Hormones are the chemical messenger of our body, that keep balancing on so many things like, mood swing, appetite, anger, happiness, excitement and many more. Hormone imbalance affects these things very badly.
Hormone imbalance can lead to numerous health issues, from acne to eczema, delay in periods, nausea, inflammatory skin conditions, over-weight or under-weight.
It not only affects your physical health but also mental, and emotional health.
Progesterone, Estrogen, Cortisol, Insulin, Thyroid-stimulating hormone, Luteinizing hormone (LH), Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), Adrenaline, Prolactin – these are the name of some hormones, and they all have their different activity.
There are many causes that lead to hormonal imbalances:
Mental Stress or depression.
Lack of proper nutrition.
Overeating or eating junk foods.
But, thank God, there are some foods that can help us balance our hormonal imbalance. These hormone managing foods are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, healthy fats, proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, etc.
But not only the foods will help you to balance the hormonal problem, but you must also change your lifestyle to a healthy one.
1. Consume Healthy Fats:
High-quality natural fats are so important to maintain the hormonal imbalance. Fats are necessary but the unsaturated fatty acids, not the saturated fats.
People, who suffer from obesity, must consume these types of foods to lower the effect of bad cholesterol (LDL).
Some foods are:
- Olive oil.
- Coconut oil– contains lauric acid, helps to heal to the skin and extremely good for hormonal production.
- Cod Liver Oil– contains vitamins A and D both are beneficial for hormonal balance.
- Almonds– contain vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber helps to control imbalance in the hormone.
- Walnuts- Walnuts contain good fats, such as monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and essential fatty acid omega-3.
- Pure ghee.
- Egg yolk.
- Sunflower seeds.
- Avocado- Helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
2. Eat Proper Protein:
Consume the proper amount of protein is very important, especially to keep hormone in balance. Protein is the key ingredient that keeps controlling the release of hormones and thus the appetite.
In addition, Proper healthy protein helps to decrease the level of the “hunger hormone”, that is ghrelin and stimulates the production of hormones that help our stomach feel full.
- Soaked or sprouted nuts.
- Beans- Non-animal, good source of protein.
- Egg white
- Seeds- Seeds are a very good source of healthy protein and healthy monounsaturated fats.
- Quinoa- Quinoa is a superfood, containing all essential 9 amino acids, and a good source of protein.
- Cottage Cheese.
- Organic pasture-raised/grass-fed chicken.
- Wild-caught fish- Fishes are loaded with good quality of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, that maintain the hormonal imbalance.
3. Anti-oxidant rich Vegetable:
Antioxidant foods are very important, not only for hormonal disability but also for any kind of disease. Antioxidant foods help to fight with free radicals, that harmful to our cell.
- broccoli- Among green veggies broccoli is one of the nutrient-rich vegetables. Its anti-oxidant property helps to keep our body healthy.
- spinach- Spinach contains phytoecdysteroids, a plant steroid, helps to lower insulin level.
- collard greens.
- cabbage- Cabbage is well known for controlling hormone-related issues.
- green, red, yellow, and orange bell peppers- Bell peppers are full of vitamin C and help in hormone balancing.
- red cabbage
- carrots- carrot juice helps to detox excess estrogen from the body.
- sweet potatoes- Sweet potato contains some compounds that help to boost the progesterone levels.
- spaghetti squash
- beets- Beet juice is good for women hormones.
- butternut squash
4. Anti-oxidant rich Fruits:
- cranberries- Cranberries are good for abnormal hormonal levels, helps to cure polycystic ovary syndrome.
- red grapes
- raspberries- they have high antioxidant activity.
- strawberries- contains indole-3-butyric acid (IBA), which helps to improve hormone imbalance.
- red currants
- apricots- apricot contains phytoestrogens. These chemicals mimic estrogen in the body, which can make for the estrogen.
- red grapes
- papaya- It is very high in antioxidant activity and rich in phytochemicals such as flavonoids, that help to sex hormones in healthy male and female individuals.
Adding these foods to your diet is not the only solution, you have to keep practicing yoga, exercise or meditation on a regular basis.
Note: Try to cut refined sugar and carbohydrates as much as you can. Sugar and carbs promote insulin resistance.
Manage your stress and depression or consult a doctor if needed, as it affects cortisol and adrenaline hormones.
Drink green tea and sleep properly.