Do you want to use food as your medicine ? Do you want to add some delicious foods to your daily diet and improve hormonal health at the same time?
There are many great foods, herbs and spices that can be added into your daily routine that may help you to keep those crazy hormones in harmony.
Herbs, spices, nuts and seeds are all great ways to improve your health by increasing essential fibre, vitamins and minerals as well as phytoestrogens.
Flaxseeds otherwise known as linseeds are known to contain lignans that can help to block excess estrogen or promote healthy estrogen levels. They also contain essential fatty acids needed for healthy hormone production.
Sesame seeds are also high in lignans that help to block excess estrogen to help get a healthy estrogen and progesterone balance. They also contain essential calcium for strong bones.
Pumpkin Seeds otherwise known as pepitas, are high in essential zinc, magnesium, antioxidants as well as essential fatty acids needed for healthy hormone health
Fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir and even good quality yogurt are great for gut health. This allow for healthy digestive function and the breakdown of toxins and elimination from the body, including those hormones that have been metabolised and need elimination.
Fibre in the diet allows for toxins to be eliminated from the body. If we don't get enough fibre in the diet the bowels don't eliminate waste and we reabsorb these toxins. This includes estrogen metabolites that can lead to estrogen dominance.
Tumeric is a great spice for decreasing inflammation that can lead to period pain, as well as helping with detoxification.
Cinnamon is a warming spice that can help with clearing congestion and pain in pelvic congestion as well as supporting healthy blood sugar levels.
Ginger is a another wonderful anti inflammatory spice used for pain relief and congestion
Broccoli Sprouts are important for the breakdown of estrogen. If estrogen is too high it can lead to increased heavy periods, pain and headaches all associated with poor hormone metabolism.
Spearmint or peppermint are cooling herbs that can be used in a tea for (often with sage) for cooling hot flushes. Spearmint tea can also help reduce excess Testosterone that may be present in conditions such as PCOS.
So the addition of these every day foods to the daily diet may lead to you having healthy hormone balance and improve your general well-being.