March 28, 2023
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Top 5 food that will balance your hormones

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Hormone imbalance can greatly impact several aspects of your life such as your menstrual cycle, endometriosis, Throid, PMT, and PCOS.  Having the right nutrition could be the best tool to get your life back.

“Our hormones like healthy fats, like olive oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds, as well as ample fiber from fruits and vegetables and quality proteins like eggs, fish and meat,” says Melissa Groves Azzaro, RDN, LD, PCOS, hormone, and fertility dietitian at Avocado Grove Nutrition.

Azzaro further reiterates that women’s bodies are very sensitive to scarcity and when it feels like it is not getting enough it downregulates the production of the sex hormone.  This means you need to be very careful when dieting to avoid causing more harm than good.

Here are 5 foods that will balance your hormones.

1. Cruciferous vegetables

They help the liver metabolize estrogen which stabilizes hormones in the body. They also increase the absorption of vitamins A, K, D, and E. Doctors recommend eating them daily to balance the system and hormone detox. They are;

  • Broccoli
  • Kales,
  • Cabbage
  • Radish
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Rockets
  • Bok choy

2. High fiber carbohydrates

Azzaro says eating food rich in high fiber carbohydrates clears up excess hormones in the body. This is also key in problems such as PMS.

Isabel Smith, M.S., RD, a dietitian and hormone expert at Isabel Smith Nutrition and Lifestyle in New York City says carbs help mitigate elevated cortisol levels. They are;

  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
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3. Eat good protein everyday

You need to eat enough fats and cholesterol which are the building blocks of sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. Fats rich in omega-3 are most recommended.

Fish such as salmon stabilize your hunger hormone and are high in vitamin d which regulates female testosterone levels says Carrie Gabriel M.S., RDN, a dietitian and owner of Steps2Nutrition.

‘’The good fats in fish improve overall hormonal communication. The endocrine system uses hormones to communicate with the brain, which in turn boosts our mood and gives us better cognitive skills.”

  • Salmon
  • Albacore tuna
  • Avocados
  • Olive oil,
  • Walnuts
  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds

4. Incorporating fruits and vegetables

Eat more rainbow vegetables to ensure you get a wide variety of nutrients in your diet. Tomatoes, beetroots, radishes, cherries,red cabbages, lemons.

5. Prebiotics and probiotics

Prebiotics are bacteria in the gut while prebiotics are food that contains bacteria

  • Garlic
  • Oats
  • asparagus
  • dandelion
  • almonds
  • apples
  • bananas
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Yogurt
  • kimichi

Hormones affect your energy, anger, appetite, weight, stress, digestion, weight, fertility. That’s why eating a good diet is important filled with enough calories.

Vanessa Chebet

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