Seed Cycling: The Natural Cure for Hormonal Breakouts?

Seed Cycling: The Natural Cure for Hormonal Breakouts?

In my 18 years of Aesthetics I have seen how many of my clients have tried to manage hormonal breakouts with birth control pills and topical prescriptions. Sadly, these methods just mask the root cause of the symptoms.

Don’t give up! There’s more you can do to have a balanced body and clear skin!

Could something as simple as eating SEEDS, help to balance hormones naturally?

GOOD BYE, mood swings, bloating, cramping, PMS and hormonal acne?

HELLO, happy days and smooth glowing skin?

What IS Seed Cycling anyway?

Flax, pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds are rotated throughout the month. The concept behind the cycling is that the seeds contain lignan’s that help to bind and excrete excess hormones. On the other hand they also, contain minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids that support the production of hormones at different phases of your cycle.

Eating seeds in a certain format can ultimately help your body find balance! The result? A more even mood and clear radiant skin!

Basic principles:

Estrogen and progesterone balance are key to healthy body. Too little estrogen can lead to a thin uterine lining or a lack of ovulation and too much estrogen can cause irregular periods, depression and PMS symptoms.  Progesterone is essential for getting pregnant and sustaining pregnancy, a deficiency has been linked to symptoms of PMS, fatigue, irregular periods and recurrent miscarriages.

Ok, with that said…

The female body is dominated by estrogen for the first half (day 1-14) of the cycle, and the later half (days 15-28) is dominated by progesterone.

Seeds for Estrogen Days 1-14:

Flax and pumpkin seeds are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which allow the smooth transmission of hormones throughout the body.

Flax contains lignans, which blocks the absorption of and assists the elimination of excess estrogen out of the body.

The high zinc, calcium and magnesium content in pumpkin seeds allows the body to release progesterone, reduce cramping and clear the skin.

The combination of these two processes allows for the balance between the two hormones.

Seeds for Progesterone Days 15-28:

During the second half of the cycle, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds will encourage the production of progesterone.

Sesame seeds are high in zinc, calcium and omega 6 fatty acids which are essential to progesterone production. As well as, reducing acne, headaches, cramping.

Sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin B6 and selenium which support the liver, having a positive effect on the reduction of breakouts and removing excess hormones and toxins. Also rich in magnesium, which works with calcium to reduce cramps and calm mood. Just like the flax seeds the lignans in the sesame seeds deter excess estrogen production.

Keep in mind, this part is very important! ONLY consume the seeds appropriate for your cycle on the given weeks. Aim to avoid sunflower and sesame seeds during the first half of your cycle and pumpkin and flax seeds during the second half.

Look for raw, unsalted versions of each of the seeds mentioned above. The first 14 days of your cycle have one tablespoon each of ground flax seeds and ground pumpkin seeds daily. In the latter half of your cycle, work in one tablespoon each of ground raw sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Grinding the seeds breaks down the tough outer layers and makes their nutrients more easily accessible to the body.

Add to smoothies, salads or soups or even blend with water or juice for a quick drink. Make a sauce, salad dressing or your own tahini or seed butter. Go ahead, get creative!

Smoothies, dips/spreads, dressings, sprinkle on yogurt, salads are great vehicles for your seed regimen.

Daily dosages:

Days 1 -14 add 1tbsp. of ground flax meal and 1 tbsp. of pumpkin seeds.

On Days 15-28 add 1 tbsp. sesame seeds and 1 tbsp. of sunflower seeds.

 

For extra support add 1500 mg of fish oil (EPA+DHA) to days 1-14

Add evening prime rose oil (EPO) to days 15-28

And ONE last suggestion!

Did you know Paraben’s, phthalate’s, and artificial fragrances etc. found in every day beauty products absorb through your skin, alter the natural rhythm of hormones and are also toxic? Scary right?

So, if you’re going to give seed cycling a go, I would highly recommend  switching to (if you haven’t already) natural facial products, and only go for organic holistic facials, which prevent further alteration of your hormones.

Hormones can take a while to balance using natural methods, be patient and give yourself at least 3 months.

Please! Let me know how you do, or if you have any questions. I’m here to help!

glowwithmei@gmail.com

Yours truely,

Mei-Lana Chow RHN

Honey Lift massage for a Rosy Glow

Honey Massage is the most luxurious, safe and effective method of treating the problem of dull, environmentally damaged, aging skin without surgery or painful non-surgical procedures. This type of massage is a lifting, toning, firming treatment for the face. It is a Natural Face Lift massage! It softens lines, gently exfoliates and gives your face a smooth glowing look for days!!

The Secret? Raw Organic Honey!

Honey is one of the natural world’s health-producing wonders. As you know, honey is the nectar gathered from the blossoms of many flowers by industrious bees. After it is collected by some of the bees from a hive, it is then changed by the other bees to make it more useful in the hive. They condense the liquid out of the original flower nectar, producing a heavy syrup with a high percentage of natural sugar content. Though honey is used most often as a nutritional food, it has been used for thousands of years as a natural medicinal and beauty product, too.

The antioxidants and active enzymes found in honey may play a role in protecting the skin from sun damage as well as aid in skin rejuvenation. Because raw honey is antimicrobial and the molecules take up and retain moisture, it it known to speed the drying of wounds. Raw Honey also stimulates the regrowth of tissue, strengthens capillaries and the fibroblast needed for healing. It also encourages the dermis to develop new connective tissue and speeds up the growth of new epithelial cells.

There’s more!

When honey is applied with the Honeylift Massage Techniques the Benefits Include:

  • *Helps smooth fine lines
  • *Provides a light exfoliation
  • *Provides moisture and nourishment for dry, dull skin
  • *Boosts the skin’s immune system
  • *Improves circulation
  • *Assists the skin to naturally express congested sebum (clogged pores)
  • *Stimulates the synthesis of collagen
  • *Antibacterial and antimicrobial

Be Radiantly you… with natural face lift massages!

Top 6 Healthy Habits to Make you Glow

Anyone who knows me well, will say… Mei is all about living life to the fullest and has zero room for missing opportunities!  I always say or do anything that makes me feel like I’m on the right path of being and owning my authentic self. No regrets; sometimes fast, sometimes slow.

When I was super young my Mum used to say to me… Mei-Lana listen to your body! If you’re tired, sleep! If you’re hungry eat!

This used to annoy me. Because I was always too caught up, living in the moment, way too BUSY to listen to my own body.

Now…fast forward… to my time I spent in the CSNN class room. Where I learned that nutritional deficiencies are the root cause of most diseases.

Here’s the deal: With what I learned, we all have habits that deplete our bodies of specific amino acids, minerals and vitamins.

Excessive sun exposure will break down our skin and cause free radical damage. Drinking alcohol will rid the body of B vitamins (the list goes on). Exercise will burn sugars, but we need protein to rehabilitate and rebuild our bodies.

If we pay attention (like listen to our bodies) it will give us signs and symptoms
in which we can help ourselves to heal and replenish.

Today I would like to share with you, My Top 6 Healthy Habits.
Here’s the deaI, I incorporate these easy habits into my life every day… to achieve my ultimate glow! Get your glow on, and join me!

  1. I eat greens at every meal.
  2. I wash my face every night.
  3. At home, cook with high flash point oils, like grape seed oil, coconut.
  4. I eat fermented foods and take a probiotic, and Vitamin B complex every day.
  5. I slow down and recoginze how to be grateful and positive; Its really your choice.
  6. I apply honey to my face every other night.

Soothe your skin and your gut

Hello Friends and Beauty Enthusiasts!

My name is Mei-Lana. Thank you for dropping in on my first blog post!

I have been working as an Aesthetician for 16 years, 10 of those years as a Medical Aesthetician at a Dermatologist office in Toronto. I am also Registered Holistic Nutritionist, a Bellanina facelift massage specialist, and now FINALLY a blogger 🙂

I know what you’re thinking..I sound all over the place! but the common thread here is, I know SKIN, how to take care of it, how to keep it looking great while keeping you feeling even better.

I would like to share what I have learned through out my years working as a skin care specialist. I would love to help you find what YOU really need for your skin to stay healthy and vibrant!  I highlighted YOU because…There are to many different opinions and theory’s as to what works to make your skin glow… but the thing is … what works for one person won’t necessarily work for the next. Sometimes we have to blend all sorts of method’s to find the right fit to achieve beautiful lasting illuminating results.

I truly believe that beautiful glowing skin is a by-product of a healthy body. And a healthy body begins with gut health and is supported with healthy lifestyle choices and habits!

The number one thing I always recommend to my clients is to start taking a high quality probiotic every day. Look for probiotic that deliver 20 to 50 billion live organisms per dose and contain a combination of different strains of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. Take as directed, preferably once or twice daily with meals. This “friendly bacteria’ helps to keep your digestion running smoothly and also will have a direct impact on the clarity and tone of your skin.

Another way to incorporate gut friendly probiotics into our daily food choices is to eat fermented foods! Sauerkraut, kim chi, organic yogurt and kefir, kombucha…yummm!!!

One thing I must point out though!!! is the fact that, some people are unable to properly digest milk proteins, this can irritate their bodies creating an abundance of mucus in the tissues and ultimately having an “ugly” impact on their complexion. If you suffer from cystic or even mild acne, cutting out all dairy might just clear up your skin!! Try cutting out ALL sources of dairy from your diet for a minimum of 2 weeks.  Betcha you’ll notice less breakouts 😉

Now I’m going to put a spin on this… and suggest you also put the same food you’re eating for a health body and put it on your skin for a healthy glowing complexion! YUP!!

I have honestly had the most complements on my skin the days after I apply this mask on my face. I also put this mask on my boyfriend once after came home from surfing in November. Yes, He surfs in the icy waters of Ontario, with a wet suit of course! He just loves catching waves!!! Well this one time he came home with a serious case of wind burn. His skin was so irritated it was screaming out for the soothing, anti-inflammatory nature of this mask. I mixed it up and smothered it all over his face, left it for 15 min, washed it off and BAM his skin looked and felt normal again!

Sooooo this is definitely a must try…. Especially if your skin is inflamed, irritated or acne prone.

 

Turmeric Mask for glowing skin:

1 tsp. Turmeric powder

1 tsp. Raw honey

1 tsp. organic yogurt, milk

Mix all together in a small dish, if it is too runny, add more turmeric powder. Apply to face for 10-15 mins. Splash with water and gently wash off with a dark coloured wash cloth. Follow with applying a light weight natural moisturizer.

  • Turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant, is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial
  • Raw unpasteurized honey is antibacterial, moisturizing and softening
  • The lactic acid in the milk product will gently exfoliate the skin
  • If you suffer from acne, use cooled green or black tea instead of yogurt!

*Be careful with blonde or white hair and light towels etc. as the turmeric can stain!!

 

Ok Friends and Beauty Enthusiasts, that’s it for today! I’ll be back soon with more helpful tips on how to feel great and keep your skin glowing!

Mei-Lana Chow, RHN xoxox