One thing I focus on with my clients is fibre intake. Fibre intake is important for general health but it is especially important when my clients are dealing with issues related to hormone imbalance.
One of the major ways we detox excess estrogen from the body (among many other things) is by having a bowel movement everyday (and we all know that fibre can be really helpful for regularity). Research has shown that by increasing our fibre intake, we can reduce the amount of circulating estrogen in our body.
Some of my favourite sources of fibre are cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc.) and things like chia seeds and ground flaxseed.
I like to aim for between 25-40 grams of fibre per day (tip: make sure you increase slowly so that you don’t cause too much digestive upset and also make sure you’re drinking enough water!)
To give you an idea of the approximate amount of fibre in these foods – I’ll outline them here:
Broccoli (2 cups): 5 grams
Cauliflower (2 cups): 4.5 grams
Brussels sprouts (2 cups): 8 grams
Chia seeds (2 tbsp.): 7 grams
Ground flaxseed (2 tbsp.): 8 grams
Raspberries (1 cup): 8 grams
With a good strategy, you can hit the 25-40 grams of fibre per day but it takes a bit of thought, in most cases!
Have you thought of how much fibre you’re getting each day? What is your favourite source and how do you incorporate it?