Have you imagined a building with no strong and organized internal foundation? It’s chaotic, isn’t it? That too can happen to your body if your hormones are out of whack! Hormones play huge roles in making sure that your body is in its best shape and condition. These minute chemical messengers regulate your moods, reproductive function, and appetite, to name a few.
The need for superfood combinations…
Hormone imbalance can happen if the body’s naturally produced hormones undergo an underproduction or overproduction due to different contributing factors. Imbalances in hormone levels can happen due to natural aging, smoking, diet and lifestyle, sedentary lifestyle, and frequent exposure to hormone disruptors. These imbalances can be avoided through a healthier lifestyle or natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
To prevent and address hormone imbalances, here are a few superfoods to help you naturally maintain a healthy endocrine system and balanced hormone levels:
These tiny but super kernel-sized hard seeds provide numerous benefits to health. Hemp seeds contain high levels of different minerals including iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and phosphorous. It also contains amino acids, edible oils, healthy fats, and gamma linoleic acid (GLA) – a natural hormone regulator.
Its rich nutrient and mineral content benefits nearly all body functions. The GLA content of hemp seeds helps maintain healthy thyroid hormone levels and helps regulate hunger hormones. You can enjoy this hormone balancing benefit of hemp seeds by adding these seeds to your favorite meals such as cereals, smoothies, salads, and more.
Wheatgrass is a young-type of grass that belongs to the wheat family. This, amongst other superfoods is usually added to juices, smoothies, and tea. It is rich in nutrients that provide many health benefits. These nutrients found in wheatgrass include vitamins A, C, and E, amino acids, iron, magnesium, calcium, and chlorophyll.
It is an excellent natural treatment for hormone imbalance, especially in women who undergo monthly hormonal changes. Wheatgrass helps alleviate mood changes and sustain needed energy levels in women during their monthly cycles. To add, it also detoxifies the liver and blood to make sure hormones are transported properly.
In the ancient times and even at present, goji berries are widely used by Chinese and Tibetan medicine doctors for healthy hormone balance and sexual function. Goji berries belong to the list of nutritionally-rich fruits worldwide. It has a rich iron content that is 15 times higher as compared to spinach, powerful antioxidants, and essential minerals.
Goji berries provide positive effects on the hormone levels of both men and women. It helps in nourishing the endocrine system resulting in healthier hormones, improved sexual function, and better mood. Because of its versatility, it can be eaten fresh, dried, or used as a delicious addition to other meals such as oatmeal, smoothies, salads, and energy bars.
Chia and flax seed
Both chia seeds and flax seeds are rich sources of essential omega-3 fatty acids and phytoestrogens. They both contain high amounts of essential nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, iron, potassium, calcium, and antioxidants. These tiny seeds are nutritional powerhouses you can add to your breakfast cereal, smoothies, baked goods, and even yogurt.
The phytoestrogen content of chia and flax seeds help fight xenoestrogens that lead to cancer. They bind to the estrogen receptor without stimulating them. They also bind to carcinogens to help flush them out of the body. Likewise, they both contain linoleic acid that converts to gamma linoleic acid (GLA) for healthier hormone production.
Want to reach your body’s maximum health potential? Add these superfoods to your diet for better hormone balance and a better you!
By Sanford Harvey
Sanford Harvey is a researcher and writer at Genemedics Health Institute, a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy clinic in the different states of USA consisting of highly trained hormone specialists.