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

The Hormone Imbalance Causing Energy & Weight Challenges

 

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.

WHAT IS YOUR THYROID GLAND?

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...

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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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The Hidden Hormone Disruptor In Your Foods

The Hidden Hormone Disruptor In Your Foods

The foods you consume on a daily basis can do one of two things. They can provide the nutrition needed for gut health, growth, detoxification, energy production, hormone and neurotransmitter synthesis as well as overall bodily health and function. Or your foods can cause toxicity in your body, lead to inflammation production and therefore contribute to hormone imbalance, among many other health complications.

First things first, I will always encourage a diet based around whole foods. Eliminating the processed trans-fat, preservative laden, sugary so called ‘foods’ and instead building the diet up with loads of fresh vegetables, some fruits, nutritious olives, olive oil, nuts, seeds, coconut products and ethically raised animal products.  Fermented foods and broths are also encouraged as a part of a nourishing diet for hormone health.

You may be following this ‘to a t’, but still noticing...

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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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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 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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Lifestyle Hacks To Sleep Soundly

Lifestyle Hacks To Sleep Soundly

 

Far too often we often forget the major role which lifestyle factors play in regulating our sleep- wake cycle. While trying to overcome my past sleep disturbances, I found addressing lifestyle is just as important. You can read about the importance of sleep, causes of insomnia and my top herbs and diet recommendations to support healthy sleep patterns, here. Today I want to share more tips for you to gain regular, restful shut eye.

 

LIFESTYLE FACTORS FOR RESTFUL SLEEP:

SMART EXERCISE

To gain a good night sleep, avoid vigorous exercise late at night. If you are limited to after work movement, instead undertake relaxing exercises and activities such as walking, yoga, stretching, gardening and pilates.

Exercising in the  morning, however is an effective natural sleep aid. Naturally increase your Cortisol to support energy production in the morning, by following short but sweet high intensity, short duration movement.

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