Balancing hormones can be difficult and hard to fix due to our current lifestyle choices, however this article provides a good insight into 3 basic things that you can do to minimise your risk of imbalances. These alone may not be enough for everyone but these are a great start!
- Meat/Protein Consumption – consuming a lot of grain fed meats in particular (i.e. chicken, beef, pork, turkey, lamb), along with eggs and farmed fish can result in imbalances due to antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides and other chemicals that they may contain, which mimic oestrogen. Choosing 100% grass fed meat and organic eggs may be a better choice for you.
- Cruciferous Vegetables – EAT LOTS. Vegies include; kale, silverbeet, broccoli, cauliflower, mustard greens, watercress and brussel sprouts etc. Loaded with indole-3-carbonyl which is great for binding with toxic xenoestrogens chemicals and eliminating them from the body. Best to lightly steam these vegies first to make them easier to digest (particularly if you have a thyroid condition or gastrointestinal condition). If you have trouble consuming these vegies you can benefit from eating mouthful of sprouts daily.
- Minimise Plastic – BPA in particular has been shown to contain xenoestrogenic chemicals, however all plastic to some extent can leak chemicals. Try using glass and stainless steel water bottles and cups and buy oils and foods in glass jars to reduce your plastic exposure. Always opt for BPA free is need be.
If you do feel like you are suffering from hormonal imbalances it is always best to consult with a Qualified Health Practitioner who can provide additional advice and support you through the process.