As we’ve discussed in this #hormone series, progesterone is a vital hormone for overall wellness and is produced as a result of regular ovulation. Scroll back a few posts to learn about this.
If you’ve identified that your progesterone production might be a bit sub-par (based off cycle signs and/or lab/urine tests), what are your options?
First, remember this: Ovulation is a result of adequate hormone activity like that of a domino effect. Hormones involved in ovulation must have to rise to sufficient levels to signal the next hormone to “kick-on” and continue the path toward ovulation. Therefore, progesterone levels are directly correlated to regular, healthy ovulation occurring.
No ovulation = no progesterone. No progesterone = systemic symptoms
Progesterone is important because it reduces inflammation, plays a part in healthy immune function, supports thyroid health, promotes healthy tissues (breast, bones, skin), and supports neurons in the brain.
The long and short of it is this: The process of follicle (egg) development takes 90-100 days to reach full maturity and be ready for ovulation. It also takes this long for the effects of proper nutrition, healthy lifestyle changes and possible supplementation to see changes in progesterone production. So, if you’re on the progesterone-boosting production path, stick with it!
Here are a few ways to naturally support healthy ovulation with the goal of boosting progesterone:
✅ Focus on balanced blood sugar with diet and regular exercise
✅Nourish your body with power proteins, slow burning carbs and healthy fats (pro-tip: get rid of the seed oils!)
✅ Assess for #inflammation sources (gut issues stemming from dairy or gluten sensitivity, leaky gut, thyroid imbalances)
✅ Focus on macro and micro nutrients: you need both for optimal adrenal and thyroid support.
✅ Manage stress & get adequate sleep to support cortisol levels
While supplements can be helpful, you CANNOT out supplement a #healthy#diet and lifestyle. They are best taken under the guidance of a care provider who can tailor recommendations to fit your systemic needs (not just #reproductive system imbalances!).