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Top 4 Benefits of Progesterone

Are you ready to set in for progesterone?

In this emerging area of progesterone research, several research studies attest to the neuroprotective effects of progesterone, an absence of neurological side effects, and a benefit for cognitive function.
Progesterone as a "neurosteroid"
Progesterone has been classified as a "neurosteroid". It is so essential that it comes from two different places to reach the brain; first, cells in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system all synthesise progesterone from cholesterol. Secondly, progesterone that is circulating in the bloodstream also has direct access to the brain and nerves. Important role of progesterone is to protect the brain from damage and repair after injury. It actually does this by promoting the growth and repair of the myelin sheath that protects the nerve fibres.
Progesterone naturally metabolises in brain tissues to the metabolite allopregnanolone, which is known to produce calming, anti-anxiety and possibly enhanced memory effects. There is some speculation that it could be important in preserving cognitive function in women experiencing the decline in progesterone level with age. However, it's important to note that progesterone is produced by brain tissue itself, and so the reduction in blood progesterone levels as ovarian production decreases may be as important as other raging processes that have direct effects on the brain's function.
Progesterone that could also affect the brain development for smarter kids?
There is published evidence that the children of women who were treated with progesterone during pregnancy showed enhanced development during infancy, achieved better academic results at ages 9-10, and were significantly more likely to attend universities. The observed benefits can be explained by the fact that it is essential for optimal development of a normal brain in the foetus. If progesterone levels are too low, normal brain development may be affected, putting an infant at a developmental disadvantage.
Progesterone as sleeping aid?
Women using an oral progesterone may notice a sedative effect, and doctors usually recommend that the oral form is taken at bedtime. Basically, there is a  large quantity of metabolites produced in the liver after oral progesterone is absorbed by the intestines. These metabolites have known sedative and hypnotic effects. On the other hand, women using progesterone cream do not produce metabolites in such large quantities because the progesterone is absorbed through the skin and by passes the liver metabolism. However, as stated before, some women may experience progesterone's calming effect after using it in cream form
Progestins VS Progesterone 
Synthetic progestins are molecularly different from natural progesterone and therefore do not metabolite to the same compounds as natural progesterone. They do not show benefits for cognitive or anti-anxiety function. In fact, they have not been found to have any of progesterone's neuroprotective properties. The progestin that has been the most extensively studies and which is commonly used in synthetic hormone replacement therapy, MPA (medroxyprogesterone acetate), has been found to have negative effects on the nervous system and even reduces the beneficial effects of estrogen.
@Women in Balance Institute 
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The 5 Causes of an Imbalanced Digestive System

The 5 Causes of an Imbalanced Digestive System

Diet

Processed, low-fibre, high-sugar, nutrient-poor, high-calorie diets cause the wrong bacteria and yes to breed, damaging the delicate ecosystem in your gut.

Medication

The overuse of certain medication such as acid blockers, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, steroids, and hormones also upset the delicate balance.

Food Allergies

Undetected gluten intolerance, Celiac disease or low-grade allergies could lead to infection, and overgrowth of bacteria and compromised digestive system

Toxins

Mercury or mold toxins in your digestive system could damage the gut 

Stress

Chronic stress may alter the balance in the nervous system that may lead to a leaky gut 

Changes you can make to kick-start the process to heal your inner tube of life

Changing your lifestyle with easy 7 steps
  1. Cut out processed food and start eating real food, increase fibre in the form of vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains 
  2. Eliminate food allergies sensitivities. Common trouble makers are gluten, dairy, yeast, corn, soy eggs
  3. Treat infections or the overgrowth of parasites or bacteria in your gut 
  4. Replenish your digestive system. 
  5. Rebuild your forest friendly bacteria with probiotics supplementation 
  6. Take good fat, such as Omega-3 supplementation that help cool the inflammation in your gut 
  7. Last but certainly not least, heal your gut lining and restore that protective barrier using gut-healing nutrients and supplementations.
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Good Fat vs. Bad Fat

good-fat-vs-bad-fatOur bodies need fat to survive. However, not all fat was created equally. Too much saturated fat increases cholesterol in our bodies, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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Finding Your Balance

endocrinesystem_420x390_enilKnow More About Your Endocrine System

Your endocrine system is all about balance, and is an extremely important system in the body, regulating metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction sleep and mood and much else.

“Endocrine” comes from the Greek words “endo” (within) and “crinis” (to secrete).

This system comprises a collection of glands that produce hormones to regulate several functions and affects almost every organ and cell in the body. In general, the glands select and remove materials from the blood, process them, and then secrete the finished chemical product for use somewhere else in the body. Cellular metabolism, reproduction, sexual development, sugar and mineral homeostasis, heart rate, and digestion are among the many processes regulated by the actions of hormones.

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Alkaline Vegetables To Supercharge Your Health

alkaline-foodsDiets today are highly processed, low in nutrition and high in calories, filled with acid-forming foods like sugars, artificial sweeteners, refined grains and genetically modified organisms. Alkaline-forming foods help our bodies regulate an ideal PH balance of 7.365 in our blood.

When we eat too much acidic food, our blood may fall to a harmful acidic level, affecting our immune system. The solution is simply to maintain balance by eating alkaline-forming foods that include melons, buckwheat, olive oil.

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Berry Good For You

berriesBerries are powerful superfoods. They have some of the highest antioxidant levels of any fresh fruits. Also rich in nutrients and phytochemicals, they help prevent the effects of ageing, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes high blood pressure and types of cancers.

Fresh organic strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries are loaded with flavor and goodness. Whizz them up in a smoothie, add them to salads or top your morning cereal with them to enjoy all they have to offer.

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A Handful Of Black Rice

black-riceNot just great looking on a plate, it’s even better in our tummies. Black rice is an ancient grain that had even more impressive health benefits than many of its cousins. It is the rice richest in powerful disease-fighting antioxidants, it also contains dietary fibre and anti-inflammatory properties.

Also known as ‘forbidden rice’, it has been eaten in Asia for thousands of years, prized highly by the Chinese. Today this rice in becoming more popular and can be found on the menus of upscale eateries and health food cafes around the world.

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Ever Reliable Coconut Oil

coconut-oilThis superfood has a unique combination of fatty acids that have a profound and positive effects on health. They include fat loss, better brain function and various other amazing benefits. Stable even in high heat, it is suitable for cooking and frying and does not lose its benefits unlike olive oil.

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Fantastic Fermented Foods

fermented-foodTraditionally fermented foods are not only delicious, they are also beneficial to your gut health. Rich in lactic acid-producing bacteria, they are considered probiotic in nature. They keep the digestive tract conducive for healthy bacteria to flourish.

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