What Every Woman Should Know About The Hormone Crash!
If you have experienced…
- PMS / Cramps
- Irregular cycles
- Hot / Cold Flashes
- Menopausal symptoms
- Lowered libido
- Headaches / Migraines
- Breast tenderness
- Swollen feet / ankle
- Mood swings / Depression
- Panic / Weeping
- Vaginal dryness
- Inability to lose weight
- Blood Sugar imbalance
- Hair loss
- Adult acne
- Low Thyroid symptoms
- Fibrocystic Breast
- Foggy thinking / Memory loss
- Feelings of being crazy
- Anger / Irritability
- Lost interest in sex
- Uterine fibroids
- Water retention bloating
- Age and Liver spots
- Low blood sugar
- Facial hair
- Dry aging skin
- Leg / Muscle cramps
you may be experiencing Hormone Imbalance in your Body!The above symptoms have been identified due to excessive Estrogen in a woman’s Body. Many women have reversed the above symptoms and found relief by using Herbal Dietary Supplements like Women’s Well Being and Hormone Balance; and have made Dietary changes in their daily food intake to include Soy Beans, Sesame Seeds and other sources of Natural Calcium. This has helped to re-establish the Natural Hormone Balance in their bodies: Naturally.
What is Hormone Imbalance?
Hormone Imbalance is an important health issue for women today. Hormone Imbalance can adversely affect a woman in any season of her life, from her cycling years, through menopause, and into the postmenopausal years. Contributing factors include prescriptive Synthetic Hormones (with undesirable side effects), foreign Estrogen prevalent in our diet and environment and improper use or misapplication of Natural Progesterone Creams.
In order to understand how Hormone Imbalance begins, it is useful to look at the normal menstrual cycle (see chart given overleaf)..
Estrogen dominates the first half of the menstrual cycle and prepares the ovaries for ovulation. It also causes the buildup of the endometrial lining of the uterus. Estrogen further prepares the body to sustain another life by triggering the storage of fat, water, sodium, fiber, and other nutrients. Estrogen levels peak, mid cycle, at ovulation.
Progesterone is not produced by the ovaries until after ovulation. Progesterone is responsible for maintaining and “ripening” the uterine lining so that it is receptive to implantation should pregnancy occur. If no pregnancy occurs, a drop in Progesterone (and Estrogen) levels activates menses to flush out the uterine lining and causes the body to eliminate the extra nutrients it has stored – and the cycle begins again.
Hormone Imbalance in most women today is the result of Estrogen levels becoming excessive and / or Progesterone levels becoming deficient. Problems can begin when the stored fat, fiber, water, and nutrient buildup (produced by Estrogen) are not regularly and sufficiently eliminated. Eventually, this can lead to problems such as bloating, water retention, weight gain (refer Positive Weight Release), depression, fibroids, etc. This phenomenon, known as Estrogen Dominance, has become widespread in recent decades due to extreme changes in the lifestyle and environment of women in the industrialized world.
As women of all ages become increasingly aware of these problems, many are finding that they feel healthier, more energetic and younger when they address their Hormone changes with gentle, Natural Herbal Dietary Supplements.
How do Women Become Estrogen Dominant?
Our Environment and Food: Today we are continuously surrounded by new environmental compounds called xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens, which are primarily petrochemical, have a very potent estrogen – like activity. They are in our air, fuels, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, plastics, clothing, bug / mosquito sprays and personal care products.
Our diet is also contaminated with Hormones. Synthetic Estrogens are now used to fatten cattle, as well as other meat-producing animals, and to increase milk and egg production. Most of us are ingesting Hormones in many of our meals.
Use of Synthetic Estrogens: Estrogen dominance problems can be exacerbated by the use of Synthetic Estrogens in the form of birth control or hormone replacement pills. Synthetic Hormones have molecular structures that are not compatible with our physiology. We do not have enzymes designed to modify their effects, nor can they be efficiently excreted.
Therefore, these synthetics can have an unnatural and far more potent hormonal effect on our body systems than Natural Hormones. Menopause: It is a little known fact that Estrogen levels in women whose ovaries are no longer functioning will remain at proximately 40% of their former levels. This is because most women continue to produce estrogen by conversion of androgens (derived from the adrenal gland) into estrogen in the fat cells. Progesterone levels, however, drop to almost zero (1/120 of the former levels).
Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance
Allergies, Breast tenderness, decreased sex drive, depression, fatigue, fibrocystic breasts, foggy thinking, increased risk of stroke, infertility, miscarriage, PMS, rapid increase in weight, uterine cancer and fibroids to name a few.
If the body has a proper balance of Progesterone to Estrogen, many of these symptoms as well as menopausal symptoms can be alleviated..
What is Progesterone?
Progesterone is one of the primary sex Hormones produced by women. Its major role is to promote the survival and development of the embryo. The healthy premenopausal female produces approximately 20 to 24 milligrams of Progesterone a day for about 12 days each month after ovulation. If conception does not take place, Progesterone levels drop and her period will generally start within 48 hours. If pregnancy occurs, Progesterone levels rise during pregnancy to aid in the development of a healthy fetus.
Natural Progesterone can be produced in the Body by intake of an Herbal Dietary Supplement called Wild Yam and eating Soy Bean rich foods. Wild Yam and Soy contain Diosgenin which when digested are converted by the Body into Progesterone. Since the Body has its own intelligence and knows how much Progesterone is required by it, there is no chance of excessive Progesterone being produced and causing any side effects in the Body. The use of Synthetic or Natural Progesterone treatment is plagued by the problems of deciding the correct dose and the days of application. Herbal Dietary Supplements like Wild Yam and foods like Soy Beans do not have these problems as the Body itself regulates the digestion and absorption of these foods and takes from them exactly what ever it needs and the rest gets eliminated from the Body as waste matter in due course.
Natural Progesterone generated inside the Body can help to decrease the symptoms and discomfort associated with Estrogen Dominance (and / or Progesterone deficiency). Natural Progesterone produced in our Body is better, safer, and does not have the side effects associated with Synthetic Hormones or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). The biggest risk of HRT (besides their Carcinogenic effect on the human body) is that, whenever any Hormone is administered, the Endocrine Glands which normally produce it; and which have their own intelligence and regulatory mechanism; ceases of function and atrophy with each passing month of external HRT and finally die. The downside being that once you start HRT or begin the external application of Creams or Dermal Patches containing Hormones, you will have to commit yourself to life long therapy; like a Diabetic Patient on ever increasing doses of Insulin with each passing year and suffer all the side effects of these chemicals. Yet, because natural substances cannot be patented, pharmaceutical companies choose to market the synthetic Hormones and Hormone Replacement Therapies and Programs.
Natural Progesterone Restores Balance of Body & Mind
Biochemically, Natural Progesterone provides the raw materials inside the Body from which all other Steroid Hormones are made. It is the precursor for testosterone, DHEA, cortisone, estrogen and salt-regulating aldosterone, etc. (as illustrated below). Natural Progesterone, therefore, has a balancing effect on the entire body. As a precursor, it gives the metabolism the flexibility it needs to create harmony in the dynamic, fluctuating system of the body. Our metabolism can synthesize from Natural Progesterone the other steroids it needs on a minute-to-minute basis. On the other hand, Synthetic Progesterone cannot act with the flexibility of a precursor and this is one reason they produce side effects. Furthermore, because Natural Progesterone can convert into Estrogen, it is often all that many women will need.
Natural Progesterone increases the communication between the Endocrine organs in the brain and the ovaries. It gives women that sense of well-being and control. It allows a woman the ability to age slowly and naturally and make comfortable transitions from puberty through menopause and beyond.
Natural Progesterone Stimulates Bone Building
In order to understand bone loss, it is important to understand bone physiology. There are two types of bone cells. Osteoclast cells dissolve or reabsorb the old bone, and Osteoblasts then move in and produce new bone. This mechanism provides our bodies with the ability to continually replace, repair, and strengthen our bones. Bone mass begins to decline in women during their early to mid thirties, and accelerates during menopause. It was theorized, therefore, that bone loss is associated with the decline in hormones, which leads to menopause. In the 1970’s Estrogen was found to somewhat restrain Osteoclast function and therefore to lessen or slow down bone loss. Research has now revealed that Natural Progesterone stimulates Osteoblast bone building. Thus, while Estrogen only slows bone loss, Natural Progesterone can actually help to rebuild it.
If your recent Bone Density Test shows loss of Bone mass, taking Herbal Dietary Supplement Wild Yam can easily reverse the same. Also make Dietary corrections to include Natural sources of Organic Calcium like Osteo-Pak or Super Calcium as per Dietary Recommendations given.
After a few weeks of taking Wild Yam, you may be surprised to find that, while you don’t look and feel fatter; and though your clothes fit you just fine, your weighing scale shows that you weigh 5 to 10 lbs. / 2 to 5 Kgs. more
Please don’t be alarmed, be happy, heave a sigh of relief that your Bone Density is going up and your bones are now heavier than before. This is a sure sign of reversal of Osteoporosis. Within a few years of Menopause many women have easily lost 30% bone density or weight.
Research shows that the use of Synthetic Estrogen can increase a women’s risk of fibrocystic breast, edema, uterine fibroids, endometrial cancer and breast cancer. An article in The Wall Street Journal, dated June 17th, 1995, states that a new Harvard study of long term Estrogen users found that Estrogen users have a 32% higher risk of developing Breast Cancer. Women taking Synthetic Estrogen should consider this information carefully, especially in view of the fact that many women find relief from symptoms using Herbs that promote the release of Natural Progesterone in the Body.
For women who are taking Estrogen, and considering supplementing with natural Progesterone, it is important to understand that the Progesterone can sensitize Estrogen receptor sites and consequently Estrogen Dominance symptoms may initially increase. Dr. Lee, therefore, recommends that women taking Estrogen reduce their dosage by one half when they begin taking Wild Yam to synthesize Natural Progesterone inside their bodies. Many women continue to taper off slowly, and find, as Natural Progesterone sensitizes the Estrogen receptors, that their body’s own Estrogen has become sufficient.
Some women, especially those whose ovaries have been removed, may overcome Estrogen dominance with the use of Natural Progesterone in the first or second month. They may need to add supplementation with natural Estrogen for which we recommend the use of Hormone Balance Dietary Supplements in conjunction with Wild Yam.
Estrogen Dominance & Thyroid Function
Estrogen causes food calories to be stored as fat. Thyroid Hormone causes fat calories to be turned into usable energy. Thyroid Hormone and Estrogen therefore have opposing actions.
Estrogen dominance inhibits Thyroid action and lowers the rate of metaboli Body. Natural Progesterone inhibits Estrogen action.The symptoms of Hypothyroidism may occur because of Estrogen Dominance (deficiency of Progesterone). Hypothyroidism, which results in weight gain and a host of other symptoms, can be corrected by the presence of Natural Progesterone in the body. Many other presumed Thyroid dysfunctions (like falling hair, water retention, loss of memory, confused thinking, depression, dry skin) and Autoimmune Disorders are actually caused by Estrogen Dominance.The crucial nutrient for Thyroid Hormone synthesis in the body is Iodine. Herbal Dietary Supplements like Kelp are a rich source of natural Iodine. Kelp can therefore increase the Rate of Metabolism of the body and result in corresponding weight reduction. Other Dietary Herbal Supplements like Super Slim Fast, Slim Excel, Fenugreek, Fat Burner and Cellulite are also effective For efficient weight release.
This is intended to offer general instructions for the use of Natural Herbal Dietary Supplements and Herbal Oils. It is important to understand that every woman is different, and her hormone levels are unique. We offer these suggestions as a starting point for experimentation to discover what works best for you. Nothing stated here is intended as a treatment for any disease or illness, and should not take the place of consulting a nutritionally conscious, informed physician.
Many women using these guidelines discover that they experience almost immediate results. Others report results after one, two or three weeks, and some women do not see significant results until they have gone through two to three monthly cycles. Most women who use these Herbal Dietary Supplements regularly and consistently for a sufficient length of time, experience the relief they desire.