There are so many outside factors that affect aging, like diet, exercise and lifestyle. But what about inside factors, like hormones? Hormones play a huge role in aging, but few of us know this and even fewer women know what to eat to support these age-related hormones. So, today we’re talking about 5 key hormones and how you can support them to have youthful, glowing skin.
If estrogen had a song, it would be, “Man, I feel like a woman.” When you have balanced estrogen levels, you feel sexy and get to have glossy, healthy hair, lots of collagen, and smooth, clear skin.
Food focus for estrogen: Healthy Fats
- Ghee (clarified butter)
- Almond butter
Progesterone is calming, soothing and relaxing. Without it, you can feel super stressed, struggle with sleep and have low energy levels – not a good look, right?
Food focus for progesterone: Magnesium
- Dark chocolate
- Pumpkin seeds
- Black beans
Every time we eat carbs, insulin levels spike. This is a healthy and normal response, but too many of the wrong carbs will keep insulin too high. This makes it harder for the body to maintain a healthy weight and stave off belly fat.
Food focus for insulin: Sugar
- Say goodbye to refined carbs and processed sugars
- Say hello to whole fruits and vegetables
Cortisol is the main stress hormone. A little bit is fine, but too much cortisol on a regular basis will make you age faster – more than any other hormone!
Why? It leads to inflammation throughout the body. And it makes your face look haggard – just one more good reason to de-stress.
Food focus for cortisol: Balance
- Have fats, proteins and carbs at every meal
- Replace caffeine and refined carbs with herbal teas and whole food carbs
- Enjoy B Vitamin-rich foods for energy and a sense of calm
Thyroid is the master of metabolism. A healthy thyroid helps you look lively and thriving. When thyroid hormones are out of balance, your skin, hair, complexion and overall energy is down and dull.
Food focus for thyroid: Iron and Selenium
- Eat a couple Brazil nuts every day. They contain thyroid-supporting selenium
- Enjoy iron-rich foods, like red meat