Is the imbalance of progesterone & oestrogen making you fat?
One of the keys to balancing hormones is to first understand what they are and how they get out of balance in the first place.
Oestrogen and progesterone are hormones produced mainly in a woman’s ovaries and in a small amount by the adrenal glands located on top of both your kidneys. Men also secrete small amounts in both their adrenals and testes.
It is understood by many who have been following my research & BioSignature methods that majority of the men and women I coach are very high in or dominant in Oestrogen which displays as stubborn fat around the lower half (aka cellulite) of the body and in men in particular, their chest (aka man boobs).
We are seeing an epidemic of hormone imbalance in this country & around the world and doctors are now linking hormone imbalance to diseases like diabetes and cancer.
The hormone progesterone secretes in relation to oestrogen so where we are oestrogen dominant insufficient progesterone can be produced which leads to a whole host of side effects particularly when women are hitting their menopause stage of life.
So how do we know we have it? Well firstly look at where you predominately store fat. Secondly some of the symptoms will be displayed below;
Symptoms of oestrogen dominance in Men;
- Urinary problems
- Low sex drive
- Rapid increase in weight
- Enlarged prostate
In women these symptoms can be displayed as;
Swelling and tenderness in the breasts
Decreased sex drive
Irregular menstrual periods
Cold hands or feet
Feeling tired or lacking energy
Difficulty with memory
Increased symptoms PMS
Increased symptoms Perimenopause
We know that oestrogen mimickers from the environment are a massive cause of oestrogen dominance in the body & should be avoided at all costs if we want to improve hormone balance. Some of these mimickers can be found in;
- Skin care including shampoo, conditioner & body wash
- Cleaning products including clothes washing powders & air fresheners
- Plastics containing BPA
- Scented candles & air fresheners
- Animal growth hormone
Also, a poorly functioning liver, exhausted adrenal glands, insulin resistance, poor digestion and candida can also contribute to oestrogen dominance so we need supplementation to support these issues. See balancing collections 1 & 2.
Because the hormone progesterone will decrease in proportion to oestrogen increase we need to focus on increasing progesterone as well as lowering oestrogen.
Low progesterone levels in women have also been shown to interfere with thyroid efficiency and is also one of the most frequent causes of infertility. One study showed that 94% of women with PMS were hypothyroid. Progesterone deficiency in perimenopausal (premenopausal) or menopausal years can predispose a woman to hypothyroidism during this time of her life according to Dr Sherill Sellman Author of “Hormone Heresy” (I recommend this book!)
Many women have been crying out for progesterone and need to find safe alternatives to HRT.
Dr Sherill has also stated that; “Progesterone is needed in hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women for many reasons, but one of its most important roles is to balance or oppose the effects of oestrogen. Unopposed oestrogen creates a strong risk for breast cancer and reproductive cancers.”
Finding ways to kick start the natural production of progesterone is key.
Balancing Collections 1 OR 2 can help not only in the detoxification of oestrogen by improving digestion, liver and kidney function but can also help to improve the natural production of progesterone. Wild yam is one of the many active ingredients that can help this and is found in the balancing cream. Applied for 21 days straight it has had amazing results by increasing progesterone naturally and reducing some of the symptoms experienced in oestrogen dominance.
I would also suggest looking into Author Dr. John Lee to further your understanding on the topic of low progesterone;
"What Your Dr. May Not Tell You About Menopause"
"What Your Dr. May Not Tell You About Pre-Menopause"
"Hormone Balance Made Simple"
I have a new found passion for writing on the subject of hormones after discovering these collections. I would love to hear how using the balancing collections & balancing hormones naturally has changed your life! Comment below.
See my other blogs below for more information on balancing your hormone & shredding fat for life or buy my book Healthy Body for your compete fat loss plan.
Yours in Hormone Health & Fitness,