Hormones are all the rage right now in the fitness industry (estrogen dominance, low testosterone etc.) But we're totally okay with that because we want to feel our best, look good, have healthy menstrual cycles, a strong sex drive AND hit PR's in the gym
👊🏼 Balanced hormones are a must for all of these!
❌Hormone imbalance❌can lead to a variety of symptoms including (but not limited to): severe PMS symptoms, loss of menstrual cycle, low sex drive, mood swings, cystic acne and more. Small changes like adding in hormone friendly foods to our diets can reduce these symptoms greatly.
Firstly, it's important to keep our gut health in check. The gut is linked to every part of our body - our brain function, energy levels, hormone function and more. Things like bone broth, collagen and fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha are great tools to improve digestion and gut health 💁🏼
Secondly, adding in cruciferous veggies and sprouts can help regulate hormones ✅Most cruciferous veggies contain a naturally occurring compound called indole-3-carbinol. I3C converts to a phytochemical in the body known as DIM, that works to balance unruly estrogen, amongst other things. Just like we have good and bad cholesterols in the body, estrogen can wreak havoc on our system if left to its own devices.
Sprouts like alfalfa and broccoli sprouts help break down toxins in the body. They are great for liver detox and may boost glutathione (a powerful antioxidant).
Try adding some of the following into your meals this week! 👍🏼
Cruciferous Veggies: Arugula Bok Chok Broccoli, Broccolini Brussels Sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Collard Greens Kale Kohlrabi Maca
Mustard Greens Radish Rutabaga Turnip Watercress
Sprouts: Alfalfa Sprouts Broccoli Sprouts Clover Sprouts Radish Sprouts Sunflower Sprouts