How to Eat to Balance Your Hormones

Numerous problems have been tied to hormonal imbalance. From weight gain to adult acne to mood swings, the plethora of effects that our hormones have on our lives can really make a difference in our well-being.

The endocrine system is a delicate one. Hormones send the messages that our bodies need in order to function optimally. When our bodies arenít able to manufacture these important hormones, we suffer from ill health. Hereís what you need to keep in mind if youíre looking to balance your hormones.

The Endocrine System 101

Essentially, hormones are our bodiesí messengers. They tell cycling womenís eggs to mature each month so that pregnancy becomes possible. They tell our brains to start shutting down when it gets close to bedtime. They tell our bodies to respond with alarm and intensity when weíre placed in dangerous situations. In short, they make our organs and bodily systems work together to accomplish all the necessary tasks of humanhood.

When our bodies arenít able to manufacture these important hormones, we suffer from ill health. Whether itís menstrual irregularity, acne, weight gain, sleep disturbances or mood swings that plague us, we seek to balance our hormones so that we can return to good health.

Fats: The Building Blocks of Hormones

If youíve decided to balance your hormones, itís important to know how they are made. Amino acids and cholesterol are directly responsible for hormone manufacture. You need to be sure youíre eating a variety of healthy fats in order to promote hormone production.

If you have issues with high cholesterol, work with your doctor to determine the best kind of diet for you. Otherwise, youíll want to make sure youíre eating healthy cholesterol sources on a regular basis. Consume healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, pasture-raised meats and eggs, wild-caught fish, nuts, seeds and legumes.

Caffeine and Hormones

Caffeine can also mess with your hormonal balance. Numerous studies have suggested a link between levels of cortisolóa stress hormone that plays a role in weight gainóand caffeine consumption. Even if youíre at rest, you may have higher cortisol levels than are healthy if youíve consumed caffeine.

“Studies in humans have shown that caffeine increases cortisol and epinephrine at rest, and that levels of cortisol after caffeine consumption are similar to those experienced during an acute stress,” Precision Nutrition states. “Drinking coffee, in other words, re-creates stress conditions for the body.”

Balancing Herbs

Finally, help your body recover its natural hormonal balance by adding some herbs to your diet. Cinnamon, garlic, turmeric, ginger and cumin all reduce inflammation, helping the body to return to its natural rhythm, according to Mindbodygreen.

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