The hormonal system or the endocrine system as it is otherwise known consists of all the glands in the body that produce hormones.
For us to enjoy sustained energy all day, good sleep at night, digestion with no hiccups (so to speak) hand a healthy metabolism it is important to keep these glands happy.
To keep these glands healthy there are foods we can eat that help and foods we should avoid.
They are easy to spot because every other article on healthy food spouts their evil doings.
is supported by foods rich in B5 and B6 to help with the production and distribution of that all-important hormone, melatonin. Melatonin naturally sets our circadian rhythms helping us to fall asleep and stay asleep. Foods good for these vitamins are lentil beans, avocados, sweet potatoes, tuna and turkey. Sleep deprived mums take note.
with the king-sized job of regulating growth needs vitamins D and E, so meats, fish, eggs, nuts, leafy greens, avocado, and seeds keep it happy. It also gobbles any Manganese you can give it so again with the leafy greens and almonds. Also pineapple, acai and dark chocolate. I’m pretty sure there could be a delicious dessert to be whipped up with those last three. In researching this I came across this recipe with the hilarious description of insomnia.
likes olive oil so go to town. I drizzle it instead of butter. Or, a little tip, if you freeze some in a jar then put in the fridge once it is down to fridge temperature it is like a spread.
likes its nuts and vegetables, particularly cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli and Brussel sprouts. My favourite veg to eat is baked Brussel sprouts. Quarter them and bake on an oven tray on medium drizzled with plenty of olive oil and salt and pepper. Make sure you throw in all of the outer leaves, when they go brown and crispy they are delish!
Gluten is one you particularly want to avoid for decent thyroid function. I recommend getting rid of it altogether. It has no positive function in a healthy diet.
it is standard to include exercise. When you start exercising, the thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body’s temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. The pituitary gland releases human growth hormone while exercising, which tells the body to increase bone, muscle and tissue production.
Your take home from this post – eat healthily and exercise regularly.
Hi, I'm Jane. I'm the author of the janelamason.com blog. Hitting midlife and menopause can be challenging. I write these posts to highlight my own experience for other women to read about and to give tips that might help to make their path into this time of their lives a little smoother.