Females produce many sex hormones; estrogen, progesterone (P4), testosterone (TT), luteinising hormone, follicular stimulating hormone, prolactin and DHEA-s. These hormones all partake in a delicate dance together, and it is when this dance is no longer in sync (too much of one hormone or not enough of another) that symptoms of hormonal imbalnce can appear.
High estrogen (Estrogen Dominance)
This can occur when estrogen production is increased or when estrogen is not broken down effectively by the body. One can also experience estrogen dominance when progesterone is low in relation to the estrogen levels. Women feel good when their estrogen is matched to their progesterone.
When you have estrogen dominance you may experience:
- Pre menstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Weight gain around the hips and thighs Early miscarriage
- Fertility problems
- Lumpy, or tender breasts
- Anxiety, depression, poor memory
- Dry skin
- Headaches and migraines
- Heavy , irregular periods
- Low sex drive
- Poor sleep
The broccolini in this recipe may assist the body metabolise (or breakdown) excess oestrogen that is circulating in the body, making this dish a great hormone balancing meal.
1 bunch Broccolini
1 x Garlic clove, diced
1 x cm piece Ginger, diced
Chilli flakes, to taste
Edamame (from Japanese supermarkets)
Coconut Oil for cooking
Heat pan with coconut oil
Add garlic, ginger, and chilli and stir for approx 1-2 minutes. Add almonds and roast in pan for 30 seconds.
Add broccolini to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes (never cook your broccolini for longer than this as it will destroy the enzymes).
Serve Broccolini, with almonds and cooked Edamame (as per instructions).