The Natural Hormone Solution
One little comment can really make your day!
And that was certainly the case this weekend.
I was introduced to a new friend who suddenly looked at me with a started look and proclaimed,
“Oh my gosh! You’re the same Ann Louise that wrote Before the Change—it changed my life!”
We then went on to discuss the trials and tribulations of a “misdiagnosed menopause” and how one of the Peri-Zappers I discussed turned her life around.
And it’s no wonder because natural progesterone is in short fall with many women these days due to a number of factors:
- You are deficient in zinc and vitamin B6, nutrient precursors of progesterone.
- You are not ovulating regularly, leaving you without a corpus luteum to create progesterone in the first place.
- Your body is converting progesterone into cortisol as a result of stress.
But here’s the kicker. Progesterone may be dramatically connected to the inability to lose weight when we hit the perimenopause years.
This special hormone signals the hypothalamus to increase your core body temperature, thereby increasing your resting metabolic rate.
Low levels of progesterone trigger your body to burn 15,000 to 20,000 fewer calories per year and it triggers increased water retention.
As I discovered in Before the Change, progesterone—not estrogen—is the first hormone to decline during the perimenopausal years (often beginning at 38 years of age and lasting until 50 in some women).
It is by far the most deficient hormone found in salivary hormone testing—whether the issue is PMS or postpartum depression—or perimenopause, menopause or beyond. The signs of progesterone deficiency should not be ignored.
Signs of Progesterone Deficiency include:
- The inability to lose weight
- Lack of libido
- Mood Swings
- Osteopenia and Osteoporosis
Why Natural Progesterone Leads the Pack
If there was ever such a thing as a single natural remedy for the widest number of conditions, natural progesterone would lead the pack.
Please take a look—here’s an interview I did when Before the Change first came out. I still stand by those recommendations even today.
Establishing the Ideal Ratio
Natural plant-based progesterone has the same identical structure as the progesterone a woman makes naturally in her body.
The physiological dose of 20 mg per day (that is dispensed with one pump of ProgestaKey) can help improve libido, enhance the immune system, increase hair on the scalp, elevate the metabolic rate with resulting weight loss, act as a natural diuretic, boost the thyroid, and stimulate the production of bone while relaxing smooth muscles and promoting the strength of the myelin sheath.
Since hormones can be tricky, it is best to take a salivary hormone test and measure—at the very least—the ratio between progesterone and estradiol (one of the most potent forms of estrogen). The ideal ratio ranges from 10:1 to 30:1 depending upon use of HRT and age and stage of life.
ProgestaKey was the formula I developed over twenty years ago derived from wild yam and is considered by many to be the best product on the market.
It is preservative-free with a delightful scent from lavender essential oil. Depending upon your age and stage of life, there are different protocols, but in general the topical crème should be applied to the face, hands, chest, inner arms, and thyroid area. Rotate these as much as possible so that one area doesn’t get too saturated.
For Menstruating women – Apply once or twice a day starting on the 12th day after the first day of menstrual flow through the 26th day.
For Perimenopausal women – Apply once or twice a day starting on the 7th day after the first day of menstrual flow through the 27th day.
For Menopausal/Postmenopausal women – Apply once or twice a day for a maximum of 25 consecutive days. Resume after a five day break.
To evaluate your body’s bio-available Progesterone levels (and 5 other hormones), consider UNI KEY’s Salivary Hormone Test.