Kickstart your New Year with SI Swimsuit’s 31 Days of Wellness! This January, SI Swimsuit will unlock exclusive offerings with brand models, wellness experts, fitness gurus and more, who will guide you through 31 days of rejuvenating workouts, recipes and self-care rituals.
Since the beginning of January, 2024 SI Swimsuit rookie and certified holistic health coach Penny Lane has offered up her tips and expertise for a healthier year ahead.
She has shared tips for creating an energizing morning routine, offered suggestions for incorporating superfoods into your diet, explained the best breathing techniques to practice for stress relief, and provided methods for nourishing your body for balance and vitality.
To conclude the series this week, the 29-year-old Cheshire, England native is cueing us in on a few food and drink items that may disrupt the balance of hormones in the body. “While individual responses to foods can vary, some women may want to be mindful of certain items that could potentially disrupt hormonal balance,” Lane explains.
Five foods that may disrupt hormone balance
Processed foods and sugars
“Highly processed foods and those high in added sugars may contribute to insulin resistance, potentially leading to hormonal imbalances,” the 2023 Swim Search co-winner explains. “Limiting the intake of sugary snacks, desserts and processed foods is advisable.”
“While some studies suggest that moderate soy consumption is safe and may even have health benefits, excessive intake of soy-based products with high levels of phytoestrogens may interfere with hormonal balance,” Lane shares. “It’s recommended to consume soy in moderation.”
“High caffeine intake may affect cortisol levels and disrupt the balance of hormones,” Lane says. “While moderate caffeine consumption is generally considered safe, it’s advisable to monitor individual tolerance and consider reducing intake if needed. Like everything, take it with moderation.”
“Excessive alcohol consumption can impact hormonal balance, particularly affecting estrogen levels,” she adds. “Women should be mindful of their alcohol intake and aim for moderation.”
Conventional meat and poultry
“Non-organic and conventionally raised meat and poultry may contain added hormones, which could potentially influence hormonal levels,” Lane notes. “Choosing organic, hormone-free options may be a preferable choice.”
For a list of the top five foods Lane suggests incorporating into your diet for restoring hormone balance in the body, click here.