Hormones are awesome.
That’s not something you hear -or think- every day, especially if you’re part of the 50% of the population whose mood is constantly being pegged on their hormonal cycle. Now bear with me, this isn’t about to get political:
Hormones play a vital role in every major bodily function.
Everything from procreation (wink-wink) to feeling happy or depressed, to how fast you burn calories, down to how sound and yummy your sleep is.
Everyone - as in 100% of the population- has hormonal cycles going through their bodies every single day. Those cycles change and evolve with age, and that’s not so awesome.
As we get older our hormone levels fluctuate; some hormones are produced in higher volume while others slowly decrease. Most go down, and that’s what may lead to gray hairs, wrinkles, energy spikes, night sweats, libido swings and more.
A hormone-balancing diet may help you cope better with hormonal shifts as you age.
What we eat and don’t have a direct impact on the endocrine system, just like every other part of our bodies. The endocrine system is a network of glands that produce the hormones that we need to regulate metabolism, growth, sleep, mood, sexual function, and more.
If you want to stay young, have high energy, glowing skin, and look as young as you feel, leverage the power of superfoods with hormone balancing diet tips to match the aging curve effectively.
A hormone-balancing diet doesn’t have to be complicated or restrictive; it may just be about making small changes in your eating habits to possibly either boost positive outcomes or minimize side effects through nutrition.
So let’s get to it!
Collagen, the most abundant protein in your body and the reason 20-year-olds have that supple glowy skin we see in magazines, peaks in your 20s. That’s great because collagen is the protein behind healthy nails, shiny hair, strong bones, and healthy ligaments. However, its production starts to decline in your late 20s so that’s when you should begin to supplement it and increasing your Vitamin C intake to boost its bioavailability.
The hormones that participate in the metabolism work faster during puberty and start to slow down or change in your late 20s as well, that’s why weight gain might happen faster, while weight loss may take longer. Adding more exercise to your routine may help maintain the metabolic rate at an optimum level.
What to keep an eye on (metabolism hormones)
Here is what you may want to try in your 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond:
Your body starts to change more noticeably in your thirties, for starters you can’t take your liquor the same way as you did in your roaring twenties as your liver enzyme production starts to decline. On the plus side, women reach their sexual prime and are still within a fertile window if they want to get pregnant.
You may also begin to lose bone mass, stop producing the human growth hormone HgH (which helps build muscle mass) and testosterone levels start to lower in both men and women, leading to weight gain and to a slower metabolism. The perfect time to start a hormone balancing diet.
It is believed that people over 35 should get their thyroid tested. Women, in particular, may experience thyroid hormone issues that may lead to greater fat stores and find it harder to drop pounds. There seems to be a relationship between the thyroid and weight gain, and it may be good to keep an eye on your THS, T3 and T4 levels at this time via blood-work and with a hormone balancing diet.
When it comes to skin: wrinkles start to appear, moisture escapes the epidermis, and you may find a tendency towards dryness.
Your 30s Hormone Balancing Diet
Women may start to experience perimenopause, producing less estrogen and progesterone, and unbalancing melatonin release, in addition to irregular menstrual cycles, night sweats, hot flashes, hunger spikes, and even high cholesterol. Men, on the other hand, may experience andropause an age-related decrease in the testosterone hormone. Both may benefit from hormone balancing diet adjustments.
The difference between perimenopause, menopause, and andropause is that the hormone levels drop suddenly and fast in women while going down gradually in men.
This is the time to check for age-related and inflammatory health issues. You may find that your stress levels rise, and cortisol spikes leading to sleep deprivation, more weight gain, and skin problems - even breakouts!
The golden years begin and you may think you don’t need a hormone-balancing diet, but women may be in full menopause at this stage, while men may feel the complete effects of andropause. Skin starts to show spots, more pronounced wrinkles, become thinner and lose fat, turning drier and less elastic.
The decrease or absence of estrogen in women may lead to incontinence, cystitis, UTIs, and more. Thyroid activity slows down triggering more weight gain than ever, fatigue, hair loss, and body aches - since the thyroid is the body’s metabolism master gland.
These are the decades where our bodies go through the most drastic physical and cognitive changes, and the best way to prepare for it is making healthier lifestyle choices early on before you hit this stage.
A hormone-balancing diet is unique to every individual; a person suffering from Hashimoto’s will have very different needs from someone experiencing hyperthyroidism, or perimenopause.
Cruciferous green vegetables, calcium, collagen, vitamin c, biotin, lean protein, and healthy fats all work together to help you combat the signs of aging at different stages in your life.
Consider these healthy hormone-balancing diet tips as a starting point, keep an eye on your hormone levels, and ask your physician for at least a yearly blood-work check-up to stay on top of any developing issues.
Graceful aging is possible when you leverage superfoods, exercise, and mindful living.
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