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The broccoli family, more accurately described as the cabbage family, is the number one hormone-healthy food group. These cruciferous vegetables—that is their scientific name—help your body rid itself of excess estrogen and turn unhealthy estrogen molecules into the healthy type—this involves complex biochemistry which we won’t bother to get into here. While broccoli is the most popular member of the cabbage family, and is one of the most popular of all vegetables, other cruciferi are equally healthy for you:
The Hypothyroidism & Hormones Food ConnectionFoods that are healthy for women’s hormones can sometimes have an unintended side effect: they may interfere with your thyroid hormones, which would then defeat the benefit of eating them. Your thyroid gland controls your metabolism: when it is underactive, fatigue, depression, hair loss, dry skin, high cholesterol and heavy menses—not to mention PMS & PMDD—can occur. The good news is, this thyroid effect only occurs if you eat too much, or the wrong form, of certain women’s superfoods.Raw cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and kale contain substances called goitrogens that interfere with thyroid hormone. This would include juiced items such as kale juice. The solution is simple: eat your cruciferous vegetables mostly in the cooked form. If you enjoy raw cruciferous vegetables, do so sparingly, especially if you are concerned about hypothyroidism.Soy is another food that can interfere with your thyroid, but only when you eat far too much of it. Eating large amounts of soy every day can certainly have this effect. What is a large amount? It will differ from person to person, but more than one cup of soymilk per day, or more than half of one standard-sized block of tofu per day may be too much. Most people don’t have to concern themselves about this because it is a lot of tofu. However, if you are lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy, you may rely on soy milk. Even then, you may not have a cup per day. If you do, try mixing in some almond milk for variety. Vegetarians and vegans sometimes eat large amounts of soy, and should consider mixing up their proteins as well, using nuts and other beans, and possibly eggs or dairy, as a soy alternative.