Topic: Impact of estrogen levels beyond menopause and fertility
Estrogen, although present in small amounts in the body, can impact one’s overall health and wellness from physical to mental health.
Dr. Vikki Petersen, certified clinical nutritionist, chiropractor and certified functional medicine practitioner, says estrogen is most talked about surrounding conversations of fertility and menopause. Still, deficiencies or excess levels can impact women of any age.
“In our young women, and I’m talking 20s and early 30s, I’ll do blood tests on their sex hormones, and their estrogen will look like they’re menopausal. And this is really scary,” Dr. Petersen said.
Petersen points to exogenous estrogens, or estrogens coming from the environment into the body that compete with its national estrogens such as chemicals from the environment, the food we eat, the products we put on our body that all disrupt our endocrine system.
Household cleaning products often contain endocrine-disrupting ingredients.
“You want to sort of clean up as many chemicals as you can have control over, and I always tell my patients control what you can, don’t worry about what you can’t,” Petersen said.
Old-fashioned cleaners like vinegar, bleach and water can cut back on the toxic ingredients impacting estrogen levels.
Petersen also suggests a plant-based diet for balancing estrogen levels.
Topic Discussed: Impact of estrogen levels beyond menopause and fertility