Improving your hormone health
Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
21 June 2021

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

When your hormones spiral out of control, your health tends to take a big bashing. Furthermore, the body is continually being attacked by various factors that threaten the hormonal balance – stress, irregular lifestyle, environmental toxins, medications, poor diet and sleep deprivation. There are numerous strategies that will help you to reset your hormone profile and bounce back in to the best of health; the most fundamental and easiest way to reboot your system is to begin with revamping your diet.

Hormones are in charge of a very vital job of keeping the body and mind functioning optimally. They are chemical messengers that tell the body what specifically to do. For example, ghrelin and leptin monitor your appetite, thyroid hormones control metabolism, growth hormone plays a key part in a lot of aspects and insulin regulates blood sugar levels. The sex organs synthesize estrogen in females and testosterone in males. And the adrenals manufacture the stress hormone cortisol.

Given that the hormones carry out and manage so many very critical functions, if they get out of balance, you will, too. And the upshot is a host of awful disorders. A guaranteed way to keep the hormones in equilibrium is to design a hormone balancing diet that includes all the right foods which are packed with potent nutrients which support healthy hormone manufacture.

5 foods that improve hormone health appreciably

Make your hormones work for you - eat these super powerful super-foods!

  1. Flax seeds: Flax seeds or alsi are one of the best foods for hormonal imbalance. The seeds are loaded with lignans, which are potent phyto-estrogens that monitor estrogen levels in women as well as men. These shiny, brown seeds ward off breast and prostate cancer. You ought to be consuming 1 to 2 grams everyday - sprinkle on to your smoothie, add to your bowl of cornflakes or wheat-flakes, bake into bread and muffins or simply munch on spoonfuls!

 

  1. Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds promise to boost the synthesis of testosterone in the body. The seeds are laden with magnesium, iron, manganese, and zinc – these have a pivotal role to play in balancing out your hormones. The seeds also give you a liberal dose of anti-oxidants, which stave off premature ageing.

 

  1. Cinnamon: Cinnamon is chockfull of cinnamaldehyde, which is a super powerful hormone balancer in women! It helps lower the amount of testosterone that’s manufactured by women, and increases the production of progesterone. It also helps deal with insulin imbalances and helps keep your blood sugar profile within the appropriate range. Cinnamon is pretty-much a wonder spice; and you need to sprinkle a generous amount to derive its fantastic benefits. You need to consume 2 grams of the spice per day to reap the excellent advantages. Dust your herbal tea, green tea, morning cup of chai, muffins, cakes and cookies with cinnamon powder. Tata Sampann Spices are sourced from the best organic farms and are processed and packaged in a scientific and hygienic way, providing you with the very finest aromat.

 

  1. Cauliflower: The cauliflower is crammed with a rather intimidating phytonutrient - indole-3-carbinol. Indole-3-carbinol hampers an estrogen metabolite which has been linked to estrogen-sensitive breast cancer. Eating 1 to 2 cups of the florets proffers immense advantages.

 

  1. Paneer: Cottage cheese is fabulous to help steady hormones and keep them in the right balance. Experts advise having protein-packed paneer before bedtime. The protein in cottage cheese helps you sleep soundly and makes sure you do not wake up often through the night. Prolactin and growth hormone peak at night and they are potent metabolism, immune mechanism and behavior regulators. You need good sleep to stay on the right track for good health. When you are deprived of sleep, cortisol gets out of whack and it literally robs the building blocks of progesterone and estrogen. Half a cup of cottage cheese does the trick!So, go right ahead, gorge on paalak paneer, paneer makhanwala and paneer kofte at dinnertime!

It is possible to balance your hormones by taking certain vitamins and supplementary herbs, meditating, working out regularly and sleeping well. Of course, eating the right foods to promote balance is always the best course of action. All experts and nutritionists recommend adhering to a healthy, wholesome diet to help balance your hormone levels and to stay in the pink of health! 

 

Source:

The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, Dr. Michael Murray and Dr. Pizzorno.

 

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