• 14Jul

    After my diagnosis of PCOS with unexplained weight gain some 18 years back, I did an extensive research on PCOS. I learned that PCOS is an insulin resistance disorder. Losing weight with PCOS is extremely difficult for some patients. With exercise 365 a day and following a high-protein-low-carb diet, I was able to bring my weight down, though it was an arduous journey.  I was reluctant to go on Metformin, a medication to treat PCOS. I diligently wrote down what I could eat and how much carb every food item that I ate weighed. I limited my carb intake to 100gm a day, which meant that I had to cut out rice, noodles and white flour products from my diet. My main meals consisted of a lot of meat, eggs and vegetables. I got my carb mainly from fruits and the occasional sinful indulgence on cakes and ice-creams. Even my choice of fruits were limited to guava, green apples, lemons and grapefruits.

    Protein is the single most important nutrient for weight loss and a better looking body.

    A high protein intake boosts metabolism, reduces appetite and changes several weight-regulating hormones (123).

    Protein can help you lose weight and belly fat, and it works via several different mechanisms.

    Going on a high-protein diet may help you tame your hunger, which could help you lose weight.
    You can try it by adding some extra protein to your meals. Give yourself a week, boosting protein gradually.

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    Your weight is actively regulated by your brain, particularly an area called the hypothalamus.

    In order for your brain to determine when and how much to eat, it processes multiple different types of information.

    Some of the most important signals to the brain are hormones that change in response to feeding.

    A higher protein intake actually increases levels of the satiety (appetite-reducing) hormones GLP-1, peptide YY and cholecystokinin, while reducing your levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin (678910).

    By replacing carbs and fat with protein, you reduce the hunger hormone and boost several satiety hormones.

    This leads to a major reduction in hunger and is the main reason protein helps you lose weight. It can make you eat fewer calories automatically.

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    Protein Makes You Burn More Calories (Increases “Calories Out”)

    Due to the high thermic effect and several other factors, a high protein intake tends to boost metabolism.  It makes you burn more calories around the clock, including during sleep.

    A high protein intake has been shown to boost metabolism and increase the amount of calories burned by about 80 to 100 per day (141516).

    This effect is particularly pronounced during overfeeding, or while eating at a caloric surplus. In one study, overfeeding with a high protein diet increased calories burned by 260 per day (12).

    By making you burn more calories, high protein diets have a “metabolic advantage” over diets that are lower in protein.

    The Best Protein Sources

    Choose protein sources that are nutrient-rich and lower in saturated fat and calories, such as:

    • Lean meats
    • Seafood
    • Beans
    • Soy (only non-GMO)
    • Low-fat dairy
    • Eggs
    • Nuts and seeds

    If you plan to add a lot of protein to your diet, or if you have liver or kidney disease, check with your doctor first.

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  • 02Jul

    Do you always break out on your chin? Or maybe acne always seems to crop up on your cheeks or your T-zone.  There are reasons you might be breaking out in one particular area over another.

    I hardly ever had acne or pimples in my teenage years right until now.  Every once in a while, a pimple will pop out on my chin.  When I kept having acne only on my chin some 18 years back when I was in my late 20s with my weight shooting up from 43kg to 48kg in just two months, I knew it was a red flag.  An ultrasound scan by my Ob & Gyn revealed that I had PCOS, a hormonal imbalance disorder.

    Hormones, diet, poor hygiene, stress, or an underlying issue with an internal organ are all factors that could trigger breakouts in a particular spot. Great skin often starts from the inside-out. One of the places through which your body rids itself of toxins, illness, and stresses is its largest organ — the skin.

    The method of using the location of acne to inform treatment and prevention is called face mapping.  Face mapping is a great place to start with finding the possible causes and solutions of those pesky breakouts on your forehead, cheeks, chin and T-Zone.

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    Forehead
    If you frequently wear hats, the friction from the fabric could be to blame.  The acne may also be a result of using heavy hair-care products like conditioners or leave-in treatments that can clog pores around the hairline

    Quick Fixes to Get Rid of Your Forehead Acne

    Another possible culprit here is stress. If you have exams coming up or rushing to complete for a project, for example, it might be a good idea to incorporate acne treatments like salicylic acid into your routine to help control potential breakouts.  I love using Melaleuca pure essential oil (Tea Tree oil) to control and treat breakout on my chin.

    Also, to avoid making things worse, lay off the chips and candy.  Your forehead is linked to your digestive system. Reducing the amount of fat in your diet and stepping up your water intake could help.

    Nose
    Your nose is linked to your heart and cutting back on meat and spicy foods could reduce breakouts here.  You could swap spicy foods with foods with “good fats” like nuts, avocados, fish, or flaxseed.  Also, since this area is chock full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiration date or does not contain pore-clogging ingredients.

    In Between the Brows
    This is the zone where food allergies show up first.  Lactose intolerance is a possible factor as is a diet rich in foods that are difficult to digest like fast food.

    Cheeks
    When did you last clean your phone or makeup brushes? If you’re experiencing breakouts in this area, it might be time to give them all a good cleanse.

    Because this area also corresponds with your respiratory system, smoking cigarettes is a definite no-no (for many more reasons than just pimples, too).

    T-Zone
    If you’re getting breakouts in the T-zone area, think oil and stress. A large-scale study of 160 male high school students in Singapore found that high stress doesn’t have an effect on oil production, but it can make acne more serious.

    Another study, published in the same nonprofit journal Acta Dermato, found that people who woke up tired were more likely to have acne as well.  So, it sounds like stress and sleep start a vicious cycle with acne. If you notice a pattern, try to practise good sleeping habits.  That is why you often hear women stress that they need their beauty sleep to get beautiful flawless skin and to feel good.

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    This could be a sign that acne is due to a hormonal imbalance. Birth control or spironolactone (which decreases testosterone levels) are both effective treatment options.  While hormonal changes can be unavoidable, you can decrease the effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies, and keeping skin squeaky clean.  Stay off stress too.

    The Ears
    Because this area is associated with the kidneys, breakouts here could be a direct result of dehydration.  Drink lots of water and avoid carbonated and caffeinated beverages.

    Here are some ways to keep pimples away:

    • To help prevent the oil buildup that can lead to acne, wash your face once or twice a day with warm water and a mild soap or cleanser.
    • Don’t scrub your face. Scrubbing can actually make acne worse by irritating the skin. Wash gently, using your hands instead of a washcloth.
    • If you wear makeup, moisturizer, or sunscreen, make sure they are “oil-free,” “noncomedogenic,” or “nonacnegenic.”
    • When you wash your face, take the time to remove all of your makeup.

    • If you use hair sprays or gels, try to keep them away from your face because they can clog pores.
    • If you have long hair, keep it away from your face and wash it regularly to reduce oil.
    • Baseball caps and other hats can cause pimples along the hairline. Avoid them if you think they are making your acne worse.
    • Wash your face after you’ve been exercising and sweating a lot.
    • Try not to touch your face.
    • Don’t pick, squeeze, or pop pimples.
    • Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day
    • Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each day
    • Exercise and sweat it out to remove toxins from your body
    • Lastly, try to stave off stress from consuming you
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  • 22Jun

    A woman’s body goes through a cycle every month during the pre-menopausal years in which it prepares for pregnancy. If pregnancy does not occur, the lining of the uterus is shed, resulting in a period. A woman’s monthly menstrual cycle can cause many physical and emotional symptoms. This can include mood swings, fatigue, stomach cramps and cold and flu-like symptoms. For some women, the symptoms are mild while in others they can disrupt everyday life. If cold and flu symptoms occur during menstruation, there are various remedies that can be tried.

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    If you feel sick before a period, you are just one of the many women who suffer from various symptoms before getting their periods. It is more common to hear from women who get sick with nausea, vomiting, as well as diarrhea or constipation during their periods.

    Symptoms from menstruation can begin days before a period occurs and last throughout the period. To help manage symptoms, it may be helpful to keep track of them, along with what makes them better and what makes them worse.

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    Some women do ask: Why do i get sick or feel malaise before my period? Some get throat pain before periods, while others have flu-like symptoms with a slight temperature. Here’s some information about the strange symptom of falling sick-before-period faced by some women.

    Hormonal Changes: Estrogen and Progesterone are the two hormones that are at their peak when a woman’s body is preparing for a possible pregnancy (just before a period). This increased level of the two hormones has been deduced to be the major cause of the flu-like symptoms, especially the throbbing headaches that you experience before your period. Also, hormonal birth control pills that you might be consuming are another cause for these headaches before your period.

    In some cases, taking time during menstruation to exercise and practice relaxation techniques can help to calm symptoms down. Other patients may need prescription or over-the-counter medications to control the pain.

    The menstrual cycle can also cause widespread weakness, fatigue and trouble sleeping, claims the National Woman’s Health Information Center. This may or may not be accompanied by a loss in appetite and irritability.

    If these symptoms occur, it is important to get about eight hours of sleep each night and to try to eat a healthy diet with exercise. It may also be helpful to speak with a health care provider about taking folic acid, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin B-6 and/or vitamin E supplements.

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  • 20Jun

    When you’re a new mommy, you have so much to do and somehow, you end up at the bottom of the list. Even though the new baby is important, don’t forget about yourself. Consider these ways you can develop your appearance and enhance your beauty as a new mom.

    1. Makeup Routine
    You won’t be getting a lot of sleep during the first few months. In order to balance it all and look bright-eyed, dab some concealer under your eyes. Put on some mascara and these two steps will help you look well-rested and stunning. Add a bright-colored lipstick or pretty lipgloss to pull the look together.

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    2. Hair
    Consider wearing a simple style that allows you to be comfortable and effortlessly chic. Whether it’s a specific haircut that’s easy to maintain or a sleek bun, find ways to pull your hair together and keep it moving. You can also throw on a fun bolero or stylish cap whenever you’re having a bad hair day.

    3. Wardrobe
    Choose outfits that are effortless and easy to clean. It makes no sense to have a bunch of designer clothes that the baby will eventually spit up on. Chances are you’ll have to change your clothes multiple times every day. Consider a uniform of a cute cotton v-neck t-shirt in a bright color matched with a pair of comfortable jeans or leggings. Accesorize with a fun necklace, a few bangles or a nice pair of earrings. Keep it simple and fresh for those first few months when everything is hectic.

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    4. Nutrition
    Eating right is so important. If you’re a mom who prefers to snack, find healthy options for your favorite snacks. If you like chips, try carrots and hummus instead. You can also purchase popcorn kernels and create your own popcorn at home. It’ll be a lot healthier and it’ll taste great too. Just be sure to add the right seasonings like nutritional yeast flakes and a dash of vegan butter. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Drink tons of water before you reach for that beloved cup of coffee. You can even get assistance by checking out weight loss programs that work from ThinCo.

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    5. Positive Affirmations
    Pregnancy activates a whirlwind of hormones. It’s easy to get into a place of post-partum depression or dissatisfaction due to lack of sleep. One of the ways to manage it all involves listening to positive messages that affirm who you are and who you want to be. Listen to motivational and inspirational speakers every morning. They’ll help you get the strength and determination to keep pushing every day. When you have the right mindset, your life will follow in the same direction.

    6. Exercise
    Exercise is such an important facet to include as a new mother. You don’t want to get into the habit of skipping workouts. Once you receive clearance from your doctor, start with light exercises like walking. Take the baby for a walk in the stroller on a nice day. While the baby is sleeping, do a workout video in the living room. Go to a Zumba or swim class while the baby is with your spouse. When you take this time to invest in your physical body, you’ll feel stronger and more capable to conquer anything.

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    7. Undergarments
    There’s a reason why a brilliant woman came up with Spanx. So many women swear by its capabilities to tighten, tone and shape the body. As you work on getting your body to a place that’s ideal for you, consider trying waist-shaping undergarments that tuck you in and help you feel better when you walk out the door.

    8. Treatments
    As a new mother who just pushed out a baby, you deserve all of the special treatment in the world. However, you have to make sure you prioritize yourself. In addition to making sure the baby goes to all of the important appointments, schedule your own appointments for pampering. Get your nails done and your hair done. Sure, these are tasks you could’ve done yourself at one point, but sometimes it’s nice to let someone else do it. Plus, this is a great opportunity for you to sit back and relax while someone else does the hard work.

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  • 13Jun

    Mangoes are in peak season now and are selling for a song at most places  in where I am living.  The kids are the happiest now as the refrigerator is always well stocked with sweet mangoes. They help themselves to the mangoes anytime they wish. Sherilyn loves whizzing up smoothies from mangoes mixed with a variety of other fruits and frozen bananas.

    Can Diabetics Eat Mangoes And Bananas? Top Endocrinologist Decodes Diabetic Diet Myths

    Belonging to the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae and going by the scientific name Mangifera indica L., mangoes are filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

    One cup of diced mango contains the following:

    100 calories
    28 grams of carbohydrates
    3 grams of fiber
    0.8 grams of protein
    46 milligrams of vitamin C (76 percent daily value (DV))
    1262 IU of vitamin A (35 percent DV)
    23.1 micrograms of folate (20 percent DV)
    0.2 milligrams of vitamin B6 ( 11 percent DV)
    1.8 milligrams of vitamin E (9 percent DV)
    0.2 milligrams of copper (9 percent DV)
    6.9 micrograms of vitamin K (8 percent DV)
    257 milligrams of potassium (7 percent DV)

    Mangoes also provide calcium; iron; magnesium; and powerful antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, quercetin, astragalin and beta-carotene.

    Mangoes can possibly help protect and strengthen the body in the following ways:

    Age-related macular degeneration
    The antioxidant zeaxanthin, found in mangoes, filters out harmful blue light rays and is thought to play a protective role in eye health and possibly ward off damage from macular degeneration.

    A higher intake of all fruits (three or more servings per day) has also been shown to decrease the risk of and progression of age-related macular degeneration.

    Asthma prevention
    The risk of developing asthma is lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is beta-carotene, found in mangoes, papaya, apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and carrots.

    Cancer
    Diets rich in beta-carotene may also play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition and has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer in a Japanese study.

    In a study conducted by Texas AgriLife Research, food scientists tested mango polyphenol extracts on colon, breast, lung, leukemia, and prostate cancer tissue; mangoes were shown to have some impact on all cancers tested but were most effective with breast and colon cancers.

    The researchers are planning to do a follow-up study; they will focus on individuals with increased inflammation in their intestines and therefore a higher risk for cancer.

    Bone health
    Low intakes of vitamin K are associated with a higher risk of bone fracture. Adequate vitamin K consumption can be achieved by eating a proper intake of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin K is important for improving calcium absorption, essential for optimal bone health.

    Diabetes
    Studies have shown that people with type 1 diabetes who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels; and individuals with type 2 diabetes may have improved blood sugar, lipids, and insulin levels. One cup of mango provides about 3 grams of fiber.

    Digestion
    Mangoes, because of their fiber and water content, help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.

    Heart disease
    The fiber, potassium, and vitamin content in mangoes all help to ward off heart disease. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of hypertension.

    Skin and Hair
    Mangoes are also great for your hair because they contain vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.

    Adequate intake of vitamin C, found in just 1 cup of mango per day, is needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.

    Boosts Brain Health
    Considered one of the great brain foods, mangoes are packed with vitamin B6, which is essential for maintaining, if not improving, brain function. Vitamin B6 and other B vitamins are crucial for maintaining healthy brain neurotransmitters and also help in supporting a healthy mood as well as healthy sleep patterns.

    Naturally Treats Anemia
    Mangoes are also rich in iron and may be part of the answer for the millions of people worldwide who are iron deficient. In fact, an iron deficiency can lead to becoming anemic, since iron deficiency is the most common feature of anemia. If this describes you or a loved one, consider eating more mangoes and other iron-packed foods. A year ago I was severely anemic and I think I am still slightly anemic, thus I am definitely going to indulge in more mangoes while they are in peak season now!

    Relieves Constipation
    An average-sized mango can have up to 40 percent of your daily requirement for fiber, and fiber offers many health benefits, including acting as a natural remedy for constipation.

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    Diabetics and Mangoes
    There’s a lingering myth among diabetics, especially new diabetics, that you just  can’t indulge in sweet foods and fruits. It isn’t a bad rule when it comes to cakes and cookies, but it certainly doesn’t apply to healthful fresh fruits such as mangoes. A reasonable portion of mango has little effect on your blood sugar and is good for you in many other ways, so feel free to enjoy them in moderation.

    According to diabetes.co.uk, mangoes are good for diabetes and pre diabetes.  Eating a mango every day could protect people against high cholesterol as well as diabetes.

    Similarly, Dr. Sujeet Jha, an eminent Endocrinologist in India has recently decoded Diabetic Diet Myths.

    More reading and researches on how mangoes can help prevent and treat pre-diabetes and diabetes can be found here.

    Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

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  • 13Jun

    Misinformation
    Medical marijuana has been a hot seat issue for years. Doctors claim certain things about it, while politicians claim other things about it, and it can be difficult to understand if it’s actually good for you or not. Because of all the misinformation or misguided information out there, one of the best methods you can take to learn more medical marijuana is to attend a cannabis seminar in Florida that covers the topic in detail. Tetra Health Care is a facility that specializes in medical marijuana and holds events and seminars that go over the health benefits that can be derived from marijuana. Since they work closely with its use, they understand well exactly what cannabis can do for the body.

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    Health Benefits
    Doctors who include medical marijuana into their practice often use it for patients who suffer from muscle spasms, nausea that is often associated with cancer and chemotherapy, poor appetite as a result of a chronic illness, seizure disorders, Crohn’s disease, and many others. The secret behind how marijuana works to help heal the body is that the body actually already produces many of the effects that marijuana performs on its own. By using marijuana, however, you can help your body to boost these effects and reduce inflammation and instead promote healing and relief.

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    It can be taken in an assortment of ways. It can be smoked, vaporized, eaten, and taken as a liquid extract. If you suffer from one of the diseases or conditions mentioned above, then you may want to consider trying medical marijuana.

    Guidance
    Tetra Health Care can meet with you if you’re interested in trying medical marijuana to reduce your pain. By meeting with a doctor, they can determine if the treatment is right for you, and then help set you up with a provider. As with all things, however, you should perform some simple research to see if it’s something that you think might help you. Attending one of Tetra’s seminars could be the first step you need to take.

     

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  • 31May

    Ovulation pain or Mittelschmerz is the pelvic and lower abdominal pain that some women experience during ovulation. Ovulation generally occurs about midway between menstrual cycles; hence the term mittelschmerz, which comes from the German words for “middle” and “pain.”

    Many women never experience painful ovulation. Some women, however, have mid-cycle pain every month and can determine by the pain that they are ovulating.

    The pain of ovulation can range from a mild twinge to severe discomfort and usually lasts from minutes to hours. It is generally felt on one side of the abdomen or pelvis and may vary each month, depending on which ovary is releasing the egg during that cycle. In some cases, a small amount of vaginal bleeding or discharge may occur. Some women experience nausea, especially if the pain is severe. I am one of the unlucky ones who experience both pain and very mild spotting during mid cycle / ovulation. On bad months, the pain will be accompanied with mild nausea and lack of appetite.

    The pain of ovulation can range from a mild twinge to severe discomfort and usually lasts from minutes to hours. It is generally felt on one side of the abdomen or pelvis and may vary each month, depending on which ovary is releasing the egg during that cycle. In some cases, a small amount of vaginal bleeding or discharge may occur. Some women experience nausea, especially if the pain is severe.

    Because ovulation pain is common these days, it might come as a shock to hear that it is actually not normal. Yes, many women will feel ovulation, and it isn’t a big deal.  But acute, severe, stabbing or debilitating pain is not normal. If the level of pain you experience requires pain killers or stops you from getting on with your day, you need to get checked out by a reproductive specialist.

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    Ovulation pain is a red flag – a warning that you have an underlying health issue that should be addressed. In fact, some of the underlying causes of the pain can result in fertility problems that might prevent you from getting pregnant.

    I used to have extremely bad ovulation pain and I thought it was a side effect of the uterine fibroid that I had. But after a laparoscopic myomectomy surgery to remove the fibroid, the ovulation pain did not go away. It was when I consulted my Ob&Gy for some prolonged bleeding issue late last year that the doctor did an ultrasound scan and discovered that one side of my fallopian tube was blocked / had an infection. I was given a very strong dose of antibiotic to clear the blockage / infection.  After the course of antibiotic, the stabbing pain during ovulation subsided. However, I still get discomfort / mild pain and bloating during ovulation and I suspect that it is caused by adhesions from prior surgeries. I have had three C-Sections and was told by my Ob&Gy during the second and third C-Sections that I had developed a lot of adhesions.

    The 5 Common Causes Of Ovulation Pain:

    #1: Cysts On The Ovaries
    Ovulation pain is often the sign of cysts on the ovaries. Cysts can form, or can burst, during the ovulation period. Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) often experience ovulation pain due to multiple ovarian cysts. Cystic ovaries are the result of a hormonal imbalance, usually related to insulin resistance. Sugar and grains in the diet cause spikes in blood sugar levels, and also cause inflammation in the body. Cutting them out can be highly beneficial.

    #2: Endometriosis
    Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease which affects the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It can also cause pain during the ovulatory period. Other symptoms of endometriosis include: pain during intercourse, migraines, constipation, headaches, and dizziness. Some women with endometriosis can be asymptomatic, however, which is why it’s important to see a specialist if you are experiencing any fertility issues.

    #3: Adhesions From Prior Surgery
    If you’ve had surgery – for example, if you had a c-section or had your appendix out – adhesions and scar tissue can cause ovulation pain, by restricting the ovaries and surrounding structures. Ovaries can sometimes adhere to the bowel and other organs. It will cause pain each time you ovulate. This is something I am personally experiencing.

    #4: Bacteria From Medical Procedures
    Bacteria can be introduced into the pelvic cavity through catheters, during surgery, and even in childbirth. The bacteria can cause inflammation and infection, resulting in ovulation pain.

    #5: Sexually Transmitted Infections
    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also possible causes of ovulation pain. One example of an STI is Chlamydia. It can cause inflammation in the fallopian tubes, scarring, and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Chlamydia can also cause a hydrosalpinx – a condition in which the fallopian tubes are blocked with pus. This causes inflammation and pain.

    If you are suffering from severe pain during ovulation, it is advisable to see your doctor to find out the cause of the pain. You may have recently gone for an ultrasound scan and everything seems to look OK. Unfortunately scans don’t pick up everything – especially scar tissue, adhesions, and endometriosis. Scans do not always pick up pelvic pathology. They will not pick up endometriosis, so if you have had a scan and think that you have been checked for endometriosis – you haven’t.

    The only way to assess the pelvic cavity properly is through laparoscopy. It is the gold standard of investigations for gynaecological conditions.

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  • 16May

    Estrogen is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body. It influences the growth and functioning of both female and male reproductive, skeletal, and cardiovascular systems.

    Xenoestrogens are chemicals present in our environment that mimic estrogen and its affects. These, combined with the naturally occurring estrogen in our bodies, leads to an over-abundance of the hormone. This condition is commonly referred to as “Estrogen Dominance.”

    Estrogen Dominance is linked to increased risk of breast cancer, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, infertility and miscarriages.

    The best way to prevent estrogen dominance is to 1) support your body’s natural pathways for eliminating excess estrogen and 2) avoid xenoestrogens.

    Cruciferous (cabbage) family vegetables including arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, and brussel sprouts contain sulfur based plant compounds that encourage the breakdown and removal of estrogen.   These chemicals have been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer by almost 50 percent. Cabbage can also help break down estrogen at a faster rate. High levels of estrogen have been linked to breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and by reducing the concentration of this hormone, cabbage helps to prevent these forms of cancer.

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    Cabbage has been credited with lowering the risk of colon cancer as well as many other forms of cancer. Some plant chemicals found in cabbage have the capacity to protect the human body from harmful free radicals that can cause cancer. Bioflavonoids are chemical compounds that are plentiful in cruciferous vegetables such as cabbages.

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    Your liver and your bowel are responsible for filtering estrogen from your body. You can give your liver a helping hand by eating foods that contain sulfur such as egg yolks, onions and garlic.

     

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    Your bowel needs a diet high in fiber to remove excess estrogen from the body. Without the fiber, estrogen will not be cleared from the bowel and can be reabsorbed. Eating foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and cabbage provide fiber and they contain the phytonutrient indole-3-carbinol which breaks down estrogen its a non-carcinogenic form.

     

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  • 15May

    Eating a variety of foods high in short, medium and long-chain fatty acids is key to keeping your hormones in check. Your body needs various types of fats to create hormones, including saturated fat and cholesterol. Not only are these essential fats fundamental building blocks for hormone production, but they keep inflammation levels low, boost your metabolism and promote weight loss. Healthy fats have the opposite effect of refined carbohydrates, which lead to inflammation and can mess with the balance of your hormones.

    Getting the wrong kinds of fats can create havoc on hormones. Coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.

    Coconut Oil is amazing for hormone health. It provides the necessary building blocks for hormone production, can assist weight loss, reduce inflammation, and even has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. My favorite way to consume it is to blend into coffee and use it as bread spread sweetened with palm sugar syrup.

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    Coconut oil has some anti-estrogenic properties. The thing that makes coconut oil anti-estrogenic, is the fact that the oil (and whole coconuts too) is filled with sterols, which are anti-estrogenic and natural aromatase inhibitors.

    Health benefits of coconut oil:

    Hormone balancing – the fatty acids in coconut oil actually help the hormones get to where they want and need to go in the body, and so support the creation, processing and elimination of estrogen and progesterone, leading to hormonal balance.

    Weight loss-promoting – studies show that coconut oil increases the metabolism and prevents hunger, allowing for successful weight loss.

    Thyroid-supportive – coconut oil has the ability to transform cholesterol into pregnenolone, which is one of the essential building blocks for thyroid hormone-creation. When you add more coconut oil to your diet, you’re increasing the saturated fats made up primarily of medium-chain fatty acids that aren’t found in many other oils. These medium-chain fatty acids increase metabolism and promote weight loss, which is a big part of your healthy thyroid function. In addition, coconut oil can increase basal body temperatures, which is super important for women with low thyroid function.

    Gut-healing – coconut oil repairs gut tissue and encourages the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Like breast milk, coconut oil is powerfully antimicrobial and antibacterial. The high levels of lauric acid in coconut oil protects against infection from viruses, bacteria, yeast, parasites and fungi. Lauric acid inactivates harmful microbes in your gut that can lead to hormonal imbalance.

     

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  • 15May

    No matter how nutritious your diet is and how much exercise you get, your health will suffer if you don’t get enough restorative sleep.

    Poor sleep has been linked to imbalances of many hormones, including insulin, cortisol, leptin, ghrelin and growth hormone (1234567).

    Adequate sleep goes a long way in a hormonal imbalance treatment. For example, the stress hormone cortisol is regulated at midnight. When people go to bed late, the sympathetic flight or fight stress response occurs. There is a link between sleep and testosterone production. Peak testosterone levels coincide with the sleep onset of rapid eye movement, while nocturnal testosterone levels will rise during sleep and decrease from waking.

    Getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep will help correct hormone imbalance. Short sleep times are associated with weight gain, reduced insulin sensitivity, reduced oral glucose tolerance, and an increased incidence of type 2 diabetes. Limiting your caffeine intake is also associated with balancing hormones and better sleep quality. Lack of sleep will increase your cortisol levels and decrease thyroid hormone levels.

    Woman Sleeping On Sofa With Throw Pillows

    Sleep isn’t just important for your waistline and hormones balance- it will essentially affect almost any other system in the body. As you may be aware, there are different stages to sleep. The deepest sleep stage is the time of real repair for your body. Cells are able to repair damage from stress and trauma, the immune system gets a boost and your metabolism stays on track. A lot of this healing is due to higher levels of growth hormone, which does trigger “growth” in kids, but is used for healing in us adult folk.

    Long story short, not enough sleep will slow or halt your body’s critical repair time, will slow your metabolism to a crawl and isn’t doing you any favours when it comes to managing stress!

    Sleep Savers:

      • Remove yourself from the stressor: If your job, relationship or living situation is a constant source of distress or conflict, seek support and change it.
      • Talk over your feelings With an empathetic partner, friend or relative. If you’re experiencing trauma, depression or anxiety, see a counselor.
      • Keep a worry diary: Jot down your problems and a few solutions to debrief and get troubles off your mind before bed.

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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

Do check out my other blogs Health Freak Mommy and Health Freak Mommy’s Journal too!

I have been writing product reviews, food reviews / restaurant reviews and product advertorials since 2007. Please email Shireen at shireenyong@gmail.com to inquire if you are interested to place an advertorial or review in this blog.

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