Why is balancing hormones is important
How to balance hormones to lose weight?
How to balance hormones to get pregnant?
Before answering these questions, we will dive in to see why balancing your hormones is so important?
Many female problems, such as uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts, are estrogen-dependent. Depending on your condition, sometimes decreasing exogenous (“outside”) sources of estrogen in the diet can be helpful. Ensuring your liver is functioning well is also important. This is because the liver is responsible for metabolizing hormones.
Foods to Avoid for balancing hormones
- Dairy (includes milk, cream, cheese, sweetened yogurt, milk/white chocolate)
If you’re sensitive to dairy, it can cause inflammation, pain, digestive concerns, and fatigue.
- Processed sugar (includes coke or other soda pop, baked goods, candy)
Promotes inflammation, increases weight and risk for cardiovascular disease.
- Refined grains and flour
If you’re sensitive, it can increase your weight, increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, cause fatigue and digestive upset.
- Certain fats (includes animal fats, margarine, trans fats, fast foods, snacks, baked goods)
promotes inflammation, increases weight, and increase the risk for cardiovascular disease
- Overconsumption of meat and meat products (includes excessive red meat, sausages, bacon)
- Some animals are fed hormones to support their growth, and these hormones can remain in the meat you consume
Foods that balance hormones in females
- Vegetables (especially alfalfa, artichokes, asparagus, beets, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, dandelion greens, kale, okra, rutabaga, spinach, swiss chard, watercress, yam) and fruits. These foods decrease inflammation and reduce the risk of cardiovascular and almost all chronic diseases, and further help regulate healthy bowel function. They help clear excess estrogen and provide an abundance of vitamins and minerals to help the body metabolize hormones.
- Nuts and Seeds (includes: almonds, brazil nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds)
- Healthy source of oil, some protein, healthy snack option (think nuts and butter), contain many minerals that support female health.
- Certain fats (includes the following oils: coconut, extra virgin olive, sesame, avocado, soy, grapeseed, sunflower, flaxseed, walnut)
- Healthy meats (includes fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, halibut, sardines; organic chicken; turkey; lamb/goat); Fishes contain healthy omega-three oils – these help decrease inflammation and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease as well.
- Soy (soybeans, soy nuts, tofu, miso, tempeh) helps support a healthy hormone balance. It is best to consume soy “whole” and not in the form of soy isoflavone (soy in a supplement)
If you need help with your hormonal regulation, you can book an appointment to discuss hormonal imbalance treatment options specified to you. As a part of this process, we will be using herbs and supplements to balance your hormones.
Please get in touch with us at (416) 684-14-55 or click on the following link to book an appointment.