7 Foods to get your skin glowing and hormones in check

Our skin is something we often take for granted, that is, until it’s too late.  People often comment on how well you look if you skin is glowing and we all know that out dreaded hormones can have a direct effect on how good our skin looks.  Here are 7 foods that can help enhance and heal your skin and when combined with a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced lifestyle they can bring back that glow!

1. Berries

Berries contain high amounts of antioxidants and are fantastic for balancing hormones. These little treats taste amazing, are easy to buy and eat and are low in sugar and high in fiber making them perfect for balancing blood sugar and our hormones.  Their Antioxidant properties help in the fight against free radicals which age our bodies and attack our cells.  Try berries served with Greek Yogurt and a sprinkle of seeds for a healthy breakfast and don’t forget to check out the hedgerows right now as the first blackberries are here and they’re FREE!!

2. Turmeric

Like berries Turmeric is very high in antioxidants and helps to reduce inflammation in the body, great if  you’re prone to poor skin.  You can use it topically by mixing it with some yogurt, milk and honey as a face mask or sprinkle it in soups, casseroles or in salad dressings.

3. Walnuts

You only have to look at a walnut and it instantly reminds you of a human brain and is happily known as brain food.  It contains very high amounts of Omega 3 oils and these have been shown to help in balancing depression, anxiety and mood swings.  The healthy fats in the nuts help to balance insulin which can reduce acne.

4. Liver

Probably not everyone’s favourite but liver is fat-soluble and contains the skin glowing vitamins A & D along with Iron, Magnesium and Zinc.  Zinc is a powerful nutrient for balancing hormones and healing the skin as it has immune modulating effects.

If you really can’t cope with the idea of liver try mincing it finely and adding it to a pie or casserole in the sauce.  All taste but without the texture.

5. Oats

It’s a good idea to try and stick to Gluten free oats as many of the regular oats available are contaminated with Wheat and can therefore be inflammatory for some people.  Oats contain Silicon which is a trace mineral that promotes firmness and strength in the bodies tissue and helps skin to retain it’s elasticity.  Something I think we all want.

6. Avocado ( My favourite )

These wonderful green fruits are packed with skin-calming minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium along with loads of antioxidants and plenty of good fat making them a great addition to your daily salads or on their own as a snack.  They also contain a plant sterol with anti-estrogen properties making it a brilliant food for ladies with PMS or those going through menopause.

7. Broccoli

Enjoy this cruciferous vegetable raw or cooked ( it’s especially good lightly steamed with some toasted almonds sprinkled on top.) This vegetable is full of blood-sugar balancing fiber plus the anti aging Vitamins C and A and also it contains estrogen-balancing molecules sulforaphane and DIM.  Both of these molecules have been proven to be helpful in helping in hormone relates skin issues.

There are some other really good foods that I should mention which will help make your skins glow and these include:

Lemons, Sweet Potatoes, Green Tea, Kale, Sardine and or course Water.

If you’d like some recipe ideas for any of the above do get in touch and I’ll send you a few over to try.