Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Estrogen Dominance
Greetings friends, I’m Doctor Nik Hedberg, and today’s Hashimoto’s tip of the day relates to estrogen, too much estrogen. So we talked about the genetic connection with Hashimoto’s and how vitamin D can help and things like that, but one of the things we know is that if you have too much estrogen in your body, this will actually perpetuate the auto immune disease. And one of the things that happens is people with Hashimoto’s have a chronic Epstein-Barr virus infection, and genetically they have a hard time controlling the Epstein-Barr virus infection. Now if you get too much estrogen in your body, this actually makes that condition much, much worse. So the more estrogen you have, the harder it is for your body to fight off the chronic Epstein-Barr virus infection. The excess estrogen makes it more difficult for the immune system to control it. So we do test our Hashimoto’s patients for their estrogen levels to see if they’re too high. If they are, then we do strategies to reduce their estrogen levels.
Things like cruciferous vegetables can really help to get rid of excess estrogen. Fiber, increasing fiber in the diet or fiber supplement to help to lower estrogen, taking a compound called DIM, D-I-M, it’s actually a derivative of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli. And DIM actually helps the body metabolize out the excess estrogen in the body.
And then, of course, whenever there’s too much estrogen in the body, you also have to look at body composition because the more body fat you have, most likely you’re going to have more estrogen than the average person. So estrogen is a major, major player in Hashimoto’s, and it definitely needs to be looked at because it could be an issue. That’s our Hashimoto’s tip for the day, and we’ll see you next time.
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