Putting it all back together

How To Restore The Health Of The Body So It Produces Its Own Progesterone.

For someone who has a progesterone deficiency, in most cases this can be corrected by following a natural treatment protocol. Such a protocol usually involves changes in the person’s lifestyle, such as dietary changes, doing a better job of managing stress, and avoiding environmental toxins. A purification program is sometimes necessary to help balance out the hormones as well.

The good news is that such a protocol can help to correct a progesterone deficiency without the person needing to take natural progesterone. The bad news is that it can be challenging to follow such a protocol. Many people would prefer to take natural progesterone continuously rather than follow a strict natural treatment protocol. Besides not permanently correcting the problem, there are also potential risks with taking natural progesterone. Even though it is “natural”, it still is possible to overdose, and this happens to many people.

In summary, natural progesterone can help many people with a thyroid condition. Of course, one first needs to determine whether the person has a progesterone deficiency before taking this bioidentical hormone. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that many people with a progesterone deficiency don’t need to take natural progesterone, as by following a natural treatment protocol their body will eventually be able to produce progesterone naturally on its own.

Conditions Natural progesterone Progestin
Water retention X
Loss of minerals X
Intracellular edema X
Depression X
Birth defect risks X
More body hair, thinner hair X
Blood clot risks X
Increase risk of diabetes X
Allergic reactions X
Liver failure X
Acne, skin rashes X
Protect against uterine cancer x
Protect against breast cancer X
Normalizes libido X
Regrowth of scalp hair X
Improves lipid profile X
Improves in vitro fertilization X
Improves bone formation X
Improves sleep pattern X

Why Saliva Testing?

When looking at hormone levels in the body, a common method used is by taking a blood test that measures the blood serum or blood plasma content of the hormones. These tests are irrelevant because the bioavailable “free” hormone is not soluble in serum. Bioavailable sex hormones circulate in the blood via fatty substances such as red blood cell membranes and are not found in the serum.

Hormones made by the ovaries, testes, and the adrenals are wrapped in protein envelopes called either SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) or CBG (cortisol-binding globulin) so that they can be carried in the blood. These protein-bound hormones are not fully biologically active. The more important and more relevant hormone levels are the 1-10% that are unbound and therefore biologically active. Saliva contains only the unbound, biologically active hormone molecules.

The non-protein-bound hormone molecule, when circulating through the saliva tissue, will filter directly into the saliva, whereas protein-bound (non-bioavailable) hormone does not. Thus, saliva levels reflect tissue levels of sex hormones whereas the serum tests do not.

For example, Progesterone.

Progesterone is a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries and the adrenal glands. It is extremely important for women’s health, and it plays a crucial role in the female reproductive system including the menstrual cycle and fertility, as well as the development of the fetus and the maintenance of pregnancy.

Imbalances of progesterone levels may cause infertility, an increased risk of miscarriage, increased PMS symptoms, depression, thyroid dysfunction, fibrocystic breasts, weight gain and irregular menstrual cycle. But how do you know if you have low progesterone to be able to fix it? By having a saliva test!

Saliva testing is quicker, less expensive, less painful, and a more reliable way to measure hormone levels and test for hormone deficiencies. In other words, blood tests are useless in determining hormonal imbalances and Saliva testing must be performed.

Fortunately, there are many natural ways to increase progesterone levels and maintain a proper hormonal balance in your body. Once you know where your levels are low, you can then take action with natural herbs or creams and a good diet to get them back where they should be.

We start with Nutrition Response Testing to assess hormonal imbalances and then if necessary saliva testing.