If you have been experiencing symptoms such as chronic pain, trouble sleeping, appetite changes, and weight gain, hormones may be to blame. You might be wondering what treatment options are available. While you are checking with your healthcare professional, you can also look at your diet.
Here are some foods that can actually help a lot with hormonal imbalance.
Apple Cider Vinegar
You have likely heard of people talking about apple cider vinegar recently. Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits for you, even aside from helping with your hormonal imbalance. It can lower your cholesterol, help with your blood sugar levels, and even aid in your weight loss efforts. ACV is also amazing for your digestion and fatty liver.
Since apple cider vinegar is fermented, it is amazing for your gut bacteria, which in turn can help balance those hormones. Add a little ACV to your water each morning, and you’re good to go. You can also add some lemon to your water, which helps with digestion and detoxification. Look for ACV with “the mother”. It’s the real deal!
Note: Drink this mixture with a straw and do not brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth for at least 30 minutes afterwards. You don’t want to spread any residual ACV and lemon to your teeth.
You have heard it many times before, and you’re going to hear it again – you need to eat your vegetables! Specifically, those leafy greens like kale, collard greens, lettuce, spinach, and many others. Leafy greens often have a very high amounts of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. They can help to cleanse your liver as well, which is an amazing way to start balancing your hormone levels.
Even if you aren’t a big fan of these types of greens, there are ways to add them to your diet without much effort. You can make a mixed green salad with your favorite lettuce, then add in some kale or spinach to it. You can make an egg scramble with spinach or add a handful of greens to a smoothie. It’s even a great way to get the kids to eat their greens!
More healthy fats in your diet can also help to balance out those hormone levels and help with cleansing your liver. Think about fats like avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seeds, and grass-fed butter. In addition, there are fatty fishes like salmon and mackerel.
Reduce Sugar and Carbs
People who go on specific diets that lower their carbohydrate intake may find that their hormones are suddenly balanced and they have lower inflammation. Why? Because they are lowering the refined carbs and added sugars in their diet. These can cause a lot of inflammation, throw your hormone levels off, and add to obesity. You can still have naturally-occurring sugars such as those in fruits and other natural foods, but be careful about foods that add sugar, like pasta sauce, bacon (yes bacon), and deli meats.
You would be amazed at the amount of sugar in processed foods!
This list is by no means extensive but can be a great start on your journey to happy hormones!
Until next time!
Yours in health and wellness,
Francine Alleyne (RHNP™)
Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner™
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DISCLAIMER: Please consult your healthcare practitioner if you are experiencing any symptoms. I am not a doctor. This post and anything else you find on my website is intended for informational, educational and self-empowerment purposes ONLY and is not intended to treat or diagnose any condition or disease.