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Articles to inspire and support you through your hormone balancing, fertility, pregnancy and motherhood journey. 

Natural Ways To Prevent Period Pain

Natural Ways To Prevent Period Pain

Long term debilitating period pain is unfortunately something that presents to me in my private Naturopath practise far too regularly.  Discomfort in the lower abdomen, back and stomach, aching down the legs, even nausea, headaches, loose bowels and in the chronic cases, vomiting.

Also referred to a dysmenorrhoea, period pain can be caused by the contraction of your uterine muscles during menstruation, but is also a major symptom of conditions with abnormal tissue growth and inflammation, such as endometriosis and fibroids. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in 2012, endometriosis may be a contributing factor in more than 20% of women with chronic pelvic pain. (1)

Does that time of month roll around and cause you to retreat and dose yourself up on pain relief? Read on to see if you can introduce some natural (and dare I say unconventional) ways to prevent your dreaded period pain...

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My ‘Sunshine Milk Smoothie’ Recipe

My ‘Sunshine Milk Smoothie’ Recipe

Are you feeling achey or bloated?

Do you suffer with headaches?

Is your liver in need of some loving?

Perhaps period pain causes you angst?

Or are you struggling with low moods?

The health properties of the flavonoid curcumin found in turmeric spice, is magic for helping overcome these health challenges…. plus so much more. That is why my Sunshine Milk Smoothie just had to feature in my brekkie eBook- My Vibrant Morning.

You can enjoy the health benefits curcumin brings by trying this turmeric powerhouse smoothie for either your first meal of the day, or a smaller serving for a nutritious snack.

 

SUNSHINE MILK SMOOTHIE

Serves 1

What you will need: 

½ – 1 teaspoon turmeric paste

1 cup nut milk, or 1 tablespoon coconut cream and 1 cup water

½ cup water

2 teaspoons gelatine (you can pick up an organic brand here)

1 tablespoon nut butter of choice

2 cubes ice (optional)

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The Hormone Imbalance That Contributes To PCOS, Weight Issues & ‘Chicken Skin’ Rash

The Hormone Imbalance That Contributes To PCOS, Weight Issues & ‘Chicken Skin’ Rash

Gaining hormone balance is not just about correcting one hormone. The endocrine system is so complex, that when that one hormone is detected as out of range, it’s important to go back to the drawing board and ensure a holistic approach is taken to once again have all your hormones humming in harmony.

When addressing dietary choices for hormone health, it is vital to take into account your blood sugar (glucose) balance. Why you ask?

THE ROLE BLOOD SUGAR’S PLAY FOR HORMONE HEALTH

Regularly having experiencing either high or low blood sugar level extremes can contribute to both thyroid, adrenal and sex hormone imbalance. If issues are arising here, blood sugar regulation must be addressed for you to gain the full benefit of any further hormone balancing treatment.

When diet choices are high in sugars, the glucose levels in your bloodstream will soar. This...

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Why You May Be Feeling Sooo Tired & Wired

Why You May Be Feeling Sooo Tired & Wired

The new working year is well under way and I hear you, you’re hanging out for some time out. With busyness being the status quo these days, unfortunately the vulnerable adrenal glands often take a hit. If pushed enough throughout the year your adrenal function is firstly overstimulated (in a typical tired, but wired state) and eventually can be followed by a state of adrenal gland fatigue (exhaustion).

In my previous post on thyroid gland health, I introduced the important connection and support required from the adrenal and thyroid glands for optimal function of one another in the body.  As adrenal and thyroid health play an important role in supporting balanced sex hormones, this is an area that I am particularly passionate about and delve right into in my latest book: Balanced, The Natural Way To Healthy Hormones.

Read on to find out if your energy, sleep, skin, weight and moods are being affected by...

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Optimise This Mineral For Optimal Energy Levels.

Optimise This Mineral For Optimal Energy Levels

As a Naturopath, I often request patients to have functional testing, plus regular blood tests. This is to accurately determine imbalances in the body and where to therefore focus treatment.

One of the most common imbalances which present is related to iron levels in the body. When iron and the carrier molecule of iron, called ferritin, become too high, this can contribute to metabolic problems such as insulin resistance and more chronic issues with organ damage. On the other hand, when iron levels hit rock bottom, complications of low oxygen occur.

It is important to know where your iron levels sit, to know what individualised dietary changes can support you back to optimal health.

WHY IS IRON IMPORTANT

Iron is required for proteins in the body.  Haemoglobin is the iron-containing protein in red blood cells, responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs, to the body tissues. Here the oxygen is exchanged for Carbon...

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How To Use Vitamin Rich Foods As Your Medicine

How To Use Vitamin Rich Foods As Your Medicine

Using foods as medicine is always my first priority when preventing imbalances, treating health challenges and promoting optimal health & vitality. Nature has provided us with a way of delivering our body’s nutritional requirements through the blessing of whole foods.

Optimal nutrition is crucial for growth, development, detoxing and maintaining the multiple functions your body performs day in, day out.  Whether you’re nurturing yourself through a pregnancy, providing growth support for your children, aiming to increase physical performance, striving for bounding energy, working towards improved mental health and concentration or supporting your hormone health, setting yourself nutritional goals can play an important role.

To help you to use food as your medicine and incorporate a varied array of nutrients into your daily diet, refer to my list of vitamins found in health...

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How to Read Food Labels

How to Read Food Labels

If you’re like me, your shopping expedition includes the detective work of reading food labels.

Where and how you source your food shopping is such an important factor in gaining and maintaining optimal health for you and your family. With clever marketers working their magic to entice us 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.

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.

WHERE TO START

Buying whole foods, such as fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, dried legumes, eggs and fresh meats is the healthiest option when purchasing foods, to make up your daily meals. There are times however, when you will need to resort...

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Healthy Choc Fudge

Healthy Choc Fudge

This gluten, dairy and refined sugar free fudge is perfect for times times when you’re craving a chocolate treat. The good fats from the coconut oil and nut butter will help to keep your satiated, prevent insulin and leptin resistance and therefore overeating. You will be able to impress your friends with dessert when next socialising, without compromising your health!

HEALTHY CHOC FUDGE

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

3/4 cup macadamia butter

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

6 tbsp cacao powder

1/2 tsp vanilla paste

Pinch Himalayan, Celtic Sea or Peruvian Pink salt

3/4 cup Medjool dates, pitted

2 tbsp white chia seeds

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO DO:

  • Line an glass baking dish (around 8 x 5 inch) with baking paper
  • Add the nut butter, coconut oil, cacao powder, vanilla and salt to a food processor. Blend until smooth
  • Add the dates, 1 at a time and further blend until smooth
  • Mix through the chia seeds
  • Press the mixture into your baking dish and refrigerate for 1...
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My Top Natural Headache Remedies

My Top Natural Headache Remedies

 

Do you or a loved one suffer from headaches?

Perhaps you walk down the cleaning aisle of the supermarket and feel queasy, or your 3.30pm sugar crash is the time a headache shows up to annoy you? Or maybe its a monthly head pain occurrence before your period? 

It is important to understand that headaches are a way of your body telling you that something is out of balance. There are many potential culprits to your niggling head tension, so rest assured, I’l be stepping you through many ways to support your body to prevent and naturally alleviate the next wave of pain. 

REDUCE YOUR STRESS LEVELS

Stress and tension are one of the most common causes of headaches and migraines. When there is ongoing stress in your life, this will contribute to a state of Magnesium deficiency. Magnesium plays an important role in relaxing the muscles of the body, therefore supporting your Magnesium status should be...

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When Oils Go Off

When Oils Go Off

Oils just aint oils. There are several types, which play different roles in the body, and each has a different ability to stay fresh under heat, light and air conditions. Today I’ll discuss the essential fatty acid’s (EFA’s), Omega 3 and Omega 6. These are called essential, because our body cannot make them individually, or from other fats in the diet. They instead need to be supplied through our diet in order to use for their many functions.

Essential fatty acids play important roles in the body, particularly nurturing for the nervous, immune, reproductive and cardiovascular system. They allow cells to form and function properly, are powerful antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties (omega 3’s only) and allow adequate detoxification to occur in the body.

HOW CAN I GET ESSENTIAL OMEGA 3 AND OMEGA 6 FATS THROUGH MY DIET?

The healthier sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are from cold water fish and marine animals such as salmon, trout,...

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