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6 Foods That Effect Your Hormones, And What That Means For You

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We all remember in our younger years how hormones were responsible for mood swings during puberty, and how difficult they could be to control.

What no one told us, is that they would play a big role in our health as we aged.

Five key hormones play a role in memory, sex drive, mood, bone health, sleep quality, skin tone, and weight- even how often we pee, says Tasneem Bhatia, a doctor of integrative medicine.

The sixth hormone that plays a role in our body is progesterone, which is key to the quality of life women experience as they age.

Estrogen

Estrogen is known as the beauty hormone. It can effect your skin, hair, reproductive health in women, and is essential to keep balanced.

If you want to keep supple skin, as well as thick and shiny hair make sure you have enough healthy fat in your diet.

Your body needs healthy fat to manufacture this hormone. Opt for coconut oil, olive oil or ghee in your cooking and enjoy more sweet potatoes as well as avocados since they're rich in healthy fats.

Progesterone

Progesterone has a strong effect on the brain and its cognitive functions. When it's in proper balance it supports good sleep, cognition energy and effects mood in women.

If you find that you could use a mental pick-me-up, ingesting pumpkin seeds and black beans will help with your production of progesterone.

Testosterone

While a lot of people assume testosterone is a hormone for men, it's essential for both sexes for their muscle and mental alertness.

Testosterone plays a role in mood stability, sexual performance and mental sharpness.

Reach for foods that are high in zinc to help this hormone balance in your body. Pumpkin seeds, oysters, nuts, and lean meats including chicken are great to help balance the testosterone levels in your body.

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