Microgreens: The Hormone Balancing Superfood!
I have shared a lot of really great educational information about the health benefits of microgreens with all of you, but there are even more that I haven't shared yet, surprisingly!
Because of the extremely nutrient dense nature of the microgreen- being 4 to 40 times more nutrient dense than a full grown vegetable- they are a powerful superfood that can be used to supplement areas where your nutrition may be lacking and therefore, have so many possible benefits to you.
Hormones affect a tremendous amount of our health and body's functions- from blood sugar and pressure, growth and fertility, to metabolism and sleep.
Recent surveys show that nearly half of women aged 30-60 experience hormone imbalances, and up to 38% of men above age 45 have a form of testosterone deficiency. With the high chances of experiencing hormone imbalance, that can then negatively affect our sleep patterns, fertility, skin health, blood sugar and pressure and so much more, it's important that we take charge of our hormone health, recognize the symptoms that may come along with hormone imbalances, and supplement our nutrition if needed, in order to fill in those gaps.
We have learned that our nutritional health affects everything from our gut health all the way to our mental health, so it would be correct to also assume that our hormonal health can also be affected negatively by any nutritional deficiencies that may be present.
For optimal hormonal health, there are some important vital nutrients that we want to be sure that we are not lacking.
Vitamin C helps to stimulate the production of hormones and supports progesterone production.
Low levels of vitamin D are observed to lead to low estrogen levels. It can stimulate the production of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone.
Magnesium regulates cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body.
-Iodine and Selenium
Iodine and Selenium are vital for the health of the thyroid gland which are responsible for regulating metabolism and our body's ability to break down energy.
B vitamins are necessary for the health of the nervous system, gastrointestinal system and the cardiovascular system. B vitamins also help to detoxify the body which is necessary for optimal hormone production.
-Omega 3 Fatty acids
Omega 3s are especially important for women's hormone health, as they help to regulate hormones as a result of anti inflammatory properties.
The endocrine system is a network of glands that produce and secrete hormones regulating various bodily functions like metabolism, growth, development, and mood. Glands like the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, and pancreas are part of this system, working together to maintain balance within the body.
Hormones are chemical messengers produced by endocrine glands that travel through the bloodstream to target organs or tissues. Different hormones have specific roles and work in precise amounts to maintain balance in the body's systems.
Hormone imbalances can occur due to various factors, but statistics on their prevalence can vary based on specific conditions. For instance, conditions like thyroid disorders affect millions worldwide, with estimates of around 20 million Americans having some form of thyroid disease. Hormonal imbalances related to reproductive health, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), affect about 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. These imbalances can have significant impacts on health and well-being, requiring proper diagnosis and treatment.
The most common causes of hormone imbalances include:
- Stress: Chronic stress can disrupt hormone levels, particularly cortisol (the stress hormone).
- Age: Natural changes like menopause or aging can lead to hormonal shifts.
- Medical Conditions: Conditions like thyroid disorders, diabetes, PCOS, and adrenal issues can cause imbalances.
- Medications: Some drugs can affect hormone levels, like birth control pills or corticosteroids.
- Unhealthy Lifestyle: Poor diet, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, and excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption can also contribute to hormone imbalances.
Nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy endocrine system and therefore, hormone production and balance. Certain nutrients are essential for hormone production and function.
A balanced diet with a variety of nutrients supports the proper functioning of the endocrine system. Poor nutrition, conversely, can lead to imbalances and affect hormone levels negatively.
Nutrient deficiencies can significantly impact hormonal health. For instance:
- Iodine deficiency can lead to thyroid issues and imbalances in thyroid hormones.
- Vitamin D deficiency is linked to disruptions in insulin secretion and may affect sex hormone production.
- Magnesium deficiency can influence insulin and glucose levels, impacting blood sugar regulation.
- Iron deficiency might disrupt the production of certain hormones like dopamine and thyroid hormones.
Addressing nutrient deficiencies through a balanced diet or supplementing, can help support hormonal health and maintain proper functioning of the endocrine system.
Now we can get to the good part: Microgreens: The Hormone Balancing Superfood!
Microgreens can help ensure hormonal harmony in the body by providing the nutrition needed to support their function. There are several varieties of microgreens specifically that would be used to address hormone imbalances, or to keep them balanced and maintained as a result of their nutrient content.
Microgreens, as we know, are a true superfood! They are loaded to the brim with vital nutrients, vitamins, minerals, omegas, and other phytochemicals that are powerful reassurances when it comes to keeping our hormonal health in check.
- Iodine: Sunflower Shoots are a great source of iodine.
- Vitamin D: Black oil Sunflower Shoots (grown at Dani Greens) are also packed with Vitamin D.
- Magnesium: Radish Shoots are high in magnesium, while other varieties of microgreens are still great sources of minerals like magnesium.
- Iron: Radish Shoots are also rich in Iron. Sunflower Shoots are also a good source of iron.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Sunflower Shoots are rich in healthy fats like Omega 3s.
Additionally, some studies have also made a positive association between beta carotene and hormone levels and thyroid function. Which means, maintaining good levels of beta carotenes may also help maintain healthy thyroid function.
Pea Shoots are a rich source of beta carotene.
Now that we have gone over the nutrients that are important for good hormone health, the perfect hormone supportive mix at Dani Greens would be the Crunchy Micro Mix!
Crunchy Micro Mix contains Sunflower Shoots, Pea Shoots and Radish Shoots, and also makes for a pretty great salad when you throw some dressing on it.
Supplementing our nutrition with microgreens can provide the nutrients you may be lacking, and can support the health of your endocrine system and hormone production among other important bodily systems like the immune system, the gastrointestinal system, and the nervous system. It has been proven that the nutrients in modern day grocery store veggies is sorely lacking, as a result of soil that has been depleted over time. Which means that we need to consume a lot more of them than usual in order to get the proper amounts of important nutrients needed to support the body's proper function. This is why many people have found the need to supplement their nutrition today using pill supplements. Microgreens are a great source of supplemental nutrition that are whole and raw.
With Dani Greens microgreens being grown in organic and nutrient rich soil, for 7-10 days, you can trust that they are packed with the vital nutrients that your body needs to thrive.
Dani Greens hopes to help all of my neighbors and friends in the Yuba Sutter area to be educated about the importance of nutrition and just how greatly it can affect our lives.
Hormone imbalances can lead to some pretty nasty symptoms and can mean that the most simple everyday tasks are difficult to complete. Dani Greens hopes that together, we can learn, grow and thrive, and that our microgreens can be a trusted source of nutrition for you and your family and friends.
Dani Greens grows your order with love and intention, harvests it, and then delivers it to your home, making the process of receiving microgreens as easy and simple as possible for you.
Dani Greens microgreens are the best quality around, and you'll not find any good comparison even at the health food store. Because our microgreens are delivered freshly following harvest, you know that you'll only receive fresh and delicious microgreens that have so many benefits to your health when consistently consumed.
Dani Greens has the option of weekly or every 2 week subscription, which are discounted up to 20% from a one time purchase, so you can receive freshly harvested Greens each and every week to your front door.
Let Dani Greens help you, by being your source for nutrient dense, hormone Balancing and maintaining microgreens.
You will not be disappointed. 💚