Low sex drive and acne
Low sex drive and acne - why?!
Low sex drive and acne are just two symptoms of a whole list of nasty issues associated with low progesterone.
Our hormones are a delicate balancing act, and without a nice graceful balance of estrogen and progesterone, the two female sex hormones, we end up with a lot of problems.
Progesterone is a hormone which has many important jobs in the body such as balancing blood sugar, regulating our menstrual cycles, stimulating our thyroid hormones, a natural anti-depressant and helps in all areas of pregnancy and fertility.
Often when one of our hormones goes off track, the other reacts - often progesterone decreases as estrogen increases. There are many reasons why estrogen becomes imbalanced, causing progesterone to drop, to name a few:
- High levels of chronic stress
- Environmental estrogens (pesticides, chemicals, parabens)
- Farm raised meat pumped with hormones
- Conventinal dairy
- Birth control pill
- hormone replacement therapy
- intensive exercise
- Processed food
The main symptoms associated with low progesterone are:
Low sex drive (or non at all!)
Irregular or heavy periods
Tired all the time
Unable to get pregnant
Belly fat (mainly around waist) that wont budge
All of these symptoms are related to low progesterone and high estrogen. Without the delicate balance, we become completely out of whack.
So lets talk about ways to fix this.. Because its absolutely no fun to have acne, low sex drive (poor other halves!) and many other issues that come along with it.
This is definitely not normal, and its not part of becoming “comfortable”. You should have a sex drive, your skin should be clear, and your headaches, depression and fatigue are absolutely NOT a normal part of a healthy life.
If I was you, I would get a full hormonal blood panel done to verify whether you have a hormonal imbalance. If you want to go ahead and try this without a blood panel, you may find improvements regardless. In my own experience, my blood panel came back “within the normal range” however, I knew it wasn’t right so I took matters into my own hands.
- Cut out processed foods. - Sorry! I know you’re all going to hate me for saying it, but all these artificial ingredients and nasty sugars and synthetic ingredients are going to wreak havoc on your hormones! Eat some healthy food ladies - lots of raw veggies, (washed) - lots of good quality organic chicken and fish, lots of filtered water, lots of healthy fats like avocados, extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed butter, flaxseed and raw dairy.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine - It can raise cortisol and estrogen in the body - causing blood sugar imbalances and hormonal imbalances. Limit to 1 coffee per day and a few glasses of red on the weekends maximum.
I’ve wrote a blog all about lowering stress so go check that out. Meditation, deep breathing and yoga are a favorite of mine.
- Sleep 8 hours or more - No explanation needed for this. We all know how important sleep is.
- Take a liver support supplement - Liver support for example (Silymarin, Tumeric, Berberin, MIlk Thistle, Dandelion extract) will help release excess estrogen from the body, balancing progesterone naturally.
Click here to check out the liver support that I personally use.
- Take Chasteberry supplement - This is proven to naturally enhance progesterone levels and regulate PMS symptoms. Give it a try.
Zinc & B-vitamins - Very important for female hormonal health, we are often deficient in these vitamins and they help to regulate blood sugar, hormonal health and sugar cravings!
Another thing to be aware of is PATIENCE. There is no overnight miracle - it took 3 months for me personally to see any changes and I was very persistent with my efforts to regulate my hormonal health. You need to give your body the time to heal - so please, invest in your health and make a change today.
I offer 1.1 coaching for anybody who would like a more directed and structured approach to healing their hormones, achieving glowing skin, high energy, thriving sex life and much more.
Love as always ladies,