3 Food Groups that Nourish Your Hormones
My goal is always to make wellness simple and to help you support your female biology through food. I want to give you the tools you need to begin healing, and much of the work that I do truly is based upon nutrition.
3 Food Categories that Nourish Your Hormones:
I like to mention three areas of focus when it comes to hormone health are animal protein, tropical fruit, and nourishing fat. Of course, this isn't all there is when it comes to nourishing your body for proper hormonal function, but instead 3 unique focuses I like to take. I am emphasizing these areas, because mainstream nutrition often demonizes animal protein, sugar from fruit, and saturated fat - when truly, all 3 categories will be very supportive of your hormonal function.
High-quality animal protein gives the liver adequate amino acids that support proper detoxification + helps blood sugar be balanced. This category includes:
Muscle meats, organ meats, bone broth, gelatin, collagen, eggs, high-quality dairy, and wild-caught fish (+ other seafood, like oysters and shrimp) are excellent protein sources. My recent personal favorites? Grass-fed bison, wild-caught salmon, and organic kefir, a yogurt-like probiotic drink.
Tropical fruit is rich in vitamin C, which supports progesterone production and helps the body have adequate thyroid hormone and immune function. Some of the best options are:
Mango, kiwi, pineapple, papaya, pitaya (dragon fruit), and pomelo are some fantastic options for tropical fruits that are high in vitamin C.
Nourishing fat includes fat that provides the body with cholesterol, the building blocks of hormones. Women tend to metabolize fat better than men do, and eating around 30% - 40% of calories from fat can be a good option for many women. What are my favorite sources of healthy fat?
Coconut oil, tallow, avocado (the fruit, although the oil is ok to use for cooking), coconut meat, coconut cream, olive oil, animal meats, eggs, fatty fish, and whole fat dairy, like butter, cream, raw cheese, and raw milk. If you cannot digest dairy well currently, coconut is the best replacement/alternative.
Of course, many meats (and other animal proteins, like eggs) will have fat as a part of their compositions. It's essential to be aware of how much fat you are eating IF you eat a lot of animal protein. (Fun fact: did you know that when you eat beef, you are technically getting more protein from fat than from protein? It's crazy!)
If you are looking for an easy way to implement these tips into your life style, just aim to make an addition from each category next time you are at the grocery store. This might look like grabbing wild caught salmon, kiwis, and coconut oil next time you are grocery shopping - or you might opt for bone broth, mango, and olive oil. Start small if that works best for you, or go all in and try a variety!