The Best Foods For Hormone Balance

From Latham Thomas of Mama Glow

When a woman experiences PMS and a symptomatic cycle, it often means she is spreading herself too thin and not listening to her internal rhythms. Scheduling your life, as often as possible, so that you’re not taxing yourself when your cycle can’t handle it will keep you from senselessly depleting your energy. When you feel tired, slow down. It’s not that anything is wrong with you, but that you are not listening to yourself.

The body speaks in very clear terms about what it needs and desires from you. During your bleeding phase it’s time to dream more and sleep more. As you lose blood, you also lose minerals and it’s easy to feel depleted. Some women even become anemic. Carrying on as if nothing is happening will result in you pushing yourself too far, which in turn can result in moodiness, low blood sugar, and symptomatic headaches, etc. Reclaim that time to rest your body and fortify with foods that support your hormonal health, like the ones below:

Before Period – (Ovulation – Blooming Phase) The recommended foods for this period include sweet potatoes, cacao, maca root powder, spices, coconut oil, dates, and leafy greens.

During Period – (Releasing Phase) This first phase of the cycle, which lasts on average from 5-7 days, begins with the first day of our menstrual flow and is an opportunity for us to clear out and let go. During this phase of your cycle allow yourself to rest, and refrain from doing any strenuous physical activity. Instead take a walk and get fresh air. Feed yourself blood-building, robust foods including green juice coconut, beets, beans, squashes, and avocado and adequate protein through smoothies and light snacks throughout the day. Sip on infused ginger tea to help ease any cramps.

After Period – (Renewal Phase) Eat heartier meals containing healthy fats like avocado, walnuts, quinoa, black beans, and almonds. One of my favorite recipes for Rosemary Almonds comes from Alicia Keys. It’s one of my go-to glow foods to carry while in the renewal phase, made with peeled almonds, rosemary, olive oil, and sea salt. Have a smoothie containing low glycemic berries, like blueberries, along with hempseed oil and Maca powder (an adaptogen that works on the reproductive system). Goji berry tea helps to restore the body and offers an array of amino acids. Simply place 2 tsp of dried goji berries into a cup of boiling water. Allow them to soak and release their power into the water, then drink.

Check out more from Latham Thomas in this guide to the best foods for fertility, then read how to build muscle with food.