5 Foods to Improve your Hormone Balance
Hormones have a huge impact when it comes to our wellbeing. Yet they are often dismissed or missed out in favour of other wellbeing points, like exercise and sleep. Hormones affect our energy, protect our organs, support cell growth, keep cholesterol and blood pressure under control, and help our bodies to absorb vital nutrients as well as impacting our overall health.
We have so many in our body, these include adrenaline, insulin, cortisol, thyroid, and sex hormones (oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone).
When these hormones are inactive or low, the impact on our minds and bodies can have life changing consequences and we need to balance these out naturally by consuming the right healthy fats.
Fats help us to feel fuller for longer after a meal, reducing our cravings for sugar and carbohydrates and aid in absorption of the soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
We don’t produce our own essential fatty acids, they must come from the foods we eat.
Over the years, fats have been given a bad reputation due to an association with being overweight. However, our body needs healthy fat to function properly, such as those found in omega-3 fat sources.
The important thing when choosing the right fats is to avoid processed fats and food. The focus should be on natural un-processed foods, check out our list below:
Avocado is a very nutritious fruit. It contains healthy fats, magnesium, fibre and vitamins A, C, E, K. They also contain other important minerals and trace elements like potassium, copper and iron. A real superfood. No wonder the avo toast is so popular!
Another perfect source of healthy fats, they contain many important vitamins, such as vitamin C, E, K and various B vitamins. Pumpkin seeds are also perfect choice as a vegetable protein. They also contain magnesium, iron, calcium, and other important nutrients that help our body to function optimally.
Almonds are real protein wonders and shine with their amount of healthy fats. Almonds also contain important nutrients, such as fibre, iron and calcium. In addition you can use almond oil which is perfect for skincare, as it helps to nourish and moisturise.
Chia seeds are an amazing source of healthy fats as they contain Omega 3, which is essential for the body and its health. Chia seeds are not called a superfood for nothing. The small seeds contain a lot of protein, vitamins and minerals that the body needs to go through the day full of energy.
It would be wrong of us to miss out the powerhouse that is dark chocolate. Packed with essential vitamins and fibre. It contributes to hormonal balance via its potent magnesium and iron, and ability to lower cortisol and boost mood-impacting hormones, serotonin and dopamine. If ever you wanted a reason to eat or drink your dark chocolate. Now is it. Check out our starter set on Yumbles to try for yourself.
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