Do you suffer from any of these symptoms? If you do, read further to learn more about hormone imbalances and how to correct them with hormone balancing foods.
- Weight gain and difficulty to lose weight
- Insomnia or poor sleeping patterns
- Irritability, mood swings, anxiety or depression
- Skin issues
- Hair loss, hair thinning, and facial hair
- PMS (No, they are not normal, and it is easy to get rid of it)
- Low libido
- Brain fog
- Digestive issues
- Heart palpitations
- Breast lumps
- Ovarian cysts
- Muscle loss
These are some of the symptoms you might be experiencing due to an imbalance in your hormones. These days, with stress; lack of sleep; and hormone-disrupting chemicals found in food, plastic water bottles, and Tupperware, mattress, air, personal care products we have to make a conscious effort to pay attention to the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance and to make healthy lifestyle changes fixing it. Taking birth control pills to regulate hormones is not the answer to these problems. The good news is, for the majority of the people going through hormonal imbalance, healthy lifestyle changes can bring back the hormonal balance.
The good news is, for the majority of the people going through hormonal imbalance, healthy lifestyle changes can bring back the hormonal balance.
I had 15 of these symptoms many years ago due to PCOS and unhealthy lifestyle. One by one, I was able to tackle them, and now my symptoms are under control with no medications. With someone like me who has the gene susceptibility of PCOS, poor lifestyle factors triggered these symptoms. But your genes are not your destiny. You can learn how to turn on/off your genes here. If your hormones are out of whack focus on eating a hormone balancing diet. What you are eating now may be either messing up or fixing your hormonal system. Our bodies are adaptive, integrative and healing if we nourish them with good food and nutrients.
There are many types of hormones in the body. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are the major ones in a women’s body. Other hormones include, but are not limited to, thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland, and cortisol from the adrenal gland. When they are in balance, our bodies run smoothly. To keep these hormones in balance and yourself happy I have made a list of hormone balancing foods. Our hormones are made using amino acids from protein and fatty acids from fats. The better quality food we use, the better quality hormones our body creates. Try to include a variety of foods from this list.
Scared of Fats and Carbs?
I know I don’t have to convince you to eat protein from the list below, thanks to the popular high protein diets. But good fats and resistant starches have a bad rap due to low fat and low carb diets widespread now. However high-fat diets are catching up due to popular keto diets. Your body needs various types of fats to create hormones, including saturated fat and cholesterol. So don’t be scared to consume good fats to regulate your hormones and to lose weight.
Low carb diet is followed by a huge number of people so eating potatoes, and rice may sound crazy. But resistant starches are essential for the gut and hormonal health. When we eat resistant starch, it ends up in the large intestine, where the bacteria digest it and turn it into short-chain fatty acids. Butyrate, the most important of these short-chain fatty acids is the preferred fuel of the cells that line the colon. Therefore, resistant starch both feeds the friendly bacteria and indirectly feeds the cells in the colon by increasing the amount of butyrate. Healthline has an excellent article about more benefits of resistant starches. “How does fixing the gut helps hormones?”, You may ask. The serotonin produced in your gut balances the estrogen and progesterone. The resistant starch, good food for healthy bacteria keeps healthy bacteria happy which metabolizes estrogen, a vital hormone function. Keep this information in mind while scrolling down the hormone balancing foods listed below. However, I am not asking you to eat a plate full of rice and potatoes. Just make sure you have enough vegetables, protein and healthy fat to balance it.
“How does fixing the gut helps hormones?”, You may ask. The serotonin produced in your gut balances the estrogen and progesterone. The resistant starch, good food for healthy bacteria keeps healthy bacteria happy which metabolizes estrogen, a vital hormone function. Keep this information in mind while scrolling down the hormone balancing foods listed below. However, I am not asking you to eat a plate full of rice and potatoes. Just make sure you have enough vegetables, protein and healthy fat to balance it.
Sea Vegetables – Not just an Asian delicacy
See vegetables may sound fishy to you and you may be hesitant to add this to your diet. Also known as seaweed, they are rich in trace minerals to balance your thyroid hormones. Start with Nori by making vegetarian sushi rolls or agar that does not taste fishy at all. Agar is flavorless and can be added to desserts instead of gelatin as it has high gelling properties. Dulse is excellent to use as a seasoning for your pizza, salad or soup. Spirulina can be taken as a capsule. I like the brand Blue Majik. I add this to my smoothies, and the blue pigment is gorgeous.
Hormone balancing Foods
- Pastured eggs
- Pastured chicken and turkey
- Grass-fed meats (beef, lamb, buffalo, and bison)
- Wild-caught fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines)
- Organic vegetables, lentils, and beans
Healthy Fats (Eat more good fat and plenty of it)
- Fish oil or cod liver oil (I love Green Pasture’s brand fermented Cod Liver Oil with cinnamon. When I take this regularly I see great results especially with my skin)
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil, as well as coconut milk and coconut butter
- Grass-fed ghee or butter
- Animal fats from grass-fed animals
- Soaked or sprouted nuts & seeds and nut & seed butters
- Organic goat/sheep dairy (full-fat yogurt, kefir)
Organic Fruits and Vegetables
- Dark leafy greens
- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, etc.)
- Pomegranate, acai
- Apples, grapefruit, cantaloupe, pears, figs, apricots, cherries, and peaches
- Beets, squashes, pumpkin, ripe plantain, and carrots
- Cooked and then cooled sweet potatoes, potatoes, and rice (the cooling turns some of the digestible starches into resistant starches)
- Underripe banana, unripe green plantain (allowing a banana to ripen will degrade the resistant starches and turn them into regular starches)
- Beans and lentils
- Nuts & seeds and nut & seed butters
- Brown, black, or white rice
Sea Vegetables (aka Seaweed)
- Wakame (you see this in seaweed salads)
- Nori (sushi wrap)
- Dulse (you can buy this in powder form and use as a seasoning)
- Arame (sweeter flavor)
- Agar or Agar-Agar (use instead of gelatin for desserts)
- Spirulina (can be added to smoothies)
What kind of hormone balancing foods do you eat on a regular basis? Do you see a positive difference in your health by doing so?