Broccoli is often promoted as one of the “superfoods” which we should eat more of but understanding exactly why it is so beneficial and how to include in our diets is something I think is not only essential but also motivating for us.
Oestrogen is one of our key sex hormones, essential for reproduction and survival and we have receptors for oestrogen in nearly every organ in our bodies. Levels of oestrogen fluctuate and decline at perimenopause causing a significant impact on our health beyond hot flushes. Supporting oestrogen early in perimenopause (which can start at mid-forties) can help both our transition through the menopause and our longer term health.
“I don’t like taking pain killers” is a phrase we often hear in practice, many patients can be concerned about the possible side effects of ibuprofen or paracetamol or the adverse effects these drugs can have on the liver especially when taken regularly.
The period around menopause (Perimenopause) is a period of significant hormonal changes especially our primary sex hormones oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Everything we consume has an effect on our health (positive or negative) and if we support our bodies by nourishing them with whole, real food we are optimising our potential to feel vibrant, happy and healthy, to feel and look amazing and be empowered to do the things we want to.
When we are recovering from viral infections we tend to think about infection purely in terms of its affect on our body and the physical manifestations from experiencing symptoms such as a cough, chill, fever, joint aches and pains, nasal congestion etc. Once these symptoms have died down / gone we may however be surprised that we have “lost our mojo”, that we are experiencing low mood, anxiety, ongoing fatigue and a lack of motivation.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common sex hormone disorders in women affecting between 6-7% of UK women of childbearing age. In addition to sex hormone dysregulation, it is also linked to insulin resistance, dysregulation of the gut microbiome and also a genetic predisposition.
Approximately 10% of women suffer from an under active thyroid, (otherwise known as hypothyroidism) and often they find themselves living in a “zombie” like state, experiencing debilitating symptoms that have a huge impact on their quality of life.
Hormones have a huge impact on our overall health and well being as they affect everything from our menstrual cycles to health issues such as PCOS, Thyroid, PMT and Endometriosis. Nutrition can be a powerful tool when addressing hormone imbalances as when hormones are in harmony you reclaim your life back! Here are my top 10 foods to eat to help restore hormone balance.
There is emerging science and new information that water can improve our health at a cellular level by providing our cells with more energy and oxygen, thus improving our energy and circulation.
Most of us experience stress on a daily basis and this can benefit our health and life as it brings vitality, energy and focus to daily tasks. However when those daily stressors accumulate and we are not eating the right foods or adapting our lifestyles to support our adrenal (stress) glands, it can lead to chronic stress and even “burn out” which can leave us feeling like we are “running on empty”, “tired all the time” or worst case – not be able to get out of bed and function at all which is called “burn out syndrome”.
At this time of year some of us may be thinking about how we can boost our immunity for the winter ahead and avoid those dreaded winter colds or worse flu. I would suggest however that immunity is the cornerstone or foundation of our health and goes far beyond fighting infections (such as the common cold).