Improving progesterone levels.

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.


Pyridoxal 5-phosphate

Vitamin B12



Pine bark extract


Improve adrenal health:




Panax gensing



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

Lymphatic massage.

Avoid using cell phones escessively.

Foods for thyroid health:

Berries, raw milk, seeds especially flax seed, cinnamon, and lemon balm.

Supplements needed:




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.


Green tea

Microbes that prevent low progesterone levels:

Most lactobacillus species increases dopamine. Lactobacillus cannot get established if estrogen is low.

Akkermansia muciniphila

Bifidobacterium animalis

Bifidobacterium infantis

Commensal Staphylococcus.

Commensal Clostridium spp

E coli nissle 1917

Streptococcus thermophilus

Lactococcus species produce large amounts of dopamine.

Enterococcus faecalis

Enterococcus faecium

Coproccocus Species

Bacillus cereus

Bacillus mycoides

Oscillospira spp

Psychrobacter spp

Microbacterium schleiferi is acquired through animal milk

Microbes that cause low progesterone levels:

Prevotella intermedius


Pathogenic Escherichia

Improving estrogen levels.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not the best editor.

This is not medical advice I have written the for educational purposes. It is best to seek the aide of a qualified and experienced naturopath.

Increasing estrogen levels you have to be cautious. Progesterone may also be low. This is common in PCOS. Androgen levels are usually high. The problem is if you correct the progesterone and do not address the low estrogen you can lose your Lactobacillus bacteria. Progesterone reduces lactobacillus and estrogen increases lactobacillus. Stress and trauma can alter hormone levels because of it’s effects on the adrenals. This is why those who are under a lot of stress or trauma get frequent bladder infections and have cardiovascular disease. Infection can start a cycle that is difficult to break, so it has to be addressed to get hormone levels corrected. If estrogen gets too low it can cause the bladder to become too alkaline which will make a woman prone to renal infection. The bladder PH should be around 4.5 to 5.5 but it will increase during the luteal phase of menstruation.

When it comes to healing your goal should be balance especially with hormones. You do not want to think how do I increase or decrease a hormone you goal should be to balance your hormones and try to learn the symptoms of when they have become balanced .

Make sure there is no VDR, inflammation or oxidative stress, or infection. If there is address the cause.

Foods that help to improve estrogen levels are

nuts such as walnuts, pecans and especially cashews.


Soy bean

beans and legumes

Leafy greens aspecially fenugreek




Dried prunes and dried apricots.


vegetables that contain sulfur.

Black and green tea.

Seeds especially flax seeds.



saw palmetto

Lemon verbana

Address adrenal issue:

a drink with lemon or lime, 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar, a pinch of himalayan salt in water with honey to taste can help the adrenals.

Vitamin B5, Pyridoxal 5-posphate , calcium, selenium, iodine, and manganese are needed for adrenal balances. L-theanine.

Consuming organ meats improves adrenal health.

Getting rest at the same time each day improves adrenal health. If you cannot sleep try to lay down at the same time each night. It can train your body that is the time to go to sleep.

Get sunlight as often as possible.

Try to avoid sources of blue light before bed such as phones, TVs and computer screens.

Exercise increases cortisol

Deep breathing increases cortisol

Earth grounding

Herbs that improve cortisol levels:




Reishi mushroom

Panax gensing


Cordyceps mushroom


These things can help reduce androgen levels:

Reishi mushroom


DIM (diindolylmethane)

grape seed extract


red clover


Licorice root but it can cause salt retention.

Wheat products

Butter and dairy products

sun flower oil



Avoid these things they can increase androgen and reduce estrogen:

Skullcap it can also reduce progesterone.

Chamomile tea

White button mushrooms



Stinging nettles


citrus extract

olive leaf



Microbes needed:

Lactobacillus species are usually deficient in PCOS. Walnuts can help to increase lactobacillus species but keep in mind you also have to try and increase estrogen.

These are the best Lactobacillus for balancing hormones and bladder PH L. reuteri, L crispatus, L acidophilus, L helviticus, L jensii, L. rhanosus.

These are the Bifidobacterium that help. B. breve, B animalis, Akkermansia muciniphila, Blautia spp,

Increasing these microbes help to normalize hormone levels.

Eubacterium spp, commensal Clostridium, Eggerthella spp, Lactobcoccus spp, Ruminococcus, Adlercreutzia spp, Collinsella, Slackia spp, Lactonifacter longoviformis, Oscillospira spp, Psychrobacter spp, Peptococcus niger

These can alter hormone or cause low hormone levels:

Pathogenic clostridium, Bacteroides , Agrobacterium spp, Pseudomonas spp, Romboutsia

The good and the bad of Calcium D-gluturate.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.

This is not medical advice I am writing this for educational purposes. If you are ill please seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioner.


Calcium D-gluturate gets converted to glucaric acid in the body. CDG is sometime called D-saccharic acid. Calcium-D-gluturate helps to prevent the body from producing ammonia when you consume a high protein diet. If you have sulfation issues and have not addressed them you may react to CDG, it requires sulfation for the body to properly use it. If you are going to use it I would suggest supporting sulfation with things such as Pyridoxal-5-phosphate, vitamin B12, betaine, molybdenum and vitamin C. Calcium-D-gluturate helps to prevent high estrogen levels. A disruption in our gut microbes can cause high beta-glucuronide levels. High beta-glucuronide levels can cause toxins the body is trying to remove to be reabsorbed this includes carcinogenic hormones and xenobiotics. Calcium-D-gluturate prevents beta-glucuronide from disrupting the removal of toxins from the body. Calcium-D-gluturate prevents estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance can cause breast cancer.

Calcium-D-gluturate helps to balance the immune system by activating the anti-inflammatory parts of the immune system. A deficiency in iron, magnesium, calcium or phosphorous can increase beta-glucuronidase activity. Calcium D-gluturate may reduce testosterone because it is removed with glucuronidation and CDG increases glucuronidation. Green tea inhibits glucuronidation this is why in men green tea increases testosterone. Beta glucuronidase activity has been found to be high in those with cystic fibroids and cancer in the breast. Calcium D-gluturate may help prevent that from occurring. Calcium D-gluturate has been found to help with many types of cancer including skin cancer. Resveratrol found in grape skins and grape seed extract amplifies the effects of CDG.

Cholesterol is needed by almost every cell in the body especially the brain. When LDL levels are high it indicates the body is dealing with excess inflammation and oxidative stress. Calcium-D-gluturate reduces LDL levels by reducing the oxidative stress and inflammation freeing up cholesterol to be used in other areas of the body to maintain health.

Our bodies produce a little CDG and we get some in our diets from the white parts of citrus fruits, tomatoes, bean sprouts, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cabbage, grapes and cherries. But if under a lot of stress, chronically ill, come in contact with a lot of toxins, eat a lot of processed or inflammatory foods, or if we have adrenal fatigue levels can become low. Most recommend 200 to 500 mg twice a day. They also recommend starting with the lowest dose first because detoxing for the first time can be very unpleasant. CDG helps prevent certain types of cancer in men and women. Reading message boards most take DIM and CDG and they stated after about a week of taking them they started to react to them, but the started pulsing them which means taking them in a spaced out manor like every other day they continued to reap the benefits without reacting to them. Because CDG detoxes adrenal hormones I suspect it may reduce the levels of adrenal hormones if taken daily. Something to take note of DIM is an aromatase inhibitor. Aromatse inhibitors can cause endometrial problems, blood clotting, heart palpitation, osteoporosis, and joint pain. So just as with any nutrient if used in excess it can start having a negative impact on the body. Though I cannot find studies to show that CDG causes magnesium deficiency many on message boards said they became deficient in magnesium when taking it so one may want to increase their magnesium intake when taking CDG. Another thing to take note of is CDG will open up detox pathways so a person may feel worse at first when taking CDG until the toxin levels come down. If the CBS pathway is upregulated and sulfation is not addressed a person may react to CDG. A person low in iron, magnesium or vitamin B12 may react when taking CDG. If a person has high mercury levels CDG can free the mercury, it would be wise to take alpha lipoic acid so they can fully detox the mercury.

People who react to plant phenols have high histamines, low copper, or high sulfite levels in the body. Increasing intake of methyl groups, and taking choline may help along with taking CDG. People who have senstivity to plant phenols will react to foods high in phenylalanine and tyramine. Consuming cheese, chocolate or green tea will cause these ones to react. Biotin can help to reduce certain hormone excess but will cause a vitamin B2 deficiency. So if you are taking biotin you will need to increase your intake of vitamin B2 deficiency will also inhibit sulfation so I would only take biotin when hormone levels are at their worse or get it from food sources.

A person with lysosomal storage issues should not take CDG. It can make the symptoms worse. It can increase mucopolysaccharoidosis. Mucopolysaccharides will build up in the liver. I suspect consuming excessive amounts of CDG could also contribute to this condition. It is why a person should work on achieving balance and learn to listen to the body.

Klotho is known to extend ones life span it is a beta glucuronidase. In science literature they list all beta glucuronidase as bad. This is not true, so we have to look past the flawed science and use common sense. If CDG inhibits beta glucuronidase it most likely is inhibiting klotho. Klotho prevents inflammation in the body and helps prevent aging.

Though there are many benefits to taking CDG I would recommend correcting the health issues causing a person to have to take certain nutrients and as they get things corrected rely on food sources of the nutrient and stop supplementing it. This would prevent them from causing other health issues from taking too much of something.!divAbstract