Salmon & Your Hormones
You may already know by now that what you eat has a major impact on your health. Lifestyle diseases are becoming an epidemic...think obesity, diabetes, heart disease. And in my opinion....most chronic illness has a link to diet and lifestyle! It's super important to consciously choose what you eat. This means eating foods that are appropriate for you and also are the healthiest version (ex: organic, pasture raised, wild, etc).
For instance, I think it's really important to have salmon as a part of your diet BUT if the salmon you are eating is full of chemicals, hormones, or toxins...then you're not really getting the full benefit. I will share a bit later ways to make sure you are getting the best salmon but let's first begin with why I think salmon should be a part of your diet.
I will first share the energetics of salmon. In Oriental medicine, all food has an energetic which basically means that food can be used as medicine if you know the type of disharmony you have. Salmon is warm in temperature. The flavor is sweet and salty. The associated organs are Spleen/Stomach and Kidney/Bladder. It is said to strengthen the Qi and Blood. If all that sounded a bit too esoteric...I can simplify it by saying that it's good digestion and very nourishing.
From a western standpoint, salmon is beneficial because it's seafood. Seafood contains functional components that are not present in terrestrial organisms. These components include n-3-polyunsaturated fatty acids which aid in the prevention of arteriosclerotic and thrombotic disease. In addition, seafood is a superior source of various nutrients, such as protein, amino acids, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients are essential for bodily functions and are beneficial to growth, the brain, and the nervous system; they also have anticancer properties.
Ok...so it's been proven that salmon is good for you. But how does eating salmon benefit your hormones?
Salmon has loads of selenium which helps reduce the toxic load on your liver. The liver is responsible for filtering out mutated hormones. So it's imperative to have healthy (non sluggish) liver to have balanced hormones. Salmon also boosts adrenal health because it is full of calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, and a load of protein. And lastly, eating salmon can help manage insulin levels throughout our systems. It does this by assisting the absorption of glucose and sugar in our blood and therefore reducing our levels of blood sugar. Balanced insulin levels and reduction of cortisol equals thinner waist line and a decrease of other hormonal imbalances since adrenal disfunction can cause other hormones to go out of balance.
As I mentioned earlier, it's super important to source your salmon (and any seafood for that matter) properly. I have been enjoying a company called Wild Alaskan Company They send wild caught, sustainable seafood to your doorstep. I am lucky enough to live in a town with loads of great food sources but many people do not have access to this quality of seafood. So you if you'd like to try it out, I got a discount code that you can use! Just click HERE and get $25 off your first order!
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