Hormones can wreak havoc on our lives, from PMS, fluid retention and weight gain to mood swings and depression, the balance of oestrogen and progesterone can be blamed (yes, you can blame something) for the signs and symptoms of ‘being hormonal’.
Progesterone is a naturally occurring hormone, part of the progestogens class of hormones. It acts as an anti inflammatory agent, regulating the immune response, normalizing blood clotting, and preventing endometrial cancer by regulating the effects of estrogen in the female body. If you are oestrogen dominant, or suffer hormonal imbalances, it is likely that your progesterone is too low. It is common for women suffer oestrogen dominance and low progesterone.
If you suspect you have a hormonal imbalance, see your doctor. A simple blood test can give you the answer. Balancing hormones is a fine art and we recommend seeking advice and treatment from qualified practitioners, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine offer women guidance, support and treatment for hormonal imbalances. If you have a diagnosis, these natural remedies may be helpful for you.
Naturally increase Progesterone:
- B6, B3
- Vit. C
Herbs to avoid:
- blue cohosh
- black cohosh
- dong quai
- motherwort leaf
- rhodiola rose root
- red clover blossom
- saw palmetto berry
- tea tree oil
Herbal medicine to regulate Progesterone:
- Chaste berry, also known as vitex, stimulates progesterone production to reduce levels of oestrogen and prolactin which, if producing too much, can lead to low progesterone levels.
- Mexican yam cream, also known as wild Yam
Foods to help reduce oestrogen dominance and encourage oestrogen breakdown:
- Foods rich in methionine: Beans, legumes, onion, garlic
- Organic chicken, oatmeal, peanuts, walnuts
- Stay away from hormones, pesticides and antibiotics
- Probiotics and dairy free gut flora supplements:
- Dietary fibre: fresh vegetables, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage (raw or lightly cooked), Leafy greens,
- nuts and seeds (high Magnesium foods)
- Low intake of natural soy foods if you are tolerant to them
- Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel, Sardines, Herring
- Seaweed (high in Iodine)
- Avoid or reduce saturated fats, opt for monounsaturated or essential polyunsaturated fats like fish oil
- Stress is one of the main causes of oestrogen dominance, relax regularly. meditation, massage, creative outlets.
- Exercise, between 30-60 min daily is important to regulate hormones