Ep. 41: Benefits of Progesterone and How to Restore Hormonal Health (Women’s Hormonal Health Part 2)

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In this episode we discuss:

  • The deleterious health effects of most forms of contraception (including hormonal contraceptives and even non-hormonal IUDs)
  • Why hormonal supplements are often misused and when it makes the most sense to use them
  • The potential benefits and drawbacks of progesterone supplementation
  • Which foods help to lower estrogen (and why nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes are not supportive of hormonal health)
  • Why hormonal blood tests can be misleading
  • The best supplements for balancing hormones

4:10 – the harmful effects of various forms of contraception and using menstrual cycles as indicators of health status

13:44 – the beneficial effects of progesterone and its roles outside of reproduction

16:54 – context for hormone supplementation (including estrogen or progesterone supplementation and hormone replacement therapy)

28:25 – the problems with hormone blood tests and how this has led to misconceptions surrounding the effects of estrogen on our health

33:16  – nutrition to rebalance hormones without hormonal supplementation

55:44  – supplements (vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, aspirin, progesterone, thyroid) to improve hormonal health

Links from this episode

  • Inflammatory response to copper IUD is toxic to sperm and ova and is responsible for its contraceptive effects (1, 2)
  • Copper IUD increases the estrogen to progesterone ratio (1)
  • Progesterone supports mitochondrial function (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Progesterone protects against brain injury (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Fasting is estrogenic (1)
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