What can you do?
1. Limit soy in your diet. This includes soy sauce, soy protein powders, “fake” meat made from soy, and soy based ingredients. Soy is very high in phytoestrogens and estrogen dominance can be an underlying cause of symptoms. More about soy and phytoestrogen here: http://www.westonaprice.org/faq/faq-soy
2. Limit unsaturated fats made from nuts, seeds and vegetables as much as possible – Rancid vegetable & seed oils like corn, canola, soybean, sesame seed, safflower, sunflower, flax etc can increase cellular inflammation, decrease cellular respiration, block thyroid hormone and increase estrogen levels.
There are many changes in hormones caused by unsaturated fats. Their best understood effect is their interference with the function of the thyroid gland. Unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion, its movement in the circulatory system, and the response of tissues to the hormone. When the thyroid hormone is deficient, the body is generally exposed to increased levels of estrogen. The thyroid hormone is essential for making the “protective hormones” progesterone and pregnenolone, so these hormones are lowered when anything interferes with the function of the thyroid. [B. Barnes and L. Galton, Hypothyroidism, 1976, and 1994 references.] – Ray Peat Ph.D.
More on that here: http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/unsaturated-oils.shtml
3. Limit nuts, seeds, nut milks, nut butter, seeds spreads or protein powders made from nuts and seeds – same reason as above. Nuts and seeds are high in polyunsaturated fats (an inflammatory unsaturated fat). In addition, they are high in plant chemicals called phytic acids. Since they don’t have claws or teeth and can’t outrun predators, they use these protective chemicals instead. They also have enzyme inhibitors in them. Enzyme inhibitors block the absorption of protein and minerals like calcium and magnesium. Calcium and magnesium deficiency can cause muscle cramping. More on this here: http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/living-with-phytic-acid
4. Avoid environmental or xenoestrogen – industrial chemicals, poisons and other compounds can mimic estrogen in the body. For more on environmental or “foreign” estrogens and a list of chemicals known to have estrogenic effects go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenoestrogen
5. A carrot a day will keep the estrogen away! Carrot fiber is protective against estrogen and one raw carrot a day eaten medicinally will help prevent estrogen from being reabsorbed in the small intestine and assist in detoxing estrogen from the body.
6. Increase organic, pastured, whole foods when possible. Removing processed, industrial foods is a huge factor in decreasing estrogen and balancing hormones. It’s important to understand that everything you put in your body or on your body (lotions, shampoos, conditioners, make-up etc) send hormonal messages to your body. I strongly recommend organic, pastured animal foods – milk, cheese, yogurt, beef, lamb, liver etc. wild sea food – shrimp, oysters, white fish etc. as protein sources. And eating plenty of fruit and easy to digest veggies (well cooked roots, squashes, peppers).