams” in the US are actually indeed sweet potatoes so you are fine. Broccoli isn’t estrogenic but could be goitrogenic if eaten raw.

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  57. Alyssa Reaves
    Alyssa Reaves says:

    Feeling incredibly, deeply frustrated with my situation. I have confirmed Hashimotos, adrenal fatigue (this was a year ago, and I STILL feel like I have it), candida, and blasto. I also suspect silent reflux. I get rashes and have had them every day for years now. I am under the treatment of a holistic RN who thinks the rashes are caused by high histamine. After reading the above, I believe all that I have may be caused by estrogen dominance?? But the issue is still what to eat. Seriously. It is very expensive, nearly prohibitively so, to purchase meat that hasn’t been fed grains. We can afford private label Wegmans brand organic meat, but apparently, I shouldn’t be eating that!! And eggs – I have access to soy free eggs, but they are from the grocery store and are not organic. Meaning no good, right? I also have access to organic free range local eggs. But the chickens don’t have access to a rooster and are probably being fed soy, albeit organic soy. Still no good, right?? We LIVE on eggs. They are such a staple in our diets. Meat is also so incredibly important to our diets. The B-12, the iron. How in the world do I gain access to chickens that are both soy free and range free and organic and have access to a rooster that cost less than $7 / dozen?? Is health only reserved for the wealthy? More and more the answer to that question appears to be “yes”. The doctors you speak of I am nearly sure do not participate in insurance and cost upwards of $250 for a single visit. Treatment on a regular basis would cost thousands. Just feeling incredibly frustrated by it all.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Alyssa, yes, to eat well, it does cost but not everything you mentioned is “NO GOOD”. There are other ways to eat, there are shortcuts you can take and still live and eat well and NOT break the bank. You need to find the right practitioner (but yes, even I am one of those doctors whose 1 month 3 consultation of 3 hours of consultations is $259 and I don’t do insurance so yes, many of my patients tend to be upper middle class) BUT many of my clients also see a difference simply because we FIND the root cause and then build a plan you can FOLLOW! It’s up to you. You can either rail against everything wrong with everyone else…. or you can invest a little bit and find out HOW to get healthy for good.

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      • Alyssa Reaves
        Alyssa Reaves says:

        I just would be very curious what a meal plan would look like for a day, even. I simply can’t live vegan. It feels like a death sentence to me, to not be able to have meat or eggs. Or rice. And so very unrealistic to maintain long term.

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        • thedetoxdiva
          thedetoxdiva says:

          I wouldn’t ask you to live vegan at all. You don’t have to give up rice. I’m sorry Alyssa, I am very happy to help but I work on a very individual basis. Even in my EstroBalance it’s not vegetarian at all. I can help you but you will need to do what needs to be done instead of fearing what you think someone will tell you to do. 🙂

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  58. Nitsa Anastasiades
    Nitsa Anastasiades says:

    Hello, I suffer greatly during my period – and have oestrogen dominance. I take spirulina and chlorella tablets. Do these help? I eat lots of green veg, salads, low fat …. but still suffer these symptoms. I must admit I like my coffee as its the only thing that seems to give me energy during my period. I do exercise a lot! Perhaps more than an hour a day…

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Perhaps low fat is an issue for you and perhaps you are overexercising. There are lots of factors that could be contributing and spirulina and chlorella help a lot of people with a great number of symptoms but only anecdotally for hormone disruption.

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