In hormonal balance with Ayurveda!

Im Hormongleichgewicht mit Ayurveda!

How you can positively influence your cycle with a healthy diet

You may be wondering, what do hormones and the female cycle have to do with my diet? I can tell you: a lot. An unhealthy, unbalanced diet or strict diets have a significant negative impact on your hormonal system. If the female hormones become imbalanced due to an inadequate diet, this has different effects on physical and psychological levels. Infertility, cycle problems, weight problems, thyroid problems and many other problems can result.

For me, protein was the superstar among macronutrients for years. I tried to avoid the nasty carbohydrates and fats as much as possible in order to stay slim and sporty. Unfortunately, I didn't know at the time that this had severely weakened my hormonal health. The result was an irregular cycle and no menstruation.

No sugar and no fat means constant stress

New, modern diet trends have repeatedly manipulated us negatively in this regard in recent years. It was recommended to eat a diet rich in protein, which, as I now know, puts our bodies under constant stress. The reason: There is no constant supply of glucose (sugar) to the brain. This means that the glucose stores from the liver and muscles are plundered. This persistent stressful situation caused by a low-carbohydrate diet is pure poison for the female cycle. We need all three macronutrients for healthy hormone production, a stable cycle and a functioning thyroid.

A few years ago, we were taught that a fat-free diet would prevent us from gaining fat and stay slim. Retailers responded with a wide range of fat-free products. However, avoiding fats also has a strong negative effect on the production of the hormones estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Fat is also the carrier for vitamins A, D, E and K - vitamins that are essential for our health. If we eat too little fat, the brain lacks nutrients that, among other things, make us full. The result is cravings and weight gain. A balance of healthy fats, polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids, but also saturated fatty acids, is essential for hormone formation.

What does Ayurveda say about carbohydrates, proteins and fats?

In Ayurvedic nutrition, no distinction is made between the macronutrients carbohydrates, proteins and fats. You focus on the properties, tastes, thermals and effects of food as well as the ways of preparing it and their effect on our bodies and psyches.

Typical Ayurvedic dishes with effective spices ensure that all tissues according to Ayurvedic definition, i.e. blood plasma, blood formation, muscle and fatty tissue, bones, joints, brain, bone marrow and the hormonal system, are optimally supplied with a functioning digestion and metabolism. In order to keep our body in balance and thus strengthen physical health, the female cycle, the digestive system, organ functions, all metabolic processes and mental health, it is important to design every meal in such a way that it is easily digestible. In this way, the organism and our tissues are optimally sewn.

What Ayurvedic dishes can do

However, the basis of an Ayurvedic menu indirectly takes into account the important combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Ayurvedic dishes contain healthy, complex carbohydrates such as legumes, grains, vegetables such as sweet potatoes, root vegetables, zucchini and pumpkins, which provide us with energy, fill us up and stabilize our blood sugar. Very different from simple carbohydrates found in processed sweets, cakes and sodas. On the other hand, in Ayurveda dishes we find healthy proteins mainly from plant-based protein sources. These include, for example, lentils, chickpeas, beans, nuts, seeds, but also milk, dairy products, meat and fish.

The interaction of saturated fatty acids (coconut oil, ghee) and unsaturated fatty acids such as vegetable oils (sesame, nut, olive oil), nuts and seeds provides our body with important energy, nourishes our cells, the hormonal balance and brings our doshas (bioenergies) into balance.

Ayurvedic plants that support women's health.

  • Shatavari
    According to Ayurveda, Shatavari , the Indian asparagus, has a positive effect on our reproductive organs and balances dry and inflamed mucous membranes. The plant is said to have a cell-rejuvenating effect and is used for menopausal symptoms, irregularities in the cycle, infertility and loss of libido. The plant also supports digestive processes and acid regulation.

  • Ashwaghanda
    The powder made from Ashwaghanda root has a calming effect on the nervous system. It is one of the rejuvenating medicinal plants at the cellular level, especially for the muscles and bone marrow. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat weakness, tissue deficiencies, exhaustion, overwork and stress. Due to its clarifying and nourishing effects, it is one of the most important plants for the mind. Ashwaghanda has a Vata and Kapha-reducing effect.

  • Guduchi
    This plant joins the list of Rasayana plants , which in Ayurveda have a rejuvenating effect on our cells. It stimulates blood formation and stimulates our digestive power. That's why Guduchi is used for skin and vascular diseases as well as immune deficiency. Guduchi balances all three doshas.

  • Amalaki
    The Indian gooseberry is one of the most effective fruits in Ayurveda. As a Rasayana, it has a rejuvenating effect. Amalaki has a positive effect on all body tissues, such as blood, bones, liver and heart. Amalaki promotes circulation and digestion. The fruit has an extremely high vitamin C content, which strengthens our immune system.

  • Lady's mantle, yarrow, St. John's wort, goose cinquefoil, shepherd's purse, red clover, hops and yam are among the herbs that are known for their hormone-regulating, antispasmodic or anti-inflammatory effects.

You can find many of these special plants in our product Mohini - Woman in Balance.

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