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

What Really Happens Throughout Your Menstrual Cycle

 

 

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...

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Why You’re Feeling So Irritable

Why You’re Feeling So Irritable

As I chat with women just like you and ask how you are feeling, I repeatidly hear cranky, short tempered, low tolerance, snappy, emotional, moody and irritable!

You may feel out of control and in some cases a completely different person in different times of your menstrual cycle. The common culprit of these cycle driven symptoms is premenstrual syndrome (PMS). As 90% of women experience one or more symptoms of PMS, it has often been accepted as a ‘normal’ part of a woman’s cycle.

Although it may seem that this is just something you (and your loved ones) may have to accept, it’s important to investigate why you may be feeling this way and what you can do to overcome it.

WHAT IS PMS

Often experienced ‘pre’ period, the symptoms of PMS occur in different patterns and times of the cycle for each woman. You can present with PMS symptoms anywhere from day 7, through to just before your period around...

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How To Support Your Liver When Celebrating

How To Support Your Liver When Celebrating

It’s that time of year where your calendar is full with social outings and celebrations over fine food and often an abundance of alcoholic bevvies. Christmas is a time to relax and be merry and this may mean letting your hair down…a little too far and consequently upsetting your liver health.

Your liver plays an important role in metabolising your hormones to allow excess levels to be safely removed from your body. If the detoxification processes in the liver (Phase 1 and Phase 2) are overwhelmed with filtering toxins (such as alcohol), your hormone health metabolism may be compromised.

Along with staying hydrated, here are my top ways to use foods to promote a healthy and happy liver and support your hormone health through the silly season.

THE GUT: LIVER CONNECTION

If your digestion is in tip top condition, this will help out your liver. The liver is the filter of...

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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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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 initial high is followed by a state of low levels and fluctuation between high and low...

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Lifestyle Hacks For Healthy Hormones

Lifestyle Hacks For Healthy Hormones

Have you ever thought about how your lifestyle is effecting your hormone health? For a long time, I was so focused on getting my diet right, that I forgot about the important environmental impacts that were contributing to my health challenges.

I now cringe when I jump in a car with a ‘smelly tree’, hold my breath when I walk past someone with a strong perfume scent and avoid bright lights at night. Why? As I was writing my book: Balanced, The Natural Way To Healthy Hormones, it became very clear how disruptive environmental stressors can be to achieving regular periods, clear skin, relaxed moods and vibrant energy levels.

Where should you start? Right here, with my powerful guide to encourage an environment that supports healthy hormones for you and your loved ones.

DETOX YOUR HOME & WORK ENVIRONMENT

ELECTRONICS

Plug your laptop, computers and if possible, iPads into your internet modems by cord or cable and turn off the...

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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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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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