Hey Y’all, Welcome to What Chelsea Eats! Today I want to talk to you about 5 fats that will help you to balance your hormones naturally. If you are struggling with thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, PCOS, uterine fibroids, or any hormonal imbalance then these 5 fats would be great for you to add to your diet to help balance hormones naturally.
- GLA – is short for gamma-linolenic acid. It is a fatty acid found primarily in vegetable oils. GLA is classified as an Omega 6 fatty acid. A great source for GLA is hemp seeds. It is also found in borage oil and evening primrose oil. The other great benefit of GLA is that it is a strong anti-inflammatory. So if you struggle with menstrual cramps or achy joints it would be great to add this fatty acid to your diet.
- Medium Chain Fatty Acids – This fat is my favorite because it has what I think is the best oil on the planet in its category. That is none other than coconut oil. I use coconut oil in everything from my beauty products to my food. I use it to make frothy drinks and to give myself a boost of energy when I need it. The fat is stable and it is perfect for naturally balancing hormones.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acid – These fats are polyunsaturated fats. There are 2 crucial types: EPA and DHA which are primarily found in fish and ALA (alpha linolenic acid) which is found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds. A great source of these fats ar wild caught salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts. These fats are a must for naturally balancing hormones.
- Short Chain Fatty Acid – These fatty acids are produced by the friendly bacteria in the gut. My favorite way and in my opinion healthiest way to get this beautiful fat is with my homemade yogurt recipe. Eating fiber-rich fruits, vegetable and legumes is a way for the body to increase its production of this fat.
- Omega 9 Fats – These fats are also known as oleic acids or monounsaturated fats. These fats are produced by the body but are very beneficial when obtained in foods. Here are some of the foods rich in omega 9 fatty acids: sunflower seed, hazelnuts, almonds, avocado, and macadamia nuts. My favorite out of these fats is avocado and sunflower seeds. Adding these two to your salad daily could help you get the necessary amount of omega 9 fats for the day.
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