I get tons of questions about hormones! With today’s overload of stress, chemical exposure and inflammatory food, it’s no wonder that most of my clients come to me with imbalanced hormones. The great news is your body is smart and can work towards bringing itself back to homeostasis with a healthy, whole foods diet and lifestyle. Besides addressing lifestyle factors such as stress, mindfulness and any other serious health complications, your diet is a great place to make some easy changes to help support your hormones.
Today I wanted to chat about some of the best foods for hormone balancing.
The liver is responsible for restoring balance to your body by filtering out excess hormones that the body does not need. This could include hormones such as sex hormones and thyroid hormones. If the liver is not functioning optimally, we could experience hormonal imbalance. Among many other reasons, this is why it’s super important to focus on liver health!
Sisley’s favourite liver-loving foods: arugula, parsley, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, matcha, berries, coconut oil
Healthy fats play a super important role in hormone balancing. Adding healthy fats into your meals can be a great way to help manage a healthy weight, support brain health and so much more. Not only will healthy fats keep you satiated (goodbye, hanger!), but many healthy fats contain an abundance of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s help to regulate estrogen and testosterone in the body. Try adding some coconut oil to your morning coffee or make some homemade peanut butter cups.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy greens are such a wonderful staple in any healthy diet. When a client comes to me, I always recommend they consume more leafy greens – hands down! Green leafy veggies are packed with so many essential nutrients and micro-nutrients that help us thrive day to day. Whether you enjoy them raw or cooked (or both), leafy greens such as arugula, kale, spinach and chard are packed with B vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients essential for stress management, digestion and so much more. Remember that our bodies are constantly running off of different hormones, hormones for hunger, sleep and brain health. Including leafy greens at least 2x per day is a great way to include hormone balancing foods.
If you haven’t heard of adaptogens yet, get your notepad out because you’re about to learn some AWESOME new tools! Adaptogenic herbs are such a wonderful way to help naturally balance (all) hormones in our bodies. Essentially, adaptogens are able to “adapt” to wherever our bodies need the most balancing – how cool is that? This is why they are so wonderful for all bodies. Adaptogens can help to balance both male and female hormones and aren’t specific necessarily to one area of the body. I have a more in-depth post on adaptogens here.
Try this adaptogenic latte.https://thepurelife.ca/beet-rose-maca-latte/
If you loved this post and gained inspiration to whip up some tasty meals, please leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you. Remember that these are general tips – it’s always best to consult with a health care professional before making any drastic changes to your diet.
Photo by John Choi.