2 Awesome Solutions for Low Progesterone Blues
And why you need to know!
I experiment on myself a lot. In fact, I’ve been experimenting since I was in my late teens. Not only do my friends come to me for advice on food, hormones and their periods, but they also get to hear all about the different (sometimes out there!) healing modalities I’ve tried. Most of them are amused by my misadventures in health and some of them probably think I’m a little nuts too!
Fast forward to today and I’m still bio-hacking (this is a term I learned from my mentor Dr. Sara Gottfried) which basically means trying new foods/supplements to see what works and what doesn’t to create awesome health. The last two months I’ve been doing two things and I CANNOT believe the results.
A little background: Many of you struggle with painful periods and PMS symptoms like depression and anxiety. There are also a bunch of you who are dealing with a short luteal phase – this occurs when your the second half of your cycle between ovulation and your period is less than 10 days long. Ideally it should be closer to 14 days long. In almost every case I see (including myself) all of these issues stem from low progesterone. Earlier this year I tested my hormones and my progesterone was on the lower side. I’ve tried quite a few things and nothing was working as well as I’d hoped. Well, that all changed a couple months ago and I can’t wait to tell you about it!
Here’s what I tried:
1. Saffron - yes that bright-colored spice you put in paella dishes. I bet you’re probably rolling your eyes already but bear with me. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years so don’t be too quick to dismiss it! I learned about saffron’s superpowers awhile back but was skeptical (just like you!) even though studies prove saffron’s effectiveness in treating PMS, painful periods and depression. In fact, saffron has been shown to be as effective as Prozac for treating depression and PMS! Hello! Without the side effects too.
A couple of months ago, I was in Turkey and saw it in a spice market and figured I’d give it a shot. No better place to buy it than a Turkish market right? The minimum effective dose of saffron is about 15mg a day – we’re literally talking a tiny sprinkle. So I started with just a sprinkle on lunch and dinner and continued for about 45 days. Then I kind of fell off the saffron wagon but in that time I got my period and wow! Absolutely no emotional PMS symptoms – I felt completely normal until the moment I got my period. AND majorly reduced pain, by about a third. Let’s do a dance! Expect to see results in 1-2 cycles. If you don’t see improvement then this is just not the treatment for you and that’s totally okay. Onwards and upwards to the next experiment.
Interestingly, saffron has been used as an aphrodisiac and to treat premature ejaculation in men but the evidence isn’t sufficient enough to conclude that it works. However, if you are wanting to try something like this out on your man, I’d love to hear about your anecdotal results.
2. Vitamin C - Did you know that vitamin C is the only vitamin on the planet that can actually raise progesterone levels? Yup, it’s pretty badass. But not just any old vitamin C, that’s so not how I roll. I’ll get to that in a sec though. It’s also got a ton of other incredible purposes like it’s Super Shero antioxidant powers which help your body fight any kind of germy invaders. Naturally I was focused on the progesterone part but I’d be happy to not get sick during winter too! Unfortunately, the RDA for vitamin C in the US (and I think it’s similar everywhere) is a measly 75mg a day. I’m going to tell you right now – that’s useless. You want to be getting at least 1000mg a day of the best stuff out there. I use Livon Labs Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C which tastes like crap but works sooo well! What makes it awesome is it’s gel-like liposomal delivery system, basically it gets where it needs to go and doesn’t get stuck in stomach traffic. Don’t worry about overdosing, vitamin C is water soluble and will be flushed out if you’ve taken too much.
I’ll tell you another little secret – for the better part of the summer and fall I was spotting before my period. Shhh, don’t tell anyone! LOL Me, the woman who’s supposed to be fixing periods was in need of some period fixing. I realized these things were happening so I could fix them and share. Win/win situation right? Well, the spotting on that first period was somewhat improved but what’s even more interesting is that I am about 5 days away from my next period and there is not even a sign of spotting, cramping, the rage-monster or any other undesirables. Just from a little saffron and vitamin C. Who said you have to struggle to fix your period? It’s so much easier than we think it’s going to be most of the time. We just have to be open to new ways of thinking and willing to try a different approach.
I’ll be re-testing my hormones at the beginning of next year and keep you posted on my progesterone levels. If you’re testing your progesterone levels you want them to be 15-25ng/ml in the middle of your luteal phase or on day 21 of your cycle.
Now tell me, what have you tried for low progesterone? What’s worked and what hasn’t worked? DYING to know what you gals have up your sleeves!
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Ditching the Heels
And why you need to know!
Today’s guest writer is Virginia Cunningham, a freelance writer and health enthusiast in the Los Angeles area. As a mother of three, she understands how difficult it can be to resist cravings of caffeine and beautiful heels, but it will be all worth it in the end!
Struggling with infertility is one of the most difficult things a woman can experience. As if feeling helpless about your situation wasn’t enough, there is also the sense of disappointment of not having the ability to bare your own child, which can result in making you feel somewhat “broken.”
Unfortunately, due to various conditions and circumstances, there are situations that simply do not allow a woman to become pregnant. While many hopeful parents will consider adoption as their primary option when they are unable to conceive naturally, there are still many things you can do to boost your fertility if you’re not quite at the point of looking for an adoption agency yet.
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Most women who struggle with infertility do so temporarily. In fact, many instances of infertility can be successfully treated with natural remedies and simple lifestyle changes.
If you’re struggling with infertility, it’s advisable to start with the simpler and more natural solutions before moving on to more complex treatments, such as prescription drugs and surgery. Below are just a few:
1. Ditching high heels
While we may all love flaunting off our newest designer high heels, but the actual design of a high heel tends to push our gravity forward, which will inevitably cause us arch our backs in order to compensate and keep our balance.
Although this may be a chic look for many women, the problem is that wearing heels can place tension on our ligaments and spine, which alters the space where our gynecological organs are housed. As a result, it is theorized that this could limit blood flow, thereby making it more difficult to become pregnant.
2. Limit your caffeine
Most of us need that extra boost in the morning to get our day started off on the right foot, but, in certain studies, experts have been able to link the consumption of caffeine to problems with infertility. However, at the same time, some studies have found no such link.
The caffeine argument needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as the generally accepted advice is to simply be cautious and stick to less than 200 milligrams of caffeine, or roughly two cups of coffee.
3. Start meditating
Most experts agree that the negative effects of stress on the human body can minimize a woman’s ability to conceive. If you think that could be playing a part in your own situation, consider setting aside time every day to meditate and cut down on your stress levels.
Keep your mind clear and try your best to not focus on what you can or cannot do about your current situation– it’ll only bring more stress.
4. Don’t overlook your partner’s health
All of the things that could harm your own ability to conceive could have an impact on your partner’s reproductive health as well. Cigarettes, alcohol and a poor diet can all contribute to a low sperm count, so don’t discount the possibility that the problem could lie in this area and have nothing to do with you.
Cutting out bad habits, maintaining a well-balanced diet and taking a multivitamin with a high concentration of zinc, folic acid, vitamin b6, iron and calcium is a good place to start. If you still suspect a low sperm count or motility, it’s advisable to test for such things before moving onto other solutions.
Don’t Overthink It
Rather than stress about what may be causing you not to conceive, start by making a few lifestyle changes to not only improve your own health, but to boost your fertility as well. Starting with these simple solutions will help you avoid the trap of wearing yourself out, and they provide you with a foundation to build upon if you ever want to pursue further treatment options.
Baby will come when the time is right and until then, enjoy life, take care of your body and do the basics to increase your fertility.COMMENT
Debunking Ovulation Giveaway!
And why you need to know!
- Do you know when you ovulate each month?
- Are you familiar with the signs and symptoms of ovulation?
- Do you understand your cycle and what’s supposed to happen each week of the month?
If you answered no to these questions then you’ve got to get on the Debunking Ovulation train! Debunking Ovulation was created by the one and only Dr. Nat Kringoudis and it is a mini online crash course in understanding everything (no joke, I mean everything) about your cycle and how it should function.
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A medical mystery?
And why you need to know!
This is the second post in a series of Client Stories. This story is by Dori W., and she shares her journey from medical mystery to vibrant health and getting pregnant naturally. Enjoy!
I’ve spent most of my life being a medical mystery. I remember half-joking with one of my new friends at college that whenever I went to the doctor, they either didn’t know what was wrong with me or told me I might have something horrific when it turned out to be not that big a deal. I said this as I was off to a doctor’s appointment, where I was told I might have leukemia, but it turned out to be mono. Like I said, half-joking.
I started having issues with my health about the same time I hit puberty. In seventh grade, I passed out twice after skipping breakfast (yes, it took me twice to learn to eat breakfast), which was the start of a long battle with my blood sugar levels. Not long after, I started having gut-wrenching, incapacitating menstrual cramps that made me throw up from the pain. I actually remember contemplating if it might hurt less if I cut everything out, it hurt so bad. At age 14, I was put on the pill to help with the cramps. I then started having issues with sun poisoning, where being out in the sun would cause me to break out in a rash. Over a couple more years, I only got more sensitive. Not even clothing was enough to protect me, and even just going out to get the mail left me broken out in hives. So I had to start my day with a full body covering of sunscreen before I got dressed. Finally, I went to the doctor. After being looked at like I was an alien after showing them my hives from just driving to the office, they consulted a visiting doctor. Luckily (for me), his wife had experienced the same thing only while she was pregnant, so that was their clue that it was a hormonal thing. They changed my birth control prescription to a mini-pill, and it got much better.
Throughout high school and college, I was one stressed out lady. In high school, my overachieving self had overcommitted herself to the point of actually getting panic attacks when I realized how much I had to do. This, as you might imagine, took a further toll on my health. There was a period when, like clockwork, I would be at the doctor’s office every three months with some new, totally bizarre symptom. At one point, I lost 15 pounds in two weeks while having to eat every hour to keep myself from getting dizzy. I was drinking those 2,000 calorie shakes to try to keep my weight up. It turned out I was hyperthyroid, and it finally started to click that all this stress was bad for me. I consciously started to work on stress management. In college, I no longer was having panic attacks, but I was still pretty high strung and all over the place. My senior year, I carted myself into the doctor’s office yet again after “not having time” for weeks. I had bronchitis so bad by that point, I was down to 13% lung capacity! It took me five months to recover from it, and it gave me mild asthma. This was really a wakeup call for me; I needed to prioritize my health over all of my other commitments.
The medical mysteries continued but at a much less frequent pace as I started prioritizing my health more, and with each health crisis, I continued to learn valuable lessons. A couple years ago, I had a severe allergic reaction to the flu shot, despite having had several during the previous years with no incident. It was described as a chemical burn from the inside out. I shed not only several layers of skin, but also the linings of my organs. I had reduced work hours for five months. But the good that came out of such a horrible experience? Out of necessity, this uber-independent woman learned to ask for and accept help.
The first big step I made toward taking charge of my own health was a candida cleanse. Candida, a yeast overgrowth, was something that kept popping up as a possible underlying cause for seemingly unrelated problems I was researching. I didn’t want to go to the doctor, tell him I thought I had this, and get looked at like I was crazy yet again. I had found a two-week cleansing diet, so I figured what the heck? I’ll just try it for two weeks and see what happens. It was life-changing. I no longer was blacking out from low blood sugar. I had to redefine what hungry felt like. For example, I realized I had associated sweating with low blood sugar and would immediately grab for something to eat, and it took some reprogramming to realize that now it’s more likely that I’m just hot.
The next big move I made toward my health was switching to a “real food” diet. I know, the name is stupid, but it’s basically trying to eat foods like they were before industrialization. This basically means eating for nutrition and not convenience, and my body is definitely appreciating the extra nutrients as well as taking more care with my gut flora.
In the midst of this journey, I met and married a man who no one would debate is my soulmate. We fit so well together, we’ve had people assume we must be brother and sister. We decided we wanted to have a child together. Now, by this point, I had been on birth control for nearly twenty years. I thought I could just get off of it and boom! get pregnant. Let me tell you – it doesn’t work that way. First, I had very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, and then…nothing happened. With each passing month with no results, I got more serious about taking charge of the situation. I started to realize that I had done so much research on health and nutrition but was embarrassingly ignorant about how the female hormones and parts actually worked, at least in the reproductive sense.
This is where Nicole came in. She gave me so much of an education on how my body works and how to get things to be the finely tuned masterpiece they’re supposed to be. She lays out the information for you, tells you what works for most women, but still encourages personal experimentation that really appeals to my scientist side. The information I got from her class kicked my health up to the next level, and I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the cycle I started while in her class was the one in which I conceived my sweet baby girl. I am so thankful for the winding, difficult paths that brought Nicole to do what she does and me to be able to accept her help. Thanks, Nicole!
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The Power of Manifestation
And why you need to know!
This is a guest post by my friend Nitika Chopra of Your Bella Life, on the power of manifestation and how it helped her create the life of her dreams! If you have ever doubted that you can manifest your biggest goals then this is a must-read! Nitika is a powerhouse and she will show you that anything is possible! Also, check out her upcoming live events in NYC over the next couple of weeks!
I often talk about the power of manifestation, and today, I want to share with you fabulous Healthy Elements Beauties how this played an integral role in my life in accomplishing my biggest dream.
Although I only launched Bella Life in March 2010, it was shortly after my 10th birthday that my work truly began; I developed a skin condition called Psoriasis. This diagnosis has proved to be my biggest teacher in my life and has fueled much of my career. From the age of ten up until just a few years ago my skin condition coupled with the arthritis that developed as a result was terribly debilitating; the pain of walking down the street or opening a box of cereal was unbearable, not to mention the humiliation I felt for my appearance.
My health history has had its plenty of trials and tribulations; an abundance of different medication, expert treatment from doctors across the globe, crazy diets and remedies with little result. I only began to see vast improvement in my health when I truly invested in healing holistically; dedicating work to my mind and spirit as well as my body.
Although healing is a daily practice, I am overjoyed to share that my health is no longer incapacitating and my skin looks fabulous. I decided long ago that this experience was divine and I am meant to share it with the world, in order to contribute to its healing and ease its suffering. This is what unite us and will ultimately close the gap of separation. We are all the same and whether we are struggling with our relationship to our body, our bank account or actual physical suffering, we all have the capacity to dig deep, nurture and heal ourselves on all levels. This is the foundation of how Bella Life came to life.
Four years ago when I was brainstorming how to make a positive impact on the planet and help others heal, I truly believed in the promotion of health, wellness and beauty from the inside out and worked to create a space for this to reach a wide audience of women. Despite having very little resources I was deeply connected to my truth and my story. With this dream and determination guiding me, I created a clear action plan to achieve my calling and create an online platform. I was a self-starter with few means; I didn’t know what twitter was (lol), I was not active on Facebook, my network was small, and I was planning to launch an online magazine?! Most of my friends and family thought I was crazy! But I chose to believe in my dream, and most importantly in myself. My recipe? Heaps of prayer, a pinch of debt, cups full of self-belief and love, topped with the power of manifestation – the result today? I am humbled to say Bella Life, a forum for women to bring healing and happiness into everyday life through content touching on the Mind, Body, Heart and Spirit, is a thriving magazine with thousands of followers and subscribers.
I absolutely love the community that has been created through this work and if you have ever been to one of our events, you know exactly what I mean! I love bringing the themes of the site to the Bella Beauty community live in NYC. These events are best described by people coming together to empower each other and break through whatever blocks them from healing their mind, body or soul. It’s beautiful and I feel so blessed that I get to share my journey with you and support each of you with your own. I believe that we are all capable of truly divine happiness and that comes from having profound balance in every area of our life.
Right now, I am currently bringing the content of Bella Life through our first ever Create Your Bella Life 4-Part Soulful Workshop Series. I have pulled together 8 powerhouse experts in the wellness industry to cover topics on mind, body, heart and spirit. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this event and I invite you to join along with me.
The content is laser focused to ensure that you leave every evening feeling inspired, connected to your truth and with clear action steps so you can achieve your dreams in every area of life; your ability to Create Your Bella Life has never been more effortless and FUN! The first two events (Heart and Mind) have already taken place and they were a huge success. I would love for you to join our Bella Community and attend our two upcoming Events to finish off the truly outstanding series. Check out the lineup below!
You are beautiful and deserving of love. Let’s create the space for this together at the Spirit and Body Workshop. I would love to see you there. Sending gratitude your way <3
What is Methylated Folate?
And why you need to know!
For years I took a B Complex vitamin and had no idea what those B vitamins were actually responsible for. I mean, besides folate (vitamin B9) do you know what all the different B’s actually do? Well, I’m gonna tell ya and it might totally blow your mind. Who knew a vitamin lesson could be […]COMMENTS READ MORE
Your biggest question:
When someone signs up for my mailing list I send out an email asking a couple of questions because I want to know what my tribe really needs. Here is what I ask: 1. What aspect(s) of your health are you most concerned about? 2. What do you want to learn or know? 3. How […]COMMENTS READ MORE
Demystifying the Thyroid
And it's connection to your menstrual health
Oh the thyroid. Tons of women ask me all the time about this lovely little butterfly-shaped gland and how they can make sure she is in top-top shape. Symptoms such as unexplained weight gain, depression, amenorrhea, low sex drive, PMS, excessive menstrual bleeding, aches and pains, chronic colds and illnesses, hair loss, brittle hair and dry skin are very […]COMMENTS READ MORE
What’s Your Period Story?
Do you know what day of the month it is? More importantly, do you know what day of your menstrual cycle you’re on? If you’re like many women, you are probably pretty mystified by your period and cycle in general, so you’re not alone if you don’t know. I used to be that girl. At […]COMMENTS READ MORE
Eat Fat Be Lean
Yup, you read right. That is the title of my beautiful and multi-talented friend Natalie Kringoudis’ soon-to-be-released book. It comes on the heels of her wildly successful first book, Eat Fat Be Thin, in which (you guessed it!) she tells you why you NEED fat in your diet. She also includes lots of divine, healthy […]COMMENTS READ MORE