Hormones play a key role in regulating our mood, appetite, weight and much more. In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, hormonal imbalances have become a common occurrence among many. In general, the endocrine glands produce the exact amount of necessary hormones required for the body’s functioning but age and lifestyle changes can sometimes create an imbalance. Making some nutrition-driven changes to your diet can help bring this balance back to normal:
Add a wholesome amount of protein to every meal. This can help trigger the production of key hormones. Ideally, you should consume 20–30 grams of protein per meal. Get your protein from fish, chicken, tofu or nuts.
Foods that are rich in fibre like oranges, beets, carrots and guava could help regulate insulin levels in the body.
Try to include a variety of natural fats in your diet and avoiding unhealthy trans fats to reduce insulin resistance. You can include foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish and seafood, plant oils, eggs and milk to your regular diet.
It is also equally important to control the amount of sugar-heavy foods, drinks and refined carbs that you consume on a daily basis as they can often increase insulin sensitivity or decrease insulin levels.