I went to a hormone balancing yoga workshop last Friday night at Eve Studio with the lovely Uma Spender.
My perfect Friday night really : )
Slow restorative yoga under the infrared heaters surrounded by inspiring women. The popularity of this workshop got me thinking about how women are aware of the imbalances they feel in their hormone and are looking to help balance these out. There is so much plant based medicine, nutrition, diet and lifestyle can do to help. I thought I would start by sharing some simple ways that diet can influence your hormones.
4 foods to help improve your health and hormone symptoms:
- Add more fat:
Fats are essential to building hormones. It’s impossible to have adequate hormone levels without them. Fat also helps to regulate blood sugar levels, supporting adrenal function. At least 1- 2 tablespoons of fat with every meal. We are talking, avocado, coconut oil, organic meats, Ghee, olive oil, nuts, seeds, fatty fish, eggs. MCT oil, butter.
- Ditch sugar:
It may seem like the impossible but the outcomes of quitting sugar (one of the most addictive substances going around) are so significant in helping women gain control of cravings and improving hormones balance through reducing blood sugar ups and downs and reducing inflammation.
- Eat Brassica veggies:
These veggies are rich in minerals and vitamins but contain some specific constituents (sulphur and diindolymethane) that help to support the processing and elimination of excess estrogen. Try eating these veggies daily. At least ½ a cup a day. Kale, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, collard greens, cabbage.
- Eat Probiotic rich foods:
The gut and the microbes that inhabit it have a direct effect on our entire body, including our hormones and keeping the immune system and inflammation in check. Inflammation can have a direct effect on stress of the adrenals. Once the adrenals are out of balance it has a knock on effect on all other hormones. Eating probiotic foods has a positive effect on overall wellbeing. It can boost immune function, improve digestion, regulate mood and improve skin. Eat probiotic foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir, good quality yoghurt, beet kvass or consider taking a good quality probiotic.
- Add more fat: