Do you suffer from awful PMS, hormonal break-outs, a low sex drive or hot flashes? Did you know that there are natural ways to combat hormone imbalances with FOOD? Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Phytoestrogenic foods: Phytoestrogens are estrogen hormone-like chemicals found in plants. Including foods like leafy green vegetables, miso, lentils, chick peas, beans (soak dried beans overnight if you are prone to bloating), broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage have been found to help naturally balance hormones.
2. Dandelion, raspberry, fennel and wild yam tea: These teas can help combat hot flashes in peri-menopausal and menopausal women as well as aid in detoxification.
3. Healthy Fats: Choose things like walnuts, eggs, salmon, coconut oil, and chia seeds. Our friend the flax seed (see above) also contains healthy fats. These foods help boost hormone production by creating healthy cell membranes enabling hormones to reach their destinations easily. These healthy fats when eaten in moderation also offer heart health benefits.
4. Maca powder: This herb helps to regulate the hormones in your body, so whether your body is producing too much or too little of a particular hormone, Maca has been said to help you balance your system. In addition, other benefits of taking Maca regularly include:
• Improved libido
• Reduces depression and anxiety
• Increases energy
• Enhances fertility
• Supports the thyroid, the adrenals
• Helps reduce symptoms of hot flashes
• Better focus and memory
On the flip side, here are some of the top foods that you want to AVOID:
1. Refined vegetable oils like canola, vegetable and soybean as well as processed butter alternatives like margarine.
2. Refined sugars (table sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup), artificial sweeteners (Splenda, Sucralose, Aspertame etc.)
3. Refined grains (white rice, white bread, most cereals). Do you sense a theme here?
4. Animal products obtained from animals that are fed with antibiotics and artificial growth hormones: This can affect the production of hormones in your body so you really want to be sure to buy organic, free range animal products whenever possible.
5. Dairy: It is not the case for everyone, but most studies show that removing dairy from the diet helps regulate hormone levels. This is definitely true in my case, where it shows up as breakouts – YUCK! I occasionally still treat myself, but inevitably the results are always the same. If you do eat dairy, eat it in moderation and the same rule for meat also applies here – always buy organic!
A rule of thumb: If it has a list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce, try to stay away from it! Whenever possible buy whole foods and not pre-packaged items.
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