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Hormonal Havoc Harnesses Metabolic Overdrive (Part 2)

04 Nov
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Do not trade in your body for a newer model, until you have tried these remedies for hormonal havoc and Metabolic Overdrive (MO).

Last week Part 1 of Hormonal Havoc Harnesses MO focused on two of the three major sex hormones that need to be aligned to achieve good health and weight loss, estrogen and testosterone, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/hormonal-havoc-harnesses-metabolic-overdrive-part1/.

Progesterone is the third and equally  important hormone as testosterone and estrogen. It teams up with cholesterol to produce the sex hormones, cortisol and DHEA. It is the primary hormone effecting menstruation, fertility and vaginal dryness for women and has been linked to prostate health for men. You men may be interested in this, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/01/02/natural-progesterone2.aspx.

What are normal progesterone levels?

You can look ’em up here, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003714.htm.

Causes of Low Progesterone (Low P)

Symptoms of Low P

As mentioned in last week’s blog, hormone levels can start to decline  as early as age 35. Over a 15 year time frame, estrogen levels can drop by 35% while progesterone levels dip by 75%. Low progesterone is tied to a low toleration to stress, the aging process (including wrinkles, thinning skin and hair loss), aches and pains, osteoporosis, fibroids, high blood pressure and stroke. Higher estrogen (for men and women) typically lowers progesterone too.

Women experience more symptoms than men because progesterone plays a bigger role in their health but either gender experiences devastating side effects.

WOMEN

MEN

BOTH MEN & WOMEN

Hot Flashes & Night sweats

Man Boobs

Decreased Libido

Acne

Impotency

Cravings/Weight Gain

Bloating

Enlarged Prostate

Bone Loss

Insomnia

Heart Disease

Muscle Loss

Hair loss or excess body/facial hair

Male Pattern Baldness

Poor Sleep

Poor Concentration/Memory Loss

Low thyroid

Irritability

Heavy painful or Irregular Periods

Breast  Tenderness

Mood Swings

Anxiety & Depression

polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

If you found many of the hormone disadvantage questions (see part 1, the link is above) similar to the thyroid questions, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/the-thyroid-tie-in-to-metabolic-overdrive/, there’s a good reason for that. These conditions generally overlap. Most people who have one condition also have the other. If you answered yes to two or more questions or experience any of the symptoms above, consider making an appointment with your physician to test progesterone and all the hormones that “intermingle”, DHEA, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and melatonin.

If you have a normal test result but answered yes to any of the starred questions in the quiz, you may be developing a hormone disadvantage that is not yet extreme enough to be detected by medical tests. If you make no changes to your lifestyle, it may eventually show up.

If despite a normal test result you suspect you may have a hormone disadvantage, follow Level 1 eating but do not use the specific hormone disadvantage supplements. These supplements are effective when treating a problem, but they do pose some risks. Don’t take them unless you are definitely sure you need them. With a doctors approval and a confirmed hormone disadvantage, use the supplements described in Chapter 9. You may also want to speak with your doctor and consider a natural “USP progesterone” cream containing 400-500 mg of progesterone per ounce. Women need about a quarter and men need about an eighth of a teaspoon to be applied to the chest, abdomen, inner arms or inner thighs.

Weight loss may not come as easy as someone who does not have a hormone disadvantage, but you will see results and you can meet your goals.

Insulin is last but certainly not least on the MO list to be discussed next week. Until then…

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4 responses to “Hormonal Havoc Harnesses Metabolic Overdrive (Part 2)

  1. Valerie Berkowitz

    November 7, 2016 at 6:36 am

     

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