Female sex hormones including estrogen and progesterone help conduct our sleep cycle and overall mood. Progesterone in particular plays a crucial role in sleep quality due to the production of GABA which is a neurotransmitter that helps decrease activity in the nervous system. Progesterone has been known as the “feel good” hormone for years, as it helps improve your mood, and supports thyroid function. When progesterone levels are low it also leaves the body at risk for increased anxiety and fragmented sleep patterns. Low levels of progesterone also have been known to lead to bloating, weight gain, depression, low blood sugars, fatigue, heavy menstrual cycles, a decreased sex drive, headaches, and gallbladder issues. Both hormones must maintain a level of homeostasis in the body for optimal health. When one hormone falls out of balance it will impact other important hormones and can potentially cause a number of unpleasant symptoms.
Oftentimes estrogen levels can become too high in comparison with progesterone, which is a common condition known as estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance can result in a number of issues; including, poor sleep quality, anxiety, water retention, mood swings, hair loss, affect fertility, headaches, irregular menstrual cycles, magnesium & zinc deficiency, PCOS, depression, hypoglycemia, foggy thinking, memory loss, decreased sex drive, dry eyes, autoimmune disorders, adrenal exhaustion, acceleration of aging, some cancers, and weight gain. The good thing here is that estrogen dominance can be reversed! Taking the proper supplements, consuming the right foods, implementing lifestyle changes like exercising regularly and stress reduction methods can all help to restore an optimal balance of hormones. Also, by ensuring that progesterone levels are adequate, you can improve your quality of sleep and day to day mood by reducing anxiety.
Since an overproduction of estrogen is so common, Baseline+ contains dindolylmethane (DIM) which helps the body metabolize excess estrogens and helps prevent hormonal imbalance that can produce unpleasant side effects. To help raise progesterone levels naturally, Baseline+ contains chaste berry extract, which supports normal levels of progesterone. Chasteberry contains phytochemicals like terpenes, flavonoids, and glycosides, which all help to regulate hormones and neurotransmitters. It can also help stabilize proper levels of estrogen as well. Additionally, maca is included to help menstrual irregularities and hormonal imbalances. It may have a positive effect on decreasing anxiety and boosting overall sense of well-being.