Hormones

The correct levels of Estrogen, Progesterone, and Androgens (Testosterone, and DHEA) are essential for both women and men.
     Progesterone is the precursor for estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol.

Production: It is produced in the ovaries as well as the adrenal glands in women, and the adrenal glands in men.

Functions:
     • (Women) – One of progesterone’s most important functions is its role in thickening the lining of the uterus each month. The enriched endometrial lining is prepared to receive and nourish a fertilized egg. If a pregnancy occurs, progesterone is produced in the placenta and levels remain elevated throughout the pregnancy to offset the estrogen controlled monthly cycle, and quiet the Uterus during the pregnancy.
     • (Men and Women) – naturally balances Estrogen levels in the body.
     • (Men and Women) – balances Zinc and Copper levels
     • (Men and Women) – helps burn fat
     • (Men and Women) – natural diaretic
     • (Men and Women) – natural anti-depressant
     • (Men and Women) – facilitates thyroid hormone action
     • (Men and Women) – helps in normalized blood clotting
     • (Men and Women) – increases libido
     • (Men and Women) – normalizes blood sugar levels
     • (Men and Women) – restores proper cell oxygen levels
     • (Men and Women) – helps prevent endometrial and breat cancers
     • (Men and Women) – increases bone building

Issues: The most common Progesterone related issues are caused from a deficiency of Progesterone in the body.
     • Progesterone levels naturally decrease with age.
     • Excessive stress can contribute to, or cause depleted progesterone levels.
     • Birth control pills, patches, and IUDs are loaded with estrogen and progestin which decrease the natural levels of progesterone and leads to estrogen dominance.
     • Estrogen dominance or excess estrogens caused by xenoestrogen or endocrine disruptors can also cause or contribute to progesterone deficiency.
     • Estrogen dominance or excess estrogens caused by xenoestrogen or endocrine disruptors can also cause or contribute to progesterone deficiency.
     • Bio-identical progesterone may not be the right course of action since they are known to quick convert to estrogens (adding fuel to the fire).

     Estrogens are hormones that are important for sexual and reproductive development in both women and men.

Production: It is produced in the ovaries as well as the adrenal glands, and fat in women. In men, it is produced in the testes, adrenal glands, and fat, and is thought to affect sperm count.

Functions:
     • (Women) – Estrogen helps regulate the menstrual cycle.
     • (Women) – naturally balanced by Progesterone
     • (Women) – instrumental in bone formation
     • (Women) – affects skin, hair, mucous membranes and the pelvic muscles
     • (Women) – natural anti-depressant
     • (Women) – helps in normalized blood clotting

Issues: Estrogen related issues are usually caused from an excess of Estrogen in the body, but can be a deficiency in the case of post-menopause, or post-hysterectomy/pophorectomy procedures.
     • Estrogen dominance or excess estrogens can be caused xenoestrogen or endocrine disruptors.
     • Estrogen dominance or excess estrogens can be caused by birth control pills, patches, and IUDs.

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An enzyme called aromatase helps convert testosterone into estrogen