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Balance Hormones with Food

Raw Cracker Recipe to Balance Hormones Naturally

I tend to avoid advice that dictates one-size-fits-all recommendations because I firmly believe that everybody has a unique and complex chemical and biological design that best benefits from customized plans that fit you. This is why I tailor all of my treatment plans to each individual’s needs. Each plan is different based on the body’s medical and nutritional requirements. Women often seek my guidance when they are experiencing hormonal complaints from low mood to cramps, hot flashes and PMS, and conventional options tend to do more harm than good. The tiny flaxseed, however, has never failed me in helping women get on track to achieving hormone balance.

One of my favorite seeds to help balance estrogen levels in the body are flaxseeds. Here are some reasons as to how they are beneficial in balancing hormones:

1) Lignans

Flaxseeds contain a series of chemicals called lignans, which have a phytoestrogenic effect. Phytoestrogens, or “plant-estrogens” are very weak hormone analogues that talk to the body’s hormone receptors and modulate their actions. In other words, it can help lower the estrogenic effect when you have too much or raise it when you have too little.

2) Sex Hormone Binding Globulin

Our bodies produce a protein in our blood called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, or SHBG. SHBG has an affinity for testosterone and estrogen – two hormones which are commonly elevated in women with hormone conditions such as PCOS or painful periods. When SHBG binds a hormone, it renders the hormone inactive, but hormone imbalance often lowers SHBG levels. A study showed that flaxseed consumption raised SHBG when it needed to be increased, and minimized the detrimental effects of excess estrogen and testosterone.

3) Regularity

The primary route of excretion of excess hormones is through the bowels. Being regular is essential to hormonal health. Flaxseed is a source of fiber that gels up in the digestive tract and helps to move things along the intestines. Not only does this make flax a great option for hormones, but it also helps rid the body of excess cholesterol as well.

If you want to include flax in your diet, it’s pretty simple, but there is one rule – you must purchase the seeds whole, grind them yourself, and store them in the fridge/freezer. Otherwise, pre-ground flax meal is already rancid and will not confer any benefit to you if you eat it. Whole seeds are shelf stable for a long time, but they will not get broken down by the digestive system and therefore will be of no help. I use a coffee grinder to make my own flax meal and store it in the freezer where it will last for months.

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This is a recipe I formulated to balance estrogen levels (high or low) that’s packed full of fiber, flavor and nutrition.

Ingredients:

1 cup almond flour

1 cup pistachio flour

1/2 cup ground golden flax seeds

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup whole chia seeds

1 T paprika

1 cup water

Salt to taste

Lemon to taste

Recipe:

Combine all ingredients together until they form a gelatinous mixture. Let it stand for a few minutes to get even thicker so that you can spread it evenly into thin sheets. I placed mine in the food dehydrator for about 24hrs. You can also bake them at the lowest temperature possible in the oven. Once dried completely, cut into desired shapes and enjoy!

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