30 days of hormone balancing (4) – Eat the right fats

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No 4 – Eat the right fats

Reduce saturated fat especially from red meat and dairy products
Red meats and dairy products are generally not recommended. A diet high in saturated fat encourages weight gain and fat deposition. Fat cells manufacture oestrogen thereby creating an oestrogen overload in the body. Saturated animal fats are more likely to contain xenoestrogens (foreign and artificial hormones) which can disrupt your hormone balance. Foods high in saturated fats are generally pro-inflammatory, and can encourage pain and swelling and contribute to period pain.

foods high in omega-3 fats

Foods that contain healthy fats

Eat good quality Oily foods such as oily fish, nuts, seeds, flax oil
It is important to maintain your intake of healthy fats. They help to balance your hormones by encouraging your cells to respond to hormonal triggers more effectively. Good fats are also required to keep your heart healthy and for good skin. Eat a portion of oil rich foods such as oily fish (salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel), nuts, seeds or cold pressed vegetable oils every day. These will provide the essential fats, Omega-3 and omega-6 which are a vital component of every human cell, and pre-cursors of many substances which regulate bodily processes.

If you find it hard to eat enough of the oily foods then get your essential fats in the form of fish oil or flax oil supplements.

It is the fat content of food which tends to satisfy us or make a food taste really good. Low fat ready meals, snack foods and drinks contain much higher levels of sugar to compensate for their bland taste. Avoid foods marketed as low fat.

ACTION: Think about the fat content of your diet. How could you improve things? Which of the above foods will you now include in your diet?

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