The Solution is Progesterone
December 14, 2010
Many woman use the term PMS to refer to symptoms of bloating, breast tenderness, food cravings, headaches, irritability, mood swings, weight gain, and many others. A term that was coined decades ago by Dr. John Lee is “estrogen dominance.” This is what is going on inside that body when the term PMS is used.
Before we get deeper into the issue, we need to define a couple terms…
We have three types of estrogens that are natural to the human body, each with different functions. Produced in the ovaries and fat calls, they are responsible for the development of sexual characteristics, fat storage, development of the follicle, inhibit bone absorption, improve insulin sensitivity, and many other functions.
Progesterone is made mostly in the ovaries with a small amount made in the adrenal glands. Progesterone helps with sleep patterns, maintains fluid balance, helps use fat for energy, promotes the build-up of bone, maintains pregnancy, opposes the actions of estrogen, and a host of other functions.
Xenoestrogens are estrogen-like chemicals that have many of the bad effects of estrogen. They are found in commercially raised meat, dairy products, pesticides, plastics, cosmetics, sunscreens, food preservatives, petroleum products, lotions, dyes, birth control pills, and just about everything surrounding you right now. Our bodies absorb these chemicals and do not know exactly what to do with them. Some stick around for years and can accumulate inside our body, acting like estrogen, but without the beneficial effects.