Our hormones are very sensitive. They can easily become out of balance, disrupting our bodily functions that keep us physically and emotionally well. Having hormonal balance is one of the keys to a healthy mind and body. While fluctuations in hormone levels naturally occur during your aging process, some are caused by factors like unhealthy habits, stress, and lack of sleep.
The good news is we can control our hormones with the food that we choose to eat. Listed below are some of the best super foods to help balance your hormones.
Kale contains vitamins and minerals that reduce mood swings, cramps, and bloating. In fact, Kale is regarded as one of the best food in the nutrient density scale. One cup of Kale only amounts to 33 calories but contains almost 600% of Vitamin K, 206% of Vitamin A, 134% of Vitamin C plus minerals like calcium, manganese, iron, omega 3s, fiber, and protein.
Additionally, eating leafy greens such as kale, spinach and mustard are found to help slow cognitive decline and keep mental abilities sharp even in old age. And unlike conventionally raised meat and dairy that contain hormones (to promote growth and fat in the animals), vegetables like kale don’t contain any of these and are naturally good for keeping your hormone levels balanced.
Kale can be enjoyed in various meals and recipe. You can include kale on your spaghetti, soups, and your favorite chicken stew.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is often used as an ingredient to beautify hair and skin, but they’re also a good source of nutrients to help balance your hormones. Coconut oil provides the necessary materials for hormone production. It also helps in weight loss and has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that are good for our gut health.
Coconut oil is also a great treatment for your hormonal acne. Researchers at the University of California, Sand Diego found a natural product in coconut oil that can treat hormonal acne. Like human breast milk, coconut oil contains lauric acid that is capable of destroying skin-dwelling bacteria that causes common acne.
Unlike other kinds of oil. Coconut oil is very stable. It doesn’t easily spoil or oxidize. It does not produce harmful chemicals when heated. Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturizer, mouthwash, and shaving cream for people suffering from itchy armpits.
3. Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are known for balancing hormonal levels in the female reproductive system. It corrects the ratio of estrogen and progesterone, thereby restoring hormonal balance in other parts of the body like the kidney, pancreas, and thyroid.
The seeds are rich in plant estrogen (also called phytoestrogen lignans) that prevents overly high estrogen level in the body. Flax seed is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids and ranks number one among the 127 world healthiest foods for the best source of omega 3. It is also rich in minerals like zinc, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium. Aside from balancing hormones, flax seed is found to prevent the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases.
Detox your excess estrogen with the help of carrots. Raw carrots contain a unique kind of fiber that help level estrogen in the body. Despite estrogen being a female hormone (or one that promotes female characteristics), hormonal imbalances in men as a result of excess estrogen can also be cured with a daily diet of carrots. Many pre-pubescent boys experience abnormal estrogen dominance in the form of Gynecomastia or “man boobs”, lack of muscle tone, and erectile dysfunction.
Aside from balancing hormones, carrots can also help improve digestion and absorption of nutrients which prevents post-meal bloating. Carrots are also anti-carcinogenic which prevents the elevation of our body’s natural cancer and immune defense.
Avocado is rich in healthy fats that help absorb and use nutrients in our body. It also contains vitamins E and B, folic acid, magnesium, potassium and fiber that all work together to maintain and balance your hormones. Avocados contain plant sterols which have antiestrogenic properties. These help block estrogen receptors in our cells and decreases the levels of estrogen absorbed by our body.
Eating avocados can reduce signs of aging. Researchers found that avocado is very high in carotenoid antioxidants. And unlike most fruits that are usually made up water and carbs, avocado is high in healthy fats that are beneficial for our health.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.