Everyone knows that they should be eating well to benefit their overall health, but what about nutrition for particular problems or concerns? Everything from skin health to energy levels can be improved and affected by what you eat, so why should estrogen levels be any different?
Estrogen is responsible for many processes in a woman’s body. It helps her breast tissue function, her pituitary gland, and even her uterus. Estrogen is also paramount for metabolism and sexual health. Not enough of this hormone, and you can put your body at risk of health complications such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and osteoporosis.
Whether your estrogen levels are low due to genetics, age, or poor nutrition, here are a few foods you can try to work on your levels.
If your estrogen levels are lacking, then how about including more soy products in your diet? Soy contains isoflavones, which can help to increase your estrogen. Soy products are abundant in most supermarkets. You can buy soy milk, yoghurt, or even tofu, which is made with soy milk.
Nuts are a go-to in many situations. They offer an energy boost, are an excellent alternative to sugary snacks, and are packed full of vitamins and minerals your body needs to survive and thrive. Therefore, it’s probably not surprising that they can be of value with your estrogen levels as well.
Peanuts, walnuts, and pistachios are an excellent choice of nuts for increasing your estrogen levels. They contain both isoflavones and phytoestrogens and are versatile too. You can eat them on their own, in a salad, or for breakfast with yoghurt or cereal.
Doctors are always saying that you should get your five-plus a day of fruit and vegetables, and they’re not wrong. Eating well can put your health on the right track, and fruit can be quite helpful for your estrogen levels.
Not all fruits contain phytoestrogen but reach for a peach or strawberries if you think your levels are low.
You’ll probably be pleased to learn that your sneaky little treat can actually be doing your body a few favours. While you should always consume red wine in moderation, it contains phytoestrogen for the improved functioning of your female hormones. Write that down, for that excuse is surely going to come in handy!
Flax seeds are an excellent snack for those who want to start eating well and feeling better. They are known to lower cholesterol levels and have a lot of beneficial fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. What you may not have known, however, is that they are an excellent source of estrogen. They contain phytoestrogen – and lots of it. Add flax seeds to salads, smoothies, and even your morning cereal.
It’s inevitable that estrogen levels will drop with age, but why not do all you can to keep them at a healthy level? Try any of these food sources above and talk to your GP about what else you can do to benefit your physical and sexual health.