Our "inside-out" beauty philosophy is key when it comes to looking after your skin and hormones. There is an intricate link between the two during all stages of life and both are impacted by what we are putting into our bodies. This is good news, because just by adding certain foods to your diet, you can assist your body in achieving balanced hormones and a radiant, clear complexion.
Hormonal skin conditions are common!
Reduced clearance of hormones can put the liver under load, resulting in acne and breakouts whilst conditions such as PCOS may be linked to high testosterone which creates an excess of insulin and sebum production leading to oily skin and hormonal acne. Low levels of progesterone and excess oestrogen often linked to pre-menstrual syndrome may result in monthly problem “zits” and low levels of oestrogen prior to and during menopause may lead to dry skin and lost of skin firmness.
Are you providing your body with what it needs in your diet for happy hormones?
If you are frequently experiencing a hormone roller coaster, incorporating a few key hormone balancing-foods into your diet and becoming conscious of your sugar, caffeine, animal protein and diary intake can have a profound impact on both the health of your hormones and your skin.
In general taking the following steps ensures you are providing your body with what is required for a healthy reproductive system:
- Increasing foods rich in fibre to assist with the clearance of excess hormones;
- Eating an abundance of essential fatty acids to address inflammation;
- Looking after your gut microbiome to ensure toxins are being cleared from your digestive system; and
- Becoming conscious of having vegetarian protein to ensure complete protein intake is being met.
Incorporate these hormone balancing superfoods daily!
Eating for your skin and hormone health can be as easy as adding one of the below foods to your diet each day this week…
Avocado. Rich in healthy fats and fibre, avocados are also a source of plant sterols which work to can balance oestrogen absorption in the body. Add an avocado to flaxseed crackers, blend into your smoothie, throw into your salad or scoop it out of its skin for a healthy snack!
Including broccoli, kale, cauliflower and bok choy in your diet are all helpful in clearing excess oestrogen and boosting the function of the liver. Best steamed and added to your salad, these veggies are nutrient powerhouses. You will also find broccoli powder in the Edible Beauty Gut Replenish Powder.
Chia Seeds. These are a fantastic source of soluble fibre which absorbs water to form gel. This is most helpful in slowing the release of sugar from foods which helps to keep sugar levels in check. They also help you to feel full, thereby controlling cravings and can act like a prebiotic, feeding beneficial bacteria in your gut. They can be easily added to your morning smoothie, porridge or even to your water. Be sure to soak the chia seeds to form a gel before using as this ensures they do not cause any issues with bloating. Soak ¼ cup to 1 cup of water.
Dandelion Root. A wonderful herb to support liver function. It helps to stimulate bile function which facilitates our liver’s detoxification process – essential in keeping our hormones in check. Brew your dandelion root into a dandy latte with steamed milk and a dash of cinnamon. You will also find Dandelion Root in the Edible Beauty No.1 Green Goddess Detox Tea.
Edamame Beans. The whole soy bean is a source of isoflavones or phyto-oestrogens which help to balance oestrogen levels in the body. They may be helpful when oestrogen levels are declining during menopause and have an excellent antioxidant profile along with anti-inflammatory actions. They are incredibly tasty when added to salads or blended into a dip along with avocado, zucchini and a touch of tahini and olive oil.
Flaxseed. Abundant in essential fatty acids, flaxseed oil can assist in balancing as it is a wonderful source of Omega-3s which helps to keep inflammation at bay. Flaxseed “meal” is equally as beneficial as it contains lignans which assist in removing excess oestrogen. Interestingly, 40 grams of the meal has also been shown to be helpful in easing mild menopause symptoms. The oil is most easily drizzled on vegetables or salads along with apple cider vinegar whilst the fibre can be added to your smoothies or porridge. Aim for 1-2 tablespoons of each daily.
Wholegrains. Complex carbohydrate options such as quinoa and brown rice are abundant in fibre and a source of vegetarian protein which helps to keep blood sugar levels in check and hunger levels at bay. Add quinoa and brown rice to your poke bowls or use quinoa flakes as an alternative to oat-based porridge.
Get started with a hormone balancing recipe!
Our Happy Hormones Quinoa Salad is a delicious, easy and versatile way to incorporate these foods into your diet in one hit!