I was asked the other day about when and how to supplement progesterone – should it be taken all month long, or just for part of the month? And what about progesterone-building herbs? All month long or just part of the month? I thought I’d explain how I recommend doing it in case anyone else had that same question.
Drops in testosterone in men can contribute to loss of libido, sexual dysfunction, muscle weakness, loss of stamina, depression and sleep interruption, to name just a few. Declining testosterone levels occur naturally with age, and can also be a byproduct of chronic illness. Adrenal fatigue is another potential contributor to low testosterone levels, given that the adrenals produce at least a third of all reproductive hormones, including testosterone. There are 3 priorities for supporting testosterone levels in men:-
There are many ways to support the adrenal glands – we can use nutritional strategies, lifestyle strategies, herbal strategies to name just a few. Another strategy is supplementing DHEA and pregnenolone for adrenal health. DHEA and pregnenolone are precursors to cortisol, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. If a person is under chronic stress, and the adrenals are working hard to produce more cortisol to cope with that, other hormones can suffer and fall. The cortisol demand is “hogging” the building blocks which takes away from the other hormones, potentially giving rise to other symptoms over and above the adrenal fatigue. DHEA and pregnenolone supplementation can ensure that there is enough to go around for everybody.
I feel like thyroid problems get a lot of attention – many of us recognize the problems of low thyroid function, including fatigue, constipation, depression, weight gain, and dry skin and hair. Being that thyroid hormones are metabolic hormones, many of us women secretly hope for a thyroid problem, because it would explain these sneaking pounds we’ve accumulated; and subsequently we hope that thyroid treatment might help shed them away without too much extra effort on our part (oh wait, maybe that was just me.) We often don’t think about the adrenal-thyroid connection. [Read more…]
We’ve talked a lot about hormones recently, so to round it off, I’m going to add my top picks of essential oils to help get things back in balance. You can read about dietary factors, lifestyle factors and the role of phytoestrogens in previous posts to get caught up on those things. Now we turn to essential oils and hormone balance.
My favorite essential oil blend for hormones is a blend called Clary Calm. It is a blend of 12 essential oils that can help manage symptoms of hormonal change. It comes in a roller bottle, and can be easily applied to the skin on the lower abdomen or on the feet.
In our current series on hormone balance, we talked first about the role of phytoestrogens in balancing hormones, then dietary factors in hormone balance. Today we look at the role of lifestyle factors in hormone balance, and the things that can be done to help support healthy hormone levels and reduce hormone-related symptoms.
Last post I talked about natural supplementation of phytoestrogens to help with hormone balance. There are dietary factors in hormone balance too, so we’ll talk about those today. In fact, many hormone issues can be naturally managed, or at the very least improved, through diet, lifestyle and natural remedies. Next post I’ll go over some of the lifestyle factors to consider. [Read more…]
It’s a simple fact: hormones get blamed for a lot— bad moods, aggressive moments, sad days, trips to the cupboard for chocolate! Deserved or not, it is clear hormones play a significant role in many of the body’s functions. Estrogen and progesterone are the main steroidal hormones that affect a woman’s health (and testosterone too, but to a lesser degree). Phytoestrogens are one of the tools that we have to help regulate estrogen levels, which can contribute significantly to hormone balance.
There are several reasons that one might think about hormone detox. Certainly for me right now coming off over a year of hormones and fertility meds, it’s a must. But women may also want to consider it if they have imbalances such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), estrogen dominance, perimenopause or menopause. Oh yeah and then there’s postpartum hormone rebalancing too. Just a short list of possibilities! Following are some of the key things that I would look at when trying to detoxify hormones.
Women of all ages experiences imbalances in hormones, which can manifest as anything from irregular periods, painful periods, PMS symptoms, fertility issues, all the way through to peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms. There are lots of natural ways to help regain balance; I love using essential oils for hormone balance, while at the same time adjusting one’s diet and nutrition to try to help the root cause of the problem.