Maintaining balanced hormones often gets labeled as a daunting, sometimes impossible challenge. While our hormones are certainly impressionable, we do have a great amount of control over them through the way we approach our diet and lifestyle. Favoring a diet rich in healthy fats, clean proteins, and organic vegetables is an easy way to start working toward a balanced endocrine system. With some simple lifestyle changes like eliminating toxic household, beauty, and skin care products, taking charge of your sleep schedule and reducing caffeine and alcohol intake, you can move even closer to naturally balancing your hormone levels.
Omega-3s are essential for the production of hormones that regulate blood, heart, and genetic function. Seed-based vegetable oils (sunflower, canola, etc.) are high in omega-6 fats and low in omega-3 fats. Overall we are consuming way more omega-6s than omega-3s, but for optimum health we should be eating a ratio of 1:1. Wild-caught salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3s. The top vegetarian sources of omega-3s include walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds. Healthy fats are also essential for regulating hormone levels in the body. Avocados/avocado oil as well as coconut oil, unheated olive oil, grass-fed butter, and ghee are all ideal sources of healthy fat. Clean protein and healthy fats also help stabilize blood sugar, another key factor for hormone regulation in the body.
This Salmon and Millet Supergreen Salad is rich in omega-3s and healthy fats. Not to mention it's bursting with flavor and any leftovers are the perfect workweek lunch. Enjoy!