Hormones have a huge impact when it comes to our wellbeing. Yet they are often dismissed or missed out in favour of the more ‘trendier’ wellbeing points, like exercise and sleep. Which are all vital in our overall health. Hormones though have a large arena to work from, they affect our energy, protects your organs, supports cell growth, keeps cholesterol and blood pressure under control, and helps your body absorb vital nutrients and affect our mood as well as impacting our overall health.
When we talk about hormones, we are not talking about our sex hormones either, although they do play a part. We have so many in our body that a lot of people forget, these include adrenaline, insulin, cortisol, thyroid, and sex hormones (oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone).
When these hormones are in-active or low, the changes to our moods, body is radical and can have life changing consequences and why, where possible we need to balance these out as naturally as possible by consuming the right healthy fats. Over the years, fats have been given a bit of a bad reputation due to it being associated with being overweight. However, our body needs healthy fat to function properly. Our hormone production and function need healthy fats to such as those found in omega-3 fat sources, because they help rebuild cells.
Fat also helps us to feel fuller for longer after a meal, reducing our cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. We also need healthy fats so that we can absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K.
In addition, our bodies can't produce its own essential fatty acids—they must come from the foods we eat. Our skin relies on these dietary fats to play several crucial roles. Omega-3 fatty acids are a component of the cell walls in the top layers of your skin, where they help prevent moisture loss and maintain a plump appearance.
The important thing when choosing the right fats is to avoid processed fats as found in processed foods. The focus should be on natural un-processed foods, such as nuts avocado, and cold pressed oils.
Check out our 5 different healthy nourishing fat rich foods that might surprise you.
Avocado is a very nutritious fruit. It contains so much more than just healthy fats. It contains magnesium, fiber and lots of vitamins like A, C, E, K. They also contain other important minerals and trace elements like potassium, copper and iron. A real superfood is the avocado, no wonder the avocado on toast is so popular.
Another perfect source of healthy fats, they contain many important vitamins, such as vitamin C, E, K and various B vitamins. Pumpkin seeds are also perfect choice as a vegetable protein. They also contain magnesium, iron, calcium, and other important nutrients that help our body to function optimally.
Almonds are real protein wonders and shine with their amount of healthy fats. In addition, almonds contain fiber and bring other important nutrients such as iron and calcium. You can also use almond oil perfect for skincare, as it helps to nourish and moisturise the skin.
Chia seeds are an amazing source of healthy fats as they contain Omega 3 which is essential for body and its health. Chia seeds are not called a superfood for nothing. The small seeds contain a lot of protein, vitamins and minerals that the body needs to go through the day full of energy.
It would be wrong of us to miss out the powerhouse that is dark chocolate. Packed with essential vitamins, fiber. It contributes to hormonal balance via its potent magnesium and iron, and ability to lower cortisol and boost mood-impacting hormones, serotonin and dopamine. If ever you wanted a reason to eat or drink your dark chocolate. Now is it.
Want to know more, click on the below links and share the love..