A couple months back, after reoccurring adult acne, a trip to an endocrinologist informed me that I have a hormone imbalance. Not uncommon in 20-somethings, hormone imbalance is something that more and more people (especially women) are dealing with. With the increase in birth control use, unnatural foods, and chemicals in seemingly natural food, it is very easy for your body to become clogged with junk.
I tried traditional methods to fight acne: tretinoid creme, topical gels, antibiotics, benzol peroxide…just about everything except the harsh and potentially dangerous drug Accutane. Birth control was no better: it threw my body completely out of wack, leading to oily hair, worse acne, and a feeling of imbalance in my body worse than before.
Done done and done.
So now I’ve began turning to natural methods, which include:
- More sleep
- More meditation & yoga
- Interval running (sprint-walk, sprint-walk)
- Omega 3’s
- More green smoothie detoxing with maca root
- No more coffee
- Increase percentage of raw food daily
- Cut out as much junk food and non-organic food as possible
- Limit dairy milk and wheat bread, and instead stick to almond milk & gluten-free or Ezekiel bread
Of these natural methods, the one item I knew the least about was Omega-3 fatty acids. I consulted the blogosphere, health coach blogs, Kimberly Snyder (just because I love her), and research at the Harvard School of Public Health.
So, point blank, Omega-3’s are basically used by cells for metabolic processes (breaking down food). They help support healthy cell membranes, immunity, and cell response. They are not naturally produced in the body, so the only way to ingest them is directly through food. Research suggests that the imbalance of Omega 3’s and 6’s is widespread in the western diet, leading to inflammation, hormone imbalance, poor lipid blood profiles, depression, and poor immune response.
They are found in these major sources:
- Nuts (most largely in Flaxseed, but also in chia seeds and walnuts)
- Olive oil
- Some beans
All in all, the point is to help the body heal itself, not to rely on quick fixes, harsh skin products, or products that tamper with the body’s natural equilibrium.
- Harvard School of Public Health on Omega-3’s
- Kimberly Snyder and more Kimberly Snyder
- The World’s Healthiest Foods on Omega-3’s
- Balance your hormones naturally HERE, HERE/HERE and HERE.