• 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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  • 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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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

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