Combat Weight Gain During Menopause With Progesterone Cream

For ladies in the pre-menopause or menopause stages, one of the symptoms we can’t seem to hide is the extra weight mother nature deposited around out mid-sections. As if things couldn’t get bad enough, now we have to deal with the extra pounds. Luckily, there’s a lot of science behind balancing a woman’s progesterone weight loss, especially if weight gain is due to pre menopause or menopause.

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Sudden Weight Gain is a sign of Estrogen Dominance: Progesterone can help you to lose weight. But you must cut out all xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens, and the wash out time is 1-3 months. The weight loss can begin to happen as soon as 1 month but may take up to 3 months to start. Sometimes progesterone does not work for weight loss and you must consider other factors such as diet and thyroid blockers. (continue)

Weight Gain Overview: You do NOT have to accept the “middle-aged spread”. You do NOT have to get heavier and heavier with each passing year. Both women and men can use natural progesterone crème to counter-balance the weight-gaining effects of estrogen dominance. With progesterone use: a metabolic response is triggered at the cellular level that will allow weight loss to occur; it acts as a natural diuretic, reducing bloating; Insulin release is regulated, reducing food cravings and normalizing blood sugar.  If you have been using progesterone and have not lost weight or still have cravings, you should address your serotonin levels which may be low. There is an established connection between hormones, weight, and mood and a serotonin-raising diet can be your answer. (continue)

Progesterone Misconceptions: Nature has given progesterone to men and women alike to balance and offset the powerful effects of estrogen. Some of the most common concerns of aging women are weight gain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and migraine. For other women, even more debilitating conditions such as cancer, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and osteoporosis now play a predominant role in their lives. As men age, complaints of weight gain, loss of libido, and prostate enlargement top their list of health concerns. Many physicians and scientists are becoming more aware of a common link between these symptoms and conditions. That common link is often an imbalance between two sex hormones, progesterone and estrogen.

Progesterone is so much more than relief for hot flashes or night sweats. Without proper balance between progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone, we ever feel really great. Yet, after a few months of using progesterone cream, it’s like a dark veil that we never even knew existed has been lifted.

Munch Your Way Through PMS With These 7 Tips

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Food plays such a large role in pre-menstrual syndrome. Not only what we eat, but how often we eat and when. Food affects our energy, our mood, our memory, and our weight. And these are just some of the things that can be seen. There’s a lot of things going on behind the scenes as well that aren’t as obvious.

1. Never skip breakfast. We hear this all the time, we all know it’s important for both metabolism and weight loss, yet so many of us still skip breakfast. This is especially true for women with mild depression caused by PMS. Breakfast kicks our metabolism in gear for the entire day. When meals are skipped, blood sugar levels drop and anxiety, irritability, and sugar cravings rise. It is optimal to eat 4-5 small meals a day. This helps the body stay in peak performance. You should notice you sleep better, have more energy, and aren’t hungry throughout the day once you start eating breakfast.

2. Remember the commercials, “Milk, it does your body good?” This is partially true. Not necessarily milk, but calcium and vitamin D. Through studies of college-aged women, those with the highest intakes of calcium and vitamin D were least likely to have or develop PMS.

Bertone-Johnson ER, Hankinson SE, Bendich A, Johnson SR, Willett WC, Manson JE. Calcium and vitamin D intake and risk of incident premenstrual syndrome. Arch Intern Med 2005;165:1246-52. (PMID:15956003)
As with most vitamins, it’s much better if we can get them through food. However, it’s not easy to get enough calcium or vitamin D through food alone. Aim for as many calcium and vitamin D rich foods as you can and get the rest through supplements. The RDA for women 19-50 is 1000mg calcium and 700 IU vitamin D. Many calcium supplements contain vitamin D. Good sources of calcium and vitamin D would be:  low fat milk, cheese, yogurt, salmon, fortified orange juice, Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnips, collard greens, fortified breads and grains.

3. High fiber fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are so good for women experiencing PMS. Eating enough fruits and veggies high in fiber can help to balance the blood sugar, which assists in the control in adrenaline overflow. High fiber foods also help your liver which is important in metabolizing hormones such as estrogen. Finally, when estrogen leaves the liver it goes right into the digestive track where fiber absorbs and removes it from the body. Now that’s pretty smart.

Great choices for high fiber fruits are apples with the peel, oranges, strawberries, raspberries, mango, persimmon, and guava.

For vegetables, choose the darker colors to get the highest fiber content such as carrots, beets, broccoli, artichokes, spinach, collard greens and Swiss chard.

For the whole grains choose fortified breads and cereals, brown rice, oatmeal, and rye bread. Recent studies have also proven that higher intakes of thiamine (B-1) and riboflavin (B-2) found in fortified whole grains had a significantly lower risk for PMS.

4. Lean meat is important because it helps replace iron lost through menstruation. Always cut away any excess fat before cooking. Good lean meat sources include chicken, fish, beef, and oysters.

5. Crush the sugar cravings. Sugar cravings sometimes feel like they are impossible to deal with. Starting about 2 weeks before your period, they rear their ugly heads and, well, you know the rest of the story. But did you also know there is a reason we crave sugar at this time? It’s because our levels of estrogen and progesterone are shifting at this time with estrogen becoming more and more opposed (dominant). This also deceases the levels of serotonin in the brain. Thereby affecting our mood and could be triggering our PMS symptoms. Research has shown that many women with PMS take in up to 500 more calories a day than women without PMS symptoms and these calories normally come from fats, carbs, or sweets. Try: whole grain instead.

6. What To Drink and What To Avoid. Two weeks before your period is to begin is when you want to cut back on coffee and cut out or eliminate alcohol. Trade them for plain old water which helps that bloated feeling we all get at some point during our periods. Typically the bloat comes from salt and the water will move the salt out of our system.

7. Don’t Rub Salt Into The Wound. Most all processed foods are loaded with salt. It, like sugar, it’s really hard to avoid. But even cutting your salt intake by 25% may reduce the bloating and water retention from PMS. Try and stay away from processed foods and drink lots of water so your body can quickly eliminate the salt. Try and stick with whole foods.

Changing ones eating habits is never easy. But, as you can see there is a lot to be said about foods and how they affect PMS. And believe us when we say, the minute you start feeling the results from a diet change like this, you’ll understand the importance and wish you’d have done this earlier.

What You May Not Know, But Should, About Estrogen Dominance and PMS

estrogen-dominance-pmsEvery generation has a new set of problems. One that’s affected women comes from the evidence that we are menstruating earlier, we get pregnant later and we’re coming into our menopause years earlier. What? Yes it’s true. In fact, on average, women are going into menopause from two to 4 years earlier than they were in the 1970s. That poses it’s own set of problems, so for now lets focus on the problems associated with estrogen dominance as a whole.

Could one of the reasons women are becoming estrogen dominant earlier and at an warp speed rate lie on their menstrual cycle? Dr. Michael Lam, tells us that women, on average menstruate from 350-400 times in their lifetime compared to 100 to 200 times of women 100 years ago. Could this also be a very good argument why women are getting more migraines, fibroids, mood shifts and having more problems with fertility? It certainly can’t be shrugged off.

Hormones should be taken very seriously. They are extremely delecate. Estrogen and progesterone are the main hormones secreted by the ovaries. One offsets the other, that’s how they are supposed to work. That’s how they work in a perfect setting. They must be in balance. Once they get out of wack, and they do, medical issues occur.

Know Thy Balance
Estrogen, a growth hormone, must be balanced by progesterone. Usually Mother Nature provides a pretty good balance however from the ages of mid 30’s to 50, progesterone declines 75%. Whoa! Estrogen declines too but only by 35%. And by
menopause, the numbers for progesterone decline even more and even though estrogen is still present.

Dr. Christiane Northrop tells us this about balance.

“When a woman’s menstrual cycle is normal, estrogen is the dominant hormone for the first two weeks leading up to ovulation. Estrogen is balanced by progesterone during the last two weeks.”

However, as we stop ovulating, estrogen can go unopposed. This is because progesterone plummets. But it’s not just the normal aging process which causes this disproportion.

Excess estrogen only happens because of two things: Over-production or we get it from our diet or environment.

In industrialized countries like the U.S., we are bombarded with estrogen-like compounds. Whether it’s food that has been treated with pesticides or growth hormones, to hormone replacement therapy, to personal care and cleaning products.

These toxins are not only known to cause us to gain weight (yeah it just got worse), but it fuels our body to produce more estrogen from our fat cells. Which can lead to insullin resistance which increases (drumroll) estrogen dominance.

Dr. John Lee pointed to progesterone deficiency as much more likely the cause of PMS since so many PMS symptoms result from estrogen dominance such as retaining water, loss of libido, headaches, mood swings and swollen breasts. Estrogen dominance and PMS affect us all differently. As does things like the common cold. Which is why it’s so important to listen to what our body tells us. If our estrogen is out of balance, it needs to be balanced before we can start feeling better.

SlimMax with Super CitriMax, The Science Behind Our Ingredients

super-cirtimax-garcinia-cambogiaYou’ll hear us say many times, Pure Health Trends only manufacturers top quality products made with pharmaceutical grade ingredients, and when available we insist on patented ingredients.

SlimMax appetite suppressant is formulated with 7 patented ingredient to support safe weight loss with no stimulants. Research has been conducted through several human clinical trials. Today we’ll start with Super CitriMax®

Pure Health Trends has been using Super CitriMax® in our diet formula’s for years. Industry leaders have felt Super CitriMax was often over looked for it’s health benefits and how effective it is in aiding weight loss. That changed almost overnight when the Dr. Oz Show recently featured Garcinia Cambogia. Super CitriMax® patented brand was the clinically studied form of Garcinia Cambogia discussed on the show for its weight management attributes.

Super CitriMax® is a patented, natural fruit extract that comes from the Garcinia Cambogia Fruit. It is not a central nervous system stimulant and does not cause nervousness, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure or insomnia.

Two of the most comprehensive clinical studies ever conducted on Super CitriMax®, shows researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center found it not only resulted in significant weight loss, fat burning also increased, lowered cholesterol, increased beneficial HDL cholesterol and decreased Body Mass Index (BMI), which is an indicator of healthy body weight. The studies also revealed some unexpected results which showed optimal doses of Super CitriMax® significantly increased levels of serum serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in mood, sleep and suppresses hunger for strong appetite control, which may also address many of the emotional issues overweight people struggle with, including binge eating and depression.

The research lead by Dr. Harry Preuss, Georgetown University, demonstrates Super CitriMax® is three times more effective than diet and exercise alone.

There have been many comprehensive clinical human trials released on Super CitriMax®. We have only partially shared one with you today. However, coming soon is our Library Of Research and Human Clinical Trials. For those of you who like to study the research behind the natural ingredients in the products you take, you’ll be able to do it right here very soon.

The effect of (-)-hydroxycitrate on energy intake and satiety in overweight humans  Source: Westerterp-Plantenga MS, Kovacs EMR. Int J Obesity. 2002;26:870-872

Are You Overeating Because You’re Stressed Or Bored?

saffron-overeatingOur guess is almost everyone would have to answer, “Yes, I am overeating because I’m bored, stressed or depressed.” Take your pick from one of the reasons. Or perhaps you eat when you’re not hungry for all three reasons. The good news is, there is an answer to the problem — Saffron. And the best news is, Saffron is in SlimMax Appetite Suppressant.

Saffron is another safe yet strong ingredient in SlimMax that helps those with emotional or compulsive eating disorders (eating because of stress, depression, loneliness, or boredom[1]) to not only kick the habit, but finally lose unwanted pounds. Seventy percent of all people who try to lose weight but fail, do so because of emotional eating disorders.

The best known clinical study was published in the Nutrition Research Journal. The human clinical trial focused on healthy, overweight women. Researchers designed the study to determine whether the Saffron Extract isolated from the the Saffron plant can reduce the desire to snack and result in weight loss.

The clinical trial was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group study which consisted of 60 healthy, mildly overweight women. Participants were between the ages of 25 to 45 and placed into two groups. The average weight of each woman was approximately 162 pounds. Twice daily during an 8-week period, one group was given a Satiereal extract supplement and the other group was given an placebo that looked exactly like the Satiereal Extract supplement.

The results of the trial found that participants taking the Saffron extract had a significant reduction in snacking behavior by inducing feelings of satiation. By the end of the 8th week, the Satiereal group participants were snacking about half as much as they had at the beginning of the study. 100% of the women who took the supplement had a decreased food intake. On average the participants showed an 84% decrease in appetite.

In conclusion, it was determined that Saffron Extract does reduce hunger and snacking frequency[2]. The results revealed that the addition of Saffron Extract can help reverse the weight gain induced by the high calorie diets by curbing your appetite and stopping hunger attacks or binge eating.

1. ​Faith MS, Allison DB, Geliebter A. Emotional eating and obesity: Theoretical considerations and practical recommendations. In: Dalton S, editor. Overweight and weight management: The health professional’s guide to understanding and practice. Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers; 1997. pp. 439–465.​(abstract)

2. Satiereal, a Crocus sativus L extract, reduces snacking and increases satiety in a randomized placebo-controlled study of mildly overweight, healthy women​ (abstract)

[Original Post 09-04-2014 – old blog]