Incorporating soy estrogen into your diet is a safe way to boost your estrogen level without the side effects of hormone replacement therapy.
How Does It Work?
Plants like soy beans contain phytoestrogen, or plant estrogen.
There are three types of phytoestrogens: isoflavones, lignans, and coumestans.
Soy contains isoflavones which are also found in chickpeas, pinto beans, and peanuts.
This estrogen, while different from the type of estrogen produced in our bodies, can still give us estrogen-like effects that will help to cure many symptoms of low estrogen.
Benefits of Soy Estrogen
Along with treating menopausal symptoms like vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, migraines, and PMS symptoms, it can also improve the quality of your skin, hair, and nails.
Studies have also shown that having soy in your diet can lower your cholesterol and prevent osteoporosis.
Take 50-100 mg of isoflavones a day. This is equivalent to about three servings a day.
It might take two weeks to two months for you to see the full benefits of eating soy. Give it some time and see if soy estrogen is right for your body.
Ways to Get Your Soy
- Soy Milk: Drinking soy milk is a delicious way to get your soy. You can buy chocolate soy milk, vanilla soy milk, or unsweetened soy milk.
- Edamame: You may have tried these fresh, green soy beans in Asian restaurants. You can also buy them from your grocery store. Heat them up in the microwave, sprinkle them with salt, and have a delicious snack.
- Tofu: You can cut tofu into cubes and cook it with flavoring or use it in soups. Unless you pride yourself on eating tasteless, strangely textured food, I don't suggest eating this raw!
- Soy Nuts: You can find these at your grocery store as well. They make a tasty and convenient snack.
- Miso: This traditional Japanese soup is simple and delicious.
- Soy Protein Powder: I love smoothies. I like to mix protein powder with frozen bananas or strawberries and milk or apple juice.
- Soy Flour: Use soy flour in your cooking to add a little soy to your baked goods. But, it has a pretty strong flavor, so don't use it as the only type of flour in your recipes.
If you're interested in other ways to naturally balance hormones, you might consider using herbal estrogen supplements such as black cohosh, dong quai, licorice root, and red clover.
Eating ground flax seeds or taking a flax seed supplement will provide similar benefits.
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