We blame our hormones for a lot of things—mood swings, random food cravings, and being especially snappy to our S.O. at any given time, to name a few. But here’s a wake-up call: What you’re putting in your body has a direct effect on how your hormones operate, so technically, it’s your responsibility to make sure they are happily in balance (yes, that means putting down the cheese puffs). And, to help us regulate our hormones, Mind Body Green recently released a list of 48 foods to balance hormones. One of the major takeaways: healthy fats are especially important for hormone management.
“For years, we’ve been told that fat-free is good, while cholesterol and saturated fat are bad,” editor Megan Kelly writes. “This is a dangerous lie. Healthy fat is the raw material that we need to produce and maintain proper hormone function.” (We actually talked about how butter can be considered a healthy fat in moderation recently, too.) Since hormones are produced using certain fatty acids and cholesterol, any diet lacking these building blocks will cause an array of hormone-related problems, Kelly explains.
So—what should we eat for balanced hormones? Kelly says to stick to clean proteins, like soaked or sprouted nuts, beans, and seeds; healthy fats, like coconut oil, avocados, and raw butter; antioxidant-rich veggies, such as spinach, collard greens, and bell peppers; and “healing” spices and herbs, like cinnamon, turmeric, and cayenne. She promises that once your body has the vital nutrients these foods provide, your hormones will naturally become more balanced and result in glowing skin, stable moods, and more consistent energy. Sounds good to us.
Interested in learning more about diet as it relates to hormones? Scroll down.
Want to balance out your hormones, but don’t know how? Nutritionist Natasha Turner’s book is a good start.
This story was originally published June 15, 2015.