Let Food Be Thy Medicine 12 Foods That Will Elevate Your Estrogen Hormone
Try these phytoestrogen-rich foods to get you back to where you need to be if your doc reports your estrogen levels are low. Conversely, be aware of this list as a way to avoid foods high in estrogen if you have too much estrogen in your body. But to beware, there is MUCH controversy about the levels of hormones and particularly estrogen in our food system that is not helpful to the development of young boys, in particular.
1. Dried Fruits
Dried fruit, especially dried apricots, dates, and prunes, can help balance your estrogen levels in a huge way. They are also a healthy snack that can keep you away from the dessert bar at parties with a sweet and satisfying chewiness, as well as great source of fiber (love food that helps the poop).
These dried fruits contain phytoestrogens, which will mimic the way estrogen is used by the body, helping to fill any shortages you may have in estrogen, and producing the same effect as if you had generated more estrogen in the body. Try this YUMMY RECIPE: Coconut Date Bars
Flaxseeds are the number one way to help get more estrogen into the body, and you can either eat them directly or add them to other foods, just be sure to add them to your diet if estrogen is a concern.
3. Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds contain phytoestrogens, and you can also use sesame seed oil if that makes it easier, as they both contain lignans with possess the phytoestrogens.
Chickpeas are a natural source of phytoestrogen, which isn’t actually estrogen but does a good job of standing in for it.
Beans have long been considered a healthy food thanks to their high fiber content and ability to lower cholesterol. They’re also a food that is relatively high in phytoestrogen, although they seldom get attention for this feature.
Peas are the perfect side dish if you’re looking for an estrogen boost. That’s because they are a source of phytoestrogens, much like many of the other foods featured here.
Tempeh is derived from soybeans and doesn’t lose its estrogen content during the process. It can be used to help treat menopausal symptoms if you’ve been told that you are not creating as much estrogen as you used to.
8. Alfalfa Sprouts
Alfalfa sprouts are one often overlooked way of improving your hormone levels because they contain phytonutrients, while being naturally low in calories and carbohydrates, making them an easy choice for an overall healthy diet.
9. Bran Cereals
Bran is one source of phytoestrogens that comes with other health benefits which makes it worth adding to your diet.
10. Soy Milk
Soy milk is derived from soy of course, and therefore gives the same benefits as tofu, tempeh, and soybeans in regards to the phytoestrogen it contains.
Tofu is also a very good way to help the body balance its estrogen levels because of the isoflavones it contains, and the way these interact with estrogen receptors.
It’s not a surprise to see soybeans on our list because many other list makers are derived from soybeans, including tofu, tempeh, and soy milk.