Your hormones play an important part in the health of almost every system in your body. They can affect your energy levels, weight, food cravings, digestive system, women's premenstrual symptoms, stress, skin and mood. Yep – so that is pretty much everything! When your hormones are unbalanced you may experience unwanted symptoms in any or all of these areas.
Hormone balance, or lack thereof, can come from many different aspects of your life – physical activity, sleep, environment, stress management, your household and body care products and of course, the big one…nutrition.
Everything you eat becomes part of you and affects your cells. Your nutrition plays a big part in healthy hormone function. Here are 5 simple ways you can help balance your hormones and improve your health and wellbeing:
This is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and for balancing your hormones. Aim to have most of what you eat NOT come from a package. Whole foods in their most natural state will help bring your body back into alignment.
A lack of healthy fats in your diet can be linked to poor skin health, low energy and hormone imbalance. Make sure to include high quality, healthy fats like avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds in your diet. Read more about the benefits of healthy fats: The Skinny on Healthy Fats.
Plant based proteins such as beans, nuts, lentils and seeds are hormone free and are a good choice for your health. If you are consuming animal protein, make sure it is grass fed, local and free of hormones. Excess hormones from animal protein can cause stress on your body and your hormone balance. Find out more about plant based proteins: Plant Based Proteins You Should Be Eating.
Dairy is one of the biggest contributors to hormone imbalance. It is an acidic food that clogs the respiratory and digestive systems and can also be a cause of acne. Greatly reducing or eliminating dairy from your diet can make a big difference in your health and hormone function. If you do choose to have some dairy check that it is grass fed and hormone free. Read about more healthy reasons to eliminate dairy from your diet: Is It Time For You to Ditch Dairy?
All of us are different and our bodies deal with food differently. Make sure to listen to YOUR body and give it the nutrition it needs to function well. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help balance your hormones and achieve greater overall health check out my Health and Nutrition Coaching Programs to get started on your path to better health today!
I would love to hear from you. Have you made dietary changes that have improved your hormone and overall health? Let me know in the comments below.