Eating for Hormonal Balance
The first signs of a hormonal imbalance is a period that causes you any discomfort. Any cramps, mood swings, fatigue, headaches etc is a sign that something isn’t right. A beautiful thing about your period is that it’s your monthly report card. Your period will tell you what needs adjusting in your life, what foods it hates and if you’ve been doing too much. Tune in, listen, and use real food to help you balance out your hormones for a happier life!
Eggs are high in folate, B vitamins, antioxidants and trace minerals (iodine and selenium notably) which is all vital for fertility and a healthy baby. Pasture-raised eggs are also much higher in vitamin A which is crucial for the production of sex hormones and healthy cervical fluid.
Liver is a very high source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is vital for reproduction and healthy eggs. It’s also a great source of B vitamins which supports your adrenal glands. Liver is also high in vitamin K which is important for normal reproduction. Get your grass-fed/organic butcher to mince the liver in with your beef mince (ratio of 80% mince and 20% liver) and use it in your spag bol – you won’t be able to taste it!
A note on vitamin A: Beta-carotene found in vegetables does not get converted into enough Vitamin A to actually sustain your body. Vitamin A (also known as retinol) from grass-fed butter, animal fat, meat, liver, and eggs is crucial for fertility health. Traditional cultures used to give couples certain foods to increase fertility. Dr. Weston A. Price did multiple studies around the world and recognised that cultures with very fertile women and healthy babies were eating a diet high in fish, organ meat and butter.
If you don’t eat meat, I would love for you to consider taking desiccated liver tablets when you are thinking about trying for a baby. Otherwise cod liver oil supplements are a great alternative as they are a high source of Vitamin A from fish.
Raw cacao is full of magnesium which is a #1 for improving pre-menstrual symptoms. And not chocolate full of sugar and vegetable oil, I mean real raw cacao chocolate that you make at home. Simply mix 2 Tbsp coconut oil, 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder, 1 Tbsp coconut cream over medium heat and freeze in the fridge – BOOM instant hormone balancing chocolate. Also, check out my raw cacao elixir recipe!
For any of you babes out there that suffer from really heavy periods with clots (this used to be me!), turmeric needs to be become your new lover. Get high dose curcumin tablets from the pharmacy and pop them like no tomorrow. It is also very helpful for those with endometriosis to reduce the inflammation . The turmeric helps to down regulate prostaglandins which is what can cause period pain, and also help eliminate excess estrogen from your liver (which causes heavy periods).
Omega 3 and saturated fats
Omega 3 fats from avocado, nuts and seeds, olive oil and saturated fats from animals and coconut are all crucial for your period and hormone balance. Fats are necessary for you to create enough sex hormones, allowing for your hormones to be operating at a healthy ratio. It also reduces inflammation. Don’t be afraid to eat high fat foods as humans have been consuming these fats for thousands of years. It was the introduction of vegetable oils and manufactured fats that have caused disease, not these traditional fats.
Fats from animals and healthy sources (not vegetable oils) provide a building block for cell membranes and hormones. Your body needs fat in order to make your sex hormones (this is for both men and women) and without adequate fats, your body doesn’t see the world as a safe place for a baby so you won’t be fertile. Fat also play an important role in the absorption of A, E, D and K vitamins which are crucial for fertility. Dr. Weston A. Price went to great lengths to show that high-fat foods are linked to fertility and a better and stronger pregnancy.
Ditch the dairy
Along with gluten, sugar and vegetable oil, dairy produces a lot of inflammation in the body due to the A1 casein. Reducing inflammation is vital for a better ovulation (which is the key to a healthy cycle) and more progesterone (which lowers inflammation, boosts metabolism and calms your nervous system). Ditching dairy has also received amazing results for people with acne, as well as women with heavy periods.
Please note that these remedies are for women not on hormonal birth control (including the pill). That drug induced bleed is different to a natural period.