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Top 10 Foods for Women’s Health – Dr. Ariel Policano

Top 10 Foods For Women’s Health

by Dr. Ariel Policano

As a leading naturopathic physician with a special focus on women’s health, Dr. Policano has over 15 years of experience using raw foods and superfoods to treat a wide variety of conditions. Having worked with health afflictions ranging from fatigue to breast cancer, she has crafted a definitive list of foods to emphasize in your diet for hormonal health, vibrant skin and healthy heart and bones:

1) Raw Chocolate
• Improves mood by increasing serotonin and other positive brain chemicals.
• Contains magnesium — good for heart health, insomnia, bone density, hormonal balance.
• High in Vitamin C and electrolytes.
• High in antioxidants — slower aging, disease prevention.

2) Maca
• Incredible hormone regulation from the top down — works from pituitary gland.
• Adrenal support for strong, steady energy.
• Thyroid support for healthy metabolism.
• Reproductive support — Balances hormones and reduces hot flashes.
• Libido support.
• Rich in B Vitamins.

3) Flax Seed
• Excellent raw materials for creation of health reproductive hormones.
• Anti-inflammatory.
• Good for healthy colon.
• Lignans improve hormonal balance.
• High “electron” food — gives you energy and optimal cellular health.
• Possible anti-cancer properties written about by Johanna Budwig.

4) Sprouts
• Very nutrient dense.
High protein.
• Good source of trace minerals.
Broccoli sprouts have anti-cancer properties.
• Alkalinizing — improves metabolism.
• Satisfies nutritional needs — reduces appetite.

5) Kombucha
• Supports excellent digestive health.
• Improves healthy gut bacteria that helps with production of serotonin, good mood hormone.
• Rich in enzymes — helps energize the entire body, all organs, hormones and neurotransmitters.
• Rich in vitamin B-Complex.
• Alkalinizing — improves metabolism.
• Has been used by some women as a part of a breast cancer treatment plan.

6) Goji Berries
• Very high in antioxidants.
• High in Vitamin C.
• Complete protein containing all essential amino acids.
• Contains factors for human growth hormone.
• Rich in polysaccharide sugars for healthy immune system.

7) Coconut
• Anti-bacterial.
• Anti-fungal.
• Anti-viral.
• Healthy source of saturated fats.
• Rich in electrolytes.
• Alkalinizing — improves metabolism.
• Increases energy.

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• Rich in chlorophyll.
• Alkalinizing — improves metabolism.
• Cleansing.
• Vegan source of EPA and DHA.
• Many different carotenoids means strong antioxidant support.
• Virtually all trace minerals in marine phytoplankton.
• Great for balancing blood sugar.
• Good for weight loss — satisfied nutritionally, not as hungry.
• Energy improvement.

9) Hemp Seed
Complete protein.
• Omega 3 and Omega 6 present in healthy ratio.
• Anti-inflammatory.
• Raw materials for healthy hormones!
• Contain chlorophyll for nourishment and cleansing.

10) Sea Vegetables
• Thyroid health.
• Breast health.
• Weight loss.
Cancer protection.
• High mineral content good for blood sugar, focus and creativity.

Republished with permission of Dr. Policano. Links to other pages within OWC were added.

NOTE: Spirulina, chlorella and cruciferous vegetables should make all top 10 lists based on our research.

This entry was posted in Featured, Wellness for Women, Women's Health

One Comment

  1. Posted August 3, 2010 at 01:36 | Permalink

    Great list. Any info on where to find these foods?

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