Feeling sluggish, gaining weight, and experiencing adult acne can all point to a hormonal imbalance. Our body is a complex machine, and your hormones being even slightly out of whack can cause unwanted symptoms that you’d much rather shake off.
The good news? Your diet has an influence over your hormonal balance. This means that even by simply tweaking how you eat, you can rebalance your hormones and reduce unwanted symptoms!
In this article I will focus on how you can choose the best fruits that balance hormones in females. So let’s dive in.
There are plenty of foods that help to balance hormones for females, most of which are whole, unprocessed foods. Fruits are one of the foods that can help with hormonal balance and are really good for you.
There is not a fruit that is bad to eat for hormone imbalance. One thing to keep in mind though, you should limit your fruit servings to 3-4 per day mainly because of the sugar.
Even natural sugars spike sugar levels and that does cause hormonal imbalance. However, do keep in mind I always say if you have a choice between an extra serving of fruit or something packaged or processed – always go with the natural sugar.
Finally, before we move on here’s a tip. Frozen fruits are also a great idea!
They are cheaper and frozen at the peak of their ripeness, and that means the most nutrients. It’s a great way to save money on expensive fruits.
All fruits are excellent for balancing hormones, but some fruits in particular pack a serious nutritional punch. If in doubt opt for fruits with less sugar, as they’re likely to be the healthiest. With that said, let’s review the best fruits that balance hormones in females below.
There are no two ways about it, berries are nutritional powerhouses. As well as being loaded with antioxidants, berries are high in fiber as well as other vitamins and minerals like vitamin C. Berries are even associated with reducing the chances of suffering from heart disease, which is the USA’s biggest killer.
The saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. There is good reason for this.
Not only are apples low in sugar, but they can actually help to lower cholesterol. If you struggle to eat enough apples as snacks, they make a welcome addition to salads and add that all-important crunch.
Pomegranate is another fruit that’s absolutely packed with nutrients that can help you balance your hormones. Pomegranates are low in calories and high in fiber. Their seeds can help reduce inflammation too.
Low level inflammation happens whenever we get a cut or injury and is a natural way for our bodies to heal themselves. Chronic inflammation on the other hand, is a cause for concern and can occur as a result of having imbalanced hormones. That makes pomegranate a must-add fruit to your diet.
Citrus fruits include oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes. These fruits are famous for having a high Vitamin C content, which is useful for helping you keep viruses away.
They’re also an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants, both of which can significantly improve your general health.
Citrus is so great because you can easily cook with it too. I add lemon to almost every recipe even just a little squeeze. I think the flavor and vitamins out weigh any worry for acidity issues.
Did you know avocados are actually fruits? And these nutritional stars are full of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. They even have more potassium than bananas!
Avocados are extremely versatile because they go well with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Try avocado on wholemeal toast and sprinkled with seeds for breakfast or with healthy chicken fajitas for dinner.
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While there are no fruits that will single-handedly imbalance your hormones, there are certain fruits on the less healthy end of the spectrum. These tend to be fruits that contain a lot of sugar, which is bad not only for hormone balance, but for your health in general.
Fruits with a high amount of sugar include melons, grapes, and pineapple. Where possible, avoid eating these fruits in high quantities, as their nutritional benefits are somewhat canceled out by their high sugar content.
Naturally, your entire diet can’t revolve around fruits. Luckily, the following foods can also help to keep your hormones balanced.
- Unprocessed lean meats. Meats such as chicken, turkey, beef, and pork are all high in protein, iron, and other nutrients, making them a great addition to a hormonally balanced diet.
- Vegetables. Vegetables are nature’s nutritional powerhouses. They’re a must-have addition to your diet if you’re looking not only to balance your hormones, but also to improve your general health.
- Healthy fats. Not all fats are made equally. The healthy fats you find in foods such as nut butters, olive oil, and avocados are great for balancing hormones and looking after your heart health.
- Oily fish. Oily fish benefits almost every part of your body, but especially your brain thanks to its high Omega-3 content.
- Nuts (except peanuts). Peanuts tend to be high in salt and fat. But other nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts, and pistachios are excellent for treating hormonal imbalances.
Choosing to eat fruits that balance hormones in females is important for women that are choosing to treat hormonal imbalance naturally.
There are various ways to balance hormones, including a healthy diet, gentle yoga for hormones, and medical interventions. If you’re keen to try natural methods of re-balancing before reaching for medication, adjusting your diet to make healthier changes is a great place to start.
Finally, if you’re ready to take the next step in your hormonal imbalance and gut health journey then my Mindful Elimination program could be just what you need. In this 40-day program an elimination diet is combined with learning how to use mindful eating and yoga to improve gut health, lose weight, and feel better and have more energy overall.
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