Being a woman isn’t easy, but what if I told you how to make it a little easier? We’ve heard a lot of buzz around hormones lately, and honestly it can get overwhelming. Some symptoms of hormone imbalance could be,
- Irregular periods
- Tender breasts
- Mood swings
The list could go on, but you get the idea. Basically, if you are feeling crummy and just “not good” you may want to take a look at your hormones – a simple blood test will tell you the answer.
If you’re terrified of needles like I am, try increasing your fiber intake. Studies from Tufts University, UCLA, and the American Health Foundation have shown that increasing your fiber intake helps to reduce excess estrogen. But how? Your liver!
Your liver filters blood and removes things that should not be there, including excess hormones. After your liver removes the excess hormones, they make their way to the intestinal tract where fiber soaks them up and escorts them out of your body via waste. You literally flush away excess hormones each time you use the ladies room.
Increasing your fiber through diet changes doesn’t require expensive supplements or pills; it’s as simple as adding beans, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables at each meal. Animal products, such as meat, eggs, and fish do not contain fiber!
The average American gets about 16 grams of fiber per day, according to US government statistics. For good health, we should double that figure, at the very least.Your Body Balanced by Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC
To be more specific about fiber intake:
If you are 50 years old or younger, your fiber goal should be a minimum of 25 grams/day.
If you are 51 years old or older, your fiber goal should be a minimum of 21 grams/day.
Of course, check in with your doctor to see which hormones are out of wack and if this natural method of increasing fiber will work for you. Also, note that these are minimums, and do not reflect the optimal rage of 30 to 35 grams/day. Again, check with your doctor to see your personal optimal range. I also do not recommend trying to jump feet first into eating 35 grams of fiber per day; slow and steady wins the race. Focus on adding fiber into your diet wherever you can and in no time you’ll have a regular restroom routine and happier hormones.
And girl, drink you water!
Reach out and let me know how I can help you. Have a blessed day friends!