Hi there I'm Stella Metsovas. And today we're going to talk about natural fruits or vegetables that stimulate the female hormone estrogen. First off lets discuss the basic role of estrogen in your body. Estrogen is a hormone that plays a major role in the healthy functioning of a woman's body. It controls the growth and development of female sexual characteristics such as our ovaries and uterus. Estrogen needs to be kept in harmony with other hormones in the body without getting too estrogen dominant. Because our environment has become filled with xenoestrogens, these are chemically man-made chemicals that produce estrogen in the body. We're often considered estrogen dominant by the way, ok. So most people are estrogen dominant today. It's a sad fact. Studies showing young prepubescent girls developing breasts and getting their menstrual cycles before the age of 13 is actually a sign of estrogen dominance. But what if you need to naturally increase estrogen levels without using hormone replacement therapies. Symptoms of low estrogen typically occur in women approaching and experiencing menopause. However younger women can also experience low estrogen but their symptoms differ from menopausal women. According to Medscape the most common symptom of low estrogen in younger women is lack of menstruation and delayed development. Younger women under the age of 40 will low estrogen can experience early menopause resulting in hot flashes and night sweats. Fatigue is a common complaint associated with low estrogen, irregular menstruation or lack of menstruation occurs with mood changes and bone loss. This is also chemically similar to estrogen but phytoestrogen is a naturally occurring compound found in plants. Phytoestrogen activates and binds to human estrogen receptors in the same way that estrogen does enabling phytoestrogens to behave as an estrogen in the body. Since fruit, vegetables, grains and seeds contain phtyoestrogen a diet rich in these foods will have the effect of increasing the amount of estrogen in a woman's body. My top choices include yogurt, cheeses and butter. Legumes like black beans and lentils. Seeds like pumpkin and flax. Fruits and vegetables like beets, carrots and yams are your top picks.