Our diet and hormone health (Part 2) - interview with Samantha Van Dort
This week we learn from Naturopath, Nutritionist and Fertility expert, Samantha Van Dort, about more wonderful and easy to find wholefoods that supports good hormone-health.
How does our diet affect our hormones and are there certain foods we should eat to help support our hormone-health?
Samantha: Brassicas are another family of green vegetables that help with detoxification and the breakdown of certain hormones. They have particular constituents, such as indole-3-carbinol, that help our liver function more effectively and metabolise hormones more efficiently. These include broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, silver beet, bok choy and cauliflower.
Adding herbs and spices such as rosemary, ginger, turmeric and black pepper also helps to support gut and hormone health. Research* has shown that using culinary doses of herbs and spices regularly provides prebiotic effects in healthy adults which further supports our estrobolome colonies.
Magnesium is a very important building block for hormones, enabling correct function and metabolism, so ensuring that magnesium rich foods are in your every diet is essential. These include; dark green leafy vegetables, nuts (especially walnuts), seeds, legumes, avocados, and whole grains (think oats, black rice and buckwheat, not white wheat flour).
Try to avoid all processed foods. Particularly in men’s health, research has shown that processed and sugary foods reduces testosterone levels and depletes the hormonal system.
*Lu Qing-Yi et al, Mixed Spices in Culinary Doses Does Have Prebiotic Affect in Healthy Adults: A Pilot Study, Nutrients 2019, 11, 1425
Next week Samantha gives us tips on how to maintain a good hormone-diet.
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