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The Ovary Body Type

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg December 01, 2016

Are you struggling to lose weight? It may be time to change your approach. If you have an ovary body type, this article is for you. Focusing on a diet specific to your body type can make all the difference. 

 

If you gain weight in your lower body and are experiencing symptoms associated with high levels of estrogen, you may have the ovary body type.

 

 

Ovary body type


 

The five body types explained

Let’s take a look at the five hormonal body types.

 

The liver body type

The liver body type is most easily identified by a protruding pot belly. If you have a liver body type, you will likely have low levels of the human growth hormone (HGH). Human growth hormone is important for fat-burning, so when your levels are low, weight loss becomes more difficult. 

 

This body type results from a fatty liver, cirrhosis, or inflammation of the liver, like hepatitis. This can come from a virus, alcoholism, or even non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. If you have a liver body type, it can be helpful to minimize your alcohol intake. 

 

The adrenal body type

The adrenal body type can be characterized by a sagging belly and isn’t necessarily diet related. If you have this body type, your adrenal glands produce high levels of cortisol—the stress hormone. 

 

Adrenal body types have issues with their response to stress, which is why diets won’t always work. This can result in trouble sleeping, the inability to feel calm, memory issues, and other stress-related issues. 

 

To lose weight faster and get your adrenal glands to stop producing excess cortisol, focus on reducing stress by getting enough sleep, walking, and consuming plenty of vegetables. 


 


 

The ovary body type 

Ovary body types experience weight gain in the hips, thighs, and sometimes the breasts and arms. You might also develop lower belly fat. This is a female body type, simply because men don’t have ovaries! 

 

This body type is largely due to estrogen dominance. Women with excess estrogen experience heavy periods, PMS, fibroids, and cysts. Estrogen has also been linked to more serious issues like reproductive disorders and breast cancer. High estrogen levels are linked to the thyroid body type as well. 

 

Endocrine disruptors in the environment contribute to this body type. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mimic estrogen and are found in herbicides, pesticides, soy products, birth control, and many other products that we use every day.


 

The thyroid body type

Thyroid body types gain weight all over the body and not just in one specific area. This body type is usually the result of too much estrogen or, surprisingly, poor liver function. 

 

Thyroid hormone conversion occurs in the liver, so if you’re having issues with your liver, you may not be able to convert the thyroid hormone T4 into T3. In fact, if you have a thyroid body type, it’s often identified by low levels of thyroid hormones. These hormones are essential for weight loss and a healthy metabolic body


 

The pancreas body type 

Sometimes body shape isn’t enough to determine your primary body type. The pancreas body type can have an identical body shape to the adrenal body type, but the difference is the trigger. 

 

While the adrenal body type is triggered by stress, the pancreas body type is affected by insulin and typically experiences insulin resistance. If you have this body type, you’re likely to have blood sugar issues and a diet high in refined carbohydrates. 

 

In the presence of insulin, cortisol, and estrogen, fat-burning hormones will be blocked. If weight loss is your goal, it is important to determine your body type and adjust your diet and lifestyle accordingly. 


 

Signs of high estrogen present


 

Ovary body type symptoms

 

If you have an ovary body type, you struggle to lose weight in your lower body. Heavy periods, cramping, and fibroids are all symptoms of this body type. 

 

Some women experience headaches during their period, known as cyclic headaches. Premenstrual syndrome and other troubles with your menstrual cycle are common. It’s also common to crave fatty foods like ice cream and dairy or foods like chocolate and salty fried foods. 

 

The ovary body type is directly linked to estrogen dominance. Oftentimes, healthcare providers will prescribe birth control to women who have high estrogen levels, making the problem even worse.

 

High levels of estrogen can block the thyroid, which is why some women end up with a thyroid problem as a secondary issue. 

 

The thyroid has receptors for estrogen—too much estrogen can block these receptors and not allow thyroid hormones to enter. This leads to a slower thyroid (hypothyroidism) and can make it difficult to lose weight. 

 

In your early 50s, your ovary glands stop working and your adrenal glands begin doing all the work. If the adrenals are weak going into menopause, they will become overloaded, causing symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. 

 

If the ovary body type is not corrected before menopause, it will begin to look like the adrenal body type.


 

animal fats and plant protein


 

What should I do for the ovary body type?

 

If you have an ovary body type, it is important to eat the correct foods so that you don’t increase your estrogen levels. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do as an ovary body type.

 

Eat cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables can help balance estrogen and should be a staple in an ovary body type diet. Cruciferous vegetables include kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Add them to your diet as much as possible! This also helps with healthy potassium levels. 

 

Avoid soy products

Avoid soy products like soy milk, tofu, and soybean oil. Soy is estrogenic—meaning it increases estrogen. Soy products in the West are not fermented like they are in other parts of the world, so they contain soy protein isolate.

 

95% of soy protein isolates are GMO and are found in things like breakfast cereals, baby foods, and protein bars. It’s used because it's cheap, but it contributes to fibroids and tumors in the liver, uterus, and ovaries. 

 

Check out this study that connects soy to the growth of estrogen.

 

Do Healthy Keto® and intermittent fasting
If you want to get healthy and lose weight with an ovary body type, try following a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting. Healthy Keto helps you avoid foods that raise insulin and focus on minimizing your exposure to endocrine disruptors.

 

Eat organic proteins and fats

Estrogen imbalances can be caused by the hormones in foods like dairy, red meat, and other sources of animal protein. 

 

Choosing organic, grass-fed meat and dairy will help you avoid endocrine disruptors and synthetic hormones. 


 

Get more iodine

Iodine is a powerful mineral that helps to lower estrogen levels naturally. Sea kelp is an excellent source of natural iodine.


 

Avoid synthetic hormone exposure

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may include using estrogen to increase your estrogen levels. This may contribute to estrogen dominance. When possible, use natural methods to balance your hormones before doing HRT. 

 

Hormonal birth control can also disrupt your hormone balance, so avoid it when possible. 

 

 

losing weight


 

Key takeaways

 

Losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you’re using the right method. You can achieve optimal health and weight with an ovary body type by first balancing your estrogen levels. 

 

Be sure to consume plenty of cruciferous vegetables and watch out for endocrine disruptors in the environment. If you need help determining your body type, check out this body type quiz!


 

FAQ

 

1. What is an ovary body type?

An ovary body type is seen in women and can be identified by weight gain in the hips, thighs, breasts, arms, and lower belly. If you have this body type, you likely have other issues related to high levels of estrogen, like irregular or heavy periods, excess cramps, cysts, and fibroids.

 

2. What should people with an ovary body type eat?

Hormones play a huge role in weight gain for an ovary body type. Look for organic dairy products and consume organic, grass-fed meats to avoid consuming synthetic hormones. You should consume organic berries and vegetables to avoid endocrine disruptors like glyphosate. Try adding cruciferous vegetables and iodine to your diet to combat high levels of estrogen. 

 

3. What are the five body types?

The five body types are thyroid, ovary, liver, pancreas, and adrenal.

 

4. What does it mean to be an ovary body type?

The ovary body type experiences hormonal imbalances of the female hormones—specifically estrogen. Ovary body types are a direct result of estrogen dominance. To control weight gain with this body type, it’s important to focus on maintaining healthy estrogen levels. 

 

5. What is estrogen dominance?

Estrogen dominance is a state in which there’s too much estrogen in the body. This can be caused by environmental factors, hormone replacement therapy, hormonal birth control, soy products, low progesterone due to menopause, and liver problems. 

 

6. What are the signs of estrogen dominance?

Signs of estrogen dominance include excessively heavy periods, cramping, no periods, irregular cycles, headaches, fluid retention, fibroids, endometriosis, and cysts—both ovarian and on the breasts.

 

7. How can I tell if I have high estrogen?

Aside from issues with your menstrual cycle, low progesterone is a sign of too much estrogen because these two hormones balance each other out. Gallstones can be a sign of estrogen dominance because estrogen helps concentrate cholesterol in the gallbladder. This is why gallstones are sometimes seen after pregnancy due to the spike in estrogen. Thyroid issues can also signify an estrogen imbalance. 

 

8. What foods should I avoid if I have estrogen dominance?

Specific foods like soy products increase estrogen levels and should be avoided if you have estrogen dominance. You should also avoid inorganic dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables that could be contaminated with endocrine disruptors. 

 

9. What causes the ovary body type?

Causes of estrogen dominance are typically environmental. Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and heavy metals all contribute to estrogen dominance.

 

DDT is a pesticide that mimics estrogen. It was banned in the U.S. in 1971. Although it’s been banned, we’re still finding it in fat tissue in Americans, even in children. Although it can’t be used in the United States, it’s used in other countries where we import fruits and vegetables.

 

10. How can I fix my ovary body type?

You can fix an ovary body type with keto and intermittent fasting, and eating for your body type. Avoid GMO foods and endocrine disruptors, and make sure to consume enough protein, cholesterol, and iodine. Eat cruciferous vegetables regularly.

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