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If your hormones are going bonkers, then add these 4 nutrients and keep them in check

Published on:18 August 2021, 17:19pm IST
Balancing hormone levels in the body is essential for the proper functioning and development. If you’re suffering from a hormonal imbalance, it might be a sign that you are deficient in these nutrients.
Aayushi Gupta
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Do you feel confused and frustrated at times? Struggling to sleep? Are you gaining weight? Is your flow heavy or irregular? Suffering from acne breakout? Or do you feel tired all the time?

Just maybe, you are suffering from hormonal imbalance! When you have too much or too little of any hormone in your bloodstream, it leads to the development of hormonal imbalance. And this is very common during puberty, menstruation, PMS, pregnancy, and menopause. 

What are hormones?

Hormones are the body’s chemical messenger, and are responsible for physical, mental, and emotional well-being. They are essential for the overall functioning of the body like regulating hunger, blood pressure, metabolism, sleep cycle as well as the general growth of the body, mood, as well as energy levels. They also influence your weight, and even sex drive. They are fundamental to all the systems of your body. 

Here’s how you can balance your hormone levels

Getting all essential nutrients is necessary to balance the level of hormones in the body. If you think you may suffer from a hormonal imbalance, you may be deficient in certain nutrients. Here are these nutrients: 

 

1. Vitamin D

 

Vitamin D is a hormone that communicates with your other hormones to balance them all. But a deficiency of vitamin D may lead to lower estrogen levels, which can cause depression, hot flashes, mood swings, and more. 

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Some food items that are high in vitamin D are salmon, fish, herring and sardines, cheese, cod liver oil, egg yolks, mushroom, and fortified foods. 

 

2. Magnesium

 

Consuming magnesium-rich foods help to balance blood sugar levels and get the hormones back on track. Magnesium deficiency can lead to headaches, insomnia, anxiety, irritability and muscle spasms. 

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Adding magnesium-rich foods to your diet can ensure you stay healthy! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

To ensure you’re getting enough magnesium, be sure to eat dark green leafy vegetables, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews and avocado. These sources are full of magnesium and are beneficial for maintaining hormone levels. 

 

3. Omega-3 fats

 

The omega 3 fatty acids and nutrients you get from food or supplements can help to build and maintain a healthy body. They are crucial because they help keep your heart, lungs, blood vessels and immune system in proper order. In fact, omega 3 fats also keep depression and other mental issues at bay. 

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Some good sources of omega-3 fatty acids are flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts, soy foods and canola oil. 

4. Vitamin B complex

Vitamin B complex is necessary for the functioning of the nervous system, gastrointestinal system, and cardiovascular system. Its deficiency can lead to hormonal imbalance in your body which can lead to beriberi, which is characterised by pain and paralysis of legs and arms. A sufficient amount of it in the body can help to prevent infection and support cell growth, increasing energy levels, good eyesight, healthy appetite, and proper functioning of the nervous system. 

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Vitamin B is found in milk, cheese, eggs, dark green vegetables such as spinach and kale, as well as meats such as chicken, red meat, and fish. 

Be sure that your body gets enough of these nutrients on a daily basis, so it can work efficiently. 

Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

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