Boost Your Mood With Broccoli
By Amanda Wilson
PMS sucks (sorry to the men out there)! You feel terrible and moody and everyone and everything seems to annoy you. Quite frankly, chances are that even YOU annoy you. True story.
But there’s good news! The days before ‘Aunt Flo’ arrives don’t have to be dreadful! Changes to your diet and lifestyle can help to relieve – even prevent – a lot of the your irritating PMS symptoms, including banishing your ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ alter ego, that flies in on her broomstick each month.
Bring on the Broccoli
You mom was doing you a favor when she made you sit at the dinner table until you finished your broccoli. DIM (Diindolylmethane) occurs naturally in the brassica family of vegetables (i.e. broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower) and aids in the metabolism of estrogen. These veggies sweep out the excess estrogen in your body, aid in detoxification and are awesome cancer fighters.
There is some talk about only consuming these veggies lightly steamed or cooked if you are someone with thyroid issues, due to the goitrogenic properties. This doesn’t mean that you need to avoid them altogether, but by lightly cooking them, the goitrogens are released, which eliminates such a concern. I’ve known people to consume raw cruciferous veggies with thyroid issues and be okay, but I would suggest doing your own research and/or consulting your health practitioner to find what works best for your unique body.
Pass on the Pesticides
Pesticides disrupt hormones and cause many other health problems, despite what the folks at Monsanto may lead you to believe. Studies have shown that pesticides negatively affect the production of estrogen, so choose organic produce whenever possible. At a minimum, choose organic versions of the Dirty Dozen. Check out Robyn O’Brien, author of “The Unhealthy Truth,” to learn more about pesticides and their effect on our health.
More Omega 3’s Please
Omegas 3’s are hormone balancing champs. Wild Alaskan salmon, ground flaxseeds, pastured eggs, raw pumpkin seeds and walnuts are nutritional powerhouses, all of which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. You may also consider taking a high quality fish oil supplement, low in toxins and mercury. Omegas 3’s have been shown to help improve cholesterol, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease, the #1 killer of women.
Say “Sayonara” to Soy
90% of soy grown in America is genetically modified. The phytoestrogens in soy may interfere with your hormone balance. Studies are contradictory as to the effects of soy, so it’s best to avoid altogether, or consume fermented versions such as miso, natto, tamari or tempeh. Read labels carefully as soy may be lurking in your favorite snacks or protein bars.
Balancing your hormones can be life-changing. In addition to the above, plenty of sleep, a whole foods diet and stress reducing techniques will keep you off the broomstick for good. When your hormones are balanced, your skin goes from drab to fab, you have plenty of energy and you’ll be that much more pleasant to be around.
Amanda Wilson transformed her life and is on a mission to help others do the same.At the age of 40, where so many women begin to see and feel their health diminishing, she reclaimed her health and found her best self. Because of her experiences with poor health, she became obsessed with good health and healing, ultimately becoming her passion.
Amanda now lives an abundant and healthy life with her handsome fireman fiance in Southern California. She enjoys anything outdoors, especially hiking, running, biking, and stair climbing.
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