Balance Hormones Naturally
Healthy Foods for Optimum Hormone Balance
Throughout the years I have found that what you eat not only makes a difference in your overall health but can also have a dramatic impact on your reproductive hormones. If you are like most women who suffer from hormone imbalances such as sore breasts, extreme mood swings, water retention, or fatigue before your periods; then this list of foods below, will be beneficial in balancing your hormones naturally. These foods can strengthen your body and improve your how your body processes hormones.
Optimum Foods to Include:
1. Flaxseed and lignans (found in flaxseed, sesame seeds, berries, and other foods) contain phytoestrogens that lower estrogen levels and shifts estrogen metabolism to healthier metabolites. Try adding some freshly ground flaxseed powder to your morning meal oatmeal, shake or yogurt.
2. Cruciferous Vegetables
Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, radishes, Brussels sprouts, and kale contain glucosinolates, which aid in healthy estrogen metabolism. Meaning they help to promote healthier non-toxic version of estrogen by working on the liver to do so.
Fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. This type of fat can reduce inflammation, balance hormone levels, and improve fertility. Try adding wild salmon or sardines to your diet a few days a week to increase your omega-3 intake.
Vegetables are a rich source of nutrients such as folate, methionine, and vitamin B6. In addition, fruits and vegetables are teeming with phytonutrients (protective chemicals found in plants), antioxidants, and fiber, all of which are essential for maintaining healthy hormone levels. Often times the combination of the above nutrients can help with weight loss as well.
As a woman you have a lot of power in your kitchen to influence your health. Food can be toxic or food can be medicine in the body. Choose wisely, and you will start your journey to better overall health and harmonious hormones, naturally.
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