Is Fat Really Good for Women?
Sooooo, did you know – fats are essential for building hormones! Without them, it is impossible to have adequate hormone levels – really!
They also help to create stable blood sugar when consumed as part of a meal, especially a meal that contains grains. Steady blood sugar levels keep the adrenals happy.
Insulin sensitivity or blood sugar imbalance has very negative effects on your hormones. Studies are suggesting that improving insulin sensitivity dramatically increases progesterone levels in those with luteal phase defects. Fat from trusted sources of meat, lard, fatty fish and plant derived fats like coconut oil, olive oil, olives, nuts, seeds and avocado are all good choices. Getting at least two tablespoons of fat at every meal helps to support natural hormone balance.
Healthy Fats: Stick to organic, raw nuts and seeds, wild-caught fish, and organic produce when possible.
- Fatty, cold water fish
- Fatty grass fed, pastured meat
Good Fats for Cooking: Raw, organic, cold-pressed, unrefined oils are best. Refined oils (refined avocado oil, coconut oil, and olive oil) tend to have higher smoke points. Some fats are better for heating, while some oils, like walnut oil, is best left unheated.
- Avocado oil*
- Bacon fat*
- Coconut oil*
- Olive oil
- Tallow (rendered from grass fed, organic beef, lamb, or mutton)*
- Palm oil (not palm kernel oil)*
- Macadamia nut oil
- Walnut oil
*Good fats for heating
Fat content plays a large role in hormones and helps with improving hormone synthesis and regulating blood sugar. We are very complex. Our hormones govern our mood, energy and even our love for life. They are impacted by everything from diet to hair products.
Just because our symptoms seem hormonal, doesn’t mean the ovaries are where the problem lies. Other hormones like cortisol, which is secreted from the adrenal glands, can cause fluctuations in progesterone. Low thyroid hormone can cause your mood to plummet, your weight to rise and make for difficult periods.
If you are tired of living with hormone imbalance and not knowing what the next best step is, schedule a discovery call to see how we can eliminate your unwanted symptoms. If you are ready to heal your hormones, take this step!