The top 5 foods that mess with your hormones and fertility

When balancing your hormones or TTC, there are toxins in the fertility world that are absolute no-no's. Even on a regular basis we should be avoiding these, but especially if you are experiencing hormonal symptoms like PMS, cramping, bloating, acne, or heavy bleeding. Also, during preconception, ideally 3 months before trying to get pregnant, it is imperative that you stay away from these items to optimize your cycle and get you pregnant faster.

1. Dairy

Dairy has become quite controversial today. Where it used to be a great source of vitamins and minerals and considered a top food on the pyramid, it has now become a source of inflammation and problematic for many women. Many of the cows in America are treated with a synthetic hormone called rBST to increase milk production. The synthetic hormone is full of estrogen and when consumed by humans can cause many illnesses and issues, especially directly related to your menstrual cycle, hormonal balance, and infertility. You can consume raw unpasteurized milk or Organic hormone free milk in low quantities if it is hard for you to quit dairy all together.

A healthy alternative:

Full fat coconut milk. A healthy fat that is full of health benefits is a great substitute. Try mixing with water and blending in smoothies.

2. Caffeine

Caffeine can reek havoc on our endocrine system and hormones. When consuming caffeine, you are sending mixed signals to your cortisol levels causing your endocrine system to go rogue which can be very harmful to your adrenals. Cut back considerably or cut out completely.

A healthy alternative:

I know cutting out caffeine can be super brutal. Try incorporating half calf first, then decaf, then switching over to herbal teas that support healthy cycles and liver detoxification like raspberry leaf, dandelion root, and chamomile. remember to drink tons of water too.

3. Soy

Soy is one of two highest genetically modified foods in America. (#4 is the other) Genetically modified soy is full of toxic chemicals that are foreign to the body and out stress on our organ function since they do not know what to make of these chemicals. Soy mimics estrogen in the body too and can throw off hormones.

A healthy alternative:

If you are eating soy to avoid meat, try a healthier more supportive protein source like lentils, chickpeas and beans. Just remember to make you own from scratch and soak them prior to cooking to make them easier to digest

4. Non-organic corn

Like I mentioned before, the other highest genetically modified food in America. Go for organic, non-gmo brands or from a farmer you trust. Bring your own chips to the Mexican restaurant! 

5. Sugar and simple carbohydrates (white starchy food like potatoes, flour, and bread)

Both of these food cause our blood sugar levels to spike immediately and our bodies then store the food as glucose, which is then stored as fat. This sends mixed messages to your cortisol levels and adrenals making it hard to utilize estrogen and progesterone effectively.

Healthy alternative:

For sugars, you can replace with honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar.  For simple carbohydrates switch to complex carbs like brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat or other healthy grains to keep blood sugar levels even and keep energy high.

XO Jaclyn Renee