Latka wrote: I am approaching the age when the progesterone levels drop anyhow though I am too young to be going through menopause yet
Have you been able to get your progesterone levels tested? I’ve heard oestrogen tests aren’t very accurate, although seeing an oestrogen:progesterone ratio might not hurt anyway. Progest-E seems to be quite a shortcut judging by reviews, but you do need to do your research when it comes to hormones.
Latka wrote: My doctor did put me on DHEA and I am not actually sure what it is for but it had something to do with my sex hormone levels. As far as I understand it is to support my tired adrenals and to boost testosterone.
Here’s a diagram of the steroid pathways. Different things encourage the production of the enzymes that determine what hormones you end up with. This is one reason I don’t buy “adrenal fatigue”. It’s not that your adrenals are “worn out”; it’s that something is throwing a spanner in the works of these pathways.
DHEA is DehydroepiAndrosterone on the top right. If your levels are low according to labs, supplementing can help, but it may be a symptom of another spanner earlier in the pathway. This is probably where your hypothyroidism comes in: pregnenolone, the “mother” steroid, is made from cholesterol + T3 + vitamin A. If you still have high cholesterol, you may not have enough T3 to use it. If your cholesterol is normal, stress could be an issue, since it pushes too much of your pregnenolone supply through the middle pathway to create cortisol.
Latka wrote: For being hypothyroid I was already cooking my cruciferous veggies very well, but am thinking now that perhaps it would be best to avoid them altogether.
It’s definitely not good to pile down the crucifers, but they did use them (5 days/week) in a successful hypothyroid diet detailed in this post.
Latka wrote: I also wonder about getting adequate protein: whether it is not only about the amount of protein but also the variety and quality that matter?
I already dislike this phrase. It’s hard to push above 50g/day without stuffing my face. Apparently you need it for the conversion of T4 > T3 in the liver. Eggs, dairy and muscle meats are high in tryptophan, which gets converted to serotonin, which has nasty side-effects in anything above optimal amounts. Peat and others recommend gelatine (bone broths or powder) to balance out the amino acids. High levels of homocysteine and methionine are others problems with the animal proteins, as well as with muscle wasting during low-carb, low-protein diets or fasting. Apparently calcium encourages tryptophan > niacin conversion, so dairy isn’t so bad.