Given that blossom jar’s Hormonal Skin face oil blend is one of our most popular products, we decided to sit down with Dr. Nat Kringoudis – a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, owner of health clinic The Pagoda Tree in Melbourne, and one of the top natural fertility educators in Australia – to discuss hormonal skin woes, what spikes our estrogen levels, and how we can live (and eat!) our way to balanced hormones.
Your program, Debunking Ovulation, has taken off here in Australia. Can you tell us a little bit about the program and why you started it?
It started totally by accident. My clever PA suggested I start doing some small workshop-type events in my clinic to help educate women on [hormonal and fertility] information that seems to be missing! And from there it went crazy and bigger than I could have anticipated. We’ve just finished a national sellout tour, which still blows my mind, and we are preparing to announce the next series and tour in the coming weeks.
Basically, I’m debunking the myths around ovulation, hormones and encouraging women to understand themselves on a deeper level – to really understand what [each woman’s] own unique signs and symptoms actually mean. Nailing ovulation every time is a skill, but totally possible. Everything stems from there!
What are some of the worst hormone-disrupting habits or factors we are potentially exposing ourselves to?
Anything toxic that we consume, absorb or breathe in can be disastrous because these toxins mimic oestrogen in our bodies and then, of course, too much oestrogen isn’t good for anybody. So understanding that the body products we use, the shampoo and conditioner we wash our hair in, our clothing and dishwashing detergent, skin care, water, food, etc. all have an impact on our overall wellness, and they are generally the very things we can control – because we can’t control (always) the environment, but we can control what we eat or how much we sleep, etc.
Fertility obviously goes beyond making babies. Being fertile also imparts desirable beauty benefits like clear skin and shiny hair! How can imbalanced hormones manifest themselves physically in terms of our looks?
The number one [beauty problem] I notice is pimples and oily hair. Too much oestrogen again is most often the culprit. We need to remember that our bodies crave balance and if this is pushed out of kilter our clever body will tell us so by way of acne, pimples, blackheads, limp dull hair, oily hair, and so on. [I find that] always coming back to the fact that our body is clever is encouraging and takes the fear out of it all. It’s just a matter of decoding what’s going on.
Now on to solutions! What are three things (besides the blossom jar Hormonal Skin Face Oil!) we can begin doing today to get our hormones in top shape?
Drink filtered water and lessen things like alcohol that mimic oestrogen and upset hormone balance. Opt for natural skincare and body products for the same reason. And minimize stress – it drives oestrogen up quicker than you can say ‘ovary’ and lands us in all kinds of hot water!
Diet is critical for good health and beauty. What are the top five foods for balancing hormones and maintaining fertility we need to be stocking in our pantry?
Maca – it is an adaptogen, which means it balances hormones no matter what.
Water – toxins need to be flushed out otherwise they, too, will affect hormones.
Green Tea – full of antioxidants, it helps to repair damage, nourishes the body and helps increase cervical health, too. It’s a good one!
Protein & Therapeutic Fats (that’s two!) – hormones are made of fats and protein and simply must be in the diet for all-around wellness. Low fat has landed us in a huge mess when it comes to hormone health. If it isn’t a whole food, I say don’t touch it!
Want more information on how to balance your hormones? Check out Dr. Nat Kringoudis’ “Fertilise Yourself” e-book (a favorite of mine!) or read her helpful blog posts on Stress, Cleansing and hormone-supporting Recipes.