By: Dr. Deedra Mason
Female health relies on an exquisite interplay between hormones, neurotransmitters, nutrients and psychosocial factors. Both your internal and external environment will dictate the quality of your cycle, your sleep, and even your interpersonal relationships! Did you know however that this same nutrient interplay will dictate your ability to lose weight as a female?
I know, I know – you understand the quality of a woman’s diet dictates her metabolism. But, did you know this interplay needs to change based on her sleep cycles? What about her activity levels or her age? In fact “where” a woman carries her weight often dictates if her weight loss program should target her detox pathways or her sleep pathways, on top of how well she’s able to manage her stress and sex hormones.
We are seeing a growing number of women start to complain at younger and younger ages of significant hormone fluctuation, similar to those of menopause and the perimenopause years. This hormone disruption, whether it is our internal or external environment, has made taking an active approach to managing weight, thyroid, sleep and detoxification pathways a primary focus in women’s health.
The Progesterone Facts:
Hormone production and bioavailability decline gradually, resulting in changes in sexual function, metabolic health, energy, and mood. Many of the signs of hormone loss go by without much attention and are considered the “natural part of aging.”
What surprises many women is the early onset of the drop in Progesterone. This hormone is considered the quality sleep + sexual desire hormone in women and the weight loss hormone. Its decline starts as early as a woman’s 30’s, but may be of significant concern earlier if she has multiple pregnancies in her 20’s.
Some of the ways women can support their health and support their progesterone are:
- Making sure to get an adequate night sleep
- Managing their stress
- Ensuring they get foods rich in Zinc, Magnesium, B-vitamins and omega 6 + 3 fatty acids.
Where to Start:
How do you know where to start when it comes to supplementation? Individualized recommendations are the key.
Botanical interventions may be a solution for younger populations looking to support themselves on a cyclic basis, while peri-and post-menopausal women may see the benefits from the daily use of a female support product.
Consider first, your overall health, dietary and sleep habits. Quality of life factors like energy and sexual health, and personal risk factors for cardiovascular disease, or osteoporosis. While most of these women have fairly mild symptoms, in no need of treatment, a small percentage do require an active support. For those women, perhaps knowing there is an approach with the use of botanicals, amino acids, simple B-vitamins and omega III fatty acid, may go a long way to relieving some of the concerns with hormonal balance and help women through all decades of life take the right steps towards maintaining a healthy body composition. Most importantly, you should choose a regimen that resonates with your personal life choices and goals!