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The 5 Best and Worst Foods for our Skin and Hormones

Acne can affect us at any time in our lives, normally during adolescence, but also in adulthood, which is usually associated with a hormonal imbalance.

An endocrine imbalance is usually the cause of hormonal acne. Most women experience the effects straight before their periods or mid/cycle – the moments in the cycle when testosterone and estrogen levels are both at their highest. When women can’t process hormones well, estrogen and testosterone accumulate, preventing the body from being able to detox properly. This can lead to estrogen dominance, resulting in inflamed skin and acne.

If you suffer from this type of acne, buying special creams and soaps to use doesn’t often work, it is necessary to look at your diet! The foods you eat can either disrupt your hormones and cause inflammation, or can help balance your hormones and calm irritation.

The Foods that most affect your Hormones And Skin

The 5 Worst:

1. Dairy

A lot of dairy products contain synthetic hormones that contribute to excess hormones in the body. Dairy is also one of the main causes of leaky gut syndrome, which can create inflammation in the body, producing acne and other problems.

2. Soy

Soy contains phytoestrogens that can create hormone imbalances. If you’re already hormonally sensitive, consuming soy can cause breakouts.

3. Gluten

Gluten is similar to dairy in the way that it affects the body. It causes inflammation in the large intestine and can upset hormone levels.

4. Vegetable, Sunflower, Canola and Safflower oil.

These cooking oils have greater omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids. Too many omega-6 acids in the body can produce skin inflammation during peak estrogen times.

5. Caffeine

Caffeine affects your skin’s immune response by stripping your body of essential B vitamins, magnesium and zinc.

The 5 Best:

1. Avocados

Avocados contain beta-sitosterol, a substance that balances hormone levels and decreases inflammation in the body, therefore improving your skin.

2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and the cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon helps balance the body’s hormones.

3. Pomegranates

Pomegranates have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and provide the same estrogens that the female ovaries produce.

4. Turmeric

Turmeric naturally reduces inflammation in the body. It can help balance your hormones and keep your immune system strong and works wonders for your skin!

5. Chia Seeds

These seeds are the highest sources of omega-3’s in nature. They balance hormones by stabilising blood sugar, easing blood pressure spikes and improving insulin sensitivity.

You don’t need to put up with bad skin, there is always something you can do to improve it! Try changing your diet and if you want extra help visit today!

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