Diet and your Hormones with Dietitian Susannah Juteau
Susannah is a registered dietician and headache nutritionist. Her focus is to address headache conditions like migraine and the use of diet to assist with lifestyle management and reduction of headaches or migraines! In group fit, Susannah sat down with Dr. Madison to discuss how food can impact hormones and how this can assist with migraines.
How can food impact hormones?
For a reminder on the many impacts of hormones on vestibular conditions, we have a blog post that reviews hormonal contributions to the vestibular system (click here) and how hormones change across the lifespan (click here).
Today the focus will be on estrogen and how diet can impact estrogen levels. Estrogen is an important hormone that can be a migraine trigger for some individuals 1,2,3. Rise and fall in estrogen levels throughout the female menstrual cycle can cause a flare up in headache, migraine or your vestibular condition. A change in estrogen levels is normal throughout this cycle, but diet can help avoid large increases in estrogen levels and sudden drops which can be beneficial to managing headache and migraine!1,2,3
Seed cycling is one way to use food and nutrition to assist with flare ups connected to your period. When Dr. Madison asked Susannah one thing that’s simple to try to help with estrogen levels, Susannah said eat more vegetables! Preferably the cruciferous ones (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale etc). Susannah mentioned that these types of vegetables assist with breaking down excess estrogen and can help keep the fluctuation in estrogen levels in a more normal range to avoid big spikes and falls. This can help manage hormone related headaches.
What is the best Diet
There is no ONE diet or BEST diet. Overall, avoiding overly processed foods and sticking to a whole foods diet is a good starting point while also reaching out to a registered dietician and nutritionist like Susannah Jueau for further guidance and education.
Keep in mind the benefits of a healthy diet for not only assisting with hormone fluctuations but giving your body the nutrients and fuel it needs for best function.
Vitamins and supplements can be helpful, but relying on only vitamins and supplements for nutrition can’t replace all the benefits from a healthy diet.
If you want more tips, check out what Susannah offers on her instagram sn services on her website!
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- SD;, S. (n.d.). Sex hormones and headache. Revue neurologique. Retrieved April 21, 2022, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11139745/
- World Migraine Summit. (2022). How Women’s Hormones Affect Migraine. Retrieved April 2022.
- Northrup, Christiane. (2015, May 29). Migraines. Christiane Northrup, M.D. Retrieved April 21, 2022, from https://www.drnorthrup.com/migraines/
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