If you find yourself struggling with food intolerances of any kind, then it’s most likely causing an imbalance in your hormones as well. And if you’ve been diagnosed with low testosterone, PCOS, estrogen dominance, thyroid issues, or insulin resistance; then your food sensitivities are making them worse.
In this Podcast, I discuss how they’re linked and where to begin to help heal and regenerate your body from the attack on your immune system.
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Many of my patients ask me for natural remedies to help improve their skin quality. Aside from the all-natural Skin Brightening and Glow IV™, I often reply, “Mother Nature is the best medicine cabinet out there…specifically any foods that grow from the ground”.
Here are two staples of my diet that help keep my skin soft and glowing:
Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A, which is an anti-inflammatory and helps fight off acne-causing bacteria. Vitamin A and another one of sweet potatoes’ abundant nutrients, vitamin C, work hard both to prevent acne and to heal it should it strike. But sweet potatoes fight acne on another level, too. In addition to their vitamins and antioxidants, they have a relatively low glycemic index, which helps maintain a steady insulin level and avoid the pimply dangers associated with hormonal imbalance.
Parsnips are also a good source of vitamin C as well as vitamin K, folate, potassium and manganese. These nutrients are great for keeping your skin hydrated as well as building the necessary building block of the epidermis. One of the compounds in parsnips (as well as in figs celery and citrus fruits) is psoralen. Like many other phytochemicals psoralen and the polyacetylenes in parsnips can be considered “natural pesticides” which are toxic to fungi and bacteria and when eaten as part of a whole foods diet are considered safe and beneficial.
Snacking for your Health
Instead of snacking on a bag of potato chips, consider making your own. Not only will you save money, but your body will certainly be healthier.
Sweet Potato and Parsnip Chips
Recipe: Peel your sweet potato and parsnips, then slice them thinly. Coat with a very good quality olive oil and salt to taste. Set slices in a single layer on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 125° for 12-20 hours or until crisp, then enjoy!
Natural Treatments for Melasma ~ Removing Unwanted Skin Blotches
Skin health is always in the spotlight for addressing various skin discolorations such as age spots and melasma. But where do you turn when you have tried everything and nothing seems to be taking away those darkened areas on your face? Melasma is a skin condition that is often seen in women. It presents right after giving birth, also known as pregnancy mask, or presents itself as the hormones start to change or women become perimenopausal.
There are several different kinds of hormones in the body, but the ones that are most important to those of with Melasma are the sex hormones such as Estrogen, Progesterone & Testosterone. Believe it or not, there are many factors which can contribute to hormone imbalances. Some of which include:
Birth Control Pills
Poor liver detoxification
How exactly does your lifestyle and health effect your hormones?
As you become stressed, your body produces more and more cortisol to help cope with the stress. As more cortisol is produced, the precursor hormones like progesterone and pregnenolone are depleted, which leaves the estrogens in an unbalanced situation. This extra estrogen stimulation actually increases the hormones that stimulate melanocyte production, which in turn increases the amount of melanin deposited. Re-establishing hormone balance through a simple urine test can help prevent this, and may even help reverse it.
Vitamin D is a potent fat soluable vitamin that has shown to address the healthy production of melanocyte production and health in general. Making sure your Vitamin D levels are optimum is the first step in addressing your skin issues and health.
Get More Sleep
A lack of sleep or any disturbance in the natural circadian rhythm can be one of the worst habits contributing to a hormone imbalance. This is because your hormones work on a schedule. Cortisol, the primary “stress hormone”, is regulated at midnight. Therefore, people who go to bed late never truly get a break from their sympathetic flight/fight stress response.
Gut health plays a critical role in the overall function of your health. It’s important to eat a diet that doesn’t contain food items that will irritate or inflame the lining of your intestine. When the lining is inflamed, nutrients cannot be absorbed and digestion suffers.
Ensuring that your gut and digestive systems are working accordingly is important because, estrogen levels are directly affected by bowel transit time (the time it takes for waste to move through the intestinal tract). A normal transit time allows excess estrogen to pass with the stool and out of the body. When the stool remains in the bowel for longer periods of time, as with constipation, the excess estrogen is reabsorbed and placed back into circulation. This can be one of the most toxic and detrimental effects to your health. Therefore if your gut is suffering from inflammation, your entire body suffers. Making sure that your liver can eliminate excess toxins is vital.
Solutions to Melasma
After years of working with patients suffering with various skin issues, particularly melasma, I have formulated a specific approach to balancing hormones, detoxing the body, and eliminating most complexion issues. To begin your path to a healthy, clean body and beautiful skin, contact the office to begin.
Did you know that there are certain foods that are not only good for your health but help to beautify your skin and hair, specifically?
We know we need the right foods to make our insides work beautifully, and it seems there is a miraculous superfood with new health benefits in the news every day.
A healthy diet keeps our organs and muscles working like new. In addition to a healthy gut and immune system, the right foods can have cosmetic benefits as well. From glowing skin to an improved mood, the right foods can take our appearance to the next level. So throw out that new wrinkle cream and fill up your plate with some of these delicious antioxidant-packed foods to feed your hair, skin and nails!
Here’s a few facts about some deliciously healthy foods that do just that:
Avocado is loaded with skin-healthy monounsaturated fats, enabling your body to efficiently absorb fat-soluble nutrients for skin health.
Rich in vitamin C, lemon will help your body purge excess water weight and balance the sodium and potassium levels in your cells, so you can say goodbye to face bloat.
Chia seeds are essential for healthy hair because they deliver omega-3 fatty acids and promote circulation to the hair follicle. Remember, healthy fat equals shiny hair, so you definitely want to add omega-3s (a very health fat) to your daily routine.
Zinc is a vital mineral for wound healing, immunity, and nail growth, and sunflower seeds (or sunflower butter) come loaded with it. Sunflower butter also has concentrated essential minerals like calcium, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper to prevent dry and brittle nails.
Broccoli sprouts are rich in vitamin K, potassium, manganese, and iron, as well as vitamin C—an antioxidant vital for collagen production, so if you can find them at your health food store, add them to your cart! Broccoli also contains folate, a powerful nutrient used in DNA repair, which will help with shiny locks in the long run.
Looking to beautify yourself naturally? Try one of my NATURAL IVs to bring back your GLOW, beautifully!
Do you often find that your skin has lost the luster it once had? Or all of a sudden, as an adult your skin has become more prone to acne or breakouts? If you find yourself allergic to certain foods & think that it’s only effecting your stomach, you may want to think again. Food allergies affect every aspect of your body, such as your hormones and your complexion.
Below are some examples of various foods that are known to cause some issues:
Evidence has shown that high-glycemic foods may be the trigger for inflammatory conditions, like acne. Foods high in sugar effect proper hormone metabolism, therefore resulting in skin issues.
Similarly, dairy can be problematic if you are prone to cystic breakouts in the chin and jawline area. Since most dairy cows are given growth hormones, the consumption of milk, cheese, & yogurt become factors that influence endogenous hormones & mimic the hormones that trigger oil production in the skin.
If you struggle with under facial & eye puffiness, eating foods high in sodium will encourage water retention.
How to Help
Step 1: Eat foods that contain antioxidants, such as avocados, berries, spinach, dark-skinned grapes, & cantaloupe. Antioxidants have the power to protect you from disease and slow the aging process, as they fight the free radicals in your body that can harm your cells.
Step 2: Load up on vitamin C every single day. If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your skin & slow down aging from inside out, the best ones to eat to get your daily vitamin C are dark, leafy greens, broccoli, cantaloupe, kale, sweet potatoes , red peppers, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, & grapefruit.
Step 3: The best fish to eat is cold-water fish. Try to include sardines, tuna, mackerel, cod, herring, & trout in your diet whenever possible. All of these have the best essential fats for smoother, more moisturized skin, increased energy, & improved immunity.
Step 4: Begin The DrNirvana Diet™ to get to the root cause of how your genes can help you reveal your best in beauty and health.
Yes! An apple a day also keeps beauty problems at bay!
It contains a wealth of nutrients, like Vitamins C, B6, riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium.
It is also packed with phytonutrients and flavonoids. Apples ? contain pectin, which is said to have a soothing effect on sensitive skin. They are wonderful skin toners, helping to tighten the skin and stimulate blood circulation to the skin surface.
Apples also have anti-oxidant properties, helping to prevent oxidation damage and thus delaying visible ageing signs on the skin. They also contain fruit acids, which have a powerful cleansing effect on the skin ?, removing dead skin cells. This helps to brighten the skin and gradually clear away blemishes like dark spots.
Raw apple pulp or apple juice can be applied on the skin daily and then washed off with plain water after 20 minutes. Grated apple can be added to face masks.
TRY THIS DIY MASK: Mix oats with curd, honey and ? apple pulp or grated apple into a paste. Apply on the face and wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes.
Apple cider vinegar, which is obtained from apples, is an ideal treatment for dandruff and also adds shine to the hair.
After shampoo, add two tablespoons apple cider vinegar to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse.