5 Things You Can Do Today To Improve Your Menstrual Cycle

Has Progesterone Got You Down?

Years ago, my cycle started getting a little crazy, I was noticing more anxiety, spotting, and PMS…nothing I have ever experienced before, this was NOT normal. It never is normal!

I had been under a lot more stress, starting a business, moving, had a new baby and probably wasn’t taking the best care of myself. So, what did I do? Anybody who knows me knows that I love experimenting with things, this way I can not only make recommendations but also have a first-hand experience of how it may or may not work…for me anyways! So, what did I do first? I evaluated my hormones via a lab test.

A little progesterone background first: Progesterone is important for pregnancy, it is also the hormone which balances estrogen. It is responsible for maturing the lining of the uterus to support pregnancy. However, when pregnancy is not the case it is then responsible for initiating menses, enhancing mood and getting proper sleep. Progesterone and particularly it’s metabolite a-pregnanediol is calming, seductive, easing and neutralizes stress…this is very important in our cycle to prevent anxiety! So, when this lovely metabolite is not high enough or if it drops too soon we notice cranky pants…withdrawal…the dreaded PMS!

3 things that impact Progesterone:

The good news is there are easy steps you can take today to begin addressing a progesterone deficiency! First and foremost, if you have not had your hormones checked, a properly done lab test and interpretation by a functional medicine doctor would be a good place to start!

A few other tips to begin healing:

  1. Vitamin C: Did you know that Vitamin C is the only vitamin actually proven to increase your Progesterone levels? As little as 750 mg/day can make a huge difference! This was a game changer for me!
  2. De-stress: Daily stress management practice
  3. Community: socializing with family and friends, connection with loved ones has shown to improve progesterone
  4. Calm Down: Avoiding stimulants
  5. Rest: Getting adequate and good quality sleep

If you’re reading this and shaking your head yes to all of this and maybe more, it is important to get your hormones checked to get at the underlying cause of what could be impacting them. This is just a part of the big picture!

Anxiety, Fatigue, Kidney Pain, and Constipation Case Study

Patient Presentation

Meet Ashley, a 46-year-old female and a mother of four who came to see us complaining of constipation, heartburn, kidney pain and nasal stuffiness.

She has suffered from anxiety and constipation her entire life. She homeschools her children and is under a lot of stress. She travels abroad quite frequently and has even lived abroad. She’s noticed some recent problems with the digestion of different foods and symptoms associated with each of those things.

Clinical Presentation

  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Kidney Pain
  • Nasal Stuffiness
  • Heartburn &
  • Fatigue

Patient Goals

  • Her goals when entering the office included having a plan for better health and not harming herself through the food that she’s choosing to eat
  • She’d also like to find out what is triggering her anxiety and kidney pain
  • She was very concerned with just her overall family health as well. And she really wanted to find a way that she could help her children have better eating habits, herself and her husband while also maximizing their health.
  • She also wanted to eliminate her nasal stuffiness and
  • Eliminate constipation

Previous Treatments Rendered

  • Prior to seeing us at The Living Proof Institute she had been to other health care providers who had offered her advice on dietary changes and recommendations of medication
  • She’s also been told that the heartburn is just a normal part of her life and she came here because she just didn’t accept that as an answer. She knew there was another way
  • Even though she’s made some dietary changes she feels like there’s more that she can do and she didn’t want to medicate her way out of the anxiety

Clinical Pearls

  • So some things that were aha moments for myself and for her was that we really needed to address her stress. She really was go go go all day long. She very rarely sat down while eating. She’s homeschooling her children so she’s always busy making sure they are being taken care of. She has four children, she also lives on a farm taking care of animals and so she’s pretty active but very busy and didn’t realize that stress is actually impacting her body
  • Another stressor, internally was her blood sugar imbalance and we needed to make sure she was eating at regular intervals and also eating the right quality of food to help maintain blood sugar
  • Her digestions sequencing was key, like I just mentioned she didn’t sit down very often while eating. She was multitasking. She’d be up and down, constantly grazing all day rather than sitting down and eating a good meal. Also showing gratitude and calmness and enjoying her meal and her time with her family at the same time.

A deeper look

So in addition to taking a thorough history and making some changes from her lifestyle perspective we want to look at what was going on from a different perspective. We want to ask different questions so we could get different answers.

One of the test we did was an organic acid test so we could take a look at a couple of things:

  • How her body was making energy, B vitamins status and detoxification status
  • What we’ve found here was that she just really wasn’t getting enough raw materials to have adequate amount B vitamins and her B vitamins are needed for energy production. They’re needed for nearly every process in the body. And we can see that some weren’t even detectable. And so that’s a major problem for her. We’re also seeing a high need for B12

The next process we looked at was detoxification and if you imagine detoxification kind of like a funnel in the liver and there’s six different pathways

  • Each of these six pathways have to be working optimally to be able to detox the toxins that your body makes out of the body through either sweat, feces or through your urine and her body just wasn’t doing that
  • She wasn’t able to actually get rid of all the toxins, she’s missing a lot of co-factors, a lot of antioxidants, some amino acids and primary nutrients that her body needs in order to function optimally
  • When this happens you’re not getting the appropriate energy and you’re not utilizing the tools you have as often as you could to be able to actually really maximize the health of your body
  • So we helped her one by minimizing the toxins she was being exposed to and also by really enhancing these pathways to be able to start to process these toxins out of her body. Also by improving her constipation, it helped to also get these toxins out through that pathway. There is also some oxidative damage to her body showing a high need for antioxidants like vitamin C

Another test we took a look at was her stool and we’re seeing she had some candy (NORMAL FLORA TEST) to this candida it can actually cause:

  • Sugar Cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Kidney Pain (indirectly)

  • So we were able to target this by changing her diet, managing stress and also doing some herbal supplements to help get rid of this. This is another part of her stool test and this is telling us about her short chain fatty acids and short chain fatty acids are important because it tells us about the overall beneficial Flora she has in her gut and also if she’s eating enough fiber.
  • So we can see here that she needs to increase her fiber intake to enable her good bacteria to continue to flourish to promote good immunity.

Clinical and Lifestyle Protocol

So the clinical and lifestyle protocol that we followed included:

  • Changing her diet by avoiding gluten, dairy and sugar
  • We also recommended her to go to bed by 10:00 p.m. She needed to get proper rest so her adrenal glands could start to heal.
  • I also talked to her about deep breathing prior to meal time and also meditation
  • It was also important for her to start sitting down and enjoying her meal time. But in order to do that we also had to get her body ready to actually start digesting food
  • Digestion begins prior to even putting food into your mouth and this begins with nice deep breathing and getting your body out of that stress mode, fight or flight and getting it ready to calm down so it can start actually digesting your food
  • We also spoke about chewing her food properly and also just really relaxing while you’re eating, showing gratitude for your meal and for your family

Supplement Recommendations

The supplemental recommendations included:

  • B Vitamins
  • Detoxification Support
  • Stress and Hormone Support

Outcomes

  • Kidney pain was gone and
  • Heartburn is improving
  • Energy is now sustained throughout the entire day.
  • Her sweet cravings have decreased
  • Anxiety improved
  • Brain fog o improved
  • No longer stumbles over finding the right words
  • Her constipation has improved greatly as well

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