9 Foods That Help Balance Your Hormones

9 Foods That Help Balance Your Hormones

If you suffer from cramping, bloating, and PMS every month during your period, you may have a hormone imbalance. While those symptoms have become associated with having your period, they shouldn't be normal, according to Alisa Vitti, a women's health and hormone expert.

Hormone imbalances can also cause skin issues, weight gain, thyroid problems, or fatigue. Having balanced hormones is a key component in overall women's health and longevity. What we eat can have a major effect on our hormones, and there are some foods that have the power to balance them out. These are a few of my favorite hormone balancing foods.

Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and Swiss chard are full of magnesium, which can aid in reducing bloat and anxiety. They can also help you sleep better.

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Omega-3 Rich Foods

Foods like chia seeds, flax seeds, and salmon are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain health and stabilize our mood. Don't forget to grind up flax seeds when eating them. Otherwise your system won't absorb the nutrients.

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Fermented Foods

Probiotic-rich foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, and kefir are gut-friendly foods that help the body break down food and eliminate waste, including excess estrogen that can cause hormone imbalances. Try incorporating more probiotic-rich foods into your diet.

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