Neat Facts

-Blood test for Estrogen/Estrodial should be done on Day 3 of menstrual cycle.

-During menopausal transition starting mostly by late 30's, production of progesterone is the first to decline followed by estrogen and testosterone.

-Lower body fat causes lower estrogen. Body fat actually stores estrogen.

-Breast and uterine cancer can be directly/indirectly linked to increase in E1 (estrone), E2 (Estradiol) or receptor activity. E3 has protective effect against breast and uterine cancers.

-Broccoli and Spinach as well as Omega 3 fatty acids have shown to increase estrogen.

-Saliva hormone tests are the most accurate.

-Progesterone acts as a natural diuretic reducing bloating.

-During Ovulation. the mucus changes to consistency resembling that of egg whites.

-Progesterone deficiency can lead to elevated FSH levels which then leads to increased estrogen production.

-Improving insulin resistance lowers androgen levels and makes weight loss easier.

-Cortisol is regulated by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus

-Hormone adrenaline (epinephrine) causes adrenaline rush.

-Adrenal gland overactivity leads to excessive production of male hormones.

-Elevated cortisol causes insulin resistance which leads to hunger and carb cravings.

-Exercise improves insulin resistance. Critical for optimal cortisol levels and hormonal balance.

BMI Formula

BMI=(weight in lbsx703)/(height in inches)x(height in inches)

-Excess progesterone and too little thyroid hormone can cause fatigue.

-When estrogen and progesterone are out of balance it's often because stress hormones went out of balance first. Insulin imbalance is another factor since it adds to stress.

-Gluten Intolerance can cause altered Estrogen levels and Amenorrhea (no period for several months in a row).

-Cinnamon, tomatoes and paprika all contain "Malvin" which is found in red and green pigments.

-Dopamine helps prevent PMS and irregular cycles.

-In my case Raspberry tea cut the bleeding down.

-Elevated levels of Cortisol can stop Ovulation.

Sodium Imbalance
Hyponatremia (hypo=too little) is caused by water intoxication (drinking so much water that it dilutes the sodium in the blood and overwhelms the kidney's compensation mechanism) or by a syndrome of inappropriate anti-diuretic hormone secretion (SIADH). SIADH can be associated with illnesses like pneumonia, brain diseases, cancer, thyroid problems, and some medications.

Potassium Imbalance
Hypokalemia (hypo=too little) is most often seen when the body loses too much potassium from causes like vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, and medications like diuretics or laxatives. It is often seen in diabetic ketoacidosis, where potassium is excessively lost in the urine. Since chemicals in the body are related in their metabolism, low magnesium levels can be associated with hypokalemia.

-Melatonin and Growth Hormones help one to sleep and stay asleep.

-Cortisol-best time to check is on day 21-22 of cycle since CAR (Cortisol Awakening Response) rises at ovulation.

-Green Tea and sugar increases Estrogen

-Xenoestrogen can be found in PVC, BPA, canned foods, plastic food containers and fish with high mercury content.

-Losing weight reduces Estrogen levels.

-Cholesterol is necessary for production of Cortisol, DHEA, Testosterone, Estrogen, Pregnenalone, Aldosterone and Progesterone. Also helps with nutrient absorption.

-Sun is the best way to get Vitamin D. However, if your cholesterol is too low, you can't generate sufficient levels of Vitamin D since UVB rays interact wth cholesterol on your skin and converts to Vitamin D.

-5-6 years before menopause FSH levels increase; 3-4 years before menopause LH levels increase.

-Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis hives can occur 7-10 days before period.

-Some women report that adequate levels of Vitamin D, B Vitamins and Magnesium help regulate periods.

-Low Progesterone can be caused by low cholesterol which is a precursor to all sex hormones in the body.

-Visceral fat is known to pump out cortisol hormones in particular!

-Insulin Sensitivity is lower later in the day so avoiding carbs later in the day can prevent weight gain.

-Increase Vitamin B1 and B6 to stop unwanted H2O weight.