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How To Use Mineral Rich Foods As Your Medicine

How To Use Mineral 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.

Minerals from the foods you eat help to build strong bones & teeth, healthy hair, glowing skin, easy-to grow nails, normal nerve function along with governing your hormone health and metabolism.

An important step in supporting your hormone health is incorporating a varied array of nutrients into your daily diet. Refer to my list of minerals found in health giving (gluten free) foods, below. Aim to opt for organic where possible.

MINERALS

CALCIUM

Animal sources:

Anchovies, bone broth, crab, dairy* products (cheese, cream, milk, yoghurt), duck, egg yolks, prawns, salmon, sardines, snapper, shellfish

Plant based...

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Choc Orange (or Peppermint) Gummies

Choc Orange (or Peppermint) Gummies

 

Providing all this Mumma Milk is really working up quite an appetite!

These gummies are a perfect snack to satiate hunger between meals AND provide the gut healing nutrients, gelatine. Oh and did I mention these orange (or peppermint) infused treats are also chocolate flavour? Yum!

If you’re restricting natural sugars from your diet, you can reduce or eliminate the honey and for a creamier taste, opt for coconut cream over coconut milk.

CHOC ORANGE (OR PEPPERMINT) GUMMIES

What you’ll need:

1 can Ayam coconut milk (or cream for a milkier gummie)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cacao powder
2 drops dōTERRA Peppermint or 5 drops dōTERRA Wild Orange Essential Oil
3 1/2 tablespoons gelatine powder (I use an organic one found over here )
2 1/2 tablespoons raw honey

What you’ll need to do:

Warm the cacao powder in with the milk/ cream over low-med heat in a small saucepan

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How To Create A Hormone Happy Home

How To Create A Hormone Happy Home

It is a surprise to some when I expose the fact that toxins play a major role in upsetting your hormone health. From disrupting important messages from your brain to your hormone glands and overwhelming your liver (a crucial organ for hormone health), toxins can impact the health of your thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones.

Even more of a shock is that these toxins are often delivered through in-home sources, including off-gassing furniture, electronics, clothing, body care products, fragrances and your food…. and this is just a minute amount of what you’re exposed to inside the home.

As a major amount of your time is spent in your home, there is great reason to create this space into a hormone happy environment. This is something I talk about extensively throughout my upcoming hormone health book: Balanced, The Natural Way To Healthy Hormones, but today I wanted to share one simple thing you can do.

Cue, indoor plants....

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How To Make 2 Simple Food Swaps To For Your Hormone Health

How To Make 2 Simple Food Swaps To For Your Hormone Health 

Making dietary changes to nourish your body can be confusing, especially when you’re bombarded with marketing misconceptions. You’ve got certain influential foundations ‘educating’ about the dangers of saturated fat, whilst providing ticks (now stars) for trans-fat and additive ridden food items. You are also conditioned to opt for high grain intake, meanwhile nasty toxins such as artificial sweeteners are not given the negative press they deserve. If you’re into educating yourself with top nutrition reads such as Grain BrainWheat BellyGood Calories, Bad Calories and Sweet Poison, then you’ll identify these lies and manipulations from big companies who are out to make a dollar.

So what should you believe?

An effective first step when optimising your nutrition for healthy hormones, is to look at the food items you’re...

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Foods that may be disrupting your Oestrogen levels

Foods that may be disrupting your Oestrogen levels

 

Oestrogen plays a special role for a woman, as it governs your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Known as the feminine sex hormone, oestrogen governs the bodily changes experienced as your mature from a girl into a woman at puberty and following this event, increased levels are produced by the ovaries (and some from your adrenals) each month to initiate the ripening and release of the fully matured egg at ovulation. In pre menopausal years oestrogen is the driving force behind womanly characteristics and also plays a cardiovascular protective role in your body.

Although oestrogen is required for your overall health and wellbeing, levels can build up in your body and quickly cause imbalance. With either heightened oestrogen production, oestrogen mimicking substances, potent oestrogen receptor activity, sluggish liver metabolism and/ or recycling of oestrogen back into your system due to poor gut health, a condition...

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How Oestrogen Dominance may be Upsetting your Health

How Oestrogen Dominance may be Upsetting your Health

It’s the week before your period and your PMS is in full swing, with an irritable, snappy and sensitive, cry-at-the-drop-of-a-hat, snap-at-someone-for-saying-hello, whirl wind of crazy emotions. You have swollen, tender breasts and you start to dread the upcoming chronic cramping and heavy flow you all to regularly suffer from.

This is a story I have unfortunately heard repeatedly from female patients who seek my help as a Naturopath. This is the story of Oestrogen dominance.

WHAT IS OESTROGEN

Oestrogen refers to three different hormones which allow endometrial cells (cells lining the womb) to multiply, in preparation for pregnancy.  Oestrogen is the sex hormone responsible for the development of the breasts, growth of the uterus and as the skeleton matures, the characteristic womanly curves, in a girl who is going through puberty. Together with other hormones, Oestrogen helps to regulate the menstrual cycle.

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How to Beat the Winter Blues

How to Beat the Winter Blues

It’s the middle of a typical South Aussie winter… temperatures are low, the wind is chilly and for majority of the day, the sunshine is hiding behind rain clouds. As winter progresses, the feeling of frozen hands and feet are presenting to me in clinic, together low moods of the winter blues.

Whats the driving force behind seasonal changes in moods? I’ll give you a hint… it’s free, warming and has the incredible power to brighten your day. Sunshine it is! Or in the case of winter, the lack there of.

Many of you are aware of being sun smart, with the intention of preventing skin cancer. However you don’t realise that being too protective from the sun, or the chronic lack of exposure throughout the winter, can lead to a deficiency in a crucial nutrient called Vitamin D.

HOW THE SUN PROVIDES VITAMIN D

Vitamin D3, also known as Colecalciferol, is produced naturally when the suns UVB rays touch your skin. Vitamin...

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8 Ways To Balance Your Stress Hormones

8 Ways To Balance Your Stress Hormones

Stress. I hear you, I’m no stranger to the word. Among running a busy Naturopathic clinic, writing a book, blogging regularly and spending quality time with loved ones, this year has been jam packed and the demanding times have certainly caused the stress hormones to kick in.

Awareness is the first step. Knowing you’re stressed is easy, but doing something about it can often fall by the wayside. Untreated high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can contribute to multiple health symptoms, conditions and are a major driver for further hormone imbalance. So lets dig into what starts the stress response off and what you can do to build resilience against the rising stress hormone production of cortisol.

CORTISOL PRODUCTION

The stress hormone regulation occurs via your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, also known as the HPA- Axis. The HPA-Axis refers to the communication between your hypothalamus and pituitary glands...

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Where to Buy Organic in Adelaide

Where to Buy Organic in Adelaide

Seeking out organic produce can be hard work. Many google searches later, you may find you’re still not satisfied with the limited listings.

After many patient recommendations and trying out hot spots myself, I’ve refined a list for you of organic cafes, restaurants, markets, shops and supermarkets around town. If you’re flying in for the weekend or a local Adelaidian, enjoy the high quality, organic & seasonal produce Adelaide has to offer.

ORGANIC CAFES:

  • Bliss Organic Cafe, 7 Compton st, Adelaide. Find out more here.
  • Foodwise Organics store & cafe. 7 Jetty Road, Largs Bay. Check out what they offer here.
  • Just Results Cafe, 231 Tapleys Hill Rd, Seaton. Visit their Facebook page here.
  • Natures Providore (formerly Doof Doof), Duthy St, Malvern. More details found here.
  • Nutrition Republic, King William Rd, Goodwood
  • Organic To Go, 365a, Glen Osmond Rd, Glen Osmond. Have a read here.
  • Patch Kitchen...
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How To Source Cheap Organic Produce

How To Source Cheap Organic Produce

The most common objection I receive when encouraging patients to eat organic produce, is the price. There is no denying the fact that buying fresh, organic produce adds to your total shopping bill. I get this.

Personally, food is always my priority. I would prefer to spend more on quality food and miss out on the latest ‘boyfriend’ jeans. I’m even loving my sister’s hand me downs at the moment

Over the years, I’ve shopped organic at the supermarket, local markets, delivery businesses and LOVE dining out at organic cafes (you can check out my fav’s here). I feel good about spending my dollar where I know it will support the organic industry. More demand leads to greater availability and I trust prices will eventually come down.

Until then, you don’t have to sacrifice your personal luxuries. Try my most favourite way to source organic produce and improve your hormone health, for...

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