The reason why some women tend to store more body fat around hips and thighs is that female have high estrogen receptors in lower body as compared to men which is a normal thing but problem arises when estrogen levels go awry and high due to certain reasons;
1) TOXIC OVERLOAD: Environmental toxins like phthalates, dioxins, PCB’s, BPA and glyphosate acts or mimic like estrogen in body and are known as Xenoestrogens. They are present in plastics, cosmetics, home products like shampoos, soaps and sanitisers, non organic meats and dairy products also. They have high affinity for estrogen receptors and lead to excess fat storage around hips and thighs. Best way to reduce toxic overload is to reduce exposure and support detoxification pathways by using chlorella, magnesium, B vitamins, amino acids specially glutamine, glycine and taurine.
2) INEFFICIENT DETOXIFICATION PATHWAYS: Liver helps to metabolise estrogen. Estrogen is metabolised by three pathways called C2, C4 and C16, out of which C2 is the safest and healthiest option. C2 pathway can be promoted by improving gut function and providing then essential nutrients or cofactors like B vitamins special folate, B12, B6, amino acids etc. We can support the liver C2 pathway by having more cruciferous vegetables and phytoestrogens in our diet from flaxseed, sesame seeds, legumes and leafy vegetables.
3) INTESTINAL DYSBIOSIS: Women with excess estrogen are found have some kind of gastro intestinal issues related to overgrowth of unhealthy microflora. The unhealthy bacteria contains an enzyme called beta glucouronidase which cleaves the estrogen from glucouronic acid needed by estrogen in intestine to get excreted. Excess B-glucouronidase activity renders the estrogen free and renters the circulation leading to estrogen burden in body. We can lower the B-glucourindase activity by adding probiotics, fibre and lignin in diet.
4) DYSGLYCEMIA: It refers to inability of body to stabilise sugar levels. Eating highly processed foods, sugar products, refined carbs, trans fatt acids, less protein, less fibre lead to unstable sugar levels in body. High sugar levels increase
aromatase activity which convert testosterone into estrogen in men and women. Excess sugar levels also cause body to release more inflammatory proteins known as cytokines which in turn activate C4 and C16 pathways for estrogen metabolism. Adding more fibre, increasing protein intake along with nutrients like chromium, cinnamon, omega 3 fatty acids and fenugreek to your diet helps you to have more stabilised sugar levels throughout the day. 5-6 small meals are frequent intervals rather then 3 big meals are better to manage your blood sugar levels.