How Soy Affects Hormones and Health

Soy contains phytoestrogens or ‚Äúplant-estrogens,” which sounds bad but by out-competing estradiol, phytoestrogens can have a beneficial anti-estrogen effect in women of reproductive age.

That’s why soy and other phytoestrogens can make periods lighter and improve estrogen excess symptoms such as PMS and heavy periods. 

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Why a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet Can Be Bad for Periods

A vegan or exclusively plant-based diet can make periods lighter and less painful but it can also cause irregular periods due to impaired ovulation and low progesterone.

The problem is not that phytoestrogens cause high estrogen. In fact, phytoestrogens have a generally anti-estrogen, period-lightening effect. The main problem with a vegan diet is that is can cause long-term depletion of important women’s health nutrients such as zinc, iodine, vitamin A, and taurine.

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How to Lower Estrogen

too much estrogenToo much estrogen can cause heavy periods, breast pain, fibroids, and premenstrual irritability. It can also suppress thyroid function and increase the risk of breast cancer.

What natural treatment works to lower estrogen? To understand that, you need to think about the types of estrogen and why they’re high.

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Why I Prescribe Iodine for Breast Pain, Ovarian Cysts, and PMS

Iodine for female hormones.

Iodine helps with breast pain, premenstrual mood symptoms, and the prevention of ovarian cysts. It works by promoting healthy estrogen metabolism, down-regulating estrogen receptors, and stabilising estrogen-sensitive tissue including breasts, uterus, ovaries, and the brain.

Iodine’s anti-estrogen effect makes it one of the best treatments for estrogen excess or “estrogen dominance,” although I don’t use that term.

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