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Progesterone: the Lawnmower

11th September 2018

Progesterone is known as the ‘lawnmower’ it cuts down excess Oestrogen that grows out of control like grass. When there is insufficient progesterone, there may be Oestrogen Dominance.

Progesterone is important because it plays a vital role in keeping your hormones balanced. As women age, they can start to experience a progesterone deficiency, which in turn can cause a hormonal imbalance.

Progesterone’s most important functions are its role in thickening the lining of the uterus each month. The enriched endometrial lining is prepared to receive and nourish a fertilized egg. Progesterone plays a major role in fertility. But if you have gone through the childbearing age, Progesterone is still equally as important.

Stress plays a big factor in lower progesterone levels. We know that Stress increases levels of cortisol, which blocks progesterone from its receptors in the body. Too much stress and progesterone won’t get where it needs to go.

Over-exercising reducing antioxidant levels, overuse of supplements over extended periods may also result in imbalances in the body. Paradoxically, a lack of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D are all essential for producing Progesterone – some of the best natural ways of increasing Progesterone levels is consuming avocado good fats, salmon, oysters, sardines and other omega-rich foods, like iron-rich spinach and Vitamin C citrus fruits and vegetables.

And overuse of chemical, products, plastics, environmental factors, synthetic hormones are stored in the body as xeno-estrogens (known as fake oestrogen).

There are many associated health implications which may be a sign or the symptoms of low progesterone, these may include :

  • Mood swings
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Foggy thinking
  • Slow Metabolism
  • Sugar craving, inability to balance blood glucose levels
  • Prediabetes, high blood pressure (Metabolic syndrome)
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Irregular periods (luteal phase of fewer than 12 days)
  • low body temperature (cold hands and feet)
  • spotting in-between your periods
  • Fibroids
  • Brittle nails
  • Cracked Heels
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Allergy symptoms
  • Acne
  • Fatigue
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Infertility and miscarriages
  • Gallbladder Issues

Author: Gill Bauer – Adore Your Floor Coach Brentwood

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