Updated: Sep 6
Good nutrition is a key factor in maintaining overall health and wellness, including hormonal balance. By incorporating hormone-balancing superfoods into your diet regularly, you can support your body's natural balance hormone regulation processes and achieve optimal health. In this post, we share our top picks for hormone-balancing foods and encourage you to make these nutrient-rich options a regular part of your balance hormone diet.
PS - If you're a woman trying to balance hormones naturally, this blog post is for you! This is a follow up to my blog posts, How to Balance Female Hormones Naturally Through Diet & Lifestyle, part 1 and part 2. Make sure you check those out, too!
1. Seeds for Hormonal Balance: Detox and Sleep Benefits
Seeds help your body to detox excess hormones properly and can be a crucial part of your balance hormone diet. Read my blog post about balancing hormones through diet/lifestyle to learn about seed cycling. Many seeds also have high amount of tryptophan, which will help you sleep better. Sleep is the FOUNDATION for health and we need to be getting 7+ hours of quality sleep each night to balance hormones naturally! Seeds that I recommend including in your diet regularly:
Though them in salads, soups, or smoothies to add flavor and texture to your favorite dishes!
2. Cruciferous Vegetables: Natural Detox for Estrogen Dominance
Cruciferous vegetables have a compound called Indole-3-Carbinol that stimulates enzymes that support detoxification in the gut and liver (aka, the main way your body detoxes excess hormones). This is especially helpful for women struggling with estrogen dominance and can be essential to balance hormones. Try to get at least one serving per day and for best results, lightly steam or lightly roast them to keep the nutrients in tact. Examples of cruciferous vegetables include:
3. Sweet Potatoes: The Resistant Starch for Blood Sugar and Balance Hormones Naturally
Resistant starches are helpful in balancing blood sugar, and blood sugar balance is ESSENTIAL for hormonal balance. I absolutely LOVE sweet potatoes- not only are they packed with vitamins, minerals, and resistant starch, but they are also versatile. They can be a great part of a balance hormone diet. Try them simply roasted, or try one of these fun recipes:
4. Organic Lentils & Beans: Protein and Fiber for Balancing Hormones
Lentils and beans are also foods that are high in resistant starch. They are also high in protein + fiber, making them a great option to keep your blood sugar balanced and your digestion moving, hence supporting balanced hormones in the body. Try to get at least 1 serving per day of lentils or beans. They are a key element in a balance hormones food strategy.
5. Sea Vegetables: The Iodine-Rich Foods for Thyroid and Hormonal Health
Sea vegetables are such an underrated nutrition tool for hormonal health! Sea vegetables such as seaweed, kelp, wakame, nori, and dulse are high in iodine and tyrosine, which support thyroid function. Sea vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Try ordering a seaweed salad or crunching on some dried seaweed for a snack! I also love to sprinkle dried dulse flakes on my Asian dishes to add flavor and nutrients. Incorporating them can help balance hormones naturally.
If you're struggling to find a diet that promotes healthy hormone function and supports your weight goals, consider working with a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I can help you create a personalized diet and lifestyle plan that aligns with your health objectives! Learn more about working with me here.