Wednesday, August 31, 2016

6 Foods You Should Be Eating

What you put into your mouth can have a direct impact on your health. More and more science and evidence based research shows that what we eat can have a direct impact on our health. It can impact everything from our immune system to our hormones.


Our hormones are chemical messengers that control our reproductive health, mental and emotional well-being, and metabolism just to name a few. I could go into a whole blog post what all our hormones affect!

These are just 6 of the foods that help with hormonal balance.

1. Avocados

Good fats help build up your adrenal cortex and help increase good cholesterol. When your adrenals gets taxed, it increases your cortisol levels. Increased cortisol levels raises your insulin, and chronic periods of high cortisol can affect your immune system, your bodies response to stress, and your hormones. Avocados are rich in fiber which binds to toxins and helps your body get rid of them quicker. The high fiber and potassium content in avocados improves heart health and circulation, which allows for greater dispersion of hormone chemicals throughout your body.
2. Almonds

Almonds contain tyrosine which is great for your thyroid glands. Your thyroids control metabolism, influences cholesterol levels, heart rate, digestion, mood, energy, and every cell, tissue, and organ in your body. Also, when you are eating to support your thyroids, you are also eating to support your adrenal glands. Stress, mommy-hood, or life in general can really be draining on the adrenal glands. When your adrenal glands are working too hard, they look to the thyroid glands for help and can suppress your immune system. Although small in stature, almonds have massive health benefits and have been proven to reduce cholesterol in adults. According to studies, snacking on almonds can help increase adiponectin hormone levels, which help regulate blood sugar. Almonds are great for snacking on or add a nice crunch to salads or on top of desserts. 

3. Olive oil 

Studies indicate that monounsaturated fats found in olive oil can help reduce inflammation in the body and lower overall cholesterol levels. "Cholesterol can interfere with cells’ ability to function normally, reducing the effectiveness of your body’s chemical messengers, i.e.  hormones. By maintaining a diet which includes healthy fats, your hormones will be more easily distributed throughout your body and will return to a balanced state," according to Sara Gottfried, MD.,  author of The Hormone Cure.

4. Fish

Fish is full of Omega 3 fatty acids, which as stated before helps decrease inflammation in the body,  
and has been proven to significantly improve the health of cell membranes and the effectiveness of the body’s hormones.
5. Spinach

Spinach is phytoecdysteroids rich and can help regulate insulin and glucose levels.

6. Cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale help to balance out estrogen and insulin levels.

Eating healthy can have a big impact on how we feel. Which one of these foods is your favorite?

Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes and does not take the place of your physician's advice. I do not claim to heal, cure, or prevent any diseases. This information was taken from my own schooling in which I obtained a degree in Nutrition Science through Kaplan University, from certification through Idea Health and Fitness Association, and from Sara Gottfried, MD., author of the Hormonal Cure.

5 comments:

  1. I agree with all of these recommendations and have them all in my daily diet. Nice to know I am on the right track.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Most of them are fairly easy to come by and incorporate into our cooking too! I think a lot of people over complicate it sometimes.

      Delete
  2. Ooh, I think I need to eat more fish. It's kind of hard here because Colorado is land bound, but when we get salmon it's a huge treat.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What's your favorite way to cook salmon Emily?

      Delete
  3. This is a great list. Almonds keep me so full and I love guac.

    ReplyDelete