Not long ago, I thought I’d finally figured it all out.
Work was great, my family was happy. I thought, “Life’s done throwing big changes my way. Time to just enjoy.” Silly me!
Like many women, I was in my late 40s when my hormones started to change. And I thought I knew what to expect… a hot flash or two, maybe a few mood swings…
But NOBODY told me my skin would take a hit!
And years later, even after that “big change” was (thankfully!) over and done with… the effects on my skin still didn’t stop.
Now, you know how committed I am to finding natural solutions to the most challenging health and beauty struggles we face as women…
So recently, I decided not to take these changes lying down.
Instead, I did some research... and you’ll never guess what I found!
There is a common — tiny but mighty — food that might actually be able to combat the signs of aging skin…
Strangely enough, the "wrinkliest" member of the nut family could actually be a POWERFUL tool in the fight against wrinkles.
How? It has to do with your body’s own anti-aging hormones.
You see, a group of scientists working with The American Chemical Society actually found progesterone, an important female hormone, in the walnut tree.
When you're young, your body pumps out plenty of this hormone…
But the older you get (especially during and after menopause), the less progesterone your body makes.
What does that mean? Well, your body does its best to adjust — throwing your hormones out-of-whack — and you end up with hot flashes, mood swings...
And skin that seems to age much faster than it should
But, don’t worry. I’ve got good news —
That little walnut can give you more of the progesterone you need to keep your youthful, beautiful skin through the years. Really!
In fact, just a ¼ cup of walnuts a day can help keep your skin smoother, fresher and more vibrant.
And walnuts do more than keep your skin healthy... they're chock-full of Omega-3s that help keep your heart in good shape...
And that's important for women of ALL ages.
Personally, I keep a stash of walnuts on my kitchen island and grab a handful when I’m cooking dinner.
But my favorite thing to do is make Toasted Walnut Butter and spread it on apple slices or use it as a dip.
1) Soak 2 cups of walnuts overnight, and drain the next morning.
2) Toast the damp walnuts on a cookie sheet at 350° F for about 15 min. (Don't let them darken!) Cool the walnuts, then grind them in a food processor until pasty. (If you don’t have a processor, try pulsing in a blender or coffee grinder).
3) Transfer to a bowl. Add ¼ tsp salt, 2 tsps walnut oil and cinnamon (and/or coconut flakes). Stir until the butter binds.
I love to sprinkle some toasted coconut in too.
So, add some walnuts to your diet and give your skin the chance to be as strong and brilliant as you are, at any age!