Every woman wants her hormones to be in balance, because then we simply feel at our best. There are a number of types of food that can mess up our hormones. If you remove this diet from your diet, or eat less, you will feel much better.
There are people who think organic food is expensive, but sometimes it is more expensive to get our hormones back in balance. Think of the specialists you need for this and also herbs and supplements. This is because a lot of our food is produced in enormous quantities, quantity being much more important than quality. Many hormones, antibiotics, PCBs and mercury are added during production. These are all disruptive chemicals that seriously disrupt our hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. If you suffer from your monthly cycle, it is therefore highly recommended to eat (more) organic food.
Eating vegetables is good for you. Yet there are a number of vegetables that can cause inflammatory reactions in the body, which is not good for our hormones. Nightshade vegetables can be a problem for some people. These are the vegetables that belong to this: potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and aubergines. If you are troubled by the fact that your hormones are out of balance then you could replace these vegetables with sea vegetables, for example. Think of: nori, kelp, kombu and dulse. These are superfoods that make our hormones happy and they also have a detoxifying effect on our body.
Sugar is perhaps the biggest culprit of all hormone-disrupting foods. Sugar leads to spikes of the hormone insulin and you can feel pretty uncomfortable with this. The body is satisfied with a balanced intake of sugar, proteins and fats and is not waiting for disturbing peaks. A healthy body can switch back and forth between sugar and fat metabolism. And when you eat too much sugar, something goes completely wrong here. Your body has a hard time dealing with the processing of sugars and cannot concern itself with a good hormone balance. This can confuse estrogen, testosterone and progesterone.
In fact, white bread only causes damage to all the hormones in our body. Gluten combined with sugars increase the risk of inflammatory reactions in the body, which in turn causes stress for our adrenals, thyroid gland and more. Eating white bread (gluten and sugars) can considerably disrupt the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus (the main regulators of our hormonal system). And if this is the case, glands or organs can also make hormones less well, or initiate other actions. So it is just like interrupting a well-functioning vicious circle.
Dairy can disrupt hormonal balance in various ways. For example, it can irritate the intestines or cause other inflammatory reactions in the body. Acne, for example, is a sign of your body which shows that it cannot actually tolerate dairy. If people suffer from pimply skin, it is advisable to leave dairy products for a certain period of time. Milk contains the growth hormone IGF. Too high a intake of these causes inflammation and a peak in insulin, causing the liver to produce even more growth hormone. This can lead to an increased risk of diabetes and increased triglycerides (fat in your bloodstream).
Drinking alcohol hinders our brains, this leads to a disruption of your hypothalamus and pituitary gland. So: the parts of your brain that tell your body when to make the hormones it needs. Our brains are organized so precisely that even a temporary disruption of their production can have unpleasant consequences. For example, alcohol reduces testosterone production, which leads to lower energy levels. It increases insulin secretion and causes blood sugar levels to deregulate. In addition, drinking alcohol regularly can increase cortisol levels, which means that you can get more belly fat and are less able to cope with stress.
Soy can damage estrogen because it mimics estrogen (phyto-estrogen) and therefore blocks normal estrogen by binding to receptors. And it also disrupts other hormones, as a result of an increased estrogen and a decreasing testosterone. Common symptoms of too much estrogen in women are: irregular menstruation, swelling and tenderness in breasts, unable to lose weight, problems sleeping, mood swings and low energy levels. Soy is also one of the most genetically modified crops, which means that it is full of toxic pesticides that can further lead to hormonal imbalance.