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Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Balancing Hormones With Healing Foods

Food truly is medicine and one of the most powerful ways to begin to heal your body is through the choices you make every day with what you eat and drink.

No amount of medication, supplements, exercise, habits, practices or biohacking can overcome an unhealthy diet. The foundation of true healing must be built upon a whole, real foods diet that nourishes, repairs and restores health with every bite you take.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Move to a Paleo diet by removing commonly problematic foods and substances, including:

  • Alcohol

  • Sugar

  • Sweeteners

  • Dairy

  • Gluten

  • Grains

  • Legumes

  • Nightshades

  • Caffeine

  • Processed foods

  • Packaged foods

  • Industrial seed oils

  • Food chemicals

Inflammation is at the root of nearly all modern health concerns––including most of the symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance––so following an anti-inflammatory diet is the most powerful step that must first be taken in order to see real, lasting health changes for the long-term.

Food Sensitivities

In some cases, running blood work to evaluate inflammatory immune responses to specific foods can help to identify what part of an individual's diet may be causing the most trouble.

While an elimination diet is still considered the gold standard approach, food sensitivity testing is another option to consider for those who either do not want to do an elimination diet or are still not certain what foods are most problematic after having done so.

Nutrient-Dense Foods

Once all inflammatory foods have been removed from the diet, making sure to focus on consuming only the most nutrient-dense foods is how to truly start using food as medicine to heal the body and balance hormones, including:

  • Grass-fed/grass-finished meat

  • Wild-caught fish

  • Organic vegetables

  • Organic fruits

  • Organic nuts

  • Organic seeds

  • Organic herbs

  • Organic spices

Birth Control & Nutrient Deficiencies

Research shows that hormonal birth control alone causes a long list of potential nutrient deficiencies in the body, including:

  • Folic acid

  • Vitamin B2

  • Vitamin B6

  • Vitamin B12

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin E

  • Magnesium

  • Selenium

  • Zinc

Women & Nutrient Deficiencies

Beyond hormonal birth control, women in general have been found to be deficient in any number of nutrients essential for optimal hormone function, particularly:

  • Iron

  • Selenium

  • Iodine

  • B-vitamins

  • Vitamin D

  • Calcium

  • Vitamin A

  • Magnesium

  • Omega-3 fatty acids

Micronutrient Testing

Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals will always vary by the individual, so running organic acid testing is the best way to evaluate not only serum nutrient levels, but also functional nutrient levels.

This functional approach to testing differs by providing a far deeper understanding of how well the body is physiologically utilizing these key nutrients at the cellular level, not just what may happen to be in the bloodstream at any given moment.

Targeted Treatment

Once we know exactly which nutrients an individual has the greatest need for and which nutrients they are already doing well with, we can target the key deficiencies with specific nutrient-dense foods and therapeutically-dosed supplementation.

With all micronutrient deficiencies optimally addressed, the body is finally supplied with the building blocks it requires to make long-awaited, much-needed repairs and systemic healing ensues.


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