Nutrition is really important for hormone health.
There are many hormone disruptors in our modern food chains. Keeping your diet as unprocessed as possible is really important for hormone balance. Beware some foods that you may not think of as processed- for example many wheat based foods, are processed. Examples are white bread, white paste, cakes, biscuits, pizza and pastries. Cutting down on these cam help with wellbeing, reduce bloating and can help with weight loss.
It’s also clear that micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are lower, even in many natural foods today, compared with 100 years ago. This may be due to mass farming and soil depletion. Making sure your diet gives you everything you need is not as easy as it may seem. Nutrients like iodine and vitamin D are frequently insufficient in standard modern diets today.
To improve your levels of important nutrients you also need to optimise your gut microbiome, which means the friendly bacteria in your gut, to help you digest these nutrients.
Keeping a healthy, rainbow diet with natural foods, ensuring lots of dietary fibre and fermented foods helps with gut function.
There is lots of information about optimising nutrition in my book “The Complete Guide to the Menopause” which will be published in January 2021. The nutrition chapters are relevant to everyone who wants to optimise their hormone health.
There is also lots of useful information on the BDA website here; https://www.bda.uk.com
- Hormone Facts & Information