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5 Foods to Balance Your Hormones

These 5 foods contain key phytonutrients and fibre to help your body better eliminate excess hormones.
May 10, 2021 | Joy McCarthy

Hormones are the chemical messengers of your body. They play a major role in controlling your appetite, your skin, your mood, your weight, your metabolism, and that is only the tip of the iceberg.

For me, having a hormonal imbalance in my 20's resulted in hair loss, anxiety, digestive problems, skin problems, and major problems with menstruation (all of which I touch on in my first book Joyous Health). However, if it wasn't for having wacky hormones back then I would have probably never become a nutritionist! I healed my health naturally and this inspired me to go back to school to study holistic nutrition and totally change my career. 

Normally, your endocrine glands produce the precise amount of each hormone needed for various processes in your body but many things can throw them off balance including lifestyle factors such as lack of sleep (too little or too much), exercise, diet, stress levels, environmental toxins, and pharmaceutical drugs.⠀

In this video today, I'm sharing 5 foods to eat to help support hormonal health.

Keep in mind that simply eating these foods without making other changes to your diet and lifestyle will not be enough to balance your hormones if they are currently imbalanced. However, they are foods that contain phytonutrients or specific types of fibre that promote hormonal harmony in your body. 

Even if you do not suffer from a hormonal balance, it's a good idea to incorporate these foods into your diet. 

Here are some delicious recipes to enjoy with the 5 foods mentioned in my video

1. Flaxseeds. Try these delicious Blueberry Flax Muffins or my Best-Ever Cinnamon Flaxseed Bread from the Joyous Detox cookbook page 127. ⠀

2. Fatty Fish. Make this Salmon Kale Pesto for dinner! Try Baked Salmon with Caper Dill Pesto in The Joyous Cookbook, page 191. It's to die for!

3. Cruciferous veggies. Try these Cauli Tacos or Turmeric Cauli Rice. Try the Broccoli Cranberry Salad with Creamy Dairy-free Dressing in The Joyous Cookbook page 104. 

4. Broccoli sprouts. Put on top of your avo toast or toss in a smoothie!⠀

5. Bitter greens. Try this Peach Arugula Salad (swap in apples since peaches are out of season). Try the Arugula Pesto Pizza on page 234 in the Joyous Detox Cookbook

I hope I've given you plenty of delicious ideas to incorporate more hormonally balancing foods. 

Have a joyous day! 

Joy xo

Kiren   •   May 11, 2021

I think I was meant to read this. Any suggestions for women who have low estrogen levels? Have loved your site and information provided for a long time.

Joy McCarthy   •   May 12, 2021

Sandy   •   May 12, 2021

Great information! Any suggestions for when you've had your gallbladder removed? Everyone I know like this have issues with digestion.

Joy McCarthy   •   May 13, 2021
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Joy McCarthy   •   May 14, 2021

Christie Killoran   •   May 12, 2021

My gyno said there’s no point in testing hormones because they fluctuate so much in the day. I don’t agree. But how else can I tell if my hormones are out of whack, and what can I do about it? I don’t take any OTC drugs, I use clean products, don’t eat sugar, I’m celiac so no gluten. I feel like I’m doing everything right and still losing.

Joy McCarthy   •   May 13, 2021

Nancy Volk   •   December 14, 2021

Loved this and wanted to check out your califlower taco and fried rice but couldn't find the recipe -- where are they located? thanks Nancy


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