When we experience emotional ups and downs or unwanted breakouts, we are quick to blame our hormones, and it seems like something totally out of our hands. But one thing we can control is our diet, and since there are a number of foods that can mess with your hormones, it's important to pay close attention to what we are eating, as these foods can affect all facets of our health. What we choose to eat determines more than just our waistline, which means it's important to give some thought to the foods we tend to eat on a daily basis.
"There is a tremendous food-hormone connection," says dietitian Kellie Gragg, MPH, RDH, CDR over email. "What we eat determines how our hormones are built, how they are released, how they function and how they control the various processes in the body. Without the nutrient building blocks that food provides, hormones cannot be fashioned or function as they are designed to. Eating the right food can become the number one re-set button for your hormone health.
Although there are other influences on our hormones such as stress, sleep, exercise, and environmental toxins, the food we choose impacts can be the first line of defense in achieving optimal hormone balance. Here are nine foods you didn't realize can mess with your hormones.