Hormones out of balance!!!
Can you relate to these signs?
Fatigue, headaches or migraines, thyroid dysfunction, mood changes, irritability, anxiety or depression, weight gain, irregular menstrual cycle, breast tenderness, fibroids, endometriosis, low libido, hot flashes.
Your progesterone may be getting stolen!!!
These signs can also be triggered by other conditions such as hypothyroidism, low iron, low vitamin d, cortisol imbalance, are a few examples however we can't rule out progesterone. As a Naturopath it is my job to find the root cause of your signs and symptoms and when you present to me with many of the above signs and symptoms (there are usually a lot more in addition to these such as sleep issues) then I will ask many questions to find where they are coming from.
One of the major causes of progesterone deficiency is stress. When we are stressed our body releases our stress hormone known as cortisol and when this spikes it blocks our progesterone receptors and limits its activity. Therefore leading to many signs and symptoms such as what is listed above.
We call this Pregnenolone steal. Basically stress increases the need for cortisol and to make cortisol the body needs to steal progesterone from the adrenal glands and therefore not leaving it available to do other jobs. This also leaves opportunity for oestrogen to become dominant leading to many issues with the most common being heavy menstrual bleeding.
This is the reason why I will begin working on reproductive hormones AND also working on cortisol regulation and we are very lucky to have herbal and nutritional medicine that works directly on improving cortisol regulation as well as hormones.
Look at the role progesterone plays in the body:
- use fat for energy,
- anti depressant,
- facilitates thyroid hormone action, plus lots more.
Cortisol needs to be balanced in order to create hormonal harmony. Using herbal medicine to regulate cortisol helps you catch up and start to feel better alot quicker.
Stress also plays a major role in peri-menopausal and menopausal weight gain. When the main hormones of oestrogen and progesterone begin to decline you are no longer protected and cortisol and insulin take over, these guys are hoarders and they like to store fat, especially around the belly. It becomes super important to work on insulin resistance and your body's stress response and cortisol levels as these hormones can be a bit mischievous and need to be kept in check. Also important to add in foods to help boost progesterone.
I began spending endless hours researching through all of the scientific evidence to find research papers to back up my findings. From here I began to create a program. One program that would help EVERYONE.
I put together all of the similar components that I was already doing with each of my patients that followed the same path and I put them all together for everyone to follow.
I then began to add in the recipes and focused on creating meals that were delicious, quick and easy to prepare and that the whole family would love.
There was one last thing that I needed. Over the years I had researched many many other programs and have seen many people try these programs only to bounce right back to where they started or worse after they finished.
I vowed to myself that the most important component (other than regaining health) was for everyone to be able to sustain the new lifestyle. I created a program that is completely flexible. You can go intense when you need to and not so intense when you don’t.
You can change your habits and stop the cravings, binging, and emotional eating. This a big part of what I do. I help you to understand your relationship with food and turn it into a positive one so you will never feel guilty about eating ever again. When you can see the subconsious programming and the habits that got you to where you are and learn skills to change these it becomes easier to sustain a happier, healthier life.
After getting the ball rolling I begin to use this program in clinic with my patients and within weeks and months I was seeing huge success. Blood test markers were correcting themselves. People were no longer borderline diabetic, blood pressures where going down, cholesterol was going down, Drs had to reduce and remove medications. Reflux was non-existent and fat and kilos began to melt away. Most of all health began to increase.
I knew I was on the right path.
In my clinic I have been putting my patients through this program that I have called it "Toxins Be Gone 8 week Wholistic Detox program". The program incorporates an 8 week detox from inflammatory foods as well as working on changing the habits that lead you to choosing inflammatory foods in the first place (usually emotional eating). As well as the education of how certain foods and toxins impact your body, the program works on removing toxins that are preventing the mind and the body from working effectively, helping to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce risk of diabetes and heart disease and help to reverse conditions you already have like high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Sometimes making changes can be difficult which is why a major component is working on the subconscious choices and reprogramming your habits and mindset.
My in clinic program is currently being transformed into the 8 week online course that will guide you step by step on your journey to transforming your health quickly. Where others have let you down before and you feel like no program will ever work, this program fills in the gaps that those programs have lacked to set you up for success.
To stay in touch about the program launch join my Facebook Group.
Improvements are seen so quickly which helps keep you motivated. There's also a beneficial side effect of eating for health = weightloss. Most patients lose 6-8 kilos in the first 8 weeks.
If you are ready to take back your health, then book in to see me today. I see patients from all over thanks to technology and I can help you too.
What if the solution was as simple as changing your diet and your mindset. A growing number researchers believe that it is and that you can prevent or even reverse several of our worst diseases.
Who am I?
I am a Bachelor qualified Naturopath who specialises in improving metabolic processes in the body and reducing metabolic inflammation. Major areas for improvement include gut health, thyroid, kidney, liver, weight loss and mental health. Conditions such as fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, irritable bowel conditions, depression & anxiety. I help my patients by giving them symptomatic relief while working on repairing the underlying causes of metabolic stress and waste accumulation.
Melissa Callaghan BHSc, BTeach
Naturopath, Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Coach
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