5 Types Of Food To Eat For Naturally Balanced Hormones

by Atika Lim
HEALTH  |  February 06, 2019
  • Yummy ways to keep your endocrine system in check.
    1 / 6 Yummy ways to keep your endocrine system in check.

    From progesterone to cortisol and even melatonin, hormones can do a lot to alter and dictate how our body operates both physically and emotionally.

    So, if you want to get fewer cramps on your period, feel less tired and get better sleep at night, here are some foods you can eat to naturally regulate your hormones.

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    (Also read: 7 Hormones That Are Making You Gain Weight)

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  • Foods Containing Healthy Fats
    2 / 6 Foods Containing Healthy Fats

    Examples: Avocado, olive oil and fatty fish like salmon

    It’s easy to freak out when you see the word “fat” but, fat and fatty acids are essential in the production of certain types of hormones. Leptin, for example, is a hormone produced by fats cells that controls our appetites and also seems to manage the kind the way that fat is stored in our bodies.

    So, don’t turn away from eating something that’s full in fat; it could actually be benefitting you.

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  • Lean Proteins
    3 / 6 Lean Proteins

    Examples: Quinoa, lentils, fish, skinless chicken breast

    Much like fats, proteins too are needed to help produce certain types of hormones. This is because protein produces amino acids – they aid in the production of insulin, which manages our glucose level in the bloodstream.

    (Also read: 5 Really Good Reasons to Exercise During Your Period)

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  • Fibrous Vegetables
    4 / 6 Fibrous Vegetables

    Examples: Beetroot, broccoli, asparagus

    While fibre doesn’t aid in the production of hormones, it does influence the way hormones can behave.

    Here’s how it works: Fibre helps to create bulk in our digestive system, which in turn helps to move excess waste out of our bodies easily. In doing so, the process prevents our bodies from stressing out and producing the stress hormone, cortisol.

    What’s more, by clearing the digestive tract, dietary fibre can also lower inflammation that constipation could cause.

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  • Food with probiotics
    5 / 6 Food with probiotics

    Examples: Kefir, kombucha, kimchi, yoghurt

    We already know the benefits that probiotics can have on the digestive system but did you know, its benefits extend beyond easing our trips to the toilet? Probiotics help to maintain a healthy gut flora and reduces the risk of inflammation in the gut.

    For example, oestrogen, as we all know, is one of the hormones responsible for our menstrual cycle. Gut bacteria like estrobolome affect the metabolism of oestrogen so any sort of imbalance of estrobolome could affect how oestrogen runs in the body.

    (Also read: Probiotics: What Are They and What Do You Need to Know Before Taking Them?)

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  • Beneficial Herbs And Spices
    6 / 6 Beneficial Herbs And Spices

    Examples: Turmeric, cinnamon, ginger

    Herbs and spices are great, they flavour and colour our foods without all calories and artificial nasties.

    Besides their culinary qualities, herbs and spices like cinnamon have been found to balance out the insulin levels in our bodies.

    Certain studies have shown that turmeric, a spice commonly used in Asian households, could reduce the effects of oestrogen in hormone-sensitive cancer cells too.

    (Also read: Add These Spices To Your Diet For A Healthier Gut)

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