If you're over 40 and experiencing hormonal imbalance, then it's important that you understand which foods can help, and which can harm. Eating the right things is essential for restoring balance to your hormones and improving your overall health. However, some foods can aggravate your condition and make it worse. In this blog post, we'll discuss a few of the most common culprits you should avoid in order to keep your hormones in check.
When it comes to eating for hormone balance, processed food should be avoided at all costs. Processed snacks like chips and candy bars are loaded with unhealthy ingredients that throw off the delicate balance of hormones in your body. The same goes for processed meats like hot dogs or lunch meats. Not only do these items contain high levels of salt and sugar, but they also contain preservatives that have been linked to abnormal hormone levels. The key takeaway here is to stick with fresh, unprocessed foods as much as possible.
Milk products such as cheese and yogurt may be tasty, but they can also be a source of major problems when it comes to hormonal balance. Dairy products contain naturally occurring hormones called estrogens, which can disrupt the delicate balance of hormones in your body. Furthermore, many dairy products are made from cows treated with synthetic hormones like rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), which can further throw off your natural hormone levels.
Refined sugar is one of the worst offenders when it comes to disrupting hormonal balance in women over 40. Refined sugar causes a spike in insulin levels in the body, leading to an increase in fat storage around the midsection—which is often associated with hormonal imbalance issues such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). To add insult to injury, refined sugar also promotes inflammation and oxidative stress throughout the body—both of which are linked to higher levels of estrogen production.
Hormonal imbalances can cause a wide range of unpleasant symptoms including weight gain, low energy levels, mood swings, headaches, fatigue and more. Fortunately, there are ways you can help restore balance back into your hormones by avoiding certain foods like processed snacks, dairy products and refined sugars . By making simple changes to your diet—such as limiting processed foods and focusing on whole foods instead—you'll be taking an important step towards restoring harmony back into your hormones once again!
asthma recovery, asthma, copd, the magic pill
For years we accepted my husband, Dan's asthma diagnosis as a lifetime illness that would be managed by medications. We never thought asthma and COPD was something that could be improved or irradiated.
In fact, in 2007, Dan suffered a severe asthma attack that landed him in intensive care for a week! The follow ups with pulmonologists after his stint in ICU, were also daunting experiences. He was in addition to the label of asthmatic, Dan was now also suffering from COPD.
What? Dan was only 32 years old! What is his future going to look like? Will he eventually succumb to these diseases? How did this escalate so quickly?
In 2017 Dan and I watched the movie "The Magic Pill" on Netflix.
It was totally up my natural wellness alley so I was excited to sit down and learn. I did not expect to ball my eyes out!!!
The stories in this documentary are so powerful! Each person in this film suffered from a different disease, but weren't improving. Each were put on a diet where they eliminated processed foods, and ate organic, whole foods, while abstaining from gluten, dairy and sugar.
For Dan and I, the lightbulb turned on.
However, not relating to Dan's Asthma, it was our youngest daughter who's language delay was pretty severe.
There is a little girl in the movie who suffered from autism, and she was completely non verbal. After 10 weeks of eating organic whole foods and eliminating gluten, dairy and sugar from her diet, she began to speak!
I was in tears watching her transformation and Dan and I decided, right then, we would immediately begin eating this way in our home.
It was incredible how quickly the clouds lifted in Harper's brain. You see, brain function begins in the gut. Crazy right?
All four of us began to eat whole foods, and stayed away from sugar, gluten and dairy. We knew if we wanted to girls to eat properly, that we would also need to adopt this way of eating.
It was pretty challenging until we developed a routine, but soon it became easier and easier.
We also noticed our oldest daughter, Avery, who has symptoms of ADD, was also doing better!
It wasn't until a year later and a half later that we noticed Dan has stopped using his asthma inhaler. This is an accumulative result using, essential oils, dietary supplements, eliminating toxins in our home, AND DIET!
We knew we were onto something, a sure fire system to help others achieve better respiratory health!