More and more women each day discover that their hormones are out of balance. Is it because of the modern lifestyle or the foods that we eat? Is it about the distress that is a part of the normal now? Do you know how actually is stress affecting your hormonal balance and why you need to find a way to relax? Low progesterone, high estrogen, thyroid issues and diabetes are all types of hormonal imbalance. What is that we, women, are doing wrong? What foods we have to eat and what to avoid if our progesterone is low? This precious hormone in the body of a woman that regulates her monthly cycle, her pregnancy and is so important for the conception of a healthy baby.
Foods to lower Progesterone
Some foods contain phytoestrogens which mimic the estrogen and will disturb its proper elimination from the body. As a result, the levels of estrogen in the body will increase. One of the main causes of low progesterone is estrogen dominance. This goes two-ways and often women find themselves in a vicious circle trying to control the excessive amount of estrogen. In that case, the body is not able to eliminate this excessive amount due to toxins, plastic, poor diet, stress or medications. Therefore, one way to control estrogen is by avoiding certain foods which are known to lower progesterone levels.
- Soy. Soy products contain a great amount of phytoestrogens. If you have health issues due to low progesterone, you need to avoid soybeans, edamame, tofu, soy milk or soy sauce. On the other hand, you can consume extremely limited quantities of fermented soy only, like tempeh.
- Flax seeds are also rich in phytoestrogens, so you could eat them but not every day and not too much. However, flax seeds oil is rich in omega- 3 fatty acids and it does not promote estrogen production. Even more, it reduces inflammation and is greatly beneficial for your heart and skin.
- Sesame seeds are similar to flax seeds as they contain a very high percent of lignans, a kind of phytoestrogen. If you eat them whole, they will not be digested by the stomach, so avoid mainly sesame flour and tahini.
- Chickpeas, beans, peas and lentils could be great for some people but they are also foods that decrease the progesterone. So, try to consume them in very limited amounts. Especially, if you experience bloating and heaviness after eating them. Boiled chickpeas like in hummus, contain almost 1 mg of phytoestrogens per 100 mg.
- Yucca ( also known as cassava or mandioca) is a very popular root in some countries for its nutritional value but it will make your progesterone even lower, so you need to avoid it too.
- Gluten. You need to make an elimination test for gluten and if your body reacts with headaches, bloating and tiredness to it, then the best solution is to exclude it from your diet. Also, it is huge trigger for hypothyroidism, so even if you are tolerant to it, try to avoid it as much as possible due to the number of chemicals used for its growing.
- Fennel is a very popular vegetable used in many recipes, both sweet and sour. It also contains high levels of phytoestrogens, so you need to minimize its consumption.
- Animal products with hormones. Sadly, most of the meat, fish, eggs and dairy products on the market are treated with growth hormones. And which is the hormone that regulates and promotes the growth of the cells – estrogen. So, it is most probable that your favourite meat or salmon to contain hormonal substances. That is the reason why nutritionists recommend to eat grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, organic eggs and bio dairy products. If you cannot supply those, try limiting the consumption of animal products and most of all chicken meat. Chickens these days reach are fully grown for 5 weeks due to the hormones added to their food, these hormones are left then in the meat.
- Alfalfa sprouts are another superfood that is used to boost the estrogen levels, so if your progesterone levels are too low, you need to avoid them.
- Dried fruits like apricots, dates and prunes contain higher amounts of phytoestrogens than their fresh varieties. You can eat them fresh in limited amounts and avoid eating them dried as dried apricots contain almost half the amount of the phytoestrogens found in chickpeas.
Herbs and roots that block progesterone production
Some herbs and roots are progesterone inhibitors and they might interfere with the progesterone receptors in your body. So, you have to minimize their intake in the form of herb infusions, supplements and for culinary purposes. Turmeric is one of the superfoods which is very healthy and has great good qualities but still, it is one of the foods that decrease progesterone levels. So, if your progesterone levels are low, you need to avoid it. Curcumin is the active component in it and if you consume it very often, it can lead to irregular periods and lacking ovulation. Thyme, liquorice, oregano, bloodroot and sage are called sometimes progesterone blockers. Therefore, try to cut them off your diet if you want the quantities of this hormone to increase.
On the other hand, there are foods and herbs that can help you increase the levels of your progesterone, so you need to incorporate them into your diet. Find out which are these foods here:
Sugar is not your friend
We will continue with the foods that decrease your progesterone. One of them is the sugar hidden in all the sweets, processed foods and “fast” carbohydrates. We all know that sugar is not healthy. The sugar intake has many risks for your health as it causes insulin spikes in your blood. The process of regulating blood sugar costs too many resources for the body and causes hormonal imbalances like diabetes and autoimmune diseases. Additionally, sugar feeds the bad bacteria in your intestines and other parts of your body like Candida (yeast infection). If you experience sugar cravings, it means that your body needs magnesium. However, the digestion of refined sugar actually depletes your body from magnesium. So, if you crave for chocolate during your PMS, it is better to choose a dark one with minimum sugar or eat raw nuts like almonds and walnuts as they contain magnesium and good fats. Sugar is also linked to premature ageing and the breakage of the collagen which results in saggy skin and leaky gut syndrome.
Why My Progesterone is High/Low?
So many women are experiencing hormonal imbalance and they still do not know what is the cause of it. Progesterone is a hormone which is important for the conception and the overall health of the woman. Low progesterone, estrogen dominance and thyroid issues are all connected. One causes the other in a vicious circle that seems to have no end. So why are my progesterone levels so low?
Are you trying to keep up with everything?
Career, children, projects, household, friends… the life of the modern woman is so busy that it often looks hectic and stressful. Trying to keep up with everything may leave you with the feeling that there is always something not done on time. When the woman does not create space for herself to rest, she becomes too active – always busy, always in a rush. Adrenaline and cortisol are constantly high and the production of progesterone is not a priority. The monthly cycle of the woman is there to remind her that there is time to be active but it has to be balanced with time for rest. Developing too many male qualities is not in service for the woman, in her life, everything has to be in moderation, her inner balance needs care and attention.
Does stress cause low progesterone?
There are several factors which combined will result in low progesterone. The two major ones are stress and liver malfunction. Too much stress causes distress which is actually a constant production of cortisol in your body. Producing a hormone takes energy, so the body prioritizes and chooses cortisol and cuts off the progesterone which is important for reproduction. The other thing is that there are so many ways estrogen to get higher – meat with hormones, hormone replacement therapy and plastic. Plastic is full of xenoestrogens which mimic the estrogen produced in the body.
How does the body eliminate the excess of estrogen?
It is obvious that very high levels of estrogen will lead to estrogen dominance and very low levels of progesterone but why? Which organ is responsible for the elimination of the excessive estrogen from the body? The answer is – the liver. If the liver is not working properly, the excessive estrogen could not be eliminated and it started to cause troubles in the body. The main trouble is that estrogen causes tissues to grow, so it can cause PSOS and even breast cancer. That is the reason why you need to focus on avoiding all the substances like alcohol, caffeine and food preservatives which loads the liver with even more work. On the other hand, your body needs energy to recover and to heal, so a great way to support your liver is with cold lasers. I shared in another article how I started applying coMra daily for two months after I found out that my estrogen levels were too high.
Which are the signs and symptoms of low progesterone?
Many women suffer from low levels of progesterone which is an important reproductive hormone. It sends a signal to the uterus to thicken its walls preparing for pregnancy. If there is no fertilization, the levels drop and the menstrual cycle begins. Low levels of progesterone disrupt the hormonal balance in the body and often leads for estrogen dominance. If you experience premenstrual syndrome, headaches, weight gain, sleeping disorders, anxiety, infertility, no periods or irregular periods, mood swings, then your progesterone production might not be sufficient. Progesterone also increases the activity of the thyroid gland and its deficiency is linked to hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease. Factors affecting the production of progesterone vary from exposure to toxins, stress and high levels of estrogen to foods and herbs.
Is there a safe and effective way to heal hormonal imbalance?
You do not need synthetic hormones which will deepen the imbalance. In fact, if your body has available energy, it will use it for healing and regeneration. For example, low-level lasers are very gentle but powerful at the same time. As a cold laser therapy, coMra is working on the level of the cell, providing energy in the form of light. Used on its own, coMra is very effective in restoring overall health. However, combined with the diet and lifestyle changes can be even more beneficial. Low-level laser therapy shows great results and medications can be avoided with all their side effects. So, there is way to restore this extremely precise balance in the body without any hormones, chemicals and other aggressive substances and maybe you should give it a try.
In this webinar below, we have covered the mystery and the potential in the female menstrual cycle and how to work with your knowledge in order to heal the imbalances. The hormones of a woman are the foundation of her overall health. Here is the video recording:
Where to start from with this method of healing?
To start using coMra, first search your health issue coMra User Guide. If you can find it, start applying the treatment protocol. If you do not find it, start with coMra Universal Treatment 5. The Universal Treatment 5 protocol is recommended when dealing with the emotional stress as it will help your nervous system to calm down, relax and regenerate. The coMra treatments in the Gynaecology section can be applied in cases of menstrual cycle disturbances, some forms of sterility, pelvic pain etc. This is a very gentle and non-invasive way to induce the inner healing abilities of your body, supporting it to restore its natural balance and health.
Can I apply this therapy at home?
The procedure itself is very pleasant, there is no burning or any other sensation while the device is on your skin. After a week or two of daily treatments, you will start seeing the improvement. However, every case is different and how much time it will take for your body to recover depends to what is your health condition right now. Overall, hundreds of people have achieved great health results after using coMra even with serious cases like diabetes, chronic illnesses, thyroid issues and many more. In addition, coMra can be used as pain relief, a great prevention method and every time when you need to induce the healing abilities of your body.
In the following video find out more on how coMra helped a woman with different conditions like pain, ovarian cyst, sleep problems, constipation and excessive bleeding during monthly period:
If you are reading this article because you want to get pregnant soon but your progesterone levels are too low, we feel you. And we really want you to experience the joy of having a baby. We have good news for you – coMra therapy can be used by pregnant women and is safe for their babies as well. Below you can watch a short video on how coMra is used before and after birth.
Natasha Stadler has been a midwife for 30 years, and an independent midwife for 13 of those years. She was introduced to coMra therapy 7 years ago and has found it to be an invaluable tool for her clients.
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Meret has been using coMra therapy for many years. As many other coMra users, she found that coMra therapy is not only very safe but also that coMra is effective for various cases and conditions. She used it for her daughter’s herpes, her own thyroid issues and migraines with great results.