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What is Oestrogen Dominance?

Oestrogen/Progesterone Seesaw

You have probably heard someone mention Oestrogen Dominance, or talk about excessive Oestrogen. But what exactly does it mean, and what are the consequences of such a hormone imbalance?

To understand Oestrogen dominance it is first necessary to understand a little about the hormones Oestrogen and Progesterone, and the role that they play within our bodies. At a very basic level, they are opposite sides of a seesaw (hence the image above!). The more Oestrogen in your body, the less Progesterone and vice versa. This is necessary as the balance between these two hormones controls the menstrual cycle. At different stages of your menstrual cycle your body has different levels of each of these hormones, and that leads to the four stages: menstrual, follicular, ovulation and luteal.

When Oestrogen and Progesterone are doing their job they work well together. Each is controlled by the brain which tells your body to produce more or less of each depending on its needs.

Oestrogen Dominance occurs when the body has too much Oestrogen, and too little Progesterone. Even if your body has very little Oestrogen, you can still suffer from Oestrogen dominance as long as there is even less Progesterone.

Too much Oestrogen, and too little Progesterone causes discomfort in many women, and can even lead to some severe health consequences over time.

If you have ever suffered from PMS (which I am sure you probably have) then you have directly felt the effects of excess Oestrogen in your body! This is natural. But when your Oestrogen levels are significantly out of balance with progesterone levels for an extended period of time you may start to experience PMS like symptoms regularly.

The Symptoms

Mood Swings

Anxiety & Stress

Emotional Outbursts

Irritability

Weepiness

Fatigue

Decreased Sex Drive

Weight gain around the abdomen, hips and thighs

Water retention/bloating

But what causes excess levels of Oestrogen, and lower levels of progesterone in our bodies?

Well, it is thought that major changes in lifestyle in the past 100 years are the cause. Basically the levels of Oestrogen around us have increased due to technological advances and industrialisation.

The Causes

The contraceptive pill

Plastics – BPA (Found in food and drink containers, household items and even shop receipts!)

Food additives (Not exactly Oestrogen, but Oestrogen mimicking chemicals are sometimes used in food manufacture)

These unnatural environmental sources of Oestrogen are known to wreak havoc with the body’s delicate balance, and cause excess levels of Oestrogen that lead to the symptoms mentioned previously.

So what can you do? Apart from avoiding the aforementioned sources, which is impractical and near impossible, you can give your body a helping hand in regulating levels of Oestrogen and Progesterone.

30 Plus NuWoman is a natural supplement developed by a naturopath for women suffering from the symptoms of hormonal imbalance, as mentioned before. It does not contain any hormones, but rather assist the body in creating its own necessary hormones to balance things as talked about previously.

If you are suffering from hormone imbalance, or PMS has got you feeling down then give 30 Plus NuWoman a go!

Now without further ado, I give you a mildly relevant cat picture!

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5 Signs of Hormonal Imbalance

Angry Woman Holding Head

Weight gain

Obviously hormonal imbalance isn’t necessarily the only reason for weight gain. Many other factors such as bad diet and lack of exercise can also lead to weight gain. However, you may find it exceptionally difficult to lose weight if your hormone levels are whack as the body is unable to function correctly to burn fat.

Stomach fat and loss of muscle

When hormones are imbalanced the body makes more of some hormones and less of others. High levels of hormones such as cortisol make the body store fat for future use, and this in turn can lead to belly fat!

Tiredness

Tiredness often results from fluctuations in blood sugar. This may be due to eating too much sugar, or could be underlying hormonal imbalance issues. When there is too much Oestrogen in the body, blood sugar levels can effected and cause spikes and crashes causing tiredness between meals.

Reduced libido

The main cause of reduced libido is the result of a lack of sleep, or lack of good quality sleep. The “sex hormone” is produced while we sleep, and so less sleep means less libido. Less sleep, or bad quality sleep can result from an imbalance of hormones causing the body to not function correctly, and hence not be able to regulate sleep.

Mood Swings, Anxiousness and Irritability

All of these symptoms are caused by an excess of either Oestrogen or Progesterone in your body. At certain times in the menstrual cycle the delicate balance between these two hormones vary. These variations are what control the stages of your menstrual cycle, which is why certain times of the month can turn you into a different person!

How 30 Plus can help

30 Plus NuWoman can help you to naturally deal with these hormonal imbalance issues. It is a scientifically formulated hormone support supplement for women that contains no hormones, or hormone mimicking chemicals. The ingredients are specifically formulated to help the body maintain a natural hormonal balance, which can often be difficult in modern life due to synthetic source of hormones such as the contraceptive pill and BPA plastics.

30 Plus NuWoman is trusted by thousands of women in Australia and New Zealand. Why not check out our Facebook page, which has tons of reviews from women we have helped.

If you would like to learn more about 30 Plus NuWoman, then visit our website www.30plus.co.nz.

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Pesky Hormones! Just what are they?

Womens Hormones

Just what are hormones, and how do they effect us so much? Here is a quick low down on Oestrogen and Progesterone, two very important hormones!

Oestrogen and progesterone

Naturally Produced by:

  • Ovaries

Unnatural Sources:

  • The Pill,
  • Synthetics in food and drinks (BPA),
  • Prolonged Stress

These two are big in the game when it comes to mood swings, irritability and emotional outbursts!

You can think of these as the two sides of a seesaw. As your body produces more Oestrogen, it produces less Progesterone, and vice versa. Too much of either, means too little of the other and thus leads to a hormonal imbalance.

Keeping these two hormones in balance is vital to a healthy, happy life. It is necessary for the two hormones to fluctuate, but large imbalances can cause some nasty symptoms such as:

  • Mood Swings
  • Anxiousness
  • Depression
  • Emotional Outbursts
  • Reduced libido
  • Increased body fat
  • Pre-Menstural symptoms
  • Irritability
  • Menstural irregularities
  • Anger and Tension
So how do you keep these important hormones in check?
Obviously avoiding the synthetic forms of these hormones would work, but unfortunately is just not practical in most cases. Avoiding BPA is one thing, but not taking the pill and avoiding stress is sometimes just not possible.

We suggest a healthy diet, regular exercise and a hormone support supplement such as 30 Plus NuWoman. 30 Plus NuWoman is made from natural ingredients and helps the body regulate Oestrogen and Progesterone levels. How you ask? Check out the ingredients and their functions here.

Do you have something to add? Want to discuss this with others? Leave us a comment below!

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Top Tips to Avoid Mood Swings

Moody Eggs

If you google Mood Swings, then the first response you get is the following dictionary definition:

  “an abrupt and unaccountable change of mood.”

I don’t like this. Unaccountable means that it is unable to be explained, and thus unable to be controlled or treated. This is just not true!

Here at 30 Plus NuWoman we know that Mood Swings are the result of a hormonal imbalance (that is when you have an unequal balance of Oestrogen and Progesterone in your body) and know that there are ways to treat this. 30 Plus NuWoman contains a number of natural ingredients that help restore normal hormonal balance and get you back to feeling yourself again. But there are a number of things you can also do while taking 30 Plus NuWoman to help yourself:

So without further ado, here are our top 6 tips for handling those hormones, and avoiding mood swings:

  1. Get Enough Sleep – Although scientists are still not sure why we sleep, we are sure that it is vitally important to the body. A lack of sleep is often the cause of extreme mood swings (much like in children). Try and sleep around 8 hours a day, and importantly try and keep a routine.
  2. Regulate Alcohol – Ok, before you stop reading, it says “regulate” not “stop”! Not only does alcohol interfere with sleep, but it also influences mood. Think about those days (you would rather not remember) when you have had a few too many the night before. My guess is you probably weren’t the happiest person in the morning. So keep it regulated!
  3. Regulate Caffeine – Let’s not forget that caffeine is a drug. As a stimulant it effects our central nervous system and gives us a boost. But what goes up must come down, which can result in mood swings. So regulate how much tea, coffee or soft drinks you consume to minimise the down.
  4. A Balanced Diet – Yes I know, a balanced diet is pretty much a cure for everything. But seriously “you are what you eat”. If you eat excessive carbohydrates and processed food then not only will you become sluggish and gain weight, but you will also upset the natural hormonal balance of your body.
  5. Get Some Exercise – I’m not talking about a marathon, or pumping weights here. But you should aim to get around 20 – 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day. That might be going for a walk, doing some squats or yoga. Exercise releases endorphins in our brain, which are the “happy chemicals” that make us feel great.
  6. Take 30 Plus NuWoman – It has all the essential ingredients you need to maintain a normal hormonal balance! Find out more here.
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Oestrogen in you water?

Oestrogen in our water comes form the pill

Are you drinking Oestrogen, or Oestrogen mimicking hormones without even knowing it?

Where does this Oestrogen come from? Well one of the main notions is that a large increase in Oestrogen in the water supply is a direct cause of the common adoption of “the pill”. There is no doubt about the fact that the female contraceptive pill contains hormones or hormone mimicking chemicals. It is also a fact that the urine of women taking “the pill” contains high levels of these chemicals. So just what do we think happens to these chemicals after they are expelled from the body? It’s quite simple (and slightly gross). They are discharged into the water systems of our small island. That is into rivers, the sea or straight to a recycling/purifying plant where they are filtered into drinking water. The problem seems obvious doesn’t it? The Oestrogen and other hormones expelled into the water system are recycled and end up being consumed by more people, then they are once again expelled into the water system where they join yet more hormones from the same process and the concentration in our drinking water slowly increases.

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Feeling down? Feeling Hormone Imbalance?

30 PLus Hormonal imbalance lady

Is there some sort of “blues” epidemic? Is it the pressure of daily life? Or is it sometimes misdiagnosis?

A delicate hormonal balance needs to be maintained to ensure good health and a feeling of wellbeing. When the two major female hormones, oestrogen and progesterone, become imbalanced a whole range of symptoms can present themselves.

Many of the symptoms are physical, but it is the mental symptoms of Hormone Imbalance that are often misdiagnosed. Moodswings, anger, anxiety and irritability, and decreased sex drive, often lead to women being prescribed drugs that may mask the cause of the problem and can be addictive.

Bodies out of Balance. Hormone Imbalance?

The overload of oestrogen in the body is not just that produced by the body.

Indeed,  women are often bombarded by different sources of oestrogen, including toxic oestrogen, or xenoestrogens, introduced by environmental factors such as the contraceptive pill and HRT(hormone replacement therapy), a number of chemicals and pesticides, hair dyes, cosmetics, plastic bottles containing BPA, detergents and pollutants in our drinking water. The condition can be treated withnatural herbal hormonal balancers,  such as 30 PLUS®, to counter oestrogen dominance.

30 PLUS® is available from Pharmacies and selected Health Stores.

Other dietary and lifestyle  measures such as reducing processed foods, reducing excess weight and exercising regularly, can give women drug-free control of their lives.

If you are feeling down by all means talk it over with your doctor.  But be aware that hormones maybe secretly ruling your life.

For more information on Hormonal Imbalance see here.

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In the Balance, Feeling Depressed – Article from M2Woman Health Report

Front cover of M2Woman Article

It has on occasion be labelled “the hormone monster”– a hormonal imbalance can take over your mood, your well-being and your life. It can affect your capability to do your job, your sense of identity, people close to you and your family.

Professional Naturopath and inventor of 30 Plus NuWoman, Jeff Butterworth, says, “It’s very powerful – these women think they’re depressed or going crazy, they have these mood swings – and they think ‘Is this me?’ but it’s actually a physiological problem.”

Unfortunately, for these women it is a common experience to be told they are stressed or that the experience is just part of being a woman. Friends, partners and even doctors too often give the wrong advice to these women. In our society we are made to believe that mood swings, weight gain, irritability and other symptoms are normal for pre-menstrual women.

“These days, it’s accepted that women have a hormonal imbalance, so what’s accepted as normal is not necessarily healthy. Doctors say, ‘You’ve just got pre-menstrual tension’ but that’s not a healthy state, or normal state, so there’s that level of apathy that this is a normal thing,” says Jeff.

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