Buckwheat This is a food we don’t eat much these days, but it’s not wheat, and it’s not a grain either (it’s a seed), and it has lots of healthful properties. I think we will see more of buckwheat in the next few years! Buckwheat helps move the bowels for detoxification. It is filling, but not highly caloric. It is high in manganese, magnesium and antioxidants. Its protein is easy to digest, and it has a low glycemic index (won’t spike your blood sugar.) Pomegranate Pomegranate is high in antioxidants to support your immune system, and high in vitamin C to support your adrenal glands. It helps prevent candida overgrowth, and breast cancer. It contains more beneficial plant-based hormones than any other food. So if you are feeling hormonally depleted, chew on some pomegranate seeds! Chia Seeds Chia seeds contains both soluble and insoluble fiber for clearing toxins and for building healthy gut flora. There are high in omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and trace minerals, and are a source of protein. They make for fun puddings, and can be added to your shakes. Bee Pollen This superfood increases libido, combats PMS and improves ovarian function. It’s high in flavonoids with anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and tissue protective properties. Sprinkle a bit on to your hot cereal, or add to your smoothie. It’s best to buy your bee pollen from a local source. Pumpkin Seeds They contain fiber, potassium, phosphorus and B vitamins. They also contain zinc that is essential for hormone production, and iron which is an important blood builder. They support estrogen production in the first half of our cycle. Pepitas are the shelled seeds and they are much easier to eat and digest. You can grind them with olive oil, basil and garlic to make pesto. And you can sprinkle onto your salad. It’s easy to balance your hormones naturally when you familiarize yourself with nutrient-dense foods, and let them slowly replace the junky, processed foods that throw off your blood sugar and disrupt the bacterial balance of your gut. Learn more about Bidgit’s free event: Hormones: A Women’s Wellness Summit HERE. ]]>
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