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It goes without saying that stress has become probably the most prevalent health concern we’re facing during these trying times.
Unfortunately, stress has major far-reaching tentacles impacting almost every disease and autoimmune issue known to man. It can manifest in things like weight loss resistance, migraine headaches or even acne. And, it can be involved with more life-threatening issues like cardiomyopathy, Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia. Stress affects every aspect of our health and well-being, so it is imperative to keep our stress levels in check as much as possible.
Making sleep a number one priority, spending time in nature, meditating, and unplugging on a daily basis are wonderful ways to handle stress. But there is another way that many of us overlook. It’s time to reclaim your health and start utilizing a hormonal stress buster that you probably haven’t considered.
It’s known as the “feel good” hormone. And, if you, like millions of others around the world, are dealing with unrelenting stress, you are likely in need of this critical hormone. It’s none other than progesterone! Read on to find out how progesterone and stress are connected.
Produced by the adrenal glands, progesterone functions as both buffer to, and treatment for various ailments including stress. Because progesterone plays a significant role in so many functions critical to a good quality of life, normal fluctuations in this hormone can have potentially deleterious effects, including the stressful feelings of depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness.
Quite simply stated, stress causes estrogen dominance and a lack of the calming progesterone which counters excess estrogen’s negative and often irritable, excitable effects. And no wonder it plays such an important role in our brain health. Progesterone is up to twenty times more concentrated in the brain than in the bloodstream.
Progesterone is widely recognized today thanks to the pioneering research of Dr. Raymond Peat and Dr. John Lee. They found that progesterone deficiency is epidemic among men and women from eighteen to eighty. Many people simply aren’t producing enough progesterone because they lack the nutrient precursors zinc and vitamin B6. And excessive stress depletes this critical hormone.
Progesterone’s key role is to help negate the effects of excess estrogen. But when levels are low and estrogen dominance happens, largely due to long-term stress, symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and irritability begin to appear. These can cascade into so many areas in our lives and destroy our health and well-being.
It isn’t common to consider hormones first when you think of ways to approach debilitating stress and anxiety in today’s world. There are many other considerations such as thyroid and adrenal health that control the body’s intricate emotional balance. But through the many years I’ve been working with hormone testing, I have found that most people are lacking the proper amount of progesterone needed to combat excess estrogen and help control stress. Therefore, I recommend two very important things to consider as you navigate your way to better mental health and an improved quality of life.
It’s absolutely essential to have your hormones tested if you want an accurate measurement of individual hormones. I recommend the Salivary Hormone Panel which evaluates your body’s levels of bioavailable Progesterone, Estradiol, Estriol, Testosterone, DHEA and Cortisol. Unlike blood tests, which do not measure bioavailable hormone activity, saliva testing is considered to be the most accurate measure of free, bioavailable hormonal activity.
This convenient, at-home Salivary Hormone Testing Kit uses a saliva sample to provide an individualized hormone assessment (from yours truly) to help identify and alleviate the underlying causes of many imbalance-related issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness.
Keep in mind that as a rule of thumb, I’m not recommending hormone products without testing. But since it is safe to use and since nine out of ten times, I find deficient levels of progesterone on everyone I’ve tested, I recommend the topical use of ProgestaKey (a transdermal crème that contains USP progesterone derived from wild yam). ProgestaKey will aid in optimizing your progesterone levels and correcting estrogen imbalance. Progesterone can help control stress, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness throughout the many stages of life for both men and women.
To avoid saturating the subdermal receptors beneath your skin in any one area which creates dermal fatigue, be sure to apply the cream to different areas each day. When applying, massage the cream into the soft, capillary-rich skin of your face, neck, upper chest, breasts, inner arms, palms and backs of hands, and soles. You will probably notice your skin becoming more resilient and moisturized in the areas where you often apply the cream – another positive benefit!
As you now know, supplementing your well-being with natural hormone helpers like progesterone can make the difference between a body out of whack both physically and emotionally and a body on track to greater health and well-being.
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