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Excess Estrogen Could Be Causing Weight Gain — Here’s How to Fix It

Estrogen dominance is a condition that’s causing women over 40 to gain weight and struggle to lose it. Eating more fiber helps reverse estrogen dominance to supercharge weight loss — and these picks speed results.

Sprinkle on seeds.

Plant-based compounds in flaxseeds help flush surplus hormones from the body, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. And British researchers say enjoying just two tablespoons daily could help you lose weight 56 percent faster. To get the benefits, stir ground flaxseeds into hummus or salad dressing.

Sip green tea.

Polyphenols in this brew help the body shed excess estrogen, according to researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Their studies found that women who drank at least eight ounces daily had 40 percent lower levels of the hormone than women who sipped green tea less frequently.

Mix in mushrooms.

These tasty bites are rich in phytochemicals that inhibit the production of enzymes that activate estrogen, report researchers from the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope in California, making women 64 percent less likely to suffer from estrogen dominance. Enjoy one cup of button, portobello, or crimini mushrooms each day to get the benefits.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine.

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