Our diet and hormone health (Part 1) - interview with Samantha Van Dort
After learning from Samantha last week about the importance of hormone health and the connection with our gut, we find out about the impact our diet has on this.
How does our diet affect our hormones and are there certain foods we should eat to help support our hormone-health?
Samantha: Maintaining hormonal health through diet will be specific for the health issue in concern, for instance if you have Hashimotos or thyroid disease you may not be able to eat foods high in iodine and may need a much higher amount of zinc rich foods. Or a diet for a menopausal woman may look different than for a woman in her 20’s.
Something I see a lot of in my clinic though is pre-menopausal women, having poor metabolism of estrogen. Changes through diet can make a huge difference. Supporting the estrobolome colonies in our gut by limiting sugar intake and alcohol are some of the key changes needed.
One very easy solution to help promote healthy metabolism of estrogen is to feed the estrobolome colonies in our gut. There are certain vegetables, such as raw carrots that contain a specific type of fibre that estrobolome love. So ensuring you have adequate levels of this fibre in your diet will be a long term solution for hormonal support. Other vegetables that estrobolome loves include organic apples, pears, blackberries, rice, green peas, almonds, pistachios and avocado.
Also consider eating fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kombucha, and kefir everyday.
Next week we find out about more wonderful foods that can support good hormone-health.
Samantha (B.HSc Naturopathy, BASc PP) focuses her expertise in all stages of women’s health, helping women better understand their bodies and hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, fibroids or ovarian cysts. Find more from Samantha at www.samanthavandort.com or follow her on Instagram @samvandort_naturopath