• 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.

  • 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.

    Cruciferous Vegetables

    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.


    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.



    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.


  • 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.

    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.


  • 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.

  • 15May

    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 you make the decision to pursue personal wellness, you’ll need a game plan or several strategies that you can systematically implement for the purpose of optimizing your mental and physical well-being. Implement some or all of the following health strategies to begin facilitating wellness:

    1. Start Walking
    One of the best ways to get healthy is by regularly walking around your neighborhood, at a local trail, or on the treadmill in the gym. Walking brings a wide range of health benefits, some of which include improving your mood and managing unwanted conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Walking can also improve your coordination and balance. Another big benefit of walking is that it strengthens your muscles and bones.

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    2. Meditate Regularly
    In addition to walking regularly, make sure that you start meditating regularly. Regular meditation is imperative because it promotes clear thinking while also decreasing the incidence of unwanted cognitive patterns such as rumination. Although defined broadly, rumination is a cognitive process which involves continually thinking about a problem. It oftentimes involves thinking extensively about the darker side of life, and this practice can have an adverse impact on mental health. Luckily, meditation is a mindfulness strategy that ruminators can utilize to limit their experience of the negative thinking that typically results from rumination. Many people benefit from the mantra form of meditation, with this modality involving the silent recitation of positive words inside. Examples include “Love and light” and “Peace, love, and joy.”

    Photography of a Woman Meditating

    3. Don’t Neglect Your Appearance
    Mental health is a big part of the wellness puzzle. When people maintain a stable mood and positive mindset, they’re much more likely to exhibit signs of health such as high self-esteem and healthy interactions with other individuals. Luckily, there are hundreds and hundreds of beauty strategies you can deploy to enhance your appearance. One of them includes attaining professional cosmetic services. If you’re seeking out a botox Cary NC company, know that the representatives of Cary Plastic Surgery can assist you.


    Three wellness tips that you can use in your life for the purpose of attaining optimal mental and physical well-being are outlined above. Begin using them now so you can lead the healthy life that will keep you in a productive, positive state of being!

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  • 11May

    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.



    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.

    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

    Photo credits – MajesticHerbs.com

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

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

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

  • 09May

    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 popularity of yoga, reiki, and other alternative healing systems, chakras are once again in the limelight. One of the most effective ways to catalyze the power of your chakras is to meditate using chakra candles to focus the flow of your thoughts.

    What Is a Chakra Candle?

    Meditation candles come in seven colors. Each color is associated with a chakra that’s located in a specific part of your body and correlated with precise emotional and psychological functions.


    • Red candles: Red candles symbolize the Muladhara or Root Chakra, which is situated at the base of your spine. The Root Chakra rules vitality and self-confidence.

    • Orange candles: Reflecting on an orange candle can trigger the power of the Svadhisthana or Sacral Chakra. The Sacral Chakra rules love, sexuality, and intimacy.

    • Yellow candles: The Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the color yellow. The solar plexus or diaphragm provides the body with inspiration, so yellow candles can be used to sharpen intellectual processes.

    • Green candles: Green represents the Anahata or Heart Chakra. When you meditate using green candles, you’ll be able to unlock the healing powers in your deepest emotions.

    • Blue candles: Blue candles signify the Vishuddha or Throat Chakra. As its name implies, the Vishuddha Chakra is located at the very center of the throat and corresponds with expressiveness and the ability to communicate effectively.

    • Indigo candles: The Ajna Chakra is also known as the Third Eye. This chakra, which is correlated with the deep blue color called indigo, can connect you to intuition and spiritual wisdom.

    • Purple candles: You’ll find the Sahasrara or Crown Chakra at the topmost part of your head. Its purple color is associated with the purest state of consciousness and compassion, and by focusing on a purple candle, you’ll be able to tap into deep wellsprings of hidden creativity.

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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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