Did you know that your hormones are made from the nutrients that you eat? That these nutrients are the building blocks of making hormones? That your diet and lifestyle has everything to do with your hormonal balance and quality of life? Hormonal balance is not something we tend to think about when everything is going well in our lives. But when we start having symptoms like moodiness, fatigue, skin issues, weight gain, weight around the middle, trouble sleeping, migraines, PMS, endometriosis, infertility, low sex drive, hot flashes, PCOS or other issues, hormones could be to blame.
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers, and are made in the endocrine glands and in testes or ovaries. Steroid hormones, such as cortisol and the sex hormones, are all synthesized from cholesterol, and cholesterol is made from fats. When you give your body a high concentration of polyunsaturated fats like vegetable oils or margarine, it has no choice but to incorporate these fats into the cells during cell repair and creation. The problem is that polyunsaturated fats are highly unstable and oxidize easily in the body. These oxidized fats cause inflammation and mutation in cells. If your diet is low in fat, your body is deprived
of the building blocks for cholesterol. Instead, fats like coconut oil, grass fed butter, olive oil, avocados, animal fats (tallow, lard) and wild caught fish high in omega-3, will give your body the right fats to achieve optimal health.
Excessive levels of oestrogens in women and men are epidemic in our society. Many synthetic chemicals (especially plastics) mimic oestrogen. These synthetic xeno-oestrogens are much more powerful than the oestrogen made in the body. The best way to eliminate xeno-oestrogens is to avoid them, by reducing exposure to toxins, and never heating food in plastic. Plastics are full of these compounds, which when heated, will leak into food. Healthy bowel flora is also important for preventing re-absorption of oestrogens – adding probiotic foods such as kefir, sauerkraut and probiotic yoghurt to your diet will help your body to get
rid of excess oestrogens.
Balancing hormones starts with your food choices. Try these tips for optimal hormonal balance: