As you’ve gotten older, you’ve probably noticed endless changes to your body, especially throughout menopause. Hot flashes, random aches and pains, and weight fluctuations all seem to become the norm. Luckily, there are numerous ways to ensure that you’re not dealing with even more trouble than necessary, and one of those is focusing on eating more foods like fish to stabilize your hormone health.
When you reach your fifties, your estrogen and progesterone hormone levels begin to drop, which causes many of the symptoms you see with menopause. Insomnia, decreased libido, and extra irritability may also pop up. Other health issues like diabetes, cancer, and hypothyroidism can all lead to further hormonal imbalances, which may cause more day-to-day discomfort as well as increasingly severe symptoms. “These are super-sensitive biochemical agents we have in our body that are constantly responding to our internal environment,” Aviva Romm, MD, a midwife and integrative medicine doctor, recently explained on mindbodygreen’s podcast.
Among the many ways to keep an eye on your hormone levels as you get older, a simple one is to take a look at your diet. Romm said that one of the best things women can do in their fifties is to start adding more “superfoods” like fish, legumes, and greens that maintain strong hormone health. Her number one choice is fish though, which she eats several times a week.
Salmon, sardines, and trout are particularly great for chemical imbalances in the body. They not only regulate the compounds needed for appetite control and weight management, but they also maintain overall hormone production. Not to mention, fish can fight inflammation, prevent heart disease, and protect cognitive function. What’s not to love?
You shouldn’t eat fish every single day to avoid consuming too much mercury — two or three times per week tops will suffice — but it definitely may be worth picking up a fillet or two the next time you’re at the grocery store.