What is estrogen?
Estrogen is a hormone, which is basically a chemical messenger, secreted by the ovaries and fat tissue to signal the body to perform certain functions.
How are my estrogen levels?
Most women already have normal estrogen levels. Those who are extremely overweight, have high blood pressure, or have diabetes are more likely to have higher levels of estrogen. Those who are underweight, have low blood pressure, or undergo extreme exercise/training are more likely to have lower levels of estrogen. Symptoms of low estrogen levels include irregular/no menstrual period, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal itching/dryness, and loss of sex drive.
Both high and low estrogen levels can cause serious health conditions and puts you at risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures.
Why improve estrogen levels?
Athletes are prone to have lower estrogen levels because exercise/lifting adds stress to the body and lowers fat levels. For men, this is fine. They can maintain a leaner physique compared to women who have a higher normal body fat % range. A woman’s body needs higher fat levels than a man’s in order to stay healthy and perform optimally.
Estrogen is so important to maintain our bodies and emotional, eat or avoid these estrogen rich foods to help your balance.
- Soybeans (Tofu, Tempeh, Edamame, Soymilk, Soy yogurt etc.)
- Beans (Chickpeas, Hummus, Black beans, Kidney Beans, etc.)