Hormones can affect everything from bloating and how your skin looks to weight loss, and discusses how our diets can send those hormones out of balance. For example, too many inflammatory foods like red meat can affect our blood sugar and insulin, as can high-fructose corn syrup. Drinking too much alcohol can decrease testosterone and increase harmful estrogen; not getting enough fibre can also have a negative effect on our estrogen levels. And skipping breakfast could ramp up your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which is linked to fat storage on our bellies.
Here are a list of foods to include in your diet often to maintain hormonal balance, feel satisfied and lose weight :
- Broccoli – Cruciferous veggies, like broccoli, help your body maintain a healthy balance of sex hormones, particularly oestrogen. An essential hormone for women, oestrogen promotes a healthy reproductive system and the development of reproductive organs.
- Avocados – The fibre in avocados reduces sugar spikes in the blood, while the fruits monounsaturated fats lower your blood cholesterol and control insulin levels. Meanwhile, the plant sterols helps balance your oestrogen levels, and promote progesterone production in women.
- Pomegranates – The flower, seeds, juice, and peel of the pomegranate contain a very rare fatty acid, punic acid. This nutrient contains fat burning, anti inflammatory properties that reduce the negative effects of excess hormones.
- Coconut Oil – Virgin coconut oil improves thyroid function by helping cholesterol convert into pregnenolone, a compound your body uses to produce hormones. It also contains many antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which can reverse the effects of toxins on your body.
- Quinoa – Unlike many grains, quinoa doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels and cause insulin production. Insulin fluctuations can trigger higher levels of the hormone androgen. As a complex carb falling low on the glycemic index, quinoa keeps blood sugar stable.