This article is a rebuttal to the piece in the Guardian article written by @NicolaKSDavies on 18th July. It’s about how women are choosing to ‘liberate themselves from the horrendous period’ by choosing not to bleed by taking hormonal contraceptives. Woo! Let’s all burn our period panties and tampons! We are liberated from “god’s great design joke’ as she puts it. How empowering! But is Is a choice based on 50% of the available information still choice?
Whether you have a simple nutritional deficiency or a more complex cause of your period issues like PCOS or endometriosis – I have created a guide that you can download FOR FREE on the subject of 'Harmonising your Hormones’. It’s a culmination of many years worth of study, research and clinical experience. I have distilled it into a handy resource that will help you to decipher what your body is saying, and listed some basic nutritional and lifestyle treatment strategies that you can start to incorporate into your life now.
We’ve all been there. Stressful month, late period.
Stress is the most common factor I see in clinic affecting women’s health. As women, we can now do it all. The HPAO is the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-ovarian axis. I think of this ‘axis’ as a triangular web or loop in the body that when one part is affected, they all are. In this article I breakdown the mechanism why and give you some practical tips how to deal with this.
Not ovulating (and therefore not producing progesterone) is one of the main reasons for your period problems – like PCOS, menstrual irregularities and low mood/PMS. In fact your period health absolutely depends on progesterone – it counterbalances oestrogen, helps us sleep, is good for our moods, skin and bones. Not to mention helps us make babies.
OESTROGEN: : As women we have all experienced the fluctuations of the menstrual cycle.You may have heard terms such as ‘oestrogen dominance’ or experienced out of the norm changes towards your period. In this blog I break down the ups and downs, ins and outs of one of our key hormones that makes us WOMEN, so changeable – OESTROGEN. They key factor to know is: Oestrogen levels fluctuate throughout the month and this lovely hormone does not act alone. Oestrogen levels and her actions are one part of a whole – dependent on an array of hormones and processes. When our hormones are in balance each others negative effects.
There is a lot of hype around omega 3 fatty acids. Are they really that important? What does it all mean? Fatty acids are vital for good health as they make up every cell membrane (think skin here!), provide us with energy, are building blocks for hormones and are vital to a healthy immune system, cell signalling and mood and brain health. Our bodies can make all but two of them – they must be supplied in the diet. I break down the differences and functions…
Food as Medicine – I share 6 practical ways to optimise your wellbeing through food, Ayurveda and mindfulness. An accurate age-old Ayurvedic proverb states: “When the diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When the diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” Making simple dietary changes can make all the difference to your health.
Is your sunblock doing more harm than good? Given the amount of chemically toxic ingredients in our sunscreens, are we doing more harm than good by slathering on layers of sunscreen, all over our bodies, on a daily basis? The short answer – Yes. If you’d like to know why we say this, read on
Up to 90% of women will at certain times in their life experience breast tenderness, breast pain, breast lumps or fullness. I see this all the time in clinic. From time to time the breast tissue may change, usually fluctuating in alignment with the menstrual cycle. Sometimes we may catastrophise thinking pregnancy or a fatal disease – but thankfully there are a number of innocent reasons you may have sore boobs.