Whilst trying to live a healthy lifestyle, I forget that balanced hormones play a huge part in impacting my overall health. We can underestimate and forget the role that hormones play in our body. They transport chemical messages to vital organs, making sure that the nutrients we consume are spread throughout the body. So if they’re unbalanced they can lead to weight gain, depression, lack of concentration and acne!
During that time of the month, hormonal imbalances cause us to be moody and fatigued (we’ve all been there!). Luckily, balancing your hormones is as easy as making sure you’re eating the right foods.
If you’ve jumped on the avocado toast craze, good for you! Avocado is enriched with healthy fats that help your body absorb nutrients into your system. Essential nutrients like Vitamin E, Folic Acid and magnesium are all important to maintain balanced hormones in the body. In fact, there are over 20 different minerals and vitamins in the fruit. Why not add avocado into your smoothie or make your very own avocado pasta sauce? Your body will thank you!
Coconut and its products are great for looking after your overall health, but did you know coconut is also a blessing for your hormones? It contains lauric acid which is incredibly healthy for your hair (now we know Becky’s secret). Lauric acid is also an essential ingredient for hormone production, it also kills bacteria in your body, gives you a burst of energy and contributes to your daily intake of fiber and potassium. All good reasons to load up on this miracle fruit!
Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds provide protein and fiber needed for smoother digestion and a boost in your energy levels! But they also contain healthy fats needed to aid hormone balance. Have you ever heard of ‘seed cycling’? It’s the process of adding a variety of seeds to your diet. By doing this at the right time in your cycle, you can help your body to produce more of the needed hormones and reduce menstrual pain! You can kick start your seed cycling diet by having a handful of nuts and seeds as a snack or adding them to your oatmeal.
This unique category of healing plants promotes balanced hormones by providing support to the adrenal gland function. Adaptogen herbs such as Ginseng, also protect the body from diseases, especially stress-related sickness (this is definitely needed by Career Girls like us!). Consume adaptogens as a supplement to a healthy diet but do check with your doctor about potential side effects.
Antioxidant-rich vegetables like spinach, asparagus, broccoli, and kale are great in hormone production and balance. When we lack these antioxidants, our body functions on a deficit of hormones, which can lead to digestive problems. When Aunt Flo’ hits, our hormones go haywire and our iron levels plummet. This is why adding leafy greens to your diet helps iron production in the body whilst keeping our hormones balanced (double win!).
While egg whites get most of the glory for being a weight-loss miracle, most people don’t realize that the yolk is essential. Egg yolks contain more vitamins than the whites, each yolk contains seven vitamins, four of those are only found in the yolk. Egg yolks are rich in countless vitamins like iron, calcium, and choline. All of these work together to maintain a healthy reproductive system and are crucial in making healthy thyroid hormones.
Did you know that these foods can balance your hormones?