I don’t think my oestrogen levels were ever checked before, but I’ll need to take a look at the last lab work to be sure. Otherwise I will have to request them to check it next time. This is a whole new area of investigation for me so my knowledge is still limited. My doctor did put me on DHEA and I am not actually sure what it is for but it had something to do with my sex hormone levels. As far as I understand it is to support my tired adrenals and to boost testosterone. No other doctor here in Norway even seems to ever have heard of DHEA. I really don’t know what it is or does but can tell that it does make a difference in terms of my general energy levels and strength. This is what he resorted to when I failed to respond to the desiccated natural thyroid as expected.
It was reading Ray Peat that I actually came to suspect that oestrogen dominance might be a problem; I have so many of the symptoms including water retention (could be low thyroid as well), suddenly getting fat especially around my abdomen and back, mood swings, heavy periods, hot flashes, and the dairy intolerance. I am approaching the age when the progesterone levels drop anyhow though I am too young to be going through menopause yet (which is why I don’t get why I’m getting these hot flashes). And of course I’m hypothyroid too which can explain some of these things but I’ve also read that there is often a link between low thyroid and oestrogen dominance.
I’ve been at least trying to read about what kinds of foods to eat to lower oestrogen and to increase progesterone. Thought of trying to do this through nutrition if possible. I got the raw carrot thing from Ray Peat and do eat raw carrot every day now (the one good thing that came out of being on the candida diet is that I am no longer allergic to raw carrot, as I was for years before!). For being hypothyroid I was already cooking my cruciferous veggies very well, but am thinking now that perhaps it would be best to avoid them altogether.
I also wonder about getting adequate protein: whether it is not only about the amount of protein but also the variety and quality that matter? Thinking since many of my problems (water retention, getting fat and puffy) started while on this strict diet where I was eating a lot of eggs but only eggs; maybe the problem was not enought different sources for protein? Just a hunch but I do seem to remember having read something about this as well.
Of course I am intrigued about how blood sugar regulation relates to all of this; for example Josh Rubin mentions that oestrogen dominance can be a sign of blood sugar dysregulation. Given my history of skipping meals, dieting and going hungry this might explain a lot, especially why I got so much worse while on the strict diet. The blood sugar regulation might be an important aspect in relation to Candida as well. When I was diagnosed with Candida overgrowth based on my symptoms of abdominal bloating which my doctor called as being “sugar reaction”, I thought it was weird: I only ever got bloated when I went hungry for a long time. So how could it be a reaction to sugar? Of course now I’ve read that not getting adequate carbs for example can actually cause your blood sugar levels to spike, so maybe that’s an explanation. I know this is something I need to consider more thoroughly.
Thanks for your thoughts and for the link. Really appreciate it. As tempting as it would be just to order another supplement and hope it is the magic ingredient needed to fix it all, I know that hormones aren’t something to play with. I need to understand how it all functions and the role of nutrition so definetely will keep reading more.