Natural Foods to Support Hormone Balance
The connection between the food we eat and our body’s overall health and wellbeing is undeniable. Particularly whole foods – food that’s minimally processed – are powerful allies in supporting balance and health.
This article post highlights natural, whole foods that can support hormone balance and fertility.
Foods that can support hormone balance:
- Dark leafy greens: kale, spinach, collards, arugula, etc.
- Sweet potatoes
- Herbs and spices: green tea, turmeric, cinnamon
These whole foods and herbs share common powerful compounds and nutrients: antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. The high concentration of antioxidants and phytochemicals, in particular, support to keep your body in a balanced, non-stressed state.
The various dark leafy greens are particularly high in fiber and vitamin B – key nutrients that support hormone balance.
Avocados and sweet potatoes are rich sources of magnesium. Regarded as an essential mineral, magnesium has been shown to have an important role in keeping hormone balance, as well as in supporting fertility.
Foods that can support fertility:
- Beans and lentils
Adequate protein intake plays a significant part in supporting fertility. Beans and lentils are plant proteins particularly high in protein and excellent sources of fiber. Plant proteins are highlighted here as they have less impact on stress to your body than animal proteins.
Walnuts and flaxseeds are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which is another essential contributor that supports fertility.
Foods that can support blood glucose and insulin balance:
- Whole grains: oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa
- Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower
- Bell peppers
Fiber is the common quality from this list of foods. Swapping out processed grain-based foods for whole grains on a daily basis can help support balance in your blood glucose and insulin levels. Cruciferous veggies and bell peppers rank at the top of the list of high-fiber veggies.
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- Carrasco, A. (2020, January 1). The top 5 hormone balancing superfoods. Nourish Medicine. https://nourishmedicine.com/top-5-superfoods-hormonal-balance/