You are what you eat. You know that. But did you also know that what you eat can play a role in how your hormones function? That’s right. If you’re trying to balance hormones in your body, you should first take a look at what you’re eating. Naturally, if dietary changes aren’t enough, visiting the team at New Vitality to discuss bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is the next step. But first, try changing what you eat.
A Healthy Diet Isn’t Enough
You might follow a good diet already, but you still suffer from weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, etc. It is because you aren’t eating the right foods to balance out your hormones. So, how do you balance hormones?
White, Processed Foods Are Out
White bread, white rice, etc. are all bad for you. They’re used to make your favorite breads, bagels, and even snacks. These are refined and processed, and can be eliminated. Stick to whole wheat grain products if you can.
Use Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, but you can also get them from chia seeds, walnuts, flax seed and other supplements. Adding some omega-3 can be the easiest way to balance your hormones.
Avoid Commercial Oils
Commercial oils, like omega-6 oils, can actually lead to a hormonal imbalance and in some cases, heart disease. Some of these oils include vegetable, peanut, canola, soybean, shortening, margarine, etc. Stick to real fats and oils, like coconut oil, olive oil and real butter.
Decrease Caffeine Intake
Caffeine can raise the amount of cortisol you have in your body and slow down your thyroid, leading to weight gain, fatigue, etc. Limit how much caffeine you drink per day to avoid this.
Use Healthy Fats
Avocados and coconut oil are high in good fats, and can boost female and male hormone levels. While you might think a healthy diet consists of no saturated fats, these healthy fats have been shown to produce progesterone, estrogen, FSH, and other necessary hormones.
Add Vitamin D
Vitamin D for hormonal imbalances is relatively new. But, vitamin D deficiencies have already been linked to weight gain, food allergies, and fatigue. While it is best to get your dose of vitamin D from the sun, you can also take a supplement to provide your body with an adequate supply — especially during the winter months.
Add More Fiber
Fiber, from raw vegetables and fruits, help bind old estrogen and clear it from your system — so that you can naturally balance the levels of estrogen in your body. This is especially good for people with estrogen dominance.
If you think you have a hormone balance issue, schedule a free, 1-1 on consultation with us at New Vitality today. Our consultants can assess your hormone levels and help you decide which foods to eliminate and which foods to add so that you can regain control over your body.