Hormone Nutritional Guide
When dealing with health issues, you can’t forget to address hormonal problems. Hormonal imbalance is a very common issue that takes a variety of forms. It both affects the inner workings of our bodily systems as well as our mood and mentality. So of course this is something that needs to be fixed when it arises. We have other tips to help restore hormone balance, but the following is our nutritional guide, because eating healthily is key in restoring balance regardless of how many other tools used.
Choose boneless, skinless chicken breast for a lean protein that is very versatile and improves serotonin levels. Avoid fried chicken as this will lower serotonin levels. You can also try ground chicken breast and substitute that for ground pork or beef.
These are full of fiber as well as folic acid, magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium.
This food is high in protein coming in at 4 grams per egg white. Since it is low in calories and contains no fat, egg whites make an excellent snack or meal that can keep you satisfied. Choose eggs from organic free range chickens.
Choose fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring. Fish like these contain Omega-3 fatty acids.
Choose white meat over dark for a good source of lean protein. Stay away from ground turkey other than ground turkey breast. Other ground turkey may also include skin and other undesirable parts.
Fruits and Vegetables
Full of silymarin (an antioxidant), which helps your liver process toxins. A good source of fiber. Helps the body purge itself of waste and toxins.
These are high in vitamin C and contain a fair amount of fiber.
Beets are full of antioxidants.
Dark Leafy Greens
Examples of these are spinach, collards, chard and kale. They’re low in calories and carbs and full of minerals and vitamins including K, C and E.
These are a healthy, low GI alternative to regular potatoes.
Turnips are full of Vitamin C and also contain fiber and potassium.
Whole Grains and Seeds
This grain helps reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol.
This grain is versatile and can be added to smoothies, replace breadcrumbs, or eaten for breakfast. Be sure to stay away from instant flavored oatmeal as these contain high amounts of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. Oats are an excellent choice because they help to regulate blood glucose and insulin levels, making you feel fuller, longer.
This seed is full of amino acids, magnesium and iron and also low in sodium. This versatile seed can be added to soups, salads or even desserts!
Processed wheat such as white bread don’t have the same nutrients that whole wheat do. The germ and bran of whole wheat contain lots of fiber, as well as an assortment of vitamins and minerals. Replace any processed wheat with whole wheat. For even better nutrition choose Kamut or Spelt which haven’t been hybridized.
This is perhaps the only grain that is alkaline. Is a great source of manganese, magnesium, potassium, copper and phosphorus.
Lentils contain a variety of nutrients and can be cooked as a side dish or added to a soup or stew.
This grain is gluten free and contains a ton of magnesium.
Full of monounsaturated fats,or “healthy fats” the avocado has the ability to lower blood cholesterol. *Those taking blood thinners should check with their doctor before eating this fruit as it may conflict with medications.
This seed contains 70% omega-3 fatty acids. Flax contain lignans, which are important in immune function and help neutralize estrogens and metabolize phytoestrogens. Be sure not to heat or cook flax as it loses most of its nutritional value when prepared in this manner. Instead, try adding it (ground, not whole) to already cooked oatmeal or buy the oil and add to a smoothie.
Nuts & Seeds
Almonds, Cashews, Pecans, Pistachios, Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Hemp and chia seeds. Are all power houses full of enzymes, protein, and diverse vitamins. A great recommendation is to sprout them. Always choose RAW nuts and seeds.
Coconut oil in particular has been shown to positively impact hormone health as well as decrease inflammation. Choose cold pressed virgin coconut oil.
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