Hormone Balance: Superfoods for A ‘Super’ You - Raw Food Magazine
Hormone Balance: Superfoods for A ‘Super’ You

Hormone Balance: Superfoods for A ‘Super’ You

Imagine 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 a huge role in making sure that your body is in its best shape and condition. These minute chemical messengers regulate your moods, reproductive function, and appetite.  And that’s just naming a few of their critical functions.

Hormone imbalances can arise if the body’s naturally produced hormones are underproduced or overproduced. This can be due to different contributing factors. Imbalances in hormone levels can happen due to natural aging, smoking, diet and lifestyle,  as well as frequent exposure to hormone disruptors. These imbalances can be avoided through a healthier lifestyle or natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Superfoods for Hormone Balance

Here are a few superfoods to help you naturally maintain a healthy endocrine system and balanced hormone levels to prevent and address hormone imbalances.

 

Hemp seeds

Hemp Seeds superfoods for hormone balance

These tiny but super kernel-sized hard seeds provide numerous benefits to health and are considered superfoods for hormone balance. 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.

The rich nutrient and mineral content of hemp 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 them to your favorite meals such as cereals, smoothies, salads, and more.

 

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass Superfood

Wheatgrass is a young-type of grass that belongs to the wheat family. This superfood 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.

 

Goji Berries Superfood

Goji berries

Since ancient times, goji berries have been widely used in Chinese and Tibetan medicine 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 than 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 

Flax Seeds

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!

Photo Credits
“Hempseeds” by ElinorD – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hempseeds.jpg#/media/File:Hempseeds.jpg

“Wheatgrass”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wheatgrass.jpg#/media/File:Wheatgrass.jpg

“Flax seeds2” by Tiia Monto. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flax_seeds2.jpg#/media/File:Flax_seeds2.jpg

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Sanford Harvey loves to sail and enjoys being outdoors when he is not wearing his writing hat. Aside from being outdoors his interests include health fitness and nutrition.

 

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