The human body is a finely-tuned machine, which only works properly thanks to delicately balanced hormones that control everything from energy levels and blood sugar to your weight and fertility. However, it is very easy to mess up that balance, which has a direct impact on your health. The following five foods are ones to watch out for if you want to keep your body working as it should.
By far the most common cause of abnormal hormone levels, the amount of sugar that you eat. Consuming sugar has a direct impact on your health. Whenever you consume sugar, your body has to counteract its effects on the bloodstream by producing insulin. Consistently producing too much insulin can lead to the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. Insulin can also cause problems with estrogen and testosterone levels.
Many people turn to Stevia as a healthier alternative to sugar, but it can be harmful in a different way. In South American stevia has been used by women to prevent pregnancy. Research into its properties has shown it to be 50% effective in preventing pregnancy when the whole leaf is used to create a tea. The processed stevia used as a sweetener has not been shown to have this effect. However, it could have an impact on hormone levels in some people. If infertility is an issue try cutting stevia from your diet.
As babies, the breastmilk received from mothers is packed with the nutrients needed to grow and develop. However, a calf is of course very different from a baby human, and as such needs different nutrients. Cow’s milk is rich in hormones that can easily upset hormonal balance, especially if you have even the smallest sensitivity to dairy.
Soy is what’s known as an “endocrine mimicker,” which means that it has a similar structure to estrogen while it is inside the human body. This property can cause any number of hormonal problems, the most alarming of which is uncontrollable cell growth which can even lead to breast cancer.
Too much red meat has a direct impact on the body’s production of SHBG, a hormone which controls testosterone levels. This hormone is particularly acute for women experiencing fertility issues.
While choosing the wrong foods can throw your hormones out of balance, making the right choices can help restore them to optimum levels. Foods packed with essential vitamins and minerals, such as coconut oil, almonds, spinach, and broccoli are all easy to fit into any diet while ensuring that your body produces the right levels of hormones. Keeping your hormones at the proper level and in balance will ensure a body working at peak efficiency.
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