Given our modern fast-paced lifestyle, hormonal chaos has been disrupting our bodies’ state of Zen more than ever before. Add in the aging factor, and hormones can sway dramatically in either direction. Unexplained weight gain, fatigue, muscle aches, depression, infertility, increased sensitivity to temperatures, feeling out of sorts, and anxiety are only some of the ill effects of your hormones gone wild leading to endocrine disorders.
What are Hormones and what are their functions?Hormones are those messengers that keep the communication between our body systems going so that their delicate equation stays intact. They level our temperatures, optimize tissue function, moderate our growth and development, mediate our fertility, regulate metabolism and respiration, and influence our mood.They are controlled by the endocrine system and play quite the part when it comes to sending out signals when you’re sleepy, stressed, and hungry among other things. But, endocrine disorders can tip their balance leading to many health and wellness issues.Now, we all know prevention is better than cure. So, here are some ways you can ensure to stay out of hormonal disorders.
Start with your gut - Food for hormonesYour gut bacteria has a way of conquering thyroid autoimmune antibodies and moderating progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. A hormone balancing diet complete with veggies, fruits, and whole foods aid the good microbes in your stomach make hormones you need.Throw in some fermented foods like kefir and yogurt; healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, and olive oil; high fiber foods such as sprouted whole grains and legumes; and prebiotic foods such as oats and bananas, and your gut and your hormones will thank you!Prebiotic foods: Most of you are aware of probiotic foods. They are the good bacteria in your stomach that promote good health by killing bad bacteria that cause infection and disease. However, prebiotic foods are not actually foods containing good bacteria. They are soluble and fermentable fibres that promote the growth of the good bacteria. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres that are processed in the large intestine (colon).Some prebiotic food sources:
- Potato skin
- Apple cider vinegar