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

What You Need To Know About PCOS

 

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. 

What is PCOS

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...

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The Fertility Challenges Often Overlooked

The Fertility Challenges Often Overlooked

What a beautiful gift and miracle of life- an opportunity to create another human being and give them unconditional love as their parent.

Unfortunately for many couples, this gift comes wrapped with a number of challenges, heightened stress levels and the emotional roller coaster which follows. According to the World Health Organisation report published in 2012, one in four couples in developing nations have been affected by infertility. The Australian Bureau of Statistics from 2009, stated that one in six Australian couples reported to have fertility issues.

Heartbreaking to hear, 20-25% of these cases are diagnosed as unexplained infertility. (1) What does that mean? Those patients have been delivered inconclusive results from basic fertility related testing, they don’t fit into medically accepted fertility or endocrine related diagnosis, and/or the structure and function of reproductive...

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How To Halt Hair Loss & Regain Your Luscious Locks

How To Halt Hair Loss & Regain Your Luscious Locks

Among the top symptom complaints women present to me with, hair loss is high on the list. No one wants to lose head head. When experienced, hair loss can create issues with insecurity, anxiety and feelings around loss of femininity.

Tune in if you’re noticing clumps of hair loss when shampooing, an increased number of strands around your home, or when looking in the mirror, you’re noting significant thinning of your once luscious locks. I will unravel the possible causes of your hair loss, and where you can start, to re gain healthy hair growth.

CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS

The causes of hair loss can vary in each case, but generally there is one or more of the following factors contributing to the condition.

NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES.

A diet lacking in protein (particularly the amino acid L-Lysine), Iodine, Omega 3 essential fats, Iron, as well as lack of Vitamin D rich sunshine exposure, are all known...

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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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How To Balance Your Blood Sugar Levels

How To Balance Your Blood Sugar Levels

Ever felt a jittery high post a sugary drink, a sleepy arvo after a lunch time sandwich, or mood swings when you’re hanging out for your next meal? These are common symptoms of imbalanced blood sugar levels.

Blood sugar imbalance is something I have personally struggled with over the years. I was in a mindset that I needed to load myself up with cereal, fruit and toast for brekkie, another large meal including bread for lunch, plus plenty of grain based snacks in between. Although I ate lots, I was always hungry.

As well as satisfying my hunger, these food choices were driven by fear of low blood sugar (hypoglycemic) shakes, dizziness and hanger (angry and hungry) before my next meal. This was something I frequently experienced in my teens and little did I know I was making all the wrong food choices!

HOW THE BODY USES CARBOHYDRATES

Keeping it very simple, when all foods containing carbohydrates (mainly fruits, vegetables, grains,...

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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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5 Common Causes of Acne

5 Common Causes of Acne

When patients present to me with dreaded skin breakouts of acne, with the self confidence issues that stem from the condition, I can feel their misery. When I hit my teens, out popped the painful, red and angry looking pimples. There were times I would dread looking into the mirror, cringe at photos of myself and felt self conscious about my inflamed face.

I listened to adverts and followed regimens to cleanse, tone, and moisturise daily, using harsh chemical laden products that promised ‘clean & clear’ skin. It didn’t help.

Little did I know at the time, that it had nothing to do with what I was applying to my skin, but all to do with what was I was shovelling into my mouth… cereal & toast for brekkie, sandwhich for lunch, cheese on toast after school, malted milk drinks along with the packaged chips and biscuits for snacks. Not to mention the sugar laden alcoholic drinks I guzzled on-when I hit the party girl scene.

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Our First Trimester Experience

It's been exciting time for hubby and I as we recently announced we will be welcoming a precious baby into the world this winter.

Pregnancy is such a magical time, growing & nurturing a little human inside. It's a special time full of joy and excitement, where the mumma-to-be is glowing. Of course, supporting many patients through their personal pregnancies, I was not naive to the contrary. Nausea, exhaustion and cravings are among common symptoms of the first tri, which pose a challenge to keep the special news a secret during the early stages.

I'm 15 weeks tomorrow and it's the best I've felt in the past 9! I was no stranger to the dreaded morning sickness (who am I kidding, it's all day sickness), among other symptoms and here I wish to share with you my highs and lows throughout this time.

What I Felt

Let's start with the baby brain. It IS a thing... already! Hence why I took a journal each day with some notes, as I knew I'd forget my main points to share my experience...

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