Feeling Funky? Try These 5 Hormone-Balancing Foods

by Debbie Wolfe
If you're ever feeling like you're in a strange funk, it might not be because you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. The real culprit may be your hormones. Luckily, adding healthy, hormone-balancing foods to your diet can control and correct your hormones naturally.

Hormones are Your Body's Control Center

Unbalanced hormones aren’t just problems for teenagers and older people. Hormones are your body’s control center. They are the chemical messengers that are created in the endocrine glands. These messengers control most major bodily functions, like hunger, reproduction, emotions, and mood.

As we age, environmental chemicals and processed foods can alter our hormones, causing a disruption of our delicate hormonal balance. Unbalanced hormones can make it hard to lose weight, get pregnant, or even feel happy, plus increase your risk of certain cancers and other chronic diseases.

How Can You Get Your Hormones Back in Check?

Luckily, for most people it’s a simple diet change. There are plenty of healthy foods you can include in your diet to naturally help get out-of-whack hormones in check.
Healthy Gourmet show host Julie Daniluk is a huge advocate of hormone-regulating foods. On Healthy Gourmet, Julie shows us what nature has to offer to help you achieve hormonal balance, feel satisfied, fight disease and lose fat. Find out where to watch Healthy Gourmet on your cable channel.

Here's 5 Hormone-Regulating Foods To Add to Your Diet: 

1. Cruciferous Vegetables

horomone-balancing-foods-to-add-to-your-dietBroccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage are all part of this nutrient powerhouse group. These veggies contain high amounts of phytonutrients called isothiocyanates, which combat carcinogens by neutralizing them. 

On Healthy Gourmet, chef Erza Title helps a group of active, middle aged women change their processed and high fat food eating habits. Daniluk notes that the cauliflower used in one of the recipes for the ladies provides “an amazing amount of indole-3-carbinol for breast cancer prevention.”  And overall, cruciferous veggies are perfect for regulating insulin and estrogen.
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2. Asparagus and Carrots

Both of these veggies are high in fiber and antioxidants. Asparagus is a natural diuretic and can ease bloating. It’s also high in folate and helps in controlling blood loss and maintaining hormonal balance during menstruation. Carrots also help absorb excess estrogen and carry it safely out of the body. When selecting carrots, for deeper color in the vegetable per Daniluk's rule: The darker the carrot color, the higher the nutrition.

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horomone-balancing-foods-to-add-to-your-diet3. Healthy Fats

Olive oil is the go-to cooking oil for chef Title. It’s 100% monounsaturated fat and flavorful, too. Other healthy fats include coconut oil, avocados, and grass-fed butter. But, fat still equals calories, right? Yes. However, these types of fat encourages the release of leptin, a hormone that helps suppress appetite. Your body needs various types of fats to create hormones, even saturated fat and cholesterol. Fats are fundamental building blocks for hormone production, but the healthy fats keep inflammation levels low, boost your metabolism and promote weight loss.
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4. Free-Range Meats

When looking for quality proteins, stick to wild caught fish and free-range meats. Farm-raised chickens and cows are loaded with artificial growth hormones and antibiotics. These chemicals can wreak havoc on your own hormonal balance. Free-range poultry and beef are excellent sources of healthy protein and fats that will help you achieve hormonal balance.

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horomone-balancing-foods-to-add-to-your-diet5. Mineral Salts

Refined table salt is just sodium, even if the label says “sea salt." Real mineral salts aren't white, they're off-white, grey, or even pink. Himalayan pink salt is a perfect way to add salt to your food while adding beneficial minerals such as iron and calcium to your hormone-healthy diet. According to Daniluk, Himalayan sea salt contains less sodium than most prepackaged foods.

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Try Making an Entire Hormone-Balancing Meal

An easy way to get the benefits of hormone balancing foods, it to create a delicious meal that will satisfy everyone’s taste. Impossible?
In a recent episode of Healthy Gourmet, hosts Julie and Erza were able to create a meal that even the pickiest eaters enjoyed. They made simple and flavorful roasted free-range chickens with caramelized carrots, asparagus, and cauliflower, plus a barley risotto with celery root puree, mushrooms, and wild leeks. Both dishes were full of flavor, low in carbohydrates, high in fiber, and loaded with hormone-balancing foods.
Watch the clip below to see how they did it!

Keeping your hormones in check is as simple as eating a great meal. By selecting the right food combinations, you will satisfy your taste buds and stay healthy.
WATCH on Z Living: Healthy Gourmet, where nutritionist Julie Daniluk and chef Ezra Title join forces and battle between taste and nutrition, helping home cooks create nutritious and tasty meals that can feed a crowd. See a sneak preview here.

Tell us in the comments: Any recipes you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!

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