Top Foods That Cause Hormonal Imbalances

Today is a quick list of foods that have a dangerous effect on your hormones.  You don't have to quit them all at once, but try cutting one at a time. You might be surprised what a difference it makes. The more effort you make to avoid these foods, the better the chance you will notice small, unpleasant feelings go away. See if you can guess which ingredients made the list!

Symptoms include a slower metabolism, a messed-up sleep cycle, and a lagging sex drive.

Sugar Substitutes
All sugar substitutes do is mess with your body’s ability to communicate with itself. Diet drinks and aspartame lower serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter responsible for mood, sleep and appetite.

Don’t think Gluten Free is just some new fad. It has some serious scientific backing! Eliminating gluten can help your thyroid function and reduce inflammation. Cutting back on gluten might even make you feel fabulous!

Drinking is linked to premenstrual anxiety, mood problems, and headache. More than 3-6 servings a week raises bad estrogens and slows metabolism. One glass of red wine a week considered to be fine and might have anti-aging effects ;)

Sorry girlfriends, but it increases cortisol levels in your body and increase insulin resistance. Caffeine intake even lowers progesterone in women, and can lead to painful periods.

Do you have acne or bloating? Stay away from the dairy. Milk and cheese have been shown to increase matrix metalloproteinase (MMK), which causes inflammation and leads to higher androgens and acne. If you can’t live without cheese try goats cheese.

Processed foods
No more boxed cereal, frozen pizza, or crackers.  Most processed food contain multiple items listed above, plus countless preservatives, additives, artificial flavors and colors.  Stick to whole, unprocessed foods as much as you can. When buying something, ask yourself if your grand-grandmother knew what it is. If answer is no – don’t buy it!

And try to avoid any foods that make you feel tired sluggish or wrong!  Listen to your body.  It takes practice, but pay attention and you will start to hear what it is telling you.