Too much oestrogen can cause breast pain, heavy or painful periods, irritability and other common PMS symptoms, plus it can exacerbate oestrogen-driven conditions such as fibroids and endometriosis and even increase the risk of breast cancer. In this blog I’ll explain what endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals are, where they’re found in day to day life and how you can start to reduce your exposure to them. Hormone disrupting chemicals, also known as ‘xeno-estrogens’, are
How’s your sleep these days? Do you get a good night’s uninterrupted sleep and fall asleep pretty easily when you hit the pillow? Do you wake up feeling refreshed? If you answered no to any of those questions then this post is for you. Sleep plays a FUNDAMENTAL role in our overall health and wellbeing, and your hormone balance can really suffer when your sleep is off. Annoyingly, it can be a bit of a vicious cycle where sleep issues can exacerbate hormone symptoms, such as PM
Understanding what’s actually happening and how you’re likely to feel during the various phases of your menstrual cycle is a powerful way to start having a better experience, every month, for a happier more vibrant life! In this blog I’m going to take you through the 4 phases of the menstrual cycle including what’s happening with your hormones at the various times and how you might feel during each of the phases - allowing you to plan your life around it and take back control
It's important to know that as we approach our late 30s but ESPECIALLY our 40s, our hormones start to change quite significantly, and it's all to do with the communication between your brain and your ovaries, which in your 40s can go a little haywire (sigh). The diagram below shows the typical ebb and flow of oestrogen and progesterone throughout an average 28 day (natural) cycle. It's perfectly normal for these two hormones to fluctuate all month and dance their delicate dan
It's long been thought that eating 'little and often' is best, to keep blood sugar levels stable and to support a stronger running metabolism and fuel weight loss.
BUT, whilst there may be a place for eating little and often for SOME women, for the most part it's not the best idea.
Have you heard the term ‘leaky gut’? It’s also referred to as ‘intestinal permeability’ and it basically refers to the lining of the gut having become damaged over time resulting in a weaker lin
During this pandemic one of the biggest challenges a lot of my clients and friends say they’re struggling with is increased alcohol intake. There can be different reasons for it depending on the person including stress and anxiety about what’s happening or boredom. The trouble with alcohol for us women though is that it can have a significant impact on our hormonal health, and not a nice one. Alcohol increases inflammation in the body and inflammation causes hormonal havoc -
There is a LOT of information about keeping healthy and strengthen or ‘boosting’ your immune system. I’ve been hearing and reading some cringe-worthy tips and advice, mostly from unqualified people.
I’m a big fan of keeping things simple and I’m passionate about providing sensible and safe advice, and clarity for my clients and community.
Here are 5 things I know to be true for a healthy immune system (and for health and mental wellbeing generally): Eating well Being we
I hope you’re doing well mentally and physically during this odd time. I’m sending you lots of love and a big virtual hug :-)
So it looks like we’re not going to be getting out and and about again anytime soon here in the UK and I’m sure, like me and most other people, you’d love to see (in person) certain friends and family members sooner rather than later and give them a big squeeze.
In my practice with clients over these last 6 weeks we have been very much focused on he
STRESS! That big word that everybody’s talking about. It has a LOT to answer for when it comes to hormone health (and more!) I hear a lot of women say they’re not stressed. But trust me, we all are, if you’re living in today’s fast paced, multi-tasking, ever-connected world that is. Stress drivers are EVERYWHERE these days and they come in all sorts of forms from running late for work, being stuck in traffic, clashing with colleagues and managers, fighting your way onto the t
This was once my story too. I'd wake up every Monday determined to make healthy changes but make them stick THIS time around! but then Wednesday would roll around and slowly but surely I'd come unstuck. What I soon learned was that the ability to stay consistent with healthy habits lay in changing your identity. I had to become someone different if I wanted to be the person who naturally and effortlessly adopted the healthy habits necessary for me to have the vibrant health a
Do you seem to spend a lot of time feeling: Bloated Moody Irritable Lethargic Sleepy Hungry Craving sugar & carbs Spotty A LOT of it is likely down to your hormones. Luckily there is a lot you can do nutritionally and lifestyle wise to help keep your hormones balanced. If you haven't watched the live Hormones 101 teach session I did recently exclusively inside my private Facebook community then I definitely encourage you to carve some time out to have a watch/listen. Your hor
Our female hormones, mainly oestrogen and progesterone, define us as women. They give us our female characteristics: softer skin, rounder, gentler facial features, breasts, ability to have children and so on. Yet, these very same beautiful feminine hormones can make us irritable, depressed, angry, impatient, and bloated - affecting our physical and mental well being, as well as the people around us. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is not a single or simple pattern of symptoms. Th
Stress is talked about a lot, and more so these days than ever, as more and more people are becoming aware of its negative impact on our health and mental wellbeing, and even on our waistline. You can’t really avoid stress unless you can run away to live on a desert island and need or want for nothing! And in actual fact SOME stress is necessary and healthy for the body physiologically, but we must absolutely control its impact on your health. It’s important to look at the lo
Grab a cup of herbal tea and get comfy for this one...it's a little of a longer read but will be totally worth it :) Hands up if you head straight to calorie restriction when it comes to losing weight? Literally millions of hands would fly up at this point, and mine included back in my 20s. In this post I want to help you understand truly why low calorie diets are wrecking the nation's health and waistlines, and why you'll want to boycott this approach, for good. "But low cal