I remember all to clearly, 20 years ago, when I though 20 years was far, far away. Where did the time go? It's finally here. Those 20 years have come and gone, and I'm 43 dealing with all the issues that my mother and grandmother dealt with at my age, hormonal changes.
Hormones influence just about every physiological response in our body including, the menstrual cycle, the reproductive system, our flight/fright response and metabolism. They are our body's chemical messengers, and can be both harmful and beneficial. So, it's especially important for every woman to know the type of foods she should consume and the types to avoid in order to obtain optimal hormonal balance and function.
The right foods will provide your cells with the fuel it needs to make energy in order to do your body's work. The result? Healthier hormonal secretions, and a more energized and invigorated you. Conversely, the wrong foods will cause your cells to produce more toxins and less energy, which will result in less hormone production.
Boost your nutrition with a clean diet that balances your sugar levels. Fluctuating sugar and insulin can be quite damaging to the body. Eat several meals per day to keep your sugar levels normal and your insulin from spiking.
There are always clean, healthy, supportive foods for everyone, regardless of your eating style.
Foods that support hormonal health
♦Phytoestrogens: Though estrogen cannot be obtained from food, plant foods contains phytoestrogens, which has isoflavones, a weak form of estrogen. Find your supply of phytoestrogen in soy beans, tofu, flaxseed, soy nuts and whole grains.
♦ Dark Chocolate
♦ Protein: Buckwheat, Quinoa, beans, lentils, nuts, soy, egg whites, fish (wild caught), chicken
♦ Healthy fats: Avocados, Ghee, Coconut, Extra Virgin Olive oil, pressed seed oils
♦ Herbes & Spices: cinnamon, tumeric, cumin, thyme, ginger, garlic
♦ Fiber: dark green leafy and colorful veggies, and fruits in moderation.
Foods that sabotage hormonal health
♦ Vegetable oils
♦ processed foods
♦ Satuated fats
Hormonal imbalances affects women from adolescence through menopause. Help yourself and your situation by being proactive. Be consistent with your good, clean, balanced diet. In addition, practice other lifestyle habits like exercise and prayer, meditation, yoga, and other activities that will bring balance to your hormonal activity.
Lots of Love & Self-care