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Women’s Health: 5 Signs You May Have Low Estrogen And How To Fix It Naturally

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Estrogen, although present in small amounts in the body, can impact one’s overall health and wellness in crazy ways. Too much or too little can throw off your health, both mentally and physically.

Low estrogen can commonly occur during menopause in women, thus leading to a host of unwanted and bothersome symptoms. But, menopause (or low estrogen in general) should not be making your life miserable. There are actually many ways that you can help treat your low estrogen levels, totally naturally, at home.

“Estrogen, the primary female hormone along with progesterone, is needed for much more than fertility. Estrogen maintains good calcium levels in your bones plus it helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Every cell in your brain requires estrogen for optimal cognition and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.” –Dr. Vikki Petersen

Dr. Vikki Petersen, certified clinical nutritionist, chiropractor and certified functional medicine practitioner, shares the following tips.

What are some common signs of low estrogen? Here are 5 signs to look out for, according to Dr. Vikki Petersen:

  • Symptom #1: Weight gain. With insufficient estrogen, your body burns and metabolizes starch and sugars less effectively. The result is an increase in fat storage, decreased muscle mass and resultant weight gain, more predominantly in the abdomen.
  • Symptom #2: Mood Swings and Depression. Estrogen is a serotonin stabilizer. When levels decrease you are more likely to experience depression, irritability and mood swings.
  • Symptom #3″ Fatigue. Low estrogen not only decreases your ability to deal with stress but also tends to burden your thyroid. The result is fatigue and lethargy.
  • Symptom #4: Urinary Tract Infections and Vaginal Dryness. Estrogen is needed to keep the tissues of the vagina healthy and the mucus lining stable and healthy. Lowered estrogen levels not only result in vaginal dryness, but the reduced health of the mucus membranes open you up to opportunistic infection and can result in urinary tract infections.
  • Symptom #5: Hot Flashes and Night Sweats. Lowered estrogen affects your hypothalamus, the part of your brain that controls your internal temperature. The result is hot flashes during the day and night sweats at night, resulting in disturbed sleep and insomnia.

So, how can someone work to raise estrogen levels naturally, using diet or other holistic approaches? Here are Dr. Vikki Petersen’s top 3 things that can help boost estrogen levels naturally:

  • Tip #1: Vitamin D.Vitamin D plays a role in estrogen synthesis, therefore maintaining a healthy vitamin D level can help maintain or raise estrogen levels. You can even get vitamin D from sun exposure, so make sure to spend some time outdoors each day.
  • Tip #2: Flax and Sesame Seeds. Flax seeds and sesame seeds are natural phytoestrogens that can help with estrogen metabolism and are a tasty addition to many meals, including salads, smoothies and more. Get creative in finding ways to add these to your diet.
  • Tip #3: Soybeans. Soybeans (make sure they are organic) also contain phytoestrogens that act to balance estrogen, raising deficient levels and lowering excess levels. Soy-based products are not bad for you, as many people think!

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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