Hormonal Super Stars – What are they & how can they help your hormones? Read on my friend!

Healthy fats are important for supporting hormone function, memory recall, helping us feel full and regulating blood sugar levels.

  • Avocado
  • Raw nuts & seeds
  • Salmon
  • Flax & chia seeds
  • Unsalted olives & olive oil

Fibre helps keep us regular which not only puts a little pep in our step, it helps us transport out excess hormones. Fibre also helps us feel full and balance blood sugar levels.

  • Avocado
  • Raw nuts & seeds
  • Wide variety of vegetables & fruit
  • Stewed prunes

Protein helps build and repair tissue and is important for growth, hormone and enzyme activity.

  • Helps you feel full
  • Supports blood sugar regulation; reduces cravings
  • Hair and nails are made up mostly of protein
  • Real food sources are ideal such as meat, cheese, eggs, milk, lentils, beans, chia seeds, quinoa, hemp
  • Protein powder considerations

Carbohydrates provide energy as well as vitamins & minerals

  • Remember that not all carbs are created equal. Some elevate your blood glucose (sugar) levels much faster and higher than others
  • Limit simple carbs and focus on complex carbs found in vegetables, fruits, legumes & whole grains

Keto – can be very helpful; consider long term sustainability; not recommended for in certain situations

Source: www.chriskresser.com

Food suggestions:

  • Eat regularly
  • Balanced meals & snacks – include healthy fat, protein and healthy complex carbohydrate
  • Examples include: veggies & hummus, banana and raw nuts, nut butter on apple slices, quinoa salad, hardboiled egg with avocado and tomato slices

What’s the Deal with Chocolate?

  • Chocolate contains phytoestrogens which may be part of the reason we crave it right before our period. Our estrogen levels drop right before we begin menstruating.
  • Cacao flavonoids may encourage neuron and blood vessel growth in parts of the brain involved in memory and learning
  • Phenylethylalanine – associated with the feeling of falling in love
  • Tryptophan – brain uses this amino acid to make serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can lead to happiness
  • Dark chocolate is the better option – look for 70% or greater and an ingredient list you understand

Here is the scoop. You are a hormonal being and that really is awesome, even if some days it doesn’t feel like it. Knowing how to help support your hormones with food is a big step in the right direction. Next time, we will talk about some other important factors in your hormonal health.