Hormone imbalance can often
contribute to unslightly and unhealthy weight gain, particularly
around the tummy, hips and thighs. And to add insult to injury, by
simply being overweight you're body is converting that extra body
fat into a form of estrogen called estradiol that will further
compound your estrogen dominance.
Certainly, there's an inseparable
connection between fat and estrogen. And the good news is that
progesterone - our body's 'natural' anti-estrogen - will help your
body convert fat into energy.
A natural diuretic, progesterone
will further assist weight loss by regulating sodium imbalance
within the body, correcting fluid retention and helping you
eliminate excess fluid from the body. However, it may initially
exacerbate estrogen dominance symptoms which can have the appearance
of weight increase which is usually only temporary.
Some women actually stop using their
progesterone cream after they gain a little weight thinking,
incorrectly, that progesterone is the culprit. They failed to
understand the other factors that contribute to weight gain once
progesterone is introduced.
But correcting female sex hormone
imbalance is only part of the picture. We need to focus
squarely on optimal metabolic health.
So what is metabolic health? Well,
defines metabolic health in this way: A state in which the chemical
processes in our cells are sufficient to provide us with at least
two things: (1) resistance to sickness and disease, and (2) the
vigor, stamina, and well-being needed to fully engage in all aspects
Metabolic rehabilitaton is a process
in which a patient gets control of, or eliminate, all the factors
that are impeding her metabolism.
Here are the nine most common
factors that cause hypometabolism. It's important to remember that
the first one can cause or influence many of the others.
- Under-regulation by thyroid
- Too little cortisol
- Sex hormone imbalance
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Unhealthy diet
- Chemical contaminants
- Low physical fitness
- Untreated physical problems
- Troublesome drugs