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What is Estrogen Dominance?

How to Find Your Healthy Hormone Balance

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Mood swings, extreme fatigue, and bloating aren’t just PMS symptoms to sweep under the rug. They could be a sign of a common hormonal imbalance known as estrogen dominance.

With estrogen dominance, excess estrogen levels overwhelm the balance with progesterone. When left untreated, estrogen dominance can lead to more serious issues beyond discomfort and emotional irregularities – fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, and a heightened breast cancer risk have all been linked to estrogen dominance.

The good news is that estrogen dominance – like most hormone imbalances – can be rebalanced with the help of a holistic approach and a few simple lifestyle changes. Read on to learn more about how estrogen dominance impacts your health and how you can get back on track.

Back to Basics: Why Hormone Balance Matters

You’ve likely heard how important your hormone health is. But do you know what having balanced hormones looks and feels like?

Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers. They travel through the bloodstream to tissues and organs and “tell” the body what to do (or not do) to regulate your metabolism, reproduction, growth, mood, sleep, and more. Because so many bodily processes rely on these tiny messengers, the delicate balance of hormones is crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being.

When our hormones are in balance, we are in balance. We have a healthy sleep-wake cycle, maintain a healthy weight effortlessly, and feel energized and positive. When our hormones fall out of balance, however, we start to feel “off.” This could lead to issues like mood swings, bloating and weight gain, poor sleep, breakouts, dysregulated body temperature, and even feeling under the weather more often. 

Estrogen imbalance is one of the more common hormone imbalances, so let’s take a deeper look at what this hormone does.


At Moringa Natural Health, we specialize in addressing hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance. Our holistic approach includes everything from detoxification and bespoke diet plans to comprehensive treatments tailored for menopause and hormonal challenges. Interested in balancing your hormones and enhancing your wellness? Schedule your complimentary session with Dr. Fernandez today!


What is Estrogen?

In women, estrogen is most commonly produced in the ovaries and plays a crucial role in reproductive health, menstrual cycles, child development in the womb, and maintaining bone density.

However, men also produce estrogen (although in a much lower volume compared to women).  In men, estrogen is necessary for healthy cognitive function, sexual function, skin health, bone health, and regulating your cholesterol levels.

Estrogen and Progesterone

Having a healthy hormone balance is more than simply having enough estrogen – it also means keeping it in harmony with progesterone, another key hormone for health. 

For women, progesterone and estrogen work together for menstrual health and fertility. While estrogen promotes the growth of the uterine lining, progesterone ensures the uterus is stable and ready for a potential embryo. And if pregnancy doesn’t occur, a drop in progesterone levels triggers menstruation.

In men, progesterone is a precursor to the male sex hormone testosterone. As men age, their production of progesterone and therefore testosterone drop dramatically, which can raise the percentage balance of estrogen in their body and lead to imbalances.


At Moringa Natural Health, we specialize in addressing hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance. Our holistic approach includes everything from detoxification and bespoke diet plans to comprehensive treatments tailored for menopause and hormonal challenges. Interested in balancing your hormones and enhancing your wellness? Schedule your complimentary session with Dr. Fernandez today!


Unpacking Estrogen Dominance

Balancing hormones in the body is a bit like baking bread. You need the right amount of flour, water, yeast, sugar, and salt to make the bread rise and bake properly. When you have too much of one ingredient, say salt, the composition changes the chemical reactions in the dough. Too much salt dehydrates the dough, kills the yeast, and prevents the bread from rising.

Too much estrogen in the body is like adding too much salt to your bread dough. It overpowers the other hormones – especially progesterone – and sets the body’s “recipe” off balance. 

This is estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance refers to a condition where there’s too much estrogen relative to progesterone. This imbalance can disrupt normal hormone functions and affect everything from menstrual cycles to mood regulation. Estrogen dominance is also linked to other health conditions, including fibroids, endometriosis, breast cancer, and PCOS.

Common Causes of Estrogen Dominance

  • Too much estrogen from medications (like birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy)
  • Exposure to environmental estrogens (such as xenoestrogens found in plastics and pesticides)
  • Obesity (fat cells produce estrogen)
  • Reduced liver function (which prevents estrogen breakdown)

Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Bloating and water retention
  • Breast tenderness
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Weight gain, particularly around the hips and waist
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Sleep disturbances
  • PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
  • Gynecomastia, erectile dysfunction, and infertility in men

If you experience the common symptoms above regularly, you may be dealing with a hormone imbalance. But how do you know if estrogen dominance is at the root? A professional blood test is typically the best way to determine which hormones are out of sync so you can restore your balance.


At Moringa Natural Health, we specialize in addressing hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance. Our holistic approach includes everything from detoxification and bespoke diet plans to comprehensive treatments tailored for menopause and hormonal challenges. Interested in balancing your hormones and enhancing your wellness? Schedule your complimentary session with Dr. Fernandez today!


Back to Balance: 3 Therapies that Support Estrogen Balance

Whether you are struggling with estrogen dominance, have another type of hormonal imbalance, or simply want to maintain your hormone health, holistic therapies can help. Let’s take a look at three powerful natural therapies that work to reset and restore your balance.

  1. Bio-identical Hormone Therapy
    Bio-identical hormone therapy uses plant-based hormones (that are chemically identical to the ones your body naturally produces) to restore your natural hormone balance. Unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy, there are few side effects when using bio-identical hormones. While this is a popular natural way to combat issues like menopause symptoms, it can also help manage male and female hormone imbalances such as estrogen dominance.
  2. Herbal Medicine & Supplements
    Herbal medicine has been used to support women’s health in practices like Chinese medicine and homeopathy for centuries. Today, research confirms that many herbs (such as black cohosh, red clover, and chaste tree berry) have properties that can mimic or influence hormones in the body. At Moringa Natural Health Center, we identify the root cause of your estrogen dominance or hormone imbalance, then recommend the best herbs and supplements to restore your balance.
  3. Acupuncture
    Acupuncture is a gentle natural therapy that involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific points on the body to clear blockages and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. For someone experiencing estrogen dominance, acupuncture can help regulate the endocrine system, alleviate stress, and promote hormonal balance. It works by stimulating the reproductive system, the liver’s detoxification system, and the nervous system to regulate the production, release, and processing of our hormones.

Lifestyle Tips for Overcoming Estrogen Dominance 

While natural therapies can help you take big strides towards a more balanced endocrine system, what you do between visits matters, too. Here are a few simple lifestyle habits that regulate hormones and support a healthy lifestyle. 

  • Eat More Cruciferous Vegetables
    Foods like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale contain compounds that can help the body metabolize estrogen more effectively, so it doesn’t build up in your system.
  • Opt for Fiber-Rich Foods
    High-fiber foods such as lentils, beans, whole grains, and seeds support digestive health and help remove excess estrogen from the body.
  • Limit Processed Foods and Sugar
    Reducing your intake of processed foods and sugars can help regulate your insulin levels, which in turn can help balance other hormones (including estrogen).
  • Stay Hydrated
    Drinking plenty of water is essential for maintaining healthy bodily functions, including hormone balance and the detoxification process.
  • Exercise Daily
    Enjoying a daily activity that gets your heart pumping is a great way to manage your hormones. Try strength training, cardio, or yoga to help decrease estrogen levels through improved metabolism and fat loss.
  • Manage Stress
    High stress levels can disrupt hormone balance. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or a hobby you love to help manage stress.
  • Limit Exposure to Xenoestrogens
    Reduce exposure to xenoestrogens found in plastics, non-organic produce (pesticides), and personal care products (parabens and phthalates) by choosing glass containers, organic foods, and natural beauty products.
  • Support Liver Health
    The liver plays a key role in hormone balance by processing and eliminating excess hormones. Foods that support liver health and detoxification include leafy greens, beets, garlic, and turmeric.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight
    Excess body fat can produce estrogen, so maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise can help manage estrogen levels.
  • Get Quality Sleep
    Ensure you’re getting enough sleep and maintaining a regular sleep schedule. Sleep is crucial for hormone production and balance, especially for hormones like estrogen and progesterone.

At Moringa Natural Health, we specialize in addressing hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance. Our holistic approach includes everything from detoxification and bespoke diet plans to comprehensive treatments tailored for menopause and hormonal challenges. Interested in balancing your hormones and enhancing your wellness? Schedule your complimentary session with Dr. Fernandez today!


Get a Hormone Wellness Plan at Moringa Natural Health Center 

Estrogen dominance and other hormone imbalances don’t just wreck your mood and disrupt your cycle – these endocrine issues can cause a host of health issues when left unchecked. That’s why our team at Moringa Natural Health Center focuses on establishing healthy hormone balances – no matter your main symptoms – with our holistic wellness plans. 

Request an appointment or call our office at 623-266-0059 to learn more about how we can help you get to the root of your hormonal issues and restore your healthy balance!

Much love, 

Dr. Lena Fernandez

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