The word “hormonal” is term often attributed to women. Mainly because we are the ones who experience PMS, and menstrual cycles. However, having an unbalanced set of hormones does not fall solely upon our womanly parts.
No, it is actually more so attributed to our diet. What we are filling ourselves with and how much. Whether we want to admit it or not, our hormones are responsible for:
- Energy levels
- And how our skin looks
If you’re having problems with any of the above things, don’t worry, there is an incredibly easy and delicious way to attack the problem. Eating more nutrient-dense foods allows our body to produce hormones correctly and maintain balanced levels. When we constantly eat processed crappy foods, our body feels the same way.
Whatever you are putting your mouth can either help or hinder your body’s hormone production. The human body needs a balance of all three macro nutrients:
- and especially fat.
Hormones are produced using certain fatty acids and cholesterol, so when we miss these nutrients, hormone problems arise simply because the body doesn’t have the nutrients it needs to make them. Our body needs certain fats for rebuilding cells and stabilizing hormones. This is especially important for the female reproductive system.
Aha, now I have your attention.
Basing meals off clean protein, hormone-balancing healthy fats, antioxidant-rich vegetables, and healing herbs will help your body thrive. Choose one food from each category for an easy, hormone-balancing, skin-healing meal.
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Clean proteins help balance your hormones and heal your body.
- Soaked nuts
- Sprouted nuts
- Organic pasture-raised/grass-fed chicken
- Pasture-raised eggs
- Wild-caught fish
As much as we try to avoid eating typical fats, the healthy fats are essential to your body’s productivity and reproductive habits. Try and fill your cupboards with as many of the below listed ingredients as possible. Healthy fat is the raw material that we need to produce and maintain proper hormone function.
- Coconut oil
- Raw butter/ghee
- Egg yolks
- Olive oil
- Fermented cod liver
- Hemp seed oil
- Flax seed oil
- Raw cultured dairy products
Of course greens make the list. I’m sure we all know the health benefits associated with these hearty green machines. They are loaded with antioxidants that help balance our hormones, reset our metabolism and positively increase our mood.
- Collard greens
- Green, red, yellow and orange bell peppers
- Red cabbage
- Red/white onions
- Sweet potatoes
- Spaghetti squash
- Butter nut squash
Herbs and Spices
Whenever we mention healthy herbs and spices the following six are always the first to come up. I bet you can name three recipes right now that you consider healthful that contain these spices. It’s no surprise that they are also responsible for maintaining healthy hormone levels.
So the next time your body is feeling just a little bit off consider altering your diet to include a few of these 50 healthy ingredients.
I’m sure you’re considering it already.
Go ahead. Make the change, for a healthier, happier you.
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