ResetWell Detoxification and Hormones 101
The liver plays a significant role in metabolising and forming hormones. The liver filters out most toxins, makes hormones from cholesterol and stores sugar, or glucose, as glycogen for later when our body needs it for energy. Chronic, long-term exposure to xenobiotics (foreign to the body), such as copper IUDs, oral contraceptive pills, plastics, volatile organic compounds, chemical sunscreens, pesticides, etc., can impair detoxification and lead to chronic disease. This, in turn, affects how hormones are made and cleared and often contributes to skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, eczema and psoriasis.
ResetWell’s Liver Tonic and Tea and eliminating toxic substances in your home and cosmetics will start you on the path to healthy and efficient liver detoxification.
You may have heard about estrogen dominance and seen some of the resulting symptoms associated with this condition. You are estrogen-dominant if you have more estrogen than progesterone working on your tissues. This means you’ll be more prone to acne (predominantly cystic), fatigue, lack of motivation, anxiety, weight gain around hips and belly, histamine intolerance, digestive imbalances, decreased sex drive, brain fog and more. Toxins and stress play a significant role in the development of estrogen dominance. Plastics, pesticides, chemical sunscreens, insecticides, heavy metals, cow dairy, and factory-farmed meat products are all contributing factors and should be avoided whenever possible. So, how do you support estrogen clearance and healthy detoxification?
- A diet rich in fibre, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower), turmeric/curcumin and fatty fish.
- Mindfulness and activities that decrease cortisol include yoga, Qigong and meditation. This is so important!
- Avoid or reduce the consumption of alcohol.
- High-quality omega-3 krill or algae oils
Androgens and Acne
The main androgens (male hormones) are testosterone and androstenedione; if androgen levels are too high, this can lead to many issues. Their levels are heavily influenced by other hormones (like insulin), your diet, overall health and lifestyle.
They are called male hormones but are also produced in women, in your ovaries, adrenal glands and fat cells. They have approximately 200 roles in a woman’s body. Their primary purpose is to convert into estrogen. Some of the most common signs of high androgens include excessive hair growth on the face and body (hirsutism), oily, acne-prone skin and thinning hair.
How does testosterone cause acne?
When testosterone from the blood reaches the skin, it’s converted to a much more potent form called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT causes excess oil production, which leads to oily skin. It also triggers the hyper-keratinisation process, which clogs your pores and is the first stage of acne.
How to Reduce or Prevent Excess Androgens
The more testosterone you have, the more DHT will be produced, and more issues will appear. There is also evidence that DHT prematurely ages the skin. Reducing androgens in your blood is a good idea, even if your symptoms are mild.
Excess androgens can be reduced by:
- Drinking spearmint tea
Recent research has shown that drinking spearmint tea daily can have a powerful anti-androgen effect, which is beneficial for acne. Spearmint tea can reduce free testosterone levels. Therefore, less DHT is produced, which means fewer clogged pores and oily skin. This should be done daily and takes a few weeks to take effect.
Use two heaping teaspoons of ResetWell’s Hormone Balancing Tea steeped in 1L hot water for 20 minutes. You can drink the tea hot or cold, depending on your preference.
You can also enjoy fresh mint water throughout the day by infusing 1-2 large fresh mint sprigs in filtered water for at least 30 minutes.
- Cutting out cow dairy
Again, the cow dairy we have access to today can increase testosterone, is problematic for acne sufferers and leads to clogged pores and acne. Make sure to cut out all dairy for at least six weeks to see if it makes a difference. Raw, grass-fed cow dairy or organic goat dairy in moderation can be healthy for anyone who isn’t sensitive to dairy protein. These should be the only dairy considered after taking a good break.
- Using natural DHT blockers
You now know that DHT is made in the skin from testosterone in the blood, and excess is problematic for your skin and hair. There is a particular enzyme doing the conversion process of testosterone to DHT. It is called 5-alpha-reductase. Luckily, some substances block the action of 5-alpha-reductase. These are called DHT blockers. DHT blockers help decrease excessive sebum production and clogged pores by decreasing the amount of DHT produced.
Some helpful DHT-blocking supplements and natural remedies are:
- DIM (available through ResetWell Botanicals with a holistic consultation)
- Red Reishi mushroom powder
- Green tea extract
- Saw palmetto
- Pumpkin seeds
Zinc is a safe supplement for the majority of acne sufferers. For other listed supplements, we recommend doing some research to find out whether they can benefit you. Always talk to your naturopathic or general health practitioner before starting any supplements or herbal remedies, especially if you’re pregnant or nursing. They may have side effects and/or interfere with your other medications. Men definitely should not take any DHT blockers without consulting a doctor.