Better Nutrition|April 2016
Natural remedies for radiant and clear skin.
Who doesn’t want gorgeous, glowing skin? Many people associate a radiant complexion with good overall health, and they’re right.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, covering 22 square feet, on average. In addition to providing the body external protection, skin has a variety of functions, including removing waste through the pores, supporting vitamin D production, and giving the sense of touch.
The skin also acts as a mirror for overall health. Have you ever noticed dark circles under your eyes when you don’t get enough sleep, blemishes cropping up when you’re stressed, or dull, dry skin when you aren’t eating right? That’s the skin providing a physical manifestation of what’s happening within your body. In fact, a study published in Dermato-Endocrinology found a clear link between nutrition and the skin’s condition, which demonstrates the direct impact of supplementation and diet on the health and appearance of the skin. Here’s your guide to get glowing by nourishing the skin from the inside and out.
The Seed Rotation Diet
Think that your hormones might be out of harmony? A hormone imbalance can cause a variety of symptoms, including dry or oily skin along with acne. Here’s a little-known approach that can gently, but effectively, help balance hormones: Focus on seeds that promote, support, and metabolize estrogen and progesterone during specific days of your menstrual cycle.
On days 1–14 of the cycle (or from the new moon to the full moon), focus on flax and pumpkin seeds for an optimal estrogen balance. Flax seeds pack a double punch because they’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids that provide the building blocks for hormones, and also contain lignans, which help the body bind excess estrogen. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, which supports the pathways of progesterone production.
From day 15 until menstruation (or from the full moon to the new moon), integrate ground sunflower and sesame seeds for optimal progesterone balance.This wonderful combination contains lignans, zinc, essential fatty acids, and selenium, which balances the hormones while supporting liver detoxification.Take one or two tablespoons of ground seeds daily (grinding helps increase their bioavailability), mix them into a salad, add seeds to a smoothie, or sprinkle them over veggies.
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