We all know the basics. Diet and exercise good, trays of donuts and box set binges bad. Right? But when it comes to diet we are all too often focused on how quickly we can lose weight instead of thinking about what it might be doing to our hormones. It’s a vicious circle that means sometimes when you think you’re doing the right thing, you’re actually only making a problem worse. Your mum was right when she said a little of everything is good for you.

Cutting out entire food groups in the name of a diet isn’t always a good thing. Sure, you might drop a few pounds very quickly if you ban all carbs but you’ll also find your energy levels dropping and might have some bunged up side effects from the lack of fibre. Eating for hormone balance is all about moderation and making sure you’re getting the right things like Omegas, Iron, Fibre, B Complex vitamins and good fats through your diet. Here are some things you should include to make sure your hormones and heath are in balance:

> Leafy greens. These veggie superfoods are filled with loads of antioxidants which can help improve cortisol levels and oestrogen balance. Greens like spinach, kale and swiss chard are also a good source of iron. They’re also easy to grow at home.

> Fatty fish. Salmon, mackerel and sardines are all high in omega 3 which is hugely important for heart health. They also help with hormonal communication which can lead to improved mood and cognition. We should be eating them at least twice a week. The good news is that the tinned versions are as healthy as the fresh.

Toast and avocado

> Avocados. Not just great on toast for brunch, avocados are full of beta-sitosterol which can help blood cholesterol levels and can help balance the stress hormone cortisol. They also contain plant sterols which have an effect on oestrogen and progesterone, the two hormones responsible for regulating ovulation and your menstrual cycle. See, avocado toast should be mandatory!

> Complex carbs. These super foods help to keep your blood sugar levels balanced which keeps insulin and androgen at bay. Good source of complex carbs include whole wheat breads and pastas, brown and wild rice, potatoes and barley. A top of the range complex carb is Quinoa which is also a great source of protein and fibre and is naturally gluten free if that’s an issue in your house.

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> It’s not always possible to eat all the things we should in any given week so taking a supplement like Cleanmarine For Women is a great way to make sure your diet is supported with all the nutrients you need. It contains Omega 3, Rosemary Oil and Soy Isoflavones along with a range of vitamins to provide extra nutritional support for menstruating women. This synergistic formula importantly contains vitamin B6 which contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity while it also contributes to normal psychological function.