Updated: Nov 8, 2021
If you have been experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance, such as low energy, trouble sleeping, mood swings, PMS, hair loss, weight gain, or difficulty losing weight, you might be wondering what options are available to help get you back on the path to feeling your best. Your diet is the best place to start with balancing your hormones and addressing root causes that lead to symptoms of hormonal imbalances.
Here are the best foods to eat to help balance your hormones naturally:
Apple Cider Vinegar
You have likely heard of people talking about apple cider vinegar recently and discussing its many health benefits. Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits for you, even aside from helping with your hormonal imbalance. It can lower your cholesterol and help with your blood sugar levels. ACV is also amazing for your digestion and fatty liver.
Since apple cider vinegar is fermented, it is amazing for your gut bacteria, which in turn can help balance those hormones. Add a little ACV to your water each morning, and you’re good to go.
You have heard it many times before, and you’re going to hear it again – you need to eat your vegetables! Specifically, those leafy greens like kale, collard greens, lettuce, spinach, and many others. Leafy greens are known as superfoods since they often have a very high amount of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and so many more nutrients. They can help to cleanse your liver as well, which is an amazing way to start balancing your hormone levels. Your liver plays a critical role in detoxification and hormone metabolism.
Even if you aren’t a big fan of these types of greens, there are ways to add them to your diet without much effort. You can make a mixed green salad with your favorite lettuce, then add some kale or spinach to it. You can make an egg
scramble with spinach or add a handful of greens to a smoothie.
More healthy fats in your diet can also help to balance out those hormone levels and help with cleansing your liver. Think about fats like avocado, olive oil, coconut oil and MCT oil, nuts and seeds, and grass-fed butter. These are the food sources of fats, in addition to fatty fish like salmon and mackerel.
Reduced Sugar and Refined Carbs
People who go on specific diets that lower their carbohydrate intakes, like Paleo and Keto, often find that their hormones are suddenly balanced and they have lower inflammation. Why? Because they are lowering the refined carbs and added sugars in their diet. These can cause a lot of inflammation and throw your hormone levels off. You can still have all the naturally occurring sugar like in fruits and other natural foods and of course enjoy the occasional treat, but day to day work towards reducing the amount of sugar you are consuming.
As for the carbs - opt for high fiber carbs like fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Carbs are an essential part of your diet. Focus on opting for whole food carbs instead of processed and refined ones to best support your hormones.