A diet high in sugars and starches can create hormone imbalance between estrogen and testosterone, exacerbating skin problems especially when there are underlying mineral deficiencies. Western diets high in carbohydrates and processed foods cause the body to produce too much insulin, another hormone, which regulates blood sugar levels.
Insulin levels spike after you eat especially sugars/carbohydrates, and sustained levels from consistently eating processed or sugary foods can lead to insulin resistance, often a pre-cursor to diabetes. While there are some of us that seem to eat what they like clearly stay energised and healthy - the fundamental differences generally relate to ones ability to uptake minerals and nutrients in the gut. The saying "she has guts" - comes from the truth that a healthy strong gut gives a person sound robust strength in mind and body!
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), in which the body produces abnormally high levels of androgens is a spill over result from insulin resistance. The insulin throws the ovarian hormones off balance by over-stimulating the production of testosterone, which can lead to facial acne - especially around the jaw, excess hair growth, including on the face and chest and oily skin. It can also cause irregular or absent periods, hair loss infertility and ovarian cysts.
Getting Hormones Under Control
1. Altering your diet is the first step - avoiding processed and dense carbohydrates to reverse insulin resistance - (i.e. avoid sugary foods, white breads, crackers, baked goods, pasta, and white rice - and add plenty of good fats - avocado, coconut oil, butter, and proteins such as seafood, fish, poultry , non-processed red meat, legumes and especially lots of green vegetables).
2. Stress reduction is essential in resolving hormonal imbalance - regular massage powerfully helps reduce overactive adrenals, or daily short meditation and daily deep breathing, yin yoga etc - employ a strategy that will daily calm the body and mind.
3. DIM - which is a concentrated form of cruciferous vegetable is an essential simple supplement - assisting the body with reversing hormonal imbalance - it acts as a blocker in the conversion of androgens to excess testosterone.
4. Adaptogenic herbs are nature's answer to powerfully restoring our endocrine system and 1 - 2 grams per day is recommended..
5. Complete lack of exercise can also affect hormone levels, which can in turn impact the skin and overall health.