Functional Foods

Hormone Health

Moody? Irritable? Feel low often? PMS? Anxiety?

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You may be thinking that this is ‘just the way you are’ but it doesn’t have to be this way and there are things you can do help take control of your hormones rather than have them control you!

The female body is amazing and our hormones are a complex interaction of many different systems and communications. But what causes the low moods, anxiety and hormonal imbalance? Our bodies are constantly striving for a state of balance (homeostasis) but certain lifestyle patterns can interrupt this balance causing mood swings and energy dips, particularly around the time of the month. So in order for our bodies to do it’s job properly, we need to support it as much as possible with the necessary nutrients and lifestyle interventions.

PCOS, PMS, Fibroids, Endometriosis and Menopausal symptoms all have links to hormone imbalance, liver detoxification and gut health. Read my Gut Health page for more information on how to support your gut.

Some tips for healthy hormone balance:

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  • Eat good quality protein such as oily fish, nuts & seeds, eggs. These provide the building blocks that assist in hormone detoxification in the liver

  • Increase cruciferous and green leafy vegetables e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, kale to support hormone detoxification

  • Check your vitamin B6 and B12 levels, especially vegans. B12 is not available to us in plant sources therefore supplementation may be required. Both vitamins are involved in hormone detoxification and adequate B6 has been shown to help reduce some PMS symptoms, speak to your GP or nutritionist for testing. Your nutritionist can also advise on supplementation and correct dosages if required

  • Increase anti-inflammatory foods e.g. all fruit & veg, oily fish. Inflammation contributes to many hormonal conditions

  • Manage stress levels. Hormones involved in the stress response are also used in the hormone production process, chronically high stress levels can therefore affect hormone balance

  • Balance blood sugars. Poor blood sugar control not only affects energy levels and moods, but also increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. High levels of insulin (characteristic in type 2 diabetes) is linked to PCOS

For more information on which body systems to support and a structured personalised Nutritional Health Plan, book in for a 1-1 consultation with me to find out how we can work towards improving your symptoms.