A health freak mom's thoughts on health and all things healthy

Month: May 2018

Pain And Spotting During Ovulation

Pain And Spotting During Ovulation

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. […]

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Cabbage Can Break Down Estrogen & Prevent Cancer

Cabbage Can Break Down Estrogen & Prevent Cancer

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 […]

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Coconut Oil To Balance Hormones

Coconut Oil To Balance Hormones

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.

Fat and Calories in Coconut Oil

 

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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Get Adequate Sleep To Balance Hormones

Get Adequate Sleep To Balance Hormones

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 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Adequate sleep […]

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Health Matters 101: Simple Solutions That Will Facilitate Wellness

Health Matters 101: Simple Solutions That Will Facilitate Wellness

Once individuals realize that their habitual patterns, lifestyle, or mindset is leading them down a path of unhealthy living, they may consciously decide that they are ready to change. However, readiness to change is only the first step on the path to getting healthy. Once […]

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Butterfly Pea Flower Health Benefits

Butterfly Pea Flower Health Benefits

Also known as Asian Pigeon Wings, Blue Bell Vine, Blue Pea, Cordofan Pea and Darwin Pea, ‘Butterfly Pea’ (Clitoria ternatea) is an amazing brain boosting herb native to tropical equatorial Asia.

A traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, Clitoria Ternatea has been consumed for centuries as a memory enhancer, brain booster, anti-stress and calmative agent.  Its scientific  name is Clitoria Ternatea as the shape of the flower looks strikingly similar to one of the female organs.

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I have been drinking an organic butterfly pea flower + lemongrass tea imported from Thailand everyday for the past one year. I seem to get hooked to this tea. The aromatic smell of the lemongrass in vivid blue is indeed a captivating and refreshing non-caffeinated tea to drink everyday.

Once hot water is added to the tea bag, the deep blue liquid changes color based on the pH level of whatever is added next. Squeeze in some lemon or add in a bit of citrus juice, and the blue changes to purple. Its beautiful natural color and health benefits that come along with it have made Blue Pea Flower tea a hit with anyone who enjoys a little whimsy in their life.

Culinary Uses of the Butterfly Pea Flower

It is not only tea that the butterfly pea flower is used for. In Southeast Asia, it is used as a food coloring which is so much healthier than chemically processed colorings. Also, in Malaysia, an extract of the flower is used to color rice in the dishes, Kuih Ketan, and Nyonya chang. In Kelantan, which is in East Malaysia, they add a few buds of the flower while cooking white rice, just to have a bluish tint to the dish.

In Thailand, a syrupy blue drink is made out of the butterfly pea flower, and this is called Nam doc anchan. Sometimes a drop of sweet lime juice is added to give it a more acidic taste. The lime juice turns the drink into a beautiful purple-pink color.

On the other hand, in Burma and Thailand, the flowers are dipped in batter and fried.

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Benefits of Butterfly Pea (Clitoria Ternatea):

Improves eyesight
Clitoria Ternatea contains an antioxidant called proanthocyanidin, which increases blood flow to the capillaries of the eyes, useful in treatment of glaucoma, blurred vision, retinal damage or tired eyes.

Improves hair growth
Rich in bioflavonoids, Butterfly Pea can promote hair growth and reduce greying of hair.

Improves skin
Butterfly Pea’s antioxidants stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, which helps rejuvenate the skin and lessen wrinkles and other signs of ageing.

Aphrodisiac
Butterfly Pea has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac particularly for women and used to treat menstruation problems or white vaginal discharge (leucorrhoea).

Blue Butterfly Pea Tea

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Antioxidant
Flavonoids, anthocyanins and phenolic compounds in Butterfly Pea flowers activate antioxidant activity, which helps decrease oxidative stress caused by disease causing and ageing free radicals.

Nootropic
Butterfly Pea has been shown to enhance cognitive function and boost brain function.

Diuretic
Butterfly Pea promotes normal urination, which in turn lowers blood pressure

Analgesic
Clitoria Ternatea has been used traditionally as a local anaesthetic as it has been shown to help relieve pain and swelling.

Anxiolyhic
Butterfly Pea has a calming effect on the body, reducing stress and anxiety

Anti-inflammatory
The deep indigo flowers contain flavonoids. Found in almost all fruits and vegetables, flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.

Anti-Asthmatic
It is used in common cold, cough & asthma as it acts as an expectorant and reduces the irritation of respiratory organs.

Anti-anxiety and depression
Indications are that high doses of Butterfly Pea may be adaptogenic – helping the body deal with stressors.

Anti-diabetic
Butterfly Pea has shown to inhibit glucose intake from the diet.

Anti-HIV
Butterfly Pea is one of the few herbs to contain cyclotides, which have exhibited anti-HIV effects in studies.

Anti-cancer and anti-tumor
Clitoria Ternatea’s cyclotides can cause cancer cell death by disrupting cell membrane integrity.

Anti-microbial
In several Indian studies, Butterfly Pea exhibited significant anti-microbial effects against Staphylococcus Aureus.

Anti-convulsant
Butterfly Pea has been shown to help reduce the severity and stress on the body from convulsions useful in treating epilepsy.

Anti-pyretic
Clitoria Ternatea can help reduce fever by dilating the blood vessels right beneath the skin, whereby air can cool the blood easier.

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Meditating With Candles

Meditating With Candles

Ancient Indians believed there were seven centers of spiritual energy within the human body, located along the spine and neck, and at the crown of the head. The power of these spiritual nexuses, which are called chakras, can be activated through meditation. With the rising […]

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