WHAT FOODS CAN WREAK HAVOC ON HORMONE HEALTH?
A hormone imbalance can bring on some unpleasant symptoms and there are some foods that can wreak havoc on your hormones.
I just want to cover a few of the general foods here that I consider as hormone disruptors.
Every women is different and could have sensitivities to certain foods that can cause hormone havoc.
NON ORGANIC MEATS
The quality of your meat matters as some farmed meats and fish raised on an unnatural diet can contain high levels of hormones, antibiotics and mercury. Animals and fish do have hormones too as it’s a living being.
Refined sugar can spike your insulin levels to remove sugar out of the blood and into your cells. When you eat a diet high in sugar, your insulin levels are constantly high and can cause a condition called insulin resistance. Your body is constantly focusing on controlling blood sugar levels and less on producing hormones. When you have insulin resistance, your body does not pay proper attention to the signal of insulin anymore so your blood sugar is not properly managed and can result in fat storage because the sugar has to go somewhere and your fat cells will be the target.
High amounts of refined sugar can also deplete your much needed nutrients from the foods you are eating. Focus more on eating natural sugars and starchy carbohydrates for a steady flow of sugar you need to give energy to your body.
WHITE BREAD AND PASTA
The gluten contained in bread and pasta and sugar, can increase inflammation in your body and this causes stress on your adrenal glands, your thyroid and your ovaries. This will result in a dysregulation of your hypothalamus (the control centre in your brains to instruct the release of hormones). When there is a disruption in the release and control of hormones, this is when an imbalance can start to happen.
Dairy foods such as cows milk, cheese, butter, yogurts, can be irritating to your digestion and can cause inflammation. Dairy foods can also contain hormones and antibiotics (the same as meat and fish).
Milk contains a lot of the growth hormone IGF-1. When you consume too much of this, it causes inflammation and a spike in insulin. This can result in your liver over producing growth hormone. If you are a women with heavy bleeding or fibroids, cutting dairy out of your diet, can be beneficial to reduce the growth of fibroids and blood lining your uterus. There are other things to consider but eating a diet with no dairy could help significantly.
Dairy could also be producing more sebum or excess oil in your skin leading to clogged pores and more spots.
I know this one is a big one for a lot of women as you like a lovely glass of wine or a good gin and tonic. When you drink a lot of alcohol, it can interfere with the delicate control centre in your brain (the hypothalmus I talked about before). This can lead to a disruption in hormone release and control.
When you are drinking a lot of alcohol, it can also increase your cortisol levels, triggering stress in your body and yes more fat storage and inflammation.
I am not saying stop alcohol altogether! What I would suggest is to cut out alcohol for a month to help your body restore natural hormone function again.
Soy products can affect your estrogen levels and can mimic estrogen. This can result in your human estrogen from binding to your bodies receptor sites all over your body. It can also disrupt other hormones in your body because of high estrogen levels. It can affect your thyroid function by the production of thyroid binding globulin. This will bind up your thyroid hormone so your body cannot use it. Some common symptoms of high estrogen are weight gain, irritability, weight gain, insomnia and anxiety and heavy periods.
Soy is also genetically modified, which means that it is loaded with toxic pesticides that can further lead to hormone imbalance.
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