Food has the power to cure. With a good diet and a good exercise program, you can overcome many of the evils that affect our culture today.
The treatment of severe symptoms of perimenopause is no different. You will find a number of foods that can help treat your body and balance your hormones without the help of synthetic drugs.
Here is my list of the five best foods for Perimenopause.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and proteins, which are beneficial during the perimenopausal years. Omega 3 not only helps control those uncomfortable hot flashes, but also stimulates your mood and promotes brain health. Fish and meat protein increases the production of progesterone in the body, balancing its hormones.
Try to avoid Atlantic farmed salmon because it contains PCBs and other chemicals. Pacific or organic wild salmon is your best option and offers the most benefits.
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as kale, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts contain a phytonutrient called indole 3 carbinol (or I3C). Studies are still ongoing on I3C, but researchers believe it could help fight cancer. I3C also promotes liver detoxification and helps the body burn fat. Because it helps block the toxic estrogen present in our environment, I3C can promote hormonal balance in the body.
But there are still other benefits to adding more broccoli to your diet. Broccoli, as well as broccoli seeds, fenugreek, cauliflower and fresh parsley help reduce the amount of aromatase in the body. Aromatase is an enzyme, if it is in excess, that can produce too much estrogen in the body. Eating aromatase inhibitors such as broccoli can help reduce estrogen dominance and reduce severe symptoms of perimenopause.
Eat broccoli and other raw cruciferous vegetables, lightly steamed or fermented. You can also find a good quality I3C supplement to take.
Egg yolks are rich in protein and healthy fats, all you need to promote the production of progesterone and DHEA in the body.
Don’t think that eating fat will make you fat. The opposite is really true. Healthy fats stimulate your metabolism and help you feel full for long periods. Sugar, trans fatty acids and hydrogenated oils are your true enemies in weight loss. If you are looking to lose a few pounds, avoid these foods at all costs.
The fats and saturated fats found in eggs help build cell membranes, reduce inflammation and help the body produce hormones. Exactly what you need during your perimenopausal years.
Also rich in omega 3 fatty acids and proteins, as well as fiber and antioxidants, flax helps reduce intestinal problems and fight estrogen control.
Flax also contains something called lignans. Lignans are a type of phytoestrogen that can block xenoestrogens in our environment. These xenoestrogen toxins contribute to the estrogen domain and aggravate the symptoms of perimenopause. Lignans also help balance overall estrogen levels in your body and are excellent for breast health.
Add some linseed oil such as vinaigrette to your salad and sprinkle ground or whole flax-seed seeds in your yogurt, smoothies, muesli or salads.
An important asset in the fight against estrogen dominance, pomegranate seeds can block up to 80% of toxic Estrogen in the body. Also beneficial to breast health, pomegranates can prevent certain types of breast cancer cells from multiplying. Add them to your yogurt and smoothies.