Now, who doesn’t love flawless, beautiful skin? We all do, but topical treatments or makeup may not give you the results you want. No matter what skin condition you suffer from, whether it’s acne, blemishes, dermatitis or any other kind of skin issue, the only way to treat it and make your skin better is by healing your body from within.
Improving the quality of your skin involves making changes to your diet and a getting a lifestyle makeover. Most of these conditions occur due to hormonal imbalances or lack of nutrition, so the right way to fix your skin is to treat it from within. Especially when there is a shift in seasons, our skin is directly impacted, and that's when our skin needs special care. So, let’s get down to it.
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1. Reduce Sources of Estrogen
Did you know that having an excess amount of estrogen in your body can cause acne? That's right, the dominance of estrogen is the primary cause of hormonal imbalance. Xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens are chemicals that act like estrogen and get attached to estrogen receptors, overburdening the body with their estrogenic effects.
Xenoestrogen can be found in commercially raised meat and dairy products, such as pork, chicken, butter, etc. Any foods containing pesticide residues can also cause estrogenic effects. One more source for xenoestrogen is tap water. When it comes to phytoestrogens, some common sources are soy products, flax seeds, and sesame seeds, and are mostly found in plant sources. Consuming foods high in phytoestrogens can result in drastic acne.
2. Add Zinc to Your Diet
Another agent that enhances the quality of your skin is zinc and a deficiency of zinc has been linked to acne by experts. Hence, it's safe to say that a healthy dosage of this nutrient is necessary to maintain healthy skin. Zinc regulates the collagen in the skin as we age and promotes skin renewal. Zinc also fights other issues that cause the skin to suffer from inflammation.
Zinc can be found in foods like kidney beans, flax seeds, peanuts, egg yolks, salmon, etc. It controls the inflammatory response of the body, as well as boosts the immune system.
3. Build Up Good Bacteria
The reason why your skin is acting up could be due to an underlying yeast issue. Taking a high-quality probiotic can help replenish the good bacteria in your body. It also regulates the growth of yeast, along with the bad bacteria in the gut. You could opt for foods that will encourage the growth of the beneficial yeast and bacteria in the body like yogurt, coconut kefir, and other fermented foods.
Doing this will help to balance your hormones by enhancing your bacterial defense system. If you are suffering from acne or skin inflammations regularly, it could be due to the overgrowth of yeast. Avoiding excess sugars in your diet could be one way to deal with this, as yeast feeds on the sugar and grows. Avoid consuming too much processed foods, refined sugars, and chocolates, and instead focus on low-sugar foods. Over time, you will see that it has improved your skin dramatically.
4. Take Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are necessary for your body, and if your skin is not doing so well, then one of the reasons could be that you have low levels of omega-3. This nutrient is responsible for keeping the skin healthy by reducing inflammation and other skin-related issues by taking care of the skin at the cellular level. In a way, it acts as a moisturizer for the skin—but from within. Omega-3s help in rebalance hormones and encouraging cell regeneration, which result in clearer skin.
You can increase your intake of omega-3 by consuming nutrient-rich foods like ghee, pastured egg yolks, enriched dairy foods, canola oil, etc. With the visible reduction in inflammation, acne, and psoriasis, omega-3 fatty acids can lead to smoother and younger-looking skin.
These are some ways in which you can fix the hormonal imbalance in the body. To heal your skin, you must fix the root problems behind the skin issues with love and care, and it varies from person to person. It all comes down to the foods you consume and their nutritional content. It also helps to consult with a doctor to ensure your body is functioning normally. By following these tips consistently, you will gradually see your skin change for the better.
All information and resources provided are based on the opinions and experiences of the author, unless otherwise noted. Information is intended to encourage readers to do their own research and come to their own conclusions, and should never substitute or replace the recommendations of a qualified healthcare provider. Always consult your physician before making changes to your diet, exercise, or general wellness plan, even when using holistic methods.