There are some things that cause a viscious cycle of bad health. . .that a lot of us put up with unnecessarily, out of ignorance.  For instance, stress causes progesterone to be depleted, thus causing an estrogen dominance.  Estrogen dominance causes PMS symptoms, (as well as a lot more!) and that makes us miserable and moody, which makes us deal poorly with life and causes more stress. Then the cycle starts again.   


 The entire body being involved can lead to a lot of confusion, with people only seeing part of the picture. Some put blame on numerous things before getting to the root of the problem. 


Some want to blame just diet, as certain deficiencies do hurt your emotional health, which is then connected to stress, weight and the hormones.


 Others go straight to the stress, and claim it was what has made them overweight in the first place, and that made them estrogen dominant, as estrogen is carried in fat. But although there is some truth to that, it is a self defeating, viscious cycle, that has no solution because they can’t lose the fat until they aren’t stressed, and the fat causes them to be more stressed. . . so it’s hopeless then? Forgiving yourself for the past is one thing, but claiming this fallacy  gives you no hope for change in the future, and we know that’s not the case!


Or others yet blame the thyroid for all their hormonal and weight issues, simply because it seems to be involved. From what I can tell, It is another victim, but it’s not the culprit. It could make sense though. . .a  lot of people need iodine in pregnancy for instance, and if listening to doctors and reducing their salt intake, (instead of using a good salt with iodine and a lot of other complementary minerals in it, like we know to do with other pregnant mammals,) then you will find the Thyroid suffering, because it’s main fuel is iodine. Thus, more babies= depleted iodine stores, and a compromised Thyroid. 


Pregnancy & Your Thyroid

  “A common problem all too many women experience, especially after their 2nd or 3rd child is that ‘baby weight’ gained during pregnancy that just refuses to come off. It doesn’t matter how careful you are about diet and exercise. Those stubborn extra pounds stick to you like they’ve been soldered on. 

  The fact is this: It isn’t what you’re eating, or the type of exercise you’re doing. It’s simply that your iodine reserves have been almost totally drained. 


Breast Tissue & Iodine
A Double Whammy For Woman


  As if pregnancy wasn’t enough of a problem when it comes to women, weight gain and their thyroid, here’s yet another: Women have more thyroid problems than men simply because of breast tissue. Did you know that a woman’s breasts require almost as much iodine as the thyroid? 

  So for women, iodine has to do double, or during pregnancy, even triple duty. 

  There’s even a condition named for this breast tissue iodine deficiency: Fibrocystic Breast Disease. Clinically, a woman with fibrocystic breast disease should be assumed to be thyroid deficient. It has also been reported that women with this specific iodine deficiency disease are also more likely to develop breast cancer than those that don’t. “

  “Thyroid hormone and estrogen balance each other’s effects. If there is estrogen dominance the thyroid may be unable to keep up.”


Thus causing:

  • fibrocystic breasts
  • uterine fibroids
  • endometriosis
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • high blood pressure
  • obesity
  • arthritis
  • osteoporosis
  • depression



  So let’s take the issue of estrogen dominance, and just focus on that problem for a bit:



  “Estrogen excess is a very common problem in animals and humans today. Estrogen excess is being implicated for all sorts of problems, especially concerning, but not limited to, reproductive health. PMS, infertility, low sperm counts, miscarriage and premature birth, menstrual difficulties, breast, uterine and prostate cancers, and premature puberty are just some of the problems caused by estrogen excess.

  Not only do we get xeno-estrogens from our air, food, water and environment, but synthetic estrogens are routinely prescribed by health professionals for menarche problems, birth control, menstrual regulators, and especially for menopause symptom relief.

  Synthetic estrogens are also given in abundance to non organic meat and dairy animals to help fatten them up and stimulate their reproduction and milk production. We ingest these synthetic estrogens when we eat the meat, poultry or eggs and drink the milk or dairy products from these animals. The truth is that in an ideal state of health, our bodies produce all the estrogen we need, and we almost never need to supplement. It seems that, on the contrary, our biggest concern should be reducing estrogen levels in our bodies.”




 These estrogens also come from:

  • -Excess body fat (greater than 28%)

  • -Too much stress, resulting in excess amounts of cortisol, insulin, and norepinephrine, which can lead to adrenal exhaustion and can also adversely affect overall hormonal balance


  • -A low-fiber diet with excess refined carbohydrates and deficient in nutrients and high quality fats
  • -Impaired immune function
  • -Environmental agent in our air, water, drugs, etc. (So no one can escape having more then we should be having most likely.)

  • The symptoms listed below, as well as many others, often arise when estrogen overstimulates both the brain and body. 
    • Decreased sex drive
    • Irregular or otherwise abnormal menstrual periods
    • Bloating (water retention)
    • Breast swelling and tenderness
    • Fibrocystic breasts
    • Headaches (especially premenstrually)
    • Mood swings (most often irritability and depression)
    • Weight and/or fat gain (particularly around the abdomen and hips)
    • Cold hands and feet 
    • Hair loss
    • Thyroid dysfunction
    • Sluggish metabolism
    • Foggy thinking, memory loss
    • Fatigue
    • Trouble sleeping/insomnia
    • PMS
    • allergies
    • autoimmune disorders
    • breast cancer
    • uterine cancer
    • infertility
    • ovarian cysts
    • increased blood clotting
    • accelerated aging



  Obviously, if we have an issue caused by something we can stop, then we should stop it. . .but sadly, because of the viscous cycle, the harm is done! We may very well need to change some bad habits, but we need to get additional help as well to get out of this imbalance. So instead of only the obvious avoiding of future problems, I like to focus on the heart of the issue: Low Progesterone. And I want to tell you there’s hope!

  “Progesterone is the one hormone in the body of both male and female that regulates the entire endocrine system. That means that progesterone helps to keep all the other hormones in check and in balance. When there is a deficiency in progesterone the entire body can seem out of whack. The woman’s body produces progesterone in the second half of their cycle, known as the luteal phase. It’s progesterone that causes the basal body temperature to rise.” Low temperatures first thing in the morning is both a sign of Hypothyroidism and a need for progesterone to balance it. (Though iodine rubbed on your neck would likely help some too.)

 It’s progesterone that helps the lining of the uterus to thicken for a possible fertilized egg to implant. It’s progesterone that goes on to maintain a pregnancy, once implantation takes place. And it’s progesterone that keeps the baby safely in the womb until ready to be born. If progesterone is deficient, you will experience PMS, luteal phase deficiency, miscarriage, preterm labor and possibly premature birth. Low progesterone is also responsible for postpartum depression in many cases. Knowing what progesterone does, you can certainly see why a deficiency in this can cause a lot of problems. “


“Progesterone is the “mother of all hormones”. It is the raw material from which your body makes all other hormones.  If your body is overloaded with environmental estrogens then dis-ease is the result. “


 “It has been shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that supplementing with a natural progesterone cream (made from wild yams) raises progesterone levels safely and corrects these unchecked estrogens, providing relief to a wide range of health issues. “

Here is a list of some of the benefits you may experience once you begin to balance a progesterone deficiency and curb estrogen dominance.
  • Happiness 🙂 Natural progesterone is a natural antidepressant.
  • You get to rediscover your lost libido. Natural progesterone restores the sex drive.
  • You get relief from PMS, pregnancy or menopausal symptoms like: weight gain, bloating, headaches, moodiness, chronic fatigue, breast tenderness and a loss of interest in sex.
  • You get relief from menstrual cramping. Many women have found relief within 20 minutes of rubbing natural progesterone cream onto their stomachs. 
  • You get relief from the normal symptoms of menopause which include hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, restlessness, vaginal dryness and mood swings. Menopause is not an estrogen deficiency disease. Estrogen levels fall by 40 – 60% during menopause, but progesterone levels often fall to zero or close to zero, which means the symptoms experienced by menopausal women are actually the symptoms of estrogen dominance! The most effective and safe treatment of menopause symptoms is to balance off the excess estrogens in the body with natural progesterone. 
  • You lose weight. Balancing the excess estrogen in your body with natural progesterone normalizes blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar level is too low – you crave food – usually high-sugar or sweet foods such as chocolate.  If you indulge in these quick sugar fixes your body pours insulin into the blood to help remove the sugar from the bloodstream … it then stores it … as fat.
    Once insulin removes the sugar from the bloodstream into the fat cells water fills the space where the sugar was – causing bloating and cramping. Natural progesterone therefore helps to reduce symptoms of both bloating and cramping giving further relief and further … weight loss.
  • Because it normalizes blood sugar levels natural progesterone also alleviates cravings and binge-eating and therefore further helps to reduce weight.
  • More weight loss benefits – it is a natural diuretic helping to release excess water that is being stored in the body.
And, one more on the weight loss front – it helps your body to use fat for energy.



 Natural Progesterone:
  • Protects against breast cancer
  • Protects against ovarian cancer
  • Protects against endometrial cancer
  • Reduced stress
  • Normalization of zinc and copper levels
  • it gives you more energy because it restores proper oxygen levels in the cells
  • it stimulates scalp hair re-growth and reduces facial hair
  • it restores normal sleep patterns
  • is effective in preventing varicose veins which are caused because of excess estrogen which causes the collagen to age and the vein walls to weaken

    It also protects against: 


    fibrocystic breasts

    uterine fibroids

    endometriosis

    heart disease

    stroke

    high blood pressure

    obesity

    arthritis

    osteoporosis

    depression

 ” By contrast, and contrary to popular opinion, estrogen does not prevent heart disease. It causes salt and water to be retained and potassium and magnesium to be lost, thereby increasing blood pressure. Estrogen promotes fat synthesis and blood clots. Estrogen also accelerates the aging of collagen, weakening the walls of the arteries.  When the known actions of progesterone are reviewed, it is clear that many of its actions are also beneficial to the heart.

  What about men?  Progesterone is essential for male health as well, as it helps to protect against prostate problems and cancers.”



So the next question could be: “why don’t doctors know this, and prescribe it?!” They do know some of it, specifically how beneficial it is to woman who are infertile or prone to miscarriage. They even routinely check levels of progesterone in pregnancy! When they find the inevitable in unhealthy woman though, do they send you to the natural food store to get some harmless wild yam cream to rub on? Noooo. . . there’s a much better synthetic version that’s prescription strength (read: dangerous and toxic)!


  Sadly the synthetic Progesterone is more likely to CAUSE a miscarriage then save it from happening I’ve read. Again, let’s just leave good enough alone in nature, and not mess with it more then needed. Not that I’m one to rub a wild yam on me though. Also I guess most people growing them don’t find them as easy to ship whole. So as for me, I’m pretty happy with using them as either creams or tinctures made from them. I have had much success with different creams, and as long as they are paraben free, and natural, I don’t as of yet have a favorite.  Otherwise, some might think I was selling it anyhow:) I just want to help in an unbiased way as much as I can. . . and from all I can tell, this would help most people some or a lot! Because we live in a toxic, stressful world, where people also willfully eat a lot of junk. . .all leading to estrogen dominance. So, to sum it up, just slap on some cream as directed for a few months, and if you don’t see results, you must not have needed it. At worst case scenario, you’re out by $25 bucks to take a pretty safe bet on what’s causing your bad health. If that doesn’t work, I have some more tricks up my sleeve in future posts. . .
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