Hormones. You’ll certainly know the word, but what else do you know?

They are little chemical messengers that travel in your bloodstream to cells throughout your entire body to help promote balance. They affect your mood, energy levels, how you sleep, your metabolism and much more.

The foods you eat play a big part in hormonal balance

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They can help balance your blood sugars maintain optimal ratio of oestrogen and progesterone and optimise thyroid health.

In this article, we look at the foods which have hormone balancing properties and should be included in your diet for optimal health.

1. Salmon

Oily fish is high in Omega-3s which is integral for optimal hormonal health.

They help reduce menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties and helping with focus, concentration and acting as a mood booster.

2. Avocado

The healthy fats in this delicious food helps support the body in manufacturing cholesterol, which is important for hormone synthesis.

Eat this as a regular part of your diet to help to regulate your hormones and circulate them round your body.

3. Nuts

how to balance hormones_2A great source of healthy fats but they also contain good levels of Vitamin E, which helps reduce PMS.

Full of monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids which are required for the production of hormones.

I suggest eating a variety of almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts and pistachios for optimal hormonal health.

4. Flaxseeds

Rich in phytoestrogens these tiny seeds help to reduce excess estrogen levels in the body by inhibiting the binding of oestrogen to its receptors.

It also helps the body to maintain the correct ratio of progesterone and oestrogen and restores hormonal balance in other body parts including the thyroid and the pancreas. Also contain omega-3s which help us to synthesise hormones to be used in the body.

5. Coconut Oil

The essential fats in this superfood are fundamental building blocks for hormone production.

It also helps to boost your metabolism and promote weight loss.

Coconut oil is also integral for good gut health as it helps to seal the gut lining and this also promotes hormone balance.

6. Green leafy vegetables

Such as broccoli, kale, sprouts are great sources of magnesium which promote blood sugar balance. They also support the liver in metabolising oestrogen and eliminating excess from the body.

7. Wholegrains

Contain fibre which binds to oestrogen, and help the body to process and eliminate any excess of this hormone.

They also help slow down bowel transit time which helps the release of insulin in the body, keeping blood sugar levels and, therefore, energy levels consistent.

Good sources include quinoa, millet, buckwheat and oats.

8. Dark Chocolate

Now this is something many of you might be happy to hear! Dark chocolate reacts with the body to lower stress hormones in the body that send oestrogen out of balance.

It has also been proven to reduce cravings, reduce stress levels, boost mood and balance blood sugars.

However, this is not a licence to just go out and start scoffing chocolate whenever you feel like it! Make sure you have a good quality 85% plus and..

..don’t go overboard. Two squares a day is enough!

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