How Your Diet Affects Your Hormones

What you eat matters. Your diet affects your weight, your energy levels, and your hormone production. Food has a direct impact on the gut and nervous system, and on the circulation of various compounds in the blood. Hormonal balance requires healthy digestion, a well-functioning liver, and stable blood sugar levels.

When your hormones are out of whack, you can experience problems with metabolism, mood, fertility, heart rate, and appetite.

When you have balanced hormones, you feel bright and in a good mood. You feel energetic, your memory is sharp, and sleep comes easily and is satisfying. Your appetite is strong, but you avoid cravings and find it easy to maintain a healthy weight. Your skin and hair are healthy, and you can respond to stressful situations with a calm demeanor and good reasoning.

At Marin Weight Loss & Wellness, we can help you develop a diet plan that optimizes your hormones and promotes a healthy weight. We can help you learn to make smarter dietary choices to keep your hormones in check.

Here’s the rundown on how substances in your food can affect your hormones.

Preservatives disrupt the endocrine system

Preservatives in processed foods can disrupt the endocrine system. They mimic estrogen and compete with your natural estrogen production, leading to weight gain, low thyroid hormone levels, and decreased sperm counts.

Phytoestrogens may be an issue

Phytoestrogens show up naturally in foods such as citrus, soy, wheat, and licorice. These phytoestrogens can affect your body much in the same way as naturally-produced estrogen. For some people, phytoestrogens can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and some cases of breast cancer. For other people, phytoestrogens can act as an endocrine disruptor and aggravate the risk of breast cancer.

Pesticides may affect growth hormones

Some compounds in pesticides can block your body’s hormones from binding, causing multiple responses in the body. Men may find that soy treated with pesticides can lead to lower levels of testosterone and decreased sperm count.

Excessive alcohol affects reproduction

Excessive and chronic alcohol consumption can disturb communication between your body’s neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. This may cause problems in your reproductive system. Alcohol consumption can affect your testosterone and estrogen levels, interfering with sex drive and menstrual cycles.

Plastic packaging can affect hormones

Plastic packaging is common in food products but isn’t benign. Plastic contains compounds such as bisphenol A and bisphenol S (BPA, BPS). These unnatural substances can cause issues such as premature breast development and blocked thyroid hormone function.

A balanced diet for wellness

A balanced diet that focuses primarily on whole, unprocessed foods can support balanced hormone levels. We can help you understand how adding more vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and lean, unprocessed proteins can boost your wellness and help you get to a healthy weight. We provide you with a customized nutrition plan to support weight loss (if that’s your goal), high energy levels, and optimal mood.

If you feel “off,” and your moods, appetite, and energy don’t serve you well, examine your diet. Your food choices directly impact your hormones and consequently your overall health. Call one of the Marin Weight Loss & Wellness offices in Greenbrae or Novato, California, or book an appointment online for guidance in developing an eating plan that supports optimal balance in your body.

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