Your hormones are involved in every aspect of your health – mentally and physically. For your body to function optimally your glandular system requires specific foods to keep them in check. Consuming nutritious foods, exercising on a regular basis and engaging in other healthy behaviours can go a long way toward improving your hormonal health. Let’s look at how food can support you through the decades from menarche to menopause.
These years can be a tricky time for women. There are new obstacles to navigate such as newfound independence, more responsibility at school and at home, and of course, the surging hormones that cause physical and mental changes.
By this time a woman’s reproductive cycle should be well established and the relationship a woman has with her body can be deeply intuitive and positive. To reinforce the healthy alignment of the hormones during this decade concentrating on ensuring a clean system and optimal nutritional status is paramount.
This decade is a critical one for hormonal health as it is the time that a woman starts to transition into the beginning of premenopausal stages. How you have nourished your body in the past two decades will compound how you move through this natural transition.
• Vegetables – capsicums, artichokes, carrots, kale, spinach, Brussel sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, beetroot and onions
• Spices and herbs – turmeric, ginger, garlic, coriander, basil, parsley, green tea, cayenne, cloves, cinnamon, cumin and oregano
• Other foods – cacao, red wine and kidney beans
The transition into menopause occurs around this age and although the menstrual cycle is all over, this doesn’t mean that you need to give up and let the reins loose on your diet and lifestyle. If you have any symptoms of perimenopause or residue of menstrual complaints continuing the support of your hormones can help to minimise these ongoing.