When it comes to diet and health, there’s no one-size-fits-all. However, when it comes to keeping healthy, balanced hormone levels, there’s one food that might be perfect for every woman. And it’s none other than the trendy leafy grean, kale.
According to integrative medicine doctor and nutritionist, Taz Bhatia, M.D., food is medicine. And kale is the key food to balance hormones. How does kale do this? Here’s what Bhatia shares:
Kale helps to eliminate excess estrogen
The fiber content in kale help to flush the body of toxins, including excess estrogen which can build up in the body and lead to a condition called “estrogen dominance”, which can lead to serious problems like PCOS, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and fibroids.
Kale can reduce PMS
Thanks to kale’s Vitamin K and calcium content, it can regulate estrogen and progesterone levels, and therefore, reduce PMS symptoms like mood swings and irritability.
Kale helps to regulate thyroid and adrenals
Because kale is loaded with iron (as much as beef!), it helps to balance thyroid ad adrenal hormones. This is crucial as both the thyroid and adrenal hormones are involved in energy, mood and metabolism.
Kale keeps stress hormones in check
When stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, are too high, it can interfere with other hormone levels. Thanks to the antioxidants present in kale, stress hormones stay under control, so that other hormones maintain healthy levels.
Kale is easy to include in your diet
Even though kale is a great food for healthy hormone levels, who wants to eat the same vegetable every day? Most of us would get bored pretty quickly.
But that’s not the case with kale. It’s incredibly versatile ad you can use it in just about everything. From smoothies, to omelets, from salads to stir fries, to tasty kale chips in the oven – the options are endless.