I see many clients whose skin conditions are either caused in part, or made worse by hormonal imbalance. This phrase, hormonal imbalance, covers a very wide range of symptoms and can have several different causes and factors. Our hormones govern our bodies. They rule everything. We need special hormones to do everything from regulate body temperature and blood sugar to digest food and stay happy. Our hormones are also constantly in flux. This can make it difficult to pinpoint a hormonal imbalance in many cases.
However, I’ve been doing this long enough to notice reliable patterns in hormonal imbalance and how it affects the skin. There are several things we can all do to help keep hormones happy and skin clear and bright. Here is my short list of suggestions for hormonal balance as it pertains to the skin. (NOTE: this is not medical advice, simply my advice. None of these suggestions will negatively affect your health in any way, but if you are under the care of a physician, please clear everything with them first.)
Get rid of Sugar and vegetable oils. I really cannot say this enough. If you want a healthy body and beautiful skin, do not eat these two things. The sugar I’m referring to is added sugars: honey, corn syrup, brown rice syrup, sugar, agave, etc etc etc. A little is OK, but do NOT overdo it. I like to stay 90% sugar free, meaning that I indulge once a week or so and make it special. I also do two sugar free months each year! Vegetable oils (canola, corn, sunflower, margarine, etc) are the enemy of healthy skin. They do go good and can cause blood sugar levels to go askew. This will create hormonal imbalance in the same way sugar can. Vegetable oils need to be highly processed in order to be edible, which should say something about them. Our bodies are simply not meant to consume them. PERIOD
Limit caffeine. One cup daily is all you need. I choose to enjoy one daily cup (no sugar) after my breakfast in the morning and then rely on water the rest of the day. I also love Dandyblend with steamed almond milk as a coffee alternative in case I want a second cup!
Go organic. Pesticides and synthetic ripening chemicals are foreign toxic substances. The body will store what it cannot process and this can seriously mess with your hormones. Try to eat organic whenever possible, especially the dirty dozen, meat and dairy! Side note, toxins also come from artificial dyes, fragrance, plastics, and tap water…steer clear people!
Exercise Regularly. Our bodies are meant to move and sweat. Exercise helps alleviate stress and releases endorphins and sweating helps us release toxins. Exercise also helps balance hormonal levels. Keep in mind, however, that overdoing it can backfire and deplete your body. Find something you love and enjoy 3-5 times a week!
Get outside daily. Sunshine increases our levels of Vitamin D which in turn helps regulate hormones. Most of us are low in Vitamin D because we work too much and don’t spend enough time outdoors. Eat lunch outside, go for after dinner walks, hike on the weekends, sit in your backyard…whatever it is – get out there!
Get 8 hours of sleep. Sleep is so important for hormonal health and many of us are not getting enough of it. If you suffer from a lack of sleep, take heart that following these other suggestions will increase your chances of getting better sleep at night! I enjoy herbal tea in the evenings and eposm baths to help get me ready for sleep.
Add some supplements to your routine. Fish oils, a good probiotic, greens and maca all help with hormonal health and make the skin glow! Fish oils provide healthy omega 3 fatty acid and vitamin D, probiotics regulate gut health and help with digestion/ absorption rates, greens provide essential minerals and phytonutrients and maca is a Peruvian root known for helping with hormonal balance.