Six foods to help balance your hormones? Does it sound too good to be true? Well, you know the meno years are all about our hormones, but did you know the food you eat can have a significant effect on how much they swing?
As our fertility declines so do our estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, which can lead to the things that drive us batty like hot flushes, weight gain, moodiness, bladder weakness, itchy, dry skin and so much more. However, the foods we choose to eat can help balance them a little bit.
This is one of the reasons we’re such big proponents of looking at your diet and lifestyle when it comes to managing the meno years. We have EstroG-100 ™ to help you out with balancing out the effects of hormones on your body, but adding foods to your daily victuals that are great hormone balancers (as well as throwing out the ones that aren’t) makes sense too right? A multi-pronged approach is always best.
Because the meno years sees a change in hormone balance by default, adding in the three known hormone imbalancers like xenoestrogens, stress and nutritional deficiencies only adds fuel to the fire.
To help combat this, add the following six foods to your diet, get rid of processed foods, sugar, chemical-laden household cleaners and personal care products and diarise a minimum of 30 minutes per day as a time for you to just ‘be’ via a gentle walk, listening to music, meditating, taking a yoga class or whatever floats your boat.
Plus, and we’re sorry about this, but to seriously help balance menopausal hormones you need to get rid of caffeine and alcohol.Plus, and we’re sorry about this, but to seriously help balance menopausal hormones you need to get rid of caffeine and alcohol. Click To Tweet
Add these six foods to your diet and your mood will be sunny, your energy levels will skyrocket and you’ll feel great. Depression? Mood swings? Weight gain? No way…
Good fats are essential for hormone production and avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids along with goodies like fibre, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, the B’s and folic acid. Plus avo’s are great for your skin and ease conditions such as eczema, acne, itchiness and other irritations. Half an avocado a day helps keep the meno witch away!
Eggs are little packages of vitamins and minerals chock full of vitamins A, D, E, B2, B6, B9, iron, calcium, phosphorous, potassium and choline – all nutrients essential to healthy hormones.
Studies have shown too that people who start off the day with eggs can tell many a successful weight loss story.
Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are one of the building blocks of balanced hormones. Salmon nutrition is primo for brain and heart health too, both of which can take a bashing during and after the meno years. Its anti-inflammatory properties are also great for skin conditions and joint aches and pains. Add a piece or two to your week.
4. Coconut Oil
While you may feel coconut oil is a bit of a buzzword or trend it’s actually one of the few gold star superfoods. Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids (unlike most oils which consist of long chain fatty acids) and is metabolised differently – going straight to the liver from the digestive system where it is promptly used for energy.
It also contains lauric acid, which is an antimicrobial fatty acid so it can kill bacteria and viruses and fungi (read yeast infections). In addition, it’s amazing for hormone health and is anti-inflammatory.
I’ve been known to take a teaspoon of coconut oil on its own first thing in the morning when I’m intermittent eating (my favourite way of eating for good health and weight management). Studies have shown people who eat medium chain fatty acids consume fewer calories.
5. Nuts & Seeds
I throw nuts and seeds into everything and not just because they taste great but they are nutrient powerhouses and our hormones love them. Flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts are super rich in omega-3’s so adding them to salads, veggies, smoothies, or whatever you’ve got going is an easy way to keep your hormones happy. Flaxseeds are particularly good for the meno years as they’re rich in lignans, which convert to substances that are brilliant female hormone balancers.
6. Eat Your Fruit & Veg
Fruit and vegetables are phytoestrogens, which basically means plant + estrogens and are found in over 300 plants. According to GreenMedInfo, phytoestrogens are weak forms of estrogens that balance estrogen levels by binding to receptors and upping levels that are too low and blocking estrogens if your levels are too high, making them particularly good for Meno-She’s. So load up on blueberries, broccoli, olives, apples, carrots, alfalfa and mung, pomegranates, cherries, bananas and mint. Loving watermelon for summer!
So there you have it, the more you swap these six foods with refined carbohydrates, which actually mess with your hormones, the more balanced you’ll be 😊😊😊
All images via Pixabay with thanks.
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