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Hormone Health Guide

LEARN SIMPLE DIET AND LIFESTYLE SHIFTS TO KEEP YOUR HORMONES IN BALANCE 

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EATING FOR HORMONE HEALTH 

TOP TIPS


Eat organic 

Conventional produce is grown with harmful pesticides such as glyphosate. These chemicals are endocrine disrupters and throw off your hormone balance. So eat organic as much as possible. If eating all organic is out of your budget, follow the EWG's 'Dirty Dozen' & 'Clean Fifteen' guidelines. 

Eat enough healthy fats 

Your body uses fats as the building blocks for hormones. Without enough, your hormone production will suffer. Be sure to eat plenty of healthy fats like: 

• Avocados 

• Nuts & seeds 

• Coconut oil 

• Extra virgin olive oil 

• Fatty fish (such as salmon, mackerel,sardines, & anchovies) 

• MCT oil 

• Kefir 


Keep your blood sugar balanced

Sugar and refined carbs increase insulin resistance. They also reduce leptin, the hormone that tells you you're full. So to keep your blood sugar (and hormones) balanced: 

Eat the protein and vegetables on your plate first

• Eat complete meals with a good balance of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs

• Keep snacking to a minimum


Eat protein at every meal

Protein is made up of amino acids, which your body uses to make hormones. Protein also lowers your hunger hormone ghrelin and helps keep your blood sugar stable. Aim to eat 20-30 g of protein with every meal. High protein foods include

• Chicken

• Grass fed beef

• Turkey 

• Eggs

• Sardines 

• Salmon

• Lentils 

• Beans 

• Edamame


 

LIFESTYLE TIPS 

FOR HEALTHY HORMONES


Manage stress 

Stress raises your stress hormone cortisol. This can create a domino effect of other 

hormonal imbalances. So set aside time for daily stress relief. Meditation, yoga, breath- work, and time in nature are all proven to relieve stress. Aim for at least 10-15 minutes every day. Simply taking a walk at lunch can make a big difference. 


Go non-toxic 

Most personal care products like shampoo, deodorant, lotion, toothpaste, and cosmetics are filled with endocrine-disrupting chemicals like BPA, phthalates, parabens, and dioxins. These toxins can disrupt your hormone balance. So choose clean, non-toxic products instead. Check out the EWG's 'Skin Deep Database' if you could use some guidance


Clean up your cookware

Non-stick cookware is loaded with xenoestrogens. These chemicals mimic estrogen in the body and can mess up your hormone balance. So choose stainless steel or 

ceramic cookware instead. Plastics can also leach endocrine-disrupting chemicals. So swap out plastic food containers and water bottles for glass or stainless steel. 


Get a good night's sleep 

Poor sleep can disrupt your hormones big time. So for healthy hormones, try optimizing your circadian rhythm. Here are 3 ways to do that: 

Avoid blue light from cell phones and computer screens 1-2 hours before bed 

• Stick to a regular sleep schedule 

• Get morning light exposure (even 5-10 min can help) 



 

OPTIMIZING DETOX

FOR HORMONE BALANCE


Eat enough fiber 

Fiber keeps you pooping so you can flush out excess hormones. If you're not pooping regularly these hormones can get reabsorbed and throw off your hormone balance. So how much fiber is enough? Women should aim for at least 25 g of a day, while men should aim for 38 g. High-fiber foods include raspberries, pears, apples, sweet potatoes, legumes, and avocado


Stay hydrated 

Drinking plenty of water helps your body detox excess hormones. Without enough water, all that fiber will just sit inside you. So aim to drink at approximately half your body weight in water every day. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, your water goal would be 80 ounces a day


Sweat it out 

Sweating helps your body remove toxins via your skin. This lightens the load on your liver, which helps your body detox hormones. You can sweat it out via exercise or even take in a sauna session. Nowadays there are even portable saunas that can turn your bedroom into an at-home spa. 


Dry brush 

Dry brushing exfoliates your skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite. But it also stimulates your lymphatic system, which helps your body remove wastes and toxins. If the lymphatic system gets sluggish, it can lead to a build-up of estrogen. New to dry brushing? This post will walk you through it. And here's my favorite dry brush set

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