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7 Foods That Balance Hormones

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All men know about testosterone and almost all women know about estrogen and most of us know about insulin and cortisol. They are all hormones.

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Hormones are nothing but substances in your body which flow with the bloodstream. They are chemicals that behave somewhat like messengers. Examples of hormones are estrogen and insulin.

What happens when your body undergoes hormonal disturbances or imbalances? Well, your health may get affected. In fact, that could cause infertility, obesity, depression, fatigue, sleeplessness, loss of libido or even hair loss.

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Adrenal glands, ovaries, testicles, pancreas, thyroid glands are some of the areas through which certain hormones are generally regulated. The hormonal glands in your body regulate hormones but sometimes, due to certain other lifestyle factors, there could be an imbalance and thereby some disturbances in your health.

If you have to bring about a balance in your hormones through food, you might need to avoid refined carbs, excessive caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods and sugary foods. And what to eat? Read on to know....


Organic Foods

Foods devoid of artificial ingredients, chemicals, toxins and pesticides can help you maintain proper balance of hormones in your body.



Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage help balance your hormones if you include them in your diet often.



Yes, even fibre has its own role in maintaining hormonal balance. The fibre content in whole grains and vegetables can help you achieve balance.



Lentils, peas and soybeans help balance certain hormones as they contain estrogen. Include them in your food list.


Leafy Greens

Spinach, kale and other leafy vegetables do a lot in helping your body maintain proper balance as far as hormonal environment is concerned.


Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Eat fish like tuna and salmon to get some omega 3 fatty acids. What if you are a vegetarian? Well, include olive oil, nuts and whole grains in your diet.



Flavonoids can balance hormones. Where are they present.? Well, in citrus fruits, grapes and red berries there are the necessary compounds that could help balance your hormones.

Story first published: Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 8:15 [IST]
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