We are so glad to hear so much awareness being directed toward hormonal support + balance these days. If you are a regular client of ours, you know how important education + hormones are. We aren't just talking about the sex hormones here (estrogen, progestin, testosterone etc.) we are talking about the over 800 communicators that make our bodies run. Some of these star players include T3 + T4, our thyroid hormones, Insulin which controls our blood sugar, Prolactin for lactating mamas, Serotonin our moods best friend, Cortisol, which manages our stress.... just to name a few.
We are currently exposed to more endocrine disruption than ever before. Fighting an uphill battle of the hormones, no wonder we are exhausted, stressed, moody, + highly inflamed… with low libidos, hair loss, weight gain, acne flare-ups, hyperpigmentation, poor gut function, inconsistent menses, joint pain, vitamin and mineral deficient… the list of symptoms goes on and on.
Instead of putting a band-aid on these symptoms, I urge you to seek support through professionals who will get to the root cause of the issue, and help you fix it for good. Here is where we come in.
It’s our goal to team up with you and your healthcare team, and get you on the fast track to balance though skincare and whole foods nutrition and supplementation. Our very first course of action is taking a very close look at what you are currently putting on or in your body. This is of prime importance, because in order to find the root cause, we need to see how the pathways are being disrupted.
Our focus is educating you on how to listen to your body to achieve optimal health. Giving you the tools to clear up your skin, loose the excess weight, regulate your menstrual cycle, attract the right mate, banish mood swings, get the solid beauty sleep you deserve, normalize your digestion, and get you feeling on fire for life. The prevention is where it’s at y’all. With these tools you can prevent future illness + disharmony and maybe reverse some of your current ones along the way. Let get you on your way to optimal health and harmony.
Acne as a teenager is a given. We know the drill: Puberty hits, our hormones go into overdrive, the breakouts last a few years, then acne moves on… right? Wrong. For many people, acne occurs for the first time past their teenage years and often well into adulthood. The culprit: Hormones. For both men and women, hormone levels fluctuate with aging. In men, skin changes due to a drop in testosterone. In Women, testosterone levels are on the rise and estrogen plummets. When androgen levels increase, receptors in the skin trigger an increase in sebum production and cause the pore lining to thicken. This contributes to oil build-up, bacteria growth and, you guessed it… breakouts, as well as hormonal hyper pigmentation, inflammation and premature aging. Progesterone, estrogen and androgen levels vary during monthly cycles as well as life events like pregnancy and menopause, leading to the same symptoms that tend to appear on the jawline, chin and neck.
Freckles on your nose are cute at age seven but but as we age and these spots seem to be spreading… what gives? Call them age spots, liver spots, hyper pigmentation or sun spots - no matter what name they go by, these dark spots are signs of skin damage or other problems with pigmentation. When hormone levels zigzag, one of the most common side effects is a change in pigmentation. Frequently seen during pregnancy or changes in birth control, uneven skin tone is caused by extra hormones stimulating the production of melanin. Pregnant women often develop melasma, which results in these dark patches on the nose, cheeks, jawline, forehead or chin. (EminenceOrganics)
Our immediate recommendations to treat hormonal skin, are to maintain a proper, hygienic skin care routine, get plenty of sleep (mostly between 10pm-2am your most restorative time) eat your greens, cut the coffee, dairy, and sugar, incorporate probiotics, and try to avoid unnecessary stress. You may also consider a visit to a hormone specialist, who may be better suited to diagnose your specific needs rather than a dermatologist. If you live in the Portland area, let me refer you to my magical team.
While a good skincare ritual can help improve your skin dramatically, it’s important to team up with your professional regularly (every 4-6 weeks) to keep your routine fresh and effective. Organic skincare is food for your face. Switching things up with the seasons is another important key. Time after time, I see clients back off once they start to see changes in the skin, but it will most likely return if the root cause is not addressed. Here’s where our Nutritional Therapy comes into play.
Who needs to see a nutritionist? We know that poor nutrition leads to hormone imbalance, but this can lead to much more dramatic health concerns. Lets stop this imbalance act in its tracks. Our Holistic Nutritional Therapy is a natural approach that uses evidence-based techniques for diet, lifestyle, and detoxification. Instead of focusing on just one aspect of a person, its important to understand that each person is biologically unique, so there is no one size fits all approach. Which is why following “programs” generally don’t turn out to be a sustainable option. In our sessions, we evaluate our clients’ complete health history, emotional state, lifestyle and rituals already in place. This is how we determine the root cause of your concerns and symptoms. For us, this becomes a really interesting puzzle that we must solve.
Nutritional Therapy can help with the following:
Dietary Challenges and Allergies
Disease Prevention and Support
Change in Libido