There is really no good reason to be plagued by constant hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog, depression and weight gain as you go through the peri-menopause and post-menopause years. Rest assured those wacky hormones can be calmed. Often it’s as simple as consuming foods that are known to provide nutritional hormone support. While a healthy real-food diet does not usually eliminate a clinical hormone imbalance, it can do a good job in helping to calm down those pesky symptoms that go along with wacky hormones. While you still may need help from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, a healthy diet will work synergistically with BHRT.
Using Diet for Nutritional Hormone Support
1. The number one thing you can do to provide nutritional hormone support is to consume more organic fruits and vegetables . Phytoestrogens can be your best friend if estrogen dominance is a concern. Phytoestrogens are weak plant estrogens found in over 300 plants including blueberries, cherries, cranberries, carrots, bananas, beets, oranges, onions, peppers, oats, plums, olives and potatoes. Phytoestrogens actually bind to your estrogen receptors can word in one of two ways. They can help balance estrogen levels by having a mild estrogenic effect if your estrogen levels are too low, and they can block stronger estrogens if your levels are too high.
2. The next best thing to do to provide nutritional hormone support is to increase your fiber by consuming freshly ground flax seeds. Your body eliminates estrogen excess by way of daily bowel movements. When excess estrogen is not eliminated in a timely manner, the estrogen can be reabsorbed and recirculated through your body. This adds more concerns to a body that might already be estrogen dominant. A diet high in fiber will actually support a successful elimination of excess estrogen. Flax seeds are a great source of fiber and are also rich in lignans which are considered strong phytoestrogens. The lignans in flax seed have been shown in studies and research to help in reducing the risk of breast cancer as well as helping to slow the growth of breast cancer tumors. Lignans also possess anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties and can also help keep LDL (bad) cholesterol low and and HDL (good) cholesterol high. Below is a great tasting and easy smoothie recipe to help with those wacky hormones. I suggest incorporating this smoothie for breakfast or snack 3-4 times weekly, if possible.
Banana, Orange, Cherry Smoothie for Nutritional Hormone Support
Makes 2 servings.
2 organic Bananas (frozen)
2 organic oranges (peeled)
1 ½ Cups of fresh or frozen organic cherries (pitted)
2 Tablespoons freshly grounded flax seeds
½ tsp of organic vanilla
1/2 – 1 Cup organic coconut water (depending upon how thick you like your smoothies)
Place peeled and wrapped bananas into freezer the night before. Peel oranges, and pit the cherries. Retrieve bananas from freezer. Using an electric coffee grinder, freshly grind 2 tablespoons of flax seeds.* Place all ingredients into high speed blender. I recommend using a VitaMix blender. Blend until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed together. Pour into glasses and enjoy!
*To get the full health benefits of flax seeds always grind them fresh and use immediately. The oil from the flax seeds will go rancid very quickly if not used immediately.