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Balancing Women's Hormones with a Balanced Diet

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A balanced diet that contains the right nutrients might be the only thing standing between you and a greater sense of wellbeing and hormonal health.

Hormones play an important role in every body, but women tend to feel the fluctuations of reproductive hormones in their day-to-day lives. If you’re feeling cranky or emotional for no reason, it could be that your body is giving you a sign your hormones are out of balance.

Hormones influence every part of our lives and every function of our body, so having harmonious hormone production is essential to a good life. A balanced diet containing the right nutrients might be the only thing standing between you and a greater sense of wellbeing.
 
If out of balance, your hormones can give you blemishes, affect your metabolism and energy, weight and clarity of mind. If you are preparing for pregnancy, you’ll need to consider what is going on with your reproductive cycle and if it is causing you problems, make the most of seeing a health practitioner who can help you deepen your understanding of what is going on and how to support healthy cycles.
 
By eating healthily, getting all the nutrients you need, and improving lifestyle, you may be able to balance your hormones and regulate bodily functions and processes.
 
These are the four main food groups your body needs for a healthy hormonal system. Finding the right balance for you might take a little trial and error, but below are some of our top health tips to help maintain balanced hormones. For more handy tips from those in the know, check out HealthPost’s health tips from the experts.

Rainbow Your Plate with Vegetables

Getting your daily dose of greens is essential to any diet. To tame your hormones, you want to supplement your diet with anti-oxidant rich vegetables.

To ensure your diet is balanced, aim to have a rainbow on your plate. This can be a good way to make sure you are getting a variety of vegetables. The main vegetables you should be stocking up on include:

Dark Greens
rainbow-vegetables-healthy-dietThese leafy vegetables contain a lot of nutrients you require in a day, including iron, which women can be low in.

•  Broccoli
•  Asparagus
•  Cabbage
•  Kale
•  Cucumber
•  Coriander

Bright Colours

Fresh, colourful veggies are not only good for you, but also taste delicious.

• Red, yellow and green capsicum
•  Tomatoes
•  Red cabbage
•  Carrots

Starches

The carbs in starchy vegetables will give you plenty of energy to last the day.

•  Potatoes
•  Squash
•  Beetroot

Clean Proteins for Growth & Fuel

eggs-healthy-dietAll women need protein. It is an essential nutrient as it aids tissue growth, helping you to grow muscles and increase your strength, and is a cellular fuel.

Clean proteins will also keep your hormones balanced and promote healthy skin. Your balanced diet should include clean proteins such as:

•  Legumes (try lentils and sprouted or soaked beans)
•  Grains like quinoa or spelt
•  Meat and fish, including beef, chicken and tuna
•  Eggs

Healthy Fats for Healthy Hormone Production

coconut-tropical-food-dietYour body needs certain fatty acids and cholesterol to make required hormones. If you are deficient in healthy fats, your body may struggle to balance your hormones.

A balanced diet is all about picking the right nutrients, including healthy fats, which can support a healthy reproductive system in women. These include:

Coconut Oil

This healthy fat is easy to digest, may give you the energy you need to get through the day and may kill bacteria. It can also be beneficial to hormone production. 

Avocados

These are a great source of fibre, potassium, magnesium, Vitamins E, B and Folic Acid.

Raw Butter or Ghee

Butter contains short and medium chain fatty acids which can be beneficial to your producing energy and is also clean burning for fuel. Moderation is essential!

Eggs

They contain vitamins A, D, E, B2, B6, B9 as well as iron and calcium and other nutrients your body needs to balance your hormones and support your reproductive system.

Spicy Spices & Flavourful Herbs

assortment-of-spices-healthy-dietSpices and herbs provide many benefits to women. For centuries, they have been used for their medicinal properties. It’s just a plus that they also happen to make your meals taste delicious!

These spices and herbs can be particularly good for influencing good health:

•    Garlic
•    Chilli
•    Cumin
•    Turmeric
•    Ginger
•    Cinnamon

There are many factors that can lead to an imbalance of hormones in women, including stress, poor diet, pregnancy, and medications like hormonal contraceptives. Diet is just one way you can get on top of your hormones.


by Liz Jury, HealthPost Naturopath

Healthpost's Liz Jury is a Registered Naturopath with 16 years of experience in natural health. Liz has an extensive background within the Natural Health Industry and has enjoyed a variety of commercial and voluntary roles, including as a practitioner in a community clinic, a tutor at Naturopathic schools, a co-host of a radio show on Mind-Body wellness, and within the industry helping formulate product and advise on policy. Liz enjoys making information easy to understand for busy people who want to make their lives healthier. She believes coffee and dark chocolate play an essential role in a healthy happy life. Lately, she has helped curate Healthpost's extensive Expert Health Tips article.

If you would like to learn more about supporting women (and yourself!) through the phases of the menstrual cycle, fertility and menopause, through yoga and nutrition, click here for details about our upcoming Bliss Baby Yoga 80 hr Women's Yoga Teacher Training course in Byron Bay, 15th-24th September, 2017, or contact us to request the course prospectus.

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