Our hormones have the ability to change our moods, our health, almost everything about us, so it’s a wonder that we don’t always put priority on keeping them healthy and strong as we do for the rest of our body.
Low energy, low libido, irritability, fluid retention, weight gain, acne and anxiety can all be signs that your hormones aren’t happy and more often than not it has to do with what you are or are not putting into your body. For optimum health, we require all of our hormones, including the sex hormones such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, to be in the right ratios.
Why we need progesterone: Aside from its role in reproductive health, progesterone is a powerful anti-anxiety agent, an antidepressant, a diuretic and helps us access fat reserves to burn for energy.
Why we need oestrogen: Oestrogen is associated with reproduction, new bone growth and cardiovascular health along with its reproductive role. Too much oestrogen, however, can out added pressure on our liver detoxification pathways, resulting in bloating, PMS and skin problems among other things.
Why we need testosterone: Women have relatively small amounts of testosterone to men, but the presence of it at the right levels can affect our ability to build and retain muscle, libido and energy.
Stress can play havoc on your hormones: In today’s day and age as we put pressure on ourselves to achieve the most we can, be everywhere at once and provide to our family and friends, our nervous systems, which enormously affect every cell in our bodies, every hormonal system, every organ, every aspect of fat burning, struggle to keep up at the rate which we require them to move.
Here I have complied a list of the best foods to keep your hormones happy and healthy
Including broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, containing some of the highest levels for substances you need for efficient excess oestrogen detoxification
2. Brazil nuts
Contain selenium, which is critical for fertility and optimal thyroid gland function
Such as nori, kelp and some salts are a source of iodine, which amongst other things, is critical for the formation of thyroid hormones and is a high concentration in the ovaries and the breasts where it promotes proper oestrogen metabolism and assists the functioning of hormone receptors throughout the body so that hormones communicate more effectively.
4. Oily fish
Such as wild salmon or sardines along with flaxseeds, chia seeds, pecans and walnuts are all good sources of an omega 3 essential fatty acid, which is required for healthy hormone production
5. Colourful plants
Eat a variety of colourful plants and berries such as blueberries or blackberries. All are filled with their own unique antioxidants, which help to dampen down the effect of effect of stress on the body. Green leafy vegetables in particular are also full of magnesium, which is essential for healthy breast tissue, the relaxation response, along with oodles of other processes.
What not to consume: Reduce consumption of alcohol, caffeine, trans fat, refined sugars and synthetic substances such as those found in pesticides, medications and skincare products.