Are you suffering from ill health? Taking care of your body and diet but still fighting the same battles? Acne, bloating, appetite fluctuation and lack of energy can prevent you from reaching your full potential. Have you ever thought it might be down to your hormones? Hormones can affect us at any stage of our life and most of the time we are only aware of our hormones when we feel off kilter. Luckily there is a lot you can do to help keep your hormones balanced. Hormones need a steady stream of nutrients for them to work efficiently. Try including more of these foods into your diet to free yourself from imbalance.
EAT YOUR GREENS
There are so many reasons I recommend a variety of green vegetables to my clients, especially cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, turnips and watercress. These powerhouses contain the phytochemical called Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) which has been shown to increase oestrogen metabolism and can help reduce the dreaded PMS.
FOLLOW THE RAINBOW
Each day, we need to eat an array of fibrous foods to stay regular and keep our blood sugar levels in check. This means eating your vegetables. Follow the rainbow and aim to get in five portions of veggies a day, if you are not having enough at the moment start small and build yourself up, your hormones will thank you for it.
Seeds like pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds are high in good fats as well as magnesium. Magnesium is often referred to as ‘mother nature’s relaxant’ and can help keep cortisol in check. In addition having optimal levels of magnesium can help with fatigue, insomnia, constipation and cramps to name a few. Sprinkle these on porridge, salads or add to your smoothies. Flaxseeds are a rich source of phytoestrogens which help to regulate levels of oestrogen in the body. They can also help regulate blood sugar and insulin levels.
Eating a variety of foods high in short, medium and long-chain fatty acids is key to keeping your hormones balanced. Avocados contain a good source of fat plus the added bonus of fibre and nutrients such as potassium and vitamin E.
I have left the best till last. However I do not mean milk chocolate, only 70% or raw chocolate will do. The cacao bean is full of antioxidants and many hormone friendly minerals like magnesium. But watch the sugar content, as some are sky high and that will wreak havoc with your hormones.