Being a Kinesiologist I see how food affects your hormones all the time. I have long been an advocate for menopausal women cutting dairy out of their diet. But it is not just women who need to look at the foods they are eating. In the video below, Dr Neal Barnard talks about some of the reasons why you need to look at the foods you eat and the impact they are having on your wellness.
My Own Story
Like most of you, I grew up on dairy. But I also grew up with constant chest infections, colds, flus, etc. While I know stress played a huge part in my reduced wellness, I also know that diet probably caused me a lot of stress as well. This is not throwing blame on my parents, they did the best they could on a one salary income with 8 children. There was no information around to tell my parents to cut out dairy and sugar from my diet.
Nearly 20 years ago I was told to come off dairy – it was causing me lots of health problems. I had a bumpy 5 years of mostly being off dairy. The last 10 years are totally dairy free – I know the times when dairy slips into my diet and it is not a pleasant digestive experience! For me, dairy is only one part, sugar plays a huge role too, but that is for another day.
Dairy and Hormones
Dairy is full of hormones. Those hormones are meant for the calf, to help it grow. We humans are the only species that drink the milk of another species and do so after infancy.
I believe that you have enough to be doing to regulate your own hormones, especially in menopause, without throwing in so many external hormones too. But don’t just take my word for it. Book yourself a little time, an hour, and grab a note pad, glass of water, comfortable chair and watch this video of Dr Neal Barnard talking about research into how foods affect hormones and what to do about that.
Kinesiology Helps With Lifestyle Changes
As a kinesiologist I help many women to balance their dietary needs and I know that a lot of the food grown and produced in our world is not as full of nutrients as it used to be. There can be a need for nutritional supplements to help you boost your wellness. Right now most consultations are happening over the phone or online, but they are still happening. So why not take this time to try out a more plant based diet, adding in some supplements if needed. Do the 21 day challenge that Dr Barnard offers free through the app mentioned at the end of the video and see how you go.
A Little Addition
I am surprised that Dr Barnard didn’t talk more about other sugars and processed sugars in particular. I am putting this down to his focus on dairy products and how good a plant based diet is. Processed sugar does weaken the ability of the pancreas and the adrenals to do their work effectively. You can find out how best to manage your diet through connecting with a Kinesiologist.