What Are the Side Effects of High Estrogen Levels?

According to Natasha Turner, ND for Chatelaine, high estrogen levels lead to weight gain, moodiness, bloating, varicose veins, endometriosis, water retention, uterine fibroids and various forms of cancer. Estrogen dominance can occur in both men and women when the body's hormonal balance becomes compromised through exposure to environmental toxins and through natural fluctuations that occur with age when testosterone and progesterone levels decrease.

Turner explains that estrogen dominance is easily influenced by substances found in produce pesticides, plastics and meat growth hormones that mimic the behavior of estrogen in the human body. People can also be exposed to excessive amounts of estrogen through the use of birth control pills or by drinking from public water supplies that are tarnished with the urine of birth control recipients.

According to Turner, it is believed that estrogen dominance contributes sufficiently to the development of prostate, breast and uterine cancers. It is possible to protect the body from harmful estrogen compounds and aid the liver in expelling them by avoiding alcohol, eating a low-fat diet and consuming adequate amounts of folic acid and B-complex supplements.

Turner also recommends taking a strong probiotic supplement each day and incorporating plenty of fiber into the diet to help the digestive tract eliminate excessive estrogen. Choosing an organic lifestyle is an especially effective way to avoid food additives, hormones, pesticides and herbicides that contribute to estrogen dominance.