You eat right, exercise, do all the right things and you are still unable to loose weight. If this sounds like you, you are probably suffering from a condition of estrogen dominance, although most would claim it is a thyroid problem. Estrogen is not the name of a specific hormone. It is the class name for a large group of compounds with estrogenic properties. These include human estrogens, animal estrogens, synthetic estrogens, phytoestrogens and xenoestrogens. As a general rule estrogen causes cell growth. We know that fat cells produce estrogen and once there are enough of them they are able to keep your body supplied with plenty of estrogen.
Women, men and children who are estrogen dominant tend to retain water and crave simple carbohydrates like sugar, baked goods, and chips. Again this is recognized as a thyroid issue, rather than an estrogen imbalance. Women, men and children who are overweight also tend to become insulin resistant, which means sugar isn’t being removed from the blood and utilized properly. This is caused by imbalances in the adrenal glands and increases in cortisol levels, which in turn affects the reproductive organs.
You are probably wondering which it is, estrogen or thyroid, that causes your inability to loose weight. Let’s look at the facts.
- Cortisol is released in your body as a response to stress.
- Cortisol thins the lining of the stomach, leading to gut inflammation.
- Gut inflammation (Dysbiosis) will increase estrogen levels in your body by reabsorbing estrogen and preventing exogenous estrogens from being eliminated from your body.
- Gut inflammation will cause the liver to release more fat and sugar into the blood stream.
- Increased Cortisol causes increases in the amount of Reverse T3 which is unusable by the body.
- Increased Estrogen decreases free T3 and T4 Hormone.
- Increased Cortisol causes T3 receptors site resistance.
- Increased Cortisol causes decreases in the amount of T3
Without free T3 or T4 thyroid hormones you loose the ability to use fat for energy. Estrogen dominance decreases the amount of T3 and T4 thyroid hormones. Does stress occur in your life? Then you are producing Cortisol. Your body works as a unit – when one part is out of balance, the rest tends to follow. If you need help, we have the expertise to assist you in restoring your health.