Progesterone is one of the most important hormones in the female body. It helps balance out some of the effects of estrogen and prepares the body for pregnancy. Unfortunately, women don’t always have as much progesterone as they should. That’s because as we age, our bodies naturally begin to produce less and less of the hormone.
When your progesterone levels drop too low, you may experience headaches, mood swings, hot flashes, and have difficulty conceiving. Fortunately, it is possible to naturally boost your progesterone levels. Here are four things you can try…
Maintain a Healthy Weight
As mentioned earlier, progesterone and estrogen balance each other out. Increased levels of body fat can cause the body to produce excess estrogen, which is not compensated for with more progesterone. Maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t directly boost progesterone levels, but it helps keep your balance in check.
When we are under physical or mental stress, we begin to produce cortisol – the stress hormone. When this stress escalates to extreme levels, our body’s cannot keep up with new cortisol production, and begin to instead convert progesterone. Finding outlets to release your stress can do wonders for your body, and your hormone levels.
Avoid Estrogenic Foods
Some foods naturally contain estrogen, and eating too much of these foods can throw off your hormonal balance. Highly-estrogenic foods include flaxseed, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, and other soy-based products such as soy milk, tofu, and tempeh.
Eat More Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Magnesium
Vitamin C helps boost progesterone levels right before and during ovulation. Vitamin B6 helps form a healthy corpus luteum, which is essential in progesterone production. Magnesium helps regulate the pituitary gland, which in turn regulates your body’s hormone levels.
If you don’t feel any better after trying the methods above, talk to your doctor about hormone replacement therapy. The BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy available from NuWave Medical, LLC is designed to naturally boost your body’s progesterone levels in as little as one month. With three convenient locations across Long Island, help is never far away. Call us to schedule a consultation at (631) 343-7144.