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Anyone experiencing a hormonal imbalance can agree on one thing: It’s exhausting. Between the extreme fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, digestive issues and weight gain, it’s no wonder that people are so quick to try a variety of remedies to balance them out, and nix those bothersome symptoms for good. While there are certainly successful, tried and true hormone balancing programs to get your body back on the right track, you can also consume a variety of healthy, beneficial foods that are bound to make you feel better. But here’s the thing: Everything you consume has the potential to either help balance your hormones, or leave them even more in a state of flux – so following these guidelines to exactly what should be on your plate throughout the day is crucial for the best possible outcome. Bon appétit!
Organic, Clean Protein
Clean protein is essential to eat if you are attempting to balance out your hormones. Not only does it increase your metabolism, it also decreases your body’s ability to store unhealthy fat – two counteracting elements to level out uneven, internal levels. The leaner the cleaner is the name of the game here, so preparing any type of wild-caught fish will do – since these are more humane, they lead to a leaner cut. It’s also helpful to eat any type of seafood with low-mercury counts, such as sea scallops, clams, Alaskan king salmon and black cod – just to name a few. Another smart
(and simple) clean protein option? Beans! The best thing about beans is that they can be easily added to a surplus of dishes – and it doesn’t hurt that they keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. Whether you like them baked or refried, be sure to consume at least one serving per day to aid in the balancing of your hormones. A final clean protein selection worth trying comes in the form of organic nuts and seeds; consuming them in their rawest form will ensure that you receive all their proper nutritional benefits. Walnuts, hemp and chia seeds in particular are chalk full of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are known to regulate hormones (in addition to other amazing side effects).
It’s no secret that there are good fats and bad fats. Sometimes, though, we judge food too quickly by its name or reputation (read: saturated fat and cholesterol). That’s right: There are a ton of healthy and helpful fats, including those that we’ve always been told to avoid, which aid in hormonal production and balancing. Similar to clean protein, these fats also boost your metabolism and reduce inflammation. The kinds of fat you want to be eating are found in avocados – or anything green for that matter – which allows our body to hold onto all helpful nutrients. Eating this superfood also means your body is getting fiber, magnesium and folic acid, which are all key players in optimal hormonal balance. Coconut oil is a much simpler example of a good, healthy fat – just substitute it with the traditional (and totally unhealthy) canola oil while preparing your next meal. This natural oil is packing all the great things lauric acid has to offer, which has been known to help regulate hormones as well. It also has natural, anti-bacterial and fat-burning effects, so you really can’t go wrong when consuming it.
Fruits and Vegetables Containing Antioxidants
The final type of food you should help yourself to each day are both vegetables and fruits rich in antioxidants. Always be conscious of color – the more shades you eat, the greater the benefits. Blueberries in particular have more antioxidants than over 30 other fruits and veggies; just one cup will provide more than 13,000, to be exact. More of a veggie person? Incorporate sweet bell peppers into your diet – they’re an immense source of vitamin C and flavonoids, antioxidants that help improve hormone health. Needless to say, these brightly colored options are often underestimated. Finally, yams and sweet potatoes are a must for this category. Forget about the fact that they contain an overwhelming amount of incredible nutrients – both of these starches also have vital plant-source hormones, too. The most important benefit of these orange-y foods is the fact that their ingredients help your body produce more hormones, a critical plus if you need more of one to balance out another. Eating any of these antioxidant-rich fruits or veggies will also help you avoid craving foods that damage hormones, such as those packed with simple sugars and polyunsaturated fats.
If you are experiencing a hormonal imbalance, consuming a combination of organic, clean protein, good fats and vegetables and fruits rich in antioxidants on a daily basis is essential for balancing success. However, it’s important to pair your healthy eating habits with a hormone balancing program. New York Health and Wellness is a medical center known for its original Balance 3H Program (referred to as B3H+). An inventive weight-loss plan, B3H+ allows patients to participate in a two-part sequence. The 2-week detox plan comes first, designed to eliminate any and all inflammation brought upon by hormonal imbalance. The second level of the program consists of a 6-week, tested hormone balancing food plan, containing all the previously mentioned foods. Simply call us at (914)-703-4811 or schedule a free, hour-long consultation with one of our representatives. Other patients just like you have experienced symptom relief and weight-loss success through this successful program, and now you can too.