5 Biggest Mistakes Women Make When Detoxing Extra Estrogen out of their Bodies

Dr. Jayne Dabu
Dr. Jayne Dabu

Functional medicine

If you’re anything like most of the women that I work with, you might be struggling with things like estrogen-dominant type symptoms such as brain fog, horrible bloating, weight gain, bad pms, painful periods and terrible digestion issues.

You may have even researched detoxification or found out from a friend that detoxing your body of excess xeno-estrogens is the answer to getting rid of your symptoms.

Maybe a Doctor recommended a detox program to you.

No matter how you got there, I imagine you were excited about trying it and hoping it would get rid of all the annoying pms symptoms that’ve been plaguing you.

But if it went like most of the Detox experiences I hear about in my clinic, within the first 5 days, you probably felt worse than when you started…..and that is frustrating!

Detox doesn’t have to be that way.

In fact, it can be the thing that helps you finally shift the estrogenic symptoms that have been driving you crazy for years.

Detoxification must be done right and it must be customized for your body and can help with the following symptoms:

Nausea PMS Poor memory
Bloating Mood Swings Foggy Brain
Constipation Irregular periods Low Energy
Diarrhea Heavy or Painful Periods Weight Gain
Indigestion Menopausal Symptoms Headaches
Pain Low Libido Lack of Concentration
Gas Acid Reflux Focus

Here are the 5 Biggest Mistakes Women Make When Detoxing Extra Estrogen out of their Bodies:

1. They didn’t drink enough water and fluids

No matter what detox you begin with, you may not realize that your body is dehydrated.

Before you even think of detoxing your body, first figure out how much water you are drinking a day.  We have all heard that drinking 8 cups of water a day is good. Really, the rule of thumb is drink half your body weight in ounces per day.

For example if a person weighs 100lbs, then he/she should drink 50oz of water per day.

Did you know that your body is comprised of up to 60% water?

Your brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.

People often make the mistake of counting tea and coffee as water!  Actually, when these beverages are consumed, they dehydrate your body. For every cup of coffee, a person should drink two extra cups of water. For one cup of black tea, one should drink one extra cup of water to compensate for the diuretic effect.

Rule of thumb: Stay hydrated before beginning a detox program to prevent yourself from having side effects during a detox program.

Prep yourself at least two weeks to a month ahead of time by drinking more water and reducing or quitting coffee/caffeine/soda/alcohol consumption.

Without water, we cannot regulate our internal body temperature through respiration or sweating.

Water transports nutrients that are metabolized in our body through the bloodstream.

Water forms saliva to help break down food and aids in digestion.

Water lubricates our joints and is a shock absorber for our brain, spinal cord and for pregnant women, it is needed for the fetus.

Water helps with anti-aging and can help reduce weight.

Water assists in flushing waste out of our body specifically through urination

Water is an essential building material and a vital nutrient to every cell in our body. So, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!! Your body will thank you!

2. They didn’t detox long enough

Ample time must be given when doing a true detox for the body. However old you are is how long it has taken toxins to accumulate in your body.

Therefore, a weekend juice cleanse is not enough.  At least start out with a two weeks or 14 day detox program.

There are several detox organs: the liver, lungs, large intestines, kidneys, lymph, skin.  Those are a lot of organs to detox! When all those detox organs are backed up AND in addition,when one suffers from hormonal imbalances with estrogen dominant symptoms, then the thyroid, breasts, ovaries, adrenals and uterus are all affected.

Understanding how these organs, especially the liver is key. The liver alone has two phases of detoxification: Phase 1 (Enzymatic Transformation) and Phase 2 (Enzymatic Conjugation).

It is important to ensure that these detox organs are not congested before beginning a program, meaning, take note if you have regular bowel movements and good urinary output daily. When you don’t have healthy bowels, and are constipated, how are you supposed to get all the toxins out?

Being congested before a cleanse will require more work on the front end before any detox program.

Now what happens when someone detoxes quickly (in a matter of a few days) and their bowel movements are not regular?

It means that they have pulled out a lot of toxins from their body and now they are not being properly flushed out.

Therefore, with a constipated colon, toxins recirculate in the body just like recirculated air on an airplane (ever wonder why people get sick on the airplanes?)

When a person INCORRECTLY detoxes and does not have good bowels, they will stir up and pull out a lot of toxins, but will not properly flush all the toxins out.  When this happens, a “Herxheimer reaction” occurs.

This means that endotoxins or die-off has occurred and released faster into the body than it can properly get rid of them.  It is not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms.

When a person detoxes and experiences Herxheimer reactions, they immediately stop taking the supplement because they feel so bad.  If they quit in the middle of a detox program when they feel the worst, it will take longer for their body to get rid of the waste properly.

When this happens, we don’t want this person blaming the detoxification program for making their symptoms worse and therefore not successfully complete the program.  We also don’t want this person telling their friends the detox was a failure.

The correct thing to do is to get the bowels fixed before detoxing as well as properly eat the correct foods while drinking a lot of water before starting a detox program.  During the detox, if they had Herxheimer reactions, they should adjust their detox program and continue with the detoxification until the end.

Another way to help the body get rid of toxins is through the skin.  Saunas and sweating are an important way to get rid of the exotoxins. Epsom salt baths and dry brushing also help to remove toxins as well! Adding these methods in during detoxification will aid in faster removal of toxins.

With this information, you will know how to avoid detoxes that promises “quick” results over a weekend or a few days.  It is impossible to get rid of toxins that took years for the body to accumulate in just a few days of detoxing. It is not realistic. Detoxification takes time.  The goal is for this to eventually become your lifestyle so that you will do it year after year.

3. They didn’t prepare their body leading up to the detox (or after)

When a person knows they are going to detox, they have to mentally prepare for it.  What most people will do is binge eat all the wrong foods prior to the detox. This adds to their current toxic overload.  They will indulge on their “last meal.” This is a huge mistake!

Your body is about to remove a lot of toxins and excess xeno-estrogens; therefore you should properly prepare the body to get ready to expel itself of the existing toxins.

This type of mindset of eating all the wrong foods before a detox is incorrect.  A person seeing a detox as “deprivation” will set them up for failure. Instead they should view detoxification as a gift to their body. The body is finally allowed to heal and repair and prevent long term chronic illnesses associated with estrogen dominance.. It is like hitting the reset button for all the organs.

Another mistake people make is after a detox.  They have successfully completed the detox and then goes out and splurges on all the wrong food and drinks full of xeno estrogens preservatives afterwards.  There is a high percentage that will go right back to their old bad habits and start drinking all the alcohol and all the fast foods if they do this.

After you detox, you should slowly reintroduce foods.  If you have properly prepared beforehand and correctly finished the detox program, then you will not even have the urge to splurge afterwards.  You will want to continue eating healthy because of how great you feel. That is the true marker of a successful detox.

Therefore, maintain a detox lifestyle by eating all the veggies that you know help to clean your liver.  Continue drinking the filtered water while avoiding unhealthy food and drinks.

Detoxifying your body is not a one-time event, it is a lifestyle!

Detoxification allows you to give your organs a break from all the daily added xeno estrogens added daily.  If you have the correct mindset, then detoxification will be an excellent thing to do for your body, mind and soul for the rest of your life!

In the end, if you take excellent care of your body, it will take excellent care of you!

4. They starved their body

Sometimes people will put themselves at a caloric deficit or starvation mode during detoxification which is unhealthy.  This destroys the metabolism and does not allow the body to rid itself of the toxins and extra xeno estrogen that have already been released into the body.

When a body is in starvation mode it does not have certain nutrients that are needed to remove toxins out of the body.  So, if a person is not eating the right foods, chances are toxins are kept in place and recirculating and accumulating somewhere else!  Therefore, what’s the point of detoxifying if you’re starving your body of what it needs to remove the waste?

When the incorrect foods are eaten, the body will go into protein catabolism for energy and waste removal.  This means the body will eat its own protein (flesh aka muscles) just for energy and to remove waste!

Remember we spoke about two phases of the detoxification in the liver?  Well, in Phase 1 the liver needs vitamins and minerals to attach to a toxin.  This new compound is toxic and can cause a lot of oxidative damage if it is not quickly moved to Phase 2 detoxification immediately!

I want to make sure you understand the term “oxidative”.  It means that there is an imbalance in the number of unstable toxins aka “free radicals” in the body versus the body’s ability to detoxify the free radicals OR find a way of converting them to a more stable form, thus making it safe for elimination.

If we have too many free radicals floating around our bodies, the result is that through time, these free radicals will damage our cells, tissue, DNA and make us age faster.

Here are some symptoms that can be caused by oxidative stress:

  • Fatigue.
  • Memory loss and/or brain fog.
  • Muscle and/or joint pain.
  • Wrinkles and grey hair.
  • Decreased eyesight.
  • Headaches and sensitivity to noise.
  • Susceptibility to infections and many more symptoms!

After Phase 1 when the toxic compounds are created, the liver will attach an amino acid to the toxin in Phase 2.  This makes the toxin water soluble so that it can now be safely eliminated from the body. Therefore, if you do not take in enough nutrients and drink enough water you are setting yourself up for incorrect detoxification.  You will have free radicals floating around the body creating damage to the cells, tissue and DNA. Thus, a person will physically feel the above-mentioned symptoms!

In Phase 1, the liver must not be stressed by eating foods or drinks that will stress it out ie: alcohol, preservative rich foods, non-organic foods etc.

In Phase 2, it is important that sulfur containing amino acids and nutrients like glycine, choline and glutamine must be eaten.  You can find these nutrients in foods like dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables and garlic to help with Phase 2. Phase 2 will be impaired if your diet consists of fast food or even worse, no vegetables…… So, eat your veggies!

In summary, if your liver does not receive the enough of the proper nutrients, you will feel sluggish and sick. This will cause many symptoms that will cost you your quality of life.  Therefore, if you consume an abundance of nutrients, vitamins and mineral rich foods you will ensure the removal of toxins safely. You will prevent the recirculation of these toxins in your body and prevent oxidative damage to your cells and tissues!

5. They used diuretics, laxatives, or impure supplements

Diuretics and laxatives are not detoxification.

A diuretic helps to promote urine output.

A laxative aids the body and assists in bowel movements.

There are appropriate times to use these substances.  However, they are not to be used long term for “detoxification”.

Long term use of diuretics which work on the kidneys can lead to issues such as an imbalance of electrolytes, dehydration and irregular heartbeats (heart arrhythmias).

When laxatives are used long term, the body adapts to it and gets used to it.  This is a terrible dilemma because the body will depend upon the laxatives to function.

Overuse of laxatives can lead to dehydration, bowel perforation, irritable bowel syndrome and kidney and liver problems.

Here’s a recommended suggestion: Eat a diet rich in fiber and drink a lot of water.

Another mistake people will make is that they will use impure supplements during detoxification.  We must read the labels! Please read the actual ingredients. Many will contain xeno-estrogen chemicals, endocrine disrupting preservatives, heavy metals and carcinogenic ingredients.  This means that these supplements will be full of GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organism), these ingredients are not natural and will alter DNA and disrupt hormones!

Why add to your toxic overload with your supplementation?  It would not be a smart thing to do. So Read Your Labels and understand and know what you are putting into your body!

Know where you buy your supplements from!

I personally do not buy my supplements from any place that stores them in warehouses (such as: Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club etc).  Supplements in these warehouses are not stored in the right temperature. If they are not stored properly, they can turn rancid and worse, oxidize in the bottle.  The synthetic xeno estrogenic preservatives alone may cause oxidation in your body.

Would you risk it and add more oxidation to your body by consuming oxidized, rancid supplements?  That is a waste of your money, time and your detox! Sometimes, when you’re looking for quick, easy and cheap, you will pay for the convenience, in more ways than one!


My mantra is that my health is priceless and I am worth it.

Therefore, I am not cheat with myself when it comes to my health.  Cheap and convenient will cost you to pay dearly in the end. So please don’t cheat yourself when it comes to quality supplements.

After all, your health and your body are worth it, right? 🙂

I often chuckle to myself and think how much time and money people spend on their cars and keeping up with the oil changes etc. more than they keep up with their own bodies.  Seems we have our priorities incorrect!

A typical person finds it is easier to drink a couple glasses alcohol or a couple cups of coffee per day, but it is a huge task to get someone to drink 64 ounces of water in their body a day!

It is easy to let your health slip; however, it is very challenging, costly and time consuming in the long term to regain your health back.  Gearing your body up for a detox every year and living a detox lifestyle will ensure a healthy and a long, rich quality of life!

Detoxification is the just the first step….

If you’re anything like most of the women that I work with, you might be struggling with estrogen dominance symptoms like brain fog, weight gain, bad pms, painful period, and horrible digestion issues.

While detoxification is the first step to healing yourself, I often find that people will detoxify and see some improvement in their symptoms, but not get “better”.

Then, there are others that will do the detoxification process one time and almost all their estrogen dominant symptoms go away, but after detoxifying soon after, their symptoms come back.

Then, they will say, “well, that didn’t work for me!” and dismiss ever trying to detox their body again.

When this happen, it is because they did not were aware of the root cause(s) of their symptoms in the first place.  Also, they were not taught how to maintain a consistently healthy lifestyle to prevent the cause(s) from happening again!

So, how do you get rid of these symptoms for good and maintain a detox lifestyle?

First, you figure out what the root causes are of your issue(s).

Second, get a clear picture of the effects of the causes.

Third, understand the connections between all the symptoms and what they can lead to in the future.


If you have tried all of the above and still are suffering from horrible hormonal imbalances, I encourage you to download my free report to discover what hidden things could be in your food and cosmetics that could also be causing your pms.

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