Did you know that what you eat directly affects how radiant your skin is? Or conversely, how many issues you experience with your skin? I cannot stress it enough; what we put in our mouths directly correlates to what we see on the exterior.
This post will focus on hormone balancing, which is applicable to you if you suffer from acne!
How do hormones influence acne? Excess sebum, or oil gland production is directly influenced by hormones. Additionally influenced by hormones, is that the skin cells that shed become abnormally sticky and accumulate, or clog up in the hair follicle. What do you get? Pustules.
Why is this? Androgens, the male hormones present in both men and women, when there are unbalanced levels, over-stimulate the oil glands and alter the development of skin cells that line the hair follicles in the skin.
So what to do? Taking the birth control pill is an easy and often recommended solution by allopathic doctors. This may clear your skin … but is not the answer… and actually sets you up for other issues in the future (uterine wall thinning, for example).
Firstly, I would recommend having hormone levels checked. Consult with a Naturopath.
But the very things we eat can help! The cleaner we are, the fewer toxins we consume (in our food, what we put on our skin and in the water we drink), and all affects our cycles.
Foods for hormone balancing:
Cruciferous vegetables : kale, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, give them a chance! They help your cells by detoxifying fake estrogens, i.e. the ones we absorb from plastics.
The most miraculous detoxing will come from seaweeds (chlorella, spirulina, algae, nori, for example). They contain high levels of Iodine, which is imperative for the protecting of the endocrine system and the thyroid. Iodine assists in removing many environmental contaminants: fluoride and chlorine, often found in our water sources. They also provide the additional benefits of having the highest magnesium content out of all the plant sources of food, same with protein. As well, these greenies possess the highest levels of chlorophyll found in food sources, which purifies our blood and helps to remove heavy metals, to boot.
More faves! Avocados! Olives! Hooray for avocados and olives!
They have a strong liver supporting effect, again which is important for eliminating xenoestrogens (xenoestrogens are a type of xenohormone that imitates estrogen).
Another goodie is hemp.
It’s a complete protein that helps build and repair cells, necessary especially, if your skin needs healing. The oils it contains help normalize the hormones. So sprinkle some on your salad or add some to your shake!
Ultimately you want to consume things that posses bio-identical hormones, ones that will influence your own natural chemistry. Coconut and olive oil are time tested safe bets.
The foods we eat are only one intersecting factor that contributes to healthy skin. However, it’s one of the easiest habits we can adopt, after all, eating happens every day! So be mindful of what you are putting in your precious temple – especially if you want your exterior to reflect glowingly.