Menstrual Cycle 101
The menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman...
Articles to inspire and support you through your hormone balancing, fertility, pregnancy and motherhood journey.
Are you pre, between or post bubba Mum life and searching for a safe contraception option that won't compromise your health? You're not alone, as this is one of my most frequently asked questions as a Naturopath.
Read on as I share both hormonal or non-hormonal options for you and/or your partner, so you can make an informed contraception decision that's right for you.
If you're actually ready to start planning for a baby, this info will help for your fertility tracking too and further support to prepare your body for pregnancy here. If you're wanting to stop your hormone contraceptive but concerned about symptoms, head here to help balance your hormones and transition smoothly off of your hormone birth control.
Now, back to the current contraception options available to you.
There are different hormone birth control options available through your GP. They ultimately work by either...
For many women, using hormonal birth control is very convenient. It ‘regulate' cycles, protects against unwanted pregnancy and allows for a sporadic sex life. But do you know what's really happening in your body when you're on these synthetic hormones?
Although side effects to hormone contraceptive are real, I don't believe it is diligently communicated to women before use. Time and time again I see friends, family and patients who are blissfully unaware of the potential dangers of short and long term synthetic hormone use. Yep, I've been there too.
To gain a deeper understanding, you'll likely need to research hormone contraceptives yourself . Let's start with what naturally happens throughout a menstrual cycle.
The menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman...
Recently my daughter turned two and we celebrated with a picnic lunch followed by a not-so-average birthday cake. Being a health conscious Mumma and while my now toddler's gut microbiome is rapidly developing, I am determined to create nourishing options, even on special occasions.
This microbiome development is most critical during the first three years of life, setting up a healthy gut and balanced immune system for years to come. There are many ways you as a parent can also support your little ones gut and immune health. Read more on this topic in my baby health book, Thriving Bubba.
If you're following the gut friendly food introduction plan in Thriving Bubba, you can try this cake recipe for your bub from 12 months (without the frosting), or 15 months with the frosting, which is made from soaked cashews.
This recipe can be doubled, to bake two cakes which sit on top of each other, with frosting in the middle- this is what I did in the image above. It is a...
Are you experiencing cycle, skin, weight and/ or unwanted hair growth symptoms? Has Dr Google has lead you to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) as a possibility? Or perhaps you've been given a diagnosis of PCOS by your GP, but you really don't know where to go from here?
Read on to gain an understanding of what PCOS is, the signs, symptoms, causes, consequences of and how you can get a diagnosis, so you can seek the guidance you need to support your hormones, cycle and body back to balance.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone disorder with increasing prevalence and now affecting 1 in 5 Australian women of a child bearing age and 1 in 7 world wide.1 It is one of the leading drivers for female infertility and alarmingly 71% of women with PCOS remain undiagnosed.2
Having PCOS means that your ovaries aren’t getting the right hormone signals from the pituitary gland in your brain, resulting in an overall...
It’s a common theme I see as a Naturopath. Young women going through high school and into their early adulthood, without the empowering understanding of their hormones and precious reproductive cycle.
I was no different! To be honest, throughout my teens I didn’t know when and how ovulation took place. I was equipped with the basics – knowing I inconveniently had my period once a month but because I was on the oral contraceptive pill, I wouldn’t fall pregnant. I was oblivious to the fact that my ovaries had shut down and I wasn’t ovulating, let alone getting an explanation from my GP about potential short and long term side effects of taking the “innocent” daily pill.
It wasn’t until my naturopathy studies that I began to truly understand the intricate happenings of a woman’s cycle, both naturally and on synthetic hormones. It fascinated me and once I was supporting patients in clinic, I developed a...
Are you a choccie fan? Ok, silly question. Are you trying to support your gut health? Yeah? Now we're talking.
This recipe will keep you fuller for longer, satisfy your sweet tooth (but can be adapted to have minimal sweetener) and provides gut health goodies- prebiotics for feeding your good gut bugs plus gelatine for healing your gut. Gelatine also promotes healthy hair, skin and nails. Yep, kinda ticks all my Mumma healthy snack boxes.
If you're following my Thriving Bubba food intro guidelines, this one will be appropriate for bubs (best using carob as a cacao replacement and without the use of essential oils), around 15 months of age. Learn more about foods for baby here.
If you tried my Immune Boosting Lemon Slice and loved the base, it's time for a chocolate twist.
What You’ll Need:
1 1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup tigernut flour. This one provides gut healthy prebitics, but also helps to harden the...
Hormones have the significant job in your body of delivering important chemical messages to your tissues and organs. Ultimately this controls functions such as your metabolism, hunger, cravings, sexual function, physiology, reproduction, moods and energy levels as well as skin and hair health.
Did your ears prick up when I mentioned energy and metabolism? If this is an area you’re struggling with then it might be time to address your thyroid gland health. Thyroid gland conditions are 4-5 times more likely to develop in women than in men and will contribute to issues with weight gain and fatigue, among much more.
Your thyroid gland is a crucial part of your body’s endocrine system and is found in prime position, at the front of your neck. Just like your menstrual cycle, thyroid function is also a brain driven event via a feedback loop between your hypothalamus and pituitary gland (in your brain) and your thyroid gland. Through...
By now, you you’ve heard me repeat the importance of good gut health as the foundation of you and your family's health.
The gut houses around 70% of your immune system, controls your nervous system, allows adequate detoxing to occur and it needs to be in tip top shape for promoting balanced moods and hormone health. For little one's- the nourishment they receive and environment they are placed in for their first 2-3 years post birth, plays a crucial role in allowing their microbiome and gut health to establish and therefore set up their long term immune health.
When your body is exposed to factors such as stress, medications (particularly antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and the oral contraceptive pill) and inflammatory food and drinks on a regular basis, inflammation and a ‘leaky gut’ can develop.
To paint a picture of what leaky gut is like, imagine a fly screen with holes in it. This is...
This immune boosting snack is a popular one in our household. There's plenty of vitamin C within the lemon curd filling, plus choline rich eggs for supporting healthy brain development. To super boost the immune properties of the filling, you have the option to mix through Kakadu plum (Gubinge) powder- a vitamin c rich native to Australia. You can also adapt to your desired sweetness (I leave out the sweetener in the filling).
The gluten free base is just delish and you’ll want to use it for all sorts of slice recipes for your family, like my Chocolate Jelly slice (recipe coming soon). If you have tigernut flour, this acts as a prebiotic to improve digestive health but note, it will make for a thicker crust.
Best of all, you won't be in the kitchen for longer than half an hour.
Ready, set go!
1 1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup tigernut flour (or 1.5 cups almond meal in total)
Do you glance over food labels, but get a bit confused with what you're really looking for?
With clever marketers working their magic to entice you to buy their products, buying healthy is tricky business. You must learn to look through the pretty pictures and misleading claims, and instead read the fine print to ensure your shop is a healthy one.
Where and how you source your food shopping is such an important factor in gaining and maintaining optimal health for you and your family. Read on to be equipped with important food label reading skills. It will save you time and give you the confidence to know you’ve made the best choice for you and your loved ones.
Buying foods in the whole food form, such as fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, dried legumes, eggs and fresh meats is the most nutritious option when purchasing foods, to make up your daily meals from scratch....