Or should that be all women?
Estrogen is a beautiful hormone, when it’s balanced. When there is hormonal harmony we can sail through our monthly cycle, breeze through menopause AND not increase our risk of female cancers!
Estrogen is also protective against heart disease and osteoporosis, so we don’t want to shun this hormone.
The trouble starts when we have too much estrogen compared to progesterone or too much of one type of estrogen – yes there’s more than one type!
Estrogen’s job is growth. Grow a new lining in the uterus and release of an egg every month. breast development and hip enlargement during puberty.
Progesterone, on the other hand, is our happy hormone, that’s why you feel so good in the second half of your cycle.
The pill stops ovulation. But it not only stops an egg being released, it also stops progesterone being made after the egg was released.
Being on the pill means you miss out on progesterone balancing estrogen and the feel-good effects of this hormone. You can see why so many young girls who go on the pill end up on anti-depressants AND how we are increasing our risk of female cancers and fertility issues. 
Even more disturbing is that our young girls are being recommended the pill not as a contraceptive BUT for painful, heavy periods! 
Rather than using a band-aid, why are we not trying to find the root cause?
Beginning an anti-estrogen diet is key.
Firstly, reducing the consumption of foods that contain estrogen or estrogen-mimicking hormones like dairy, animal protein and processed foods is essential.
Secondly, increasing foods that support healthy estrogen metabolism and elimination like:
  • Vegetables – especially the cruciferous ones like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage etc.
  • Whole fruit – use whole fruit and dried fruit as your sweeteners
  • Legumes – beans & lentils which are an excellent protein and complex carbohydrate source
  • Whole grains – especially the gluten-free grains like brown rice, rolled oats, quinoa etc.
  • Healthy whole food fats – avocados, olives, nuts & seeds.
You may also want to consider the estrogen-mimicking compounds in your personal care products and cleaning products. As a cancer survivor, I choose natural organic products where ever possible.

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