The first thing that comes to mind with the mention of hormones is a roller coaster. There can be a lot of ups, downs, and all around when it comes to any fluctuations.
No one wants to go way off course and fly out of their seat. That’s why it’s so important to make sure we are keeping our levels in check.
Keep track of what you are putting in your body and what the best options are for hormonal balance. Like an oil change! Keep your engine fine-tuned.
You hear the word “nutrients” thrown around often — but what are they and what do they actually do?
Well, they help with processes in the body. Essential nutrients are, well, essential! Our bodies would basically fall apart without them. Our own personal little batteries.
Don’t worry! Foods are the charging pack to your batteries. Certain whole foods are wonderfully full of the good stuff that keeps our bodies up and running. You just need to know what to look for.
What does all of this have to do with hormones?
According to Healthline — “Hormones are the chemicals the endocrine system uses to send messages to organs and tissue throughout the body. Once released into the bloodstream, hormones travel to their target organ or tissue, which has receptors that recognize and react to the hormone.”
So if foods are battery chargers and nutrients are the batteries — hormones are the moving parts within the system.
Here are the best food groups to keep everything in working order…
Cruciferous Veggies and Leafy Greens
Shoutout to the cruciferous vegetables ⬇
- Brussels sprouts
- Bok Choy
Next up are our leafy greens ⬇
- Collard Greens
- Bok Choy
These sound healthy as is. But let’s break down why they are so good for hormones.
It’s all about processing estrogen in the body and providing a healthy dose of essential micronutrients. Both are important functions for hormone balance.
Lean Protein with Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Fatty Fish
- Olive Oil
- Chia Seeds
All of these are either a great source of lean protein or are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Both assist in hormone communication from the body to the brain. They also keep both estrogen and testosterone at proper levels.
High Fiber Complex Carbs
- Whole grains including buckwheat and quinoa
- Certain fruits such as bananas and oranges
- Beans and chickpeas
- Sweet potatoes and beets
There are a lot to choose from. The key is finding and incorporating foods that will give you the best boost each meal you choose to add these to.
Fiber is a natural processor for removing unwanted and excess from the body. It’s a great way to keep things in check.
A Balanced Diet
Before you rush off to the grocery store — remember that balance is the number one rule when it comes to food.
I mean, I don’t think you will eat 5 bananas in one sitting, but it’s always good to mention.
Look at your plate. Do you see an array of colorful vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains? Maybe some fruit and nuts as well? Good!
Shake things up and keep up the good variety!
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