Following a healthy balanced diet helps regulate levels of cortisol and hormones.
UK nutrition expert Amanda Hamilton says we can eat to balance our fluctuating levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, and the stress hormone cortisol, which is responsible for a range of symptoms, such as leaving one tired and irritable, being overweight, experiencing cravings or suffering from PMS.
Here are 6 diet rules to balance your hormones:
CUT OUT CAFFEINE AND ALCOHOL – more than two cups of coffee per day increases oestradiol in the body (the hormone linked to breast cancer) and stimulates cortisol in the adrenal glands, which encourages your body to store fat. Alcohol puts strain on the liver, so it can’t break down oestrogen or produce enough testosterone.
GO ORGANIC WHERE POSSIBLE – eat organic fruit, veggies and meat that haven’t been pumped with growth hormones.
CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES, such as broccoli, kale and cauliflower, contain a natural anti-oxidant (indole-3-carbinol) which can help fight excess oestrogen.
AVOID REFINED CARBOHYDRATES, such as white bread, pasta and rice, that encourage your body to store fat.
SWITCH TO WHOLE GRAINS – they have a high-fibre content that binds with oestrogen and flushes it from the body.
EAT FOODS RICH IN PHYTO-OESTROGENS, such as oats, rye and beans. These weak plant-based oestrogens block the hormone receptors in your body, preventing stronger oestrogens from getting through.