Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not the best editor.
This is not medical advice, I am writing this for educational purposes. If you are ill it would be wise to seek the aide of a qualified and experienced naturopath. Healing is about balance especially when it comes to hormones. We do not want to increase or decrease them we want to balance them.
Progesterone decreases lactobacillus. Estrogen increases lactobacillus. Progesterone is low until about the 14th day of the menstrual cycle then levels rise. This is the luteal phase. Levels of progesterone will stay higher until the next menstrual cycle. If progesterone levels are low a person will experience pain and cramps during the luteal phase. Progesterone is need for the egg to drop from the ovary. The small amounts of progesterone produced when levels are low are produced in the adrenal cortex from pregnolone. During the luteal phase when progesterone is increased it is produced by the corpus luteum found on the ovaries. If the thyroid health is poor it can cause low progesterone because pregnolone requires thyroid hormones. High prolactin levels can cause low progesterone. Low dopamine can cause low progesterone and high prolactine levels. It would most likely be most beneficial to improve progesterone will in the luteal phase and to stop taking supplements that increase progesterone at the beginning of the next menstrual cycle. Progesterone improves bile flow but excess estrogen can inhibit bile flow. If progesterone is low a person will gain weight. High uric acid levels can cause low progesterone. During the luteal phase of menstruation the urine PH will increase from the progesterone to around 6 or a little higher. At the beginning of menstruation the bladder PH is usually around 4.8 to 5.5. During the day bladder PH can increase.
High insulin levels can cause low progesterone. This can be caused by stress, trauma, inflammation and oxidative stress.
The corpus luteum requires lots of vitamin A. For proper hormones oil soluble vitamines A,E and D are needed. Vitamin C helps to increase progesterone. Magnesium and zinc are needed.
These are some foods that help to increase progesterone.
Chocolate, poultry, oats, beans, legumes, organ meat, banana, peppers, citrus fruit, tomato, avocado, sea food, berries, pumpkin, increase foods that contain cholesterol like coconut oil and butter. Cruciferous vegetables are needed because sulfur is needed for proper hormone function but should be consumed in moderation because in excess that can alter hormone levels. Eggs are good for increasing progesterone.
Supplements that help.
Pine bark extract
Improve adrenal health:
Licorice root but it can cause salt retention
Low dose boron can improve progesterone and estrogen levels.
Adrenal drink mix lemon juice or lime juice , 1/8 teaspoon of aluminum free cream of tartar, a pinch of salt and honey.
To improve thyroid health:
Sauna, or Far infrared sauna
Bouncing on a trampline
Avoid using cell phones escessively.
Foods for thyroid health:
Berries, raw milk, seeds especially flax seed, cinnamon, and lemon balm.
Cleavers also known as bedstraw
grape seed extract
Excess prolactin can cause low progesterone. Low dopamine causes excess prolactin, stress and trauma causes excess prolaction, autoimmunity , hypothyroidism, renal infection or disease, spinal injury, pregnancy, toxins and some medications can cause high prolactin levels.
Increasing dopamine can help improve prolactin and progesterone levels. One of the most effective ways to increase dopamine is velvet bean. Doing puzzles of any kind increases dopamine. Getting sunlight increases dopamine. Meditating on good things increases dopamine. Laughing increases dopamine. Getting adequate sleep improves dopamine levels. Rhodiola can help balance dopamine and serotonin. Biotin improves dopamine homeostasis. Rhubarb root and aloe vera contain emodin which prevents dopamine from being broken down. Eat foods high in phenylalanine and tryptophan.
Supplements that should be avoided:
Skullcap it increases estrogen but reduces progesterone.
Microbes that prevent low progesterone levels:
Most lactobacillus species increases dopamine. Lactobacillus cannot get established if estrogen is low.
Commensal Clostridium spp
E coli nissle 1917
Lactococcus species produce large amounts of dopamine.
Microbacterium schleiferi is acquired through animal milk
Microbes that cause low progesterone levels: