Progesterone Helps Weight Loss
It can certainly be frustrating to do all the right things to lose weight or to maintain your weight at a healthy level and not get the desired results. You eat right and you exercise and still do not get the dividends.
If you are a woman who has had a child, used birth control pills, or are nearing mid-life, then the problem may be hormonal. All of these factors can lead to Estrogen Dominance - a condition where progesterone levels are too low to balance out estrogen.
Additional Reasons for Estrogen DominanceAside from the factors mentioned above, there are other reasons why estrogen dominance can manifest. Ovarian cysts or tumors can cause excess estrogen prorduction and so can stress.** However,**** the most common cause is obesity.**
_ Here are a few other reasons that can cause estrogen dominance to manifest: _
- All body fat has an enzyme that turns adrenal steroids to estrogen. Therefore, the more fat you have the more estrogen you have.
Estrogen is removed by the liver. Liver diseases like cirrhosis or a decreased enzyme activity can lead to an increase in estrogen levels.
Estrogen supplementation and exposure to pesticides in foods are two final causes for Estrogen Dominance.
An adequate balance between estrogen and progesterone is important because it is important for decreasing a woman's risk for breast cancer and improves her PMS.
How Estrogen Dominance Inhibits Weight Loss
Too much estrogen turns more calories into fat. Fat cells make more estrogen, and estrogen causes more growth of fatty tissue. This excess fat usually builds up around the abdomen. Estrogen dominance can also cause a release of excess insulin. Too much insulin can lead to sugar cravings that are difficult to ignore.
Estrogen excites the brain causing estrogen dominant women to sleep restlessly. Lack of sleep disrupts Leptin, the hormone that regulates appetite. Lack of sleep has also been shown to increase calorie intake and reduce the expenditure of energy. Even more, an improper balance between estrogen and progesterone causes women to retain more fluid than normal and results in swelling and bloating.
The Progesterone Solution
Estrogen dominance is a hormonal imbalance that can be corrected by using bio-identical hormones. Lab testing will reveal the levels and balance of estrogen in the body. Although not as accurate as urine testing, saliva testing is easier. Once this is done, a treatment plan can be developed to restore hormonal balance.
In order to replicate a hormonal environment that is most accurate it is necessary to get the hormones directly into the blood. A cream or gel rubbed once or twice daily into mucus membranes is an effective administration. A road block to this method is that progesterone cream that is applied to the skin will eventually saturate fat tissues and stop working. To avoid this, apply the to the mucus membranes that line the uterus and vagina. Absorption through this membranes is more sufficient than through the skin.
Once hormonal balance is restored the benefits can include better sleep, improved mood, increased energy, improved mental function and improved libido, and weight loss.** Helpful weight loss articles:**** 6 Les Mills Workouts You'll Want to Try**** Boost Your Metabolism by Eating these Foods!**
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Dr. Mercola, "Complications Regarding Progesterone Cream and Oral Hormones"