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Cooking for Hormone Balance: A Proven, Practical Program with Over 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Boost Energy and Mood, Lower Inflammation, Gain Strength, and Restore a Healthy Weight by Magdalena Wszelaki, HarperOne, US $35.00, Pp 374, April 2018, ISBN 978-0062643131

Millions of women suffer from a hormonal imbalance which causes digestive issues, weight gain, anxiety, brain fog, insomnia and mood swings. They often believe that nothing can be done about it because hormonal problems are genetic or the causes are unknown. In Cooking for Hormone Balance, Magdalena Wszelaki says that eating the right kind of food can help you fight the hormonal imbalance and alleviate the symptoms. Hormonal balance requires a healthy digestion, stable sugar level, and a well-functioning liver. These three things are the foundations of our hormonal health. Each represents one leg in the three-legged stool that is hormonal health. All three legs need to be stable for you to sit comfortably. Restoring your gut, sugar levels, and liver health will not only rebalance your hormones but will also reverse many other ailments that might have been plaguing you for years, such as seasonal allergies, hives, chronic pain, weight gain, depression, anxiety.

Hormones are responsible for how you think and feel. Magdalena Wszelaki says that a woman with balanced hormones is often sharp and upbeat, and has a good memory. She feels energetic without caffeine during the day, falls asleep quickly, and wakes refreshed. She is blessed with a healthy appetite and maintains the desired weight with a good diet. Her skin and hair glow. She feels emotionally balanced and responds to stress with grace and reason. When menstruating, her menses comes and goes with no or little PMS. She has an active sex life. She can maintain a full –term pregnancy. When entering perimenopause or menopause, she slides into a new phase of life with ease.

But, there are no magical foods or herbs that will immediately reverse hormonal imbalance. However, Magdalena Wszelaki says that you can create an environment that is conducive to the hormones being produced, metabolized, and excreted in such a way that you enter that balance. Most other diets have been devised by people who got great results from a certain way of eating, so they passionately embark on getting the rest of the world to join them. Magdalena Wszelaki says her approach to helping you find hormonal balance is based on the principles of functional medicine that emphasize uncovering the root causes of disease and treating a person from every aspect that ranges from diet to sleep genetics, to infections, to toxic exposure, and to stress. Magdalena Wszelaki says she believes in “bio-individuality” (one of the principles of functional medicine), which means that one person’s food can be another person’s poison. This could be due to many reasons including genetics, current gut health, liver health, or the environment a person is living in.

Cooking for Hormone Balance will teach women how to take control of their bodies by bringing about hormone balance in their bodies with the help of nourishing food. The simple and easy-to-prepare recipes will make you energetic and upbeat. This is done by treating seasonal allergies, hives, chronic pain, weight gain, depression, and anxiety. The best thing about the recipes in Cooking for Hormone Balance is that they are really delicious and scrumptious.

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