Sunday, 20 July 2014

Nutritionally Balanced Hormones


Are you a menstruating woman who dreads that time of the month? Do you get PMS? Or, have you ever suffered from amenorrhoea (an abnormal lack of menstruation) or polymenorrhoea (unusually frequent menstruation)?
Even if you haven't experienced the above, if you are a menstruating woman, this is for you.


Did you know that having a regular, pain free period with a healthy flow is essential in maintaining the delicate 'dance' of our hormones. And, without proper nutrition, our bodies cannot maintain the proper balance of hormones which allows our reproductive organs to function at their best (hello cramps, mood swings and irregular cycles).

Here are some hints for what you can do nutritionally for your hormones. I have also made a video about this over at She Shines Beauty which you can view here.

1. ZINC
Zinc is the precursor to progesterone, and therefore is essential in the oestrogen/progesterone balance. You can find zinc in beef, lamb, pumpkin seeds and beans.

2. MAGNESIUM
Magnesium is involved in the breakdown of oestrogen in your body. It also helps to reduce muscle tension, so it is great for women who get menstrual cramps. Magnesium rich foods include green leafy vegetables and dark chocolate.

3. UNSATURATED FATS
Found in avocados, nuts and seeds. They are essential for healthy hormones because your body uses these fats to make hormones.

4. CHASTE TREE
Vitex agnus-castus is a herb commonly used by naturopaths to reduce PMS symptoms.
Remember to check with you health care professional in case it can interact with any of your current medication.

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional

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