A few common symptoms of hormonal imbalance include weight gain, fatigue, and pain. And if you’re reading this blog post now, chances are that you probably have a decent understanding of hormones and how they can directly affect your day-to-day life. Or perhaps you are struggling with an imbalance and want to know what can be done about it. Fortunately for you, our website is a great place to start.
And what if we told you that there was a way you could improve your hormone imbalance symptoms just by simply doing something that we all do each and every day? Eating. More specifically, the food choices that you make.
“Food can affect the production and secretion of hormones by direct actions on the gut, by nervous reflexes, through changes in the concentration of various metabolites in the blood, or secondary to changes in circulating gut hormone levels.” – PubMed
Let’s break that down. Basically, what you eat impacts the amount of certain hormones that your body makes, as well as how your body disperses those hormones. Luckily, we all have the ability to manipulate some of those hormones with specific food choices. So, what foods should you be eating?
Cruciferous vegetables are one the first things you will want to add to your shopping cart. This means vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy. These wonderful veggies help our liver to metabolize estrogen which helps protect you from estrogen-dominant cancers. So make sure you get your veggies.
Something else you will want to look for is high-fiber carbohydrates. I know, it seems like everyone today is preaching on the avoidance of carbs. However, with portion control, you will be fine. You might also try the “half/fourth rule.” This is when half of your meal is non-starchy vegetables and a fourth of your meal is starchy vegetables such as whole grains or potatoes. A high-fiber diet helps with cleaning out excess hormones from your body, as well as regulates melatonin and cortisol. So, add in some carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash when shopping.
Finally, let’s discuss fat. Good fat. It is important to stock up on fats that are high in omega-3s since fat and cholesterol are the building blocks of hormones. Healthy fats can be found in foods like salmon, albacore tuna, walnuts, flaxseeds, olive oil, chia seeds, and avocados. Take a second and make note of all the foods we have discussed so far because, to me, that sounds like a real recipe for success and a tasty dinner, too!
So, you see, with simple life changes like choosing to eat better and healthier which can affect how your body’s hormones interact with the rest of your body. And the best part is these ingredients taste amazing and the dishes you can make with them are easy as one, two, three! In fact, you probably already have quite a few of these hormone healthy ingredients in your kitchen right now. And if you need further help with planning a meal or how to prepare or cook something, the internet is a great place to find healthy recipes and inspiring menus.
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