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The Best Foods for Balancing Women's Hormones

Saturday, 21 Dec 2013 04:58 PM

Women experience hormonal imbalance problems after pregnancy and childbirth and as they age. These manifest as irregular or missed menstrual periods, decreased libido, lumps in the breasts, cysts in the ovaries, infertility, and even breast cancer. Some common causes of hormonal imbalance in women include taking the pill, taking hormone replacement therapy, stress, and eating food (especially animal-origin products) that are pumped with estrogen. Many of these imbalances in women’s hormones can be sorted through a change in food and dietary patterns.

Eat at least three meals a day. Skipping breakfast or erratic food habits slow down the metabolism, cause hormones to become imbalanced, and lead to weight gain.

Cut down on bad carbs. Women should avoid refined carbohydrates as well as carbohydrates with a high glycemic index in their food at all costs. Such foods include white sugar, white rice, alcohol, bread, white flour, and foods containing white flour. Balancing these food choices is important as these can disturb insulin and blood sugar levels.
 
Consume whole grains in moderation. Even though they are not refined and therefore considered a healthier food option, women should eat whole grains in moderation. As these cause hormones to fluctuate, their controlled intake is important for balancing hormones.

Consume healthy fats. Omega-3 and omega-6 are healthy fats. The body requires these for many functions. For women, complete elimination of fat from the diet can disturb hormones, since hormones are made from fats. A lack of fats in food can lead to women facing many health problems.

Include protein in every meal. Good options for balancing women’s hormones include eggs, fish, lean meat, and dairy as animal protein sources while soy and other beans are good vegetarian food options.

Include antioxidants in your food. These protect women’s body from free radicals.

Remove processed and preserved foods from the diet. For balancing women’s hormones, it is important to remove these foods from the diet as they can lead to hormones unbalancing.

Eat cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. These help in balancing the women’s estrogen hormones and have anti-cancerous benefits.
 
Women should include flax seeds, sunflower seeds, legumes, and sprouts to their food for balancing estrogen levels.

Women should avoid processed, packaged, and unfermented soy products as these can cause hormones to be imbalanced. Small amounts of fermented soy like soy sauce, miso, tempeh, or natto are OK.

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Women balancing their hormones with a healthy diet of food and supplements is the new secret to losing weight, sleeping better, and having more energy. Most women experience hormonal imbalances in their thirties and forties, which can lead to many health issues.
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