Updated: Jan 10
This is blog is all about HORMONES, as women we know hormones play a vital role throughout our life, through our menstrual cycles (yes, the ups and downs, highs and lows), having children, fertility, and then the peri-menopause and menopause.
As I start with, what I am calling, the peri-peri-menopause, the very outskirts of that 'wise woman' time of life, having lived a full turbulent hormonal life PMS filled life so far, I want to dive deeper to help women in all phases of their cycles. Basically that is what this blog is about, the advice Ive given myself, Im sharing with you, from one friend to another.
Our bodies are finely tuned machines....
When it comes to hormones, during certain times may feel a little imbalanced with age, diet and stress levels all playing key roles in female hormonal health. Estrogen in the body is more available than progesterone (Im not going to get too much into the 'science' in this blog, just the help and how to's, there are many other brilliant blogs and reports out there if you want to dive deeper into the 'sciency bit).
So, lets start with the SYMPTOMS of low progesterone or high estrogen
High anxiety and low mood, irritability (depression in severe cases)
fatigue, insomnia and poor sleep
crying spells for no good reason
brain fog, headaches, migraines
Weight gain, bloating, water retention
Cellulite, sagging skin, varicose veins
Irregular menstrual cycle, spotting
Frequent low blood sugar
Regularly tender breasts
Heavy bleeding & painful periods (estrogen dominance)
Difficultly getting or staying pregnant
Gall bladder problems or removal
Fibroids, endometriosis, Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
For most women, Im sure you can check a few boxes!
If you have CHECKED THREE OR MORE OF THESE YOU COULD HAVE A HORMONAL IMBALANCE
So what do you do?
All of the above symptoms can happen at any time of your cycles.
Age can be a factor for hormonal issues: Between the ages of 35-50 progesterone falls by up to 75% which can cause ‘estrogen dominance’ (ED), hot flushes, mood swings, stomach pains and weight gain. We are all aware of the peri-menopause and menopause and its effects on hormones as you or ladies around you glow at high temperatures and strip off due to the hot flushes and flashes.
So lets look at (in a very tiny nutshell) the basics of Estrogen and progesterone:
Estrogen (the ‘builder’) is what makes the grass grow
and progesterone (the ‘differentiator’) is like the mower that cuts the grass.
They both do a beautiful (hormonal) dance together. If there is a progesterone low, ED (estrogen dominance) can take over. You can get checked out with a blood test if you want solid proof of your hormonal levels, this blog is all about what you can do to help yourself NATURALLY.
The benefits of boosting progesterone:
(Dr Valentine for Life Enhancement, Scientific Health News)
Improve PMS, menstrual cycles, peri-menopause and menopause (spotting before your period is a sign you have low progesterone levels)
Promotes bone building and protects against osteoporosis
Helps protect against endometrial cancer and breast cancer
Help maintain regular monthly cycles by maintaining lining of uterus and helps normalise blood clotting
Pregnancy: Promotes survival of the embryo and foetus throughout gestation
Progesterone also helps other functions within the body:
Acts as a natural antidepressant
Helps regulate blood sugar levels and promotes fat burning for energy (th