Maintaining hormonal balance is of utmost importance because hormones serve as messengers which regulate vital processes in the body. An imbalance in the hormonal system can lead to a wide range of health conditions. One main way of preserving hormonal well-being is eating the right foods.
Chethana Nagesh, dietitian at Sathwaa Nutrition, Bengaluru, says that proteins and fats are the key players in hormone synthesis. “Protein is not only essential for supporting the structure of tissues, or facilitating enzymatic reactions, but also acts as hormones,” says Nagesh. In addition, cholesterol, a type of fat, acts as a precursor for sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
Nagesh says that eating the following foods can help maintain hormonal health.