This will give you an idea of why nutrient-dense food is so important for hormonal health.
Since sex-hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol) are made from cholesterol, we need to consume healthy fats to make healthy hormones. No more of this "low fat" business, ladies. Please!
Adding plenty of healthy fats, including monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and certain saturated fats to your diet reduces inflammation and ensures you can make enough of these hormones.
Fats to Incorporate:
- Grass-Fed Butter
- Well-Raised Meat
Protein is necessary to make peptide hormones (i.e. thyroid hormones, FSH, LH, digestive hormones). Getting adequate protein helps to balance blood sugar levels, while also supporting thyroid, digestive, and menstrual function.
Vitamins and Minerals are cofactors for all functions within the body. They are the “helpers” in keeping your entire system running well. Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals are more common than you might think. For example:
- Low Iron leads to fatigue and heavy periods (leading to more iron loss).
- Low Vitamin D levels are associated with low mood, a compromised immune system, and autoimmunity issues.
- Low Magnesium can cause fatigue, weakness, numbness and tingling, as well as muscle cramps and spasms.
In fact, supplementing magnesium and active B vitamins balances hormones and reduces PMS.