Living with hormonal imbalance, can feel like you’re a slave to your symptoms.
It’s like you’re trapped, and your only option is to cope as best you can so that your symptoms don’t make your life worse.
It’s time to flip the script.
Truth is, with the right hormone balancing diet plan, you can free yourself and live a healthy, happy life on your terms!
And this post is going to show you how to do just that with a simple yet powerful tool: your diet.
It’s amazing how every meal gives us a new opportunity to contribute to our healing.
And since we all have to eat, we might as well make each meal as nourishing and healing as possible, right?
So, if you want to learn which foods, drinks and supplements to use for hormonal imbalance, keep reading!
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FOODS TO AVOID IN YOUR HORMONAL IMBALANCE MEAL PLAN
When it comes to foods that contribute to hormonal imbalance, there are 5 main categories to be aware of:
- Conventional animal products
- Ready-made pastries and breads
- Pesticide-heavy foods
- Packaged foods
- Fast food
Let’s look a little closer at each one.
Conventional Animal Products
Conventional (non-organic) animal products contain antibiotics and growth hormones.
This creates two issues:
- First, antibiotics are harmful to the gut. And as a result they prevent the gut from doing its part when it comes to hormone regulation.
- Secondly, the growth hormones given to animals are meant for animals, not humans. So, eating food products made from those animals exposes you to foreign hormones and increases your toxic load.
Ready-Made Pastries and Breads
Ever heard of brominated (or bromated) flour?
It’s baking flour with potassium bromate added to it.
Potassium bromate makes dough more elastic and also causes it to rise more…which means the resulting pastry or bread will be much fluffier.
Potassium bromate is a problem for your thyroid because it contains bromine.
You see, bromine competes with iodine (which is a must-have nutrient for thyroid function).
So, when there’s bromine in your body, it will prevent iodine from going to your thyroid.
In addition, potassium bromate is a potential carcinogen (source).
As a matter of fact, because of the health risks, bromate is banned in many countries.
But it’s not banned in the U.S. yet. For now, the FDA encourages bakers to stop using it.
As you can imagine, without an official ban, there are companies still using bromate.
So, be mindful of this if you regularly consume store-bought pastries (including things like pizza dough).
It’s impossible to avoid everything 100% of the time. So your best bet is to reduce consumption as much as possible.
The popular pesticides that are sprayed on our food are estrogen-based.
So, consuming foods with high amounts of pesticides exposes you to synthetic forms of estrogen.
And this can lead to one or more of the following:
- estrogen dominance
- increased toxicity
- overworked liver (since it has to filter out all toxins from the blood)
In addition, pesticides also interfere with the function of an enzyme called aromatase.
If you’re not familiar with aromatase, it converts the natural androgens (male hormones) that the female body produces into estrogen.
This means that if aromatase function is disrupted by pesticides, then you end up with higher than normal levels of androgens.
Many packaged foods contain natural flavors (which are anything but natural), additives and preservatives that increase toxicity.
And some of these additives, like MSG (monosodium glutamate) mess up the function of hormones like leptin (which regulates when we stop eating).
Fast foods generally have the same issues as packaged foods: they’re loaded with unnatural flavors, preservatives and additives.
They can sometimes use genetically modified foods too.
So, all in all, you’re better off avoiding them when possible.