Research indicates that hormonal balance can be affected by the levels of nutrients in our body, and it’s widely acknowledged in medical literature that women often have low levels of important nutrients.
One key nutrient to include is magnesium, which we found to be in short supply in between 50% – 80% of women. When taken together with other essential nutrients, such as B vitamins, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, and fatty acids, it has shown a positive influence on brain chemistry and hormone function. Good sources of magnesium include fresh fruit and vegetables, especially green ones.
We are all indeed sugar lovers, but I have learnt to keep a treat day to just one day a week. I now avoid sugar, wheat, coffee and refined foods as much as possible as they seem to interfere with my emotional state and unbalance my hormones.
Essential fatty acids – like those found in vegetable oils and oily fish, like wild salmon – also play a big role in hormone health. Those who consumed a diet rich in omega-3s had less mood swings, better libido and far more energy.
I have found after trial and error that these supplements have been the most effective for balancing hormones, once again everybody is different so sometimes it is worth trying out various supplements until you find the one that is most suited for you. The most effective supplements have been, magnesium, B vitamins, zinc, omega 3,6,9, evening primrose oil, starflower oil, a good probiotic, and a good multi vitamin that includes calcium and vitamin k.