Similarly, we choose to alter our natural hormonal states with medications for various purposes. With many factors present, you should do your best to eliminate hormone impactors, especially when you want balance in your body. One thing you can control is your food intake. If you steer clear of these foods, you can promote hormonal balance in your body.
Here are 5 foods known for disrupting your body’s hormonal balance:
The biggest impact sugar can make is on your body’s insulin production. Consuming large amounts of sugar forces your body to produce insulin to convert the excess into energy. Too much insulin production may lead to insulin resistance. Once you have this resistance, it could result in type-2 diabetes.
People think stevia is a healthy alternative to sugar, but we need more research to understand its effects on the endocrine system. According to Mindbodygreen, stevia was used to control or prevent pregnancy in women. Though not known for being an effective type of contraception, stevia can affect your hormonal system.
Organic, all-natural soy affects your hormones because it’s structure is similar to estrogen. This similarity leads to a succession of hormonal and reproductive issues, including uncontrollable cell growth and breast cancer. Soy makes your body think it’s producing enough estrogen so it may signal to lessen estrogen production. This may cause ovulation to shut down.
Excessively eating red meat may be problematic for women with polycystic ovary syndrome and other hormonal issues. A study from the University of Massachusetts showed a decrease in the production of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in both men and women who ate red meat excessively. SHBG regulates testosterone levels in both sexes so this imbalance may have adverse effects.
Milk is a mixture of hormones and comes from non-human sources. When you drink something so rich in hormones, you can expect it to mess up your endocrine system even if you aren’t lactose intolerant. Have you ever wondered why a lot of people are lactose intolerant? Maybe too much milk isn’t good for you.
It is always important to watch the food you eat, not just for weight loss but also when your hormones are concerned.
It may be difficult to avoid many of these foods, but with self-control and a healthy mindset, you may achieve hormonal balance.
Fight for your health today!