By Ava Wilde
Food and hormones – now that’s a subject as layered as a seven-tier cake, isn’t it?
Food can play a pivotal role in supporting women’s health and hormonal balance. But before diving into this, it’s always good to check in with a healthcare provider for personalised advice. Now, let’s get to the good stuff.
1. Leafy Greens and Cruciferous Veg
We’re talking kale, spinach, and broccoli. They’re rich in antioxidants, which can help detoxify the body and support liver function, which is crucial for hormone balance.
Whether it’s blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries, these little powerhouses are filled with antioxidants and essential nutrients. They’re like the skincare routine for your insides.
3. Nuts and Seeds
Almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, you name it. These are great for adding those essential fatty acids and a bit of protein to the mix.
4. Fatty Fish
Salmon, mackerel, and other fatty fish are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for reducing inflammation and helping with menstrual pain.
5. Whole Grains
Quinoa, whole-wheat pasta, and brown rice can be a better choice than white bread or pasta. They have a low glycemic index, which means less mood swings and irritability.
6. Dairy or Dairy Alternatives
Greek yoghurt, fortified almond milk, or other high-calcium foods can be great. But if you’re lactose intolerant or prefer plant-based, there are plenty of options out there.
Lentils, chickpeas, and other legumes are a good source of protein and fiber, which can help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Less sugar crashes equals a happier you.
Who needs an excuse to eat more guacamole? Avocados are full of healthy fats, fiber, and magnesium, which can help keep those hormones in check.
9. Dark Chocolate
Yes, you read that right! A small amount of dark chocolate can actually be good for you. It’s rich in magnesium and antioxidants. Just don’t go overboard—moderation is key.
Green tea, chamomile, and other herbal teas can provide various benefits from improving metabolism to reducing menstrual cramps.
Remember, your body is unique, and what works for one person might not work for another. But hey, why not give these foods a go and see how you feel? And if you’re unsure, a chat with a dietician could provide you with some fabulously tailored advice. Cheers to happy women’s hormones and even happier tummies!
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