Weekly Plate Plan: Hormone-Balancing Nutrition

By Kate Shapland

Medical research has repeatedly pointed to the fact that hormonal imbalance significantly contributes to cellulite.

For this reason, balancing sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone in men) is absolutely critical in dealing with cellulite.

You can do it by practicing rules of a healthy lifestyle, consuming more unrefined plant foods, using herbs and nutritional supplements.

One of the most important supplements to achieve this goal is boron (5-10 mg a day) as it is the main precursor for all sex hormones. Due to soil depletion and other factors, our diet is almost completely deprived of this important mineral.

Star flower oil, Evening primrose oil, and Maca are also often recommended as very beneficial in helping maintain normal hormonal imbalance.

Vitamin B6, Omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D are also crucial for healthy hormonal balance. In addition, they may help reduce the appearance of cellulite also by stimulating brown fat metabolism, helping activate the production of collagen and reducing inflammation.

Add these to your shopping list

  • For boron – non-citrus fruit like bananas (which are great because they also contain potassium which is helpful in releasing trapped fluid and vitamin C), milk, peanuts, kale and spinach.
  • For starflower oil – found in its most concentrated form in plants, especially borage seed oil. Evening primrose oil is found in a few foods, but is largely best taken as a supplement. I like Nature’s Best Evening Primrose Oil 500mg (good for veggies too), and Cytoplan Borage/Starflower Oil.
  • Maca – is a Peruvian plant grown in the Andes. It’s a cruciferous vegetable, so it’s related to broccoli, cabbage and kale. It can also be sprinkled onto food and added to smoothies as a ground powder. Try Green’s Organic Maca Powder.
    vitamin B6 – get it from your proteins: pork, poultry such as chicken or turkey, some fish, peanuts, soya beans; also oats and bananas.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids – find this in fish (especially salmon, herring and sardines) and other seafood, nuts and seeds (such as flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts) and plant oils (like flaxseed oil and soybean oil)
  • Vitamin D – mostly found in the flesh of fatty fish (like salmon, tuna and mackerel) and fish liver oils; small amounts are found in beef liver, cheese and egg yolks.

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