By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Russell Shein
Hormones are essentially the “catalysts” for processes in the body. Often, these hormones need to be in balance for optimum health. One such example is the balance of progesterone and estrogen in women. Primarily, these two exist to balance reproductive and menstrual cycles, as well as assist in pregnancy and giving birth. They also help with the changes that come with puberty. These two hormones have an effect on the body as a whole as well. Below are a few examples:
*High estrogen can lead to blood clotting, while progesterone helps to reduce the risk of blood clots
*Estrogen helps with salt and fluid retention, while progesterone is a natural diuretic (meaning it helps to push waste out of the body)
*Estrogen restrains bone loss, while progesterone helps with new bone formation
*High estrogen can trigger autoimmune diseases, while progesterone helps to prevent them
*Estrogen and Progesterone can help with sleep disorders. Estrogen helps prevent hot flashes during menopause, while Progesterone helps with relaxation.
*High estrogen can lead to lower oxygen in your cells, while progesterone restores oxygen levels in the cells
Those are just a few examples. As you can see, these hormones affect us women in many different ways. If any of the above sound familiar, or if you just generally feel out of balance, we recommend a saliva test for hormone imbalance which will look at your bio available or “active” hormone levels. Every test result comes with an easy to read protocol.
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
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