High oestrogen levels are expected during certain times in a woman's life. Those times are when she is pregnant, when she is going through her menstrual cycle and after she undergoes oestrogen replacement therapy. At other times, high oestrogen levels should be a concern for women. There are many health problems that are associated with having high oestrogen levels. Some of these problems are migraines, weight gain, high blood pressure, fatigue, PMS, muscle aches, fibroids, depression, and ageing skin. Besides these health problems, there are serious, life-threatening conditions that can occur for a woman with high oestrogen levels. These conditions include reproductive cancers, blood clots, strokes, gall bladder disease, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Therefore, it is imperative that a woman learns how to treat high levels of oestrogen in her body. Here are some ways a woman can reduce her oestrogen level.
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Eat a low-fat diet. Studies reveal that maintaining a low-fat, vegetarian diet stabilises oestrogen levels for woman. In countries where woman avoid fatty diets and mostly eat vegetables, there are not a lot of women with breast cancer. Women should avoid highly processed foods and high-fat foods to lower oestrogen levels. Women should eat more raw fruit, and natural, organic whole foods.
Increase fibre intake. A woman should increase her fibre intake to 30 grams per day. Fibre is found in plant foods such as peas, soybeans, oats, rye, plums, berries, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and onions. Other fibre is found in whole grain foods, bran, nuts, seeds, cauliflower, zucchini and celery. A woman should make sure these foods are a part of her daily diet to decrease her oestrogen levels.
Reduce stress. Women should make sure to eliminate the stress in their lives. They should take some time to relax and enjoy life and ensure that they get enough sleep every night so they can feel rested. Reducing stress can lower oestrogen levels.
Reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption. Drinking alcohol and caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and soda, are believed to raise oestrogen levels. Women should drink less alcohol or no alcohol at all.
Exercise regularly. Exercising can help a person maintain a healthy weight. This can also lower a person's oestrogen level. A woman should schedule a time to exercise regularly, whether it is jogging in the morning or going to the gym a couple of times a week.
Tips and warnings
- Another way a woman can avoid high oestrogen levels is to eliminate pesticides. Pesticides are another form of oestrogen. They are sprayed on fruits and vegetables. A woman should properly wash food to eliminate the pesticides.
- High oestrogen levels are a major cause of why women get breast and ovarian cancers.