A lot of women go on the pill or other medical birth control at a young age due to irregular, heavy, or uncomfortable periods, and of course to avoid falling pregnant. It is considered normal and very convenient, and it very often ‘fixes’ (simply masking the symptoms and not addressing the real cause) all the symptoms just mentioned. Years go by and eventually women start to think about the idea of wanting babies, ovulation, or ponder on the effects of being on the pill for so long, often 10+ years. But most medical advice will say it is perfectly safe, and recommend women come off it when they want to start a family.
The thing about this over simplification of taking the pill, ‘fixing’ menstrual problems, preventing pregnancies, and never thinking twice about it is that it’s not a great idea for women’s health! Many women accept the side effects of the pill (moodiness, weight gain, mild or no periods, depression, to just mention a few) because it’s considered normal, and it’s perhaps easier to deal with these side effects than dealing with the real problems they have during their periods. I understand the attraction of birth control, but I have seen too many problems with them, and I have to say that not addressing the underlying problem with a woman’s cycle in the first place is very often going to have a negative ripple effect in the long run, and in several areas of a woman’s health.
Let’s dive into the discussions of bread for a healthy digestion. Most of us have a love/hate relationship with bread and other wheat products. On one hand, we enjoy these wheat foods (and other gluten-containing grains) but on the other hand, we often notice we feel sluggish, bloated and flatulent, or worse, after eating them. What I have noticed over the years is that most people will talk about bread and gluten products (pasta/couscous/biscuits etc) as a naughty addiction and something they love but often makes them feel uncomfortable and ‘fat’.
I am absolutely with you on these feelings and in fact, I was exactly the same for years. I would occasionally (sometimes often) indulge in pasta dishes and sandwiches but the bloated stomach and foggy mind the following day was always ‘a pain in my neck’ and I would then avoid all wheat and gluten products for days or weeks. Then the cycle would go on and I would ‘need’ to have a wheat-fix again, and on and on it went.
is coffee healthy or unhealthy
Coffee contains antioxidants and phytochemicals that help protect the body from cardiovascular disease and some types of cancers. Additionally, the chemical compound, caffeine, is what we really tend to enjoy.
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and metabolism, which can help improve concentration, reduce fatigue and depression and may speed up fat metabolism. Green coffee beans that are young and unroasted contain higher concentrations, compared to the regular roasted beans containing chlorogenic acid, the chemical that stimulates metabolism and acts as a strong antioxidant as well.
So overall, when used in moderation, coffee can provide antioxidants, improve alertness and assist in weight loss.
With these fairly simple tricks you can stay looking vibrant and have long lasting energy, something all us mums are pretty keen on right!? It does take daily commitment to reveal the vibrant skin and if you want it to be natural and fundamentally healthy, which I hope you do. I know you already have plenty to attend to, but I would love for you to prioritize your health – and with a little practice you can weave it into your daily routine so you don’t even think about doing it.
Minimalism: A tool that can assist you in finding freedom and a natural stress reducer.
When we have babies of our own, our lives and needs get kicked to the curb from one moment to the next… Your needs, your personal time, your sleep, your diet – forget it, the kid(s) needs you, and one moment swallows the next. By the time your child has been tucked into bed (if they do end up sleeping, that is). You feel so starved for time and personal space, and the dinner you inhaled (if you at all got to eat dinner) probably didn’t really cover your ‘well-balanced nutrient-pyramid-daily-intake profile’, and in the end, you are drained and ‘over it’. Unhealthy feel-good snacks are then hard to resist for a quick boost of energy. Recognise this scenario?
What to eat during the fourth trimester
Your guide to what to eat during the fourth trimester.
If you are a new mum holding your newborn bubba, you may already have noticed that meeting your own needs has suddenly become difficult, and perhaps it does not seem that important anymore. We get flooded with oxytocin; love and holding that little tiny human you somehow miraculously created and birthed seems like all we need. Ahh, as I type this, I quietly reminisce about those early days. I felt invincible and extraordinarily vulnerable at the same time. And in some ways, I think it is true that when we birth our babies, we also give birth to a new fierce mother-goddess side to ourselves.
recover from childbirth
I’ve sat with many women in those early days, with their little bundle of newborn wonder and creation. It’s unique. Every woman has a different experience, and all of them are equally special. I am grateful to be part of their journey into motherhood and to be advising on how to best recover from childbirth.
In fact, I love providing help, support and most importantly holding space for a woman during this time and help her recover from childbirth. The need for someone to hold space for a new mum is perhaps the most important. To be there, really be there and listen, is often the most healing. I, of course, provide a lot of other things, being a naturopath and doula it is my job to scan for deficiencies, depression, and malnutrition. It’s what I do. Holding space is also under my professional umbrella, and it comes naturally, because when you truly listen to a woman she will tell you what she really needs, without really knowing that she does, and I facilitate that to her by helping her torecover from childbirth with her diet, supplementation, breastfeeding support and baby care advice.
I’ve sat down and scribbled together my top tips for new mothers, for post pregnancy and birth recovery – and I am not just talking body weight stuff, that comes a little later, as a ripple effect from the tips you see here. Share this with your fellow mamma’s out there if you feel they could benefit from these tips!
Sugar cravings, we all know them! However they do not have to be an everyday thing, it is freeing when you get rid of them, and great for the waistline. Every time there’s a public holiday (Easter, Christmas, New Years etc) or big social events (weddings and birthdays) or a wave of stress or sleep deprivation (YES, I am talking to you mommies out there!) it is a sure gateway for old habits to re-enter. I was just reminded of this over the Easter long weekend, so I want to share my tips on how to combat those cravings:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, aka Spastic bowel (perhaps a more visual and appropriate term) is a condition that can be severely debilitating. If you suffer from this or know someone who does you will know that it alters people’s lives. Going out for dinner and drinks or a weekend trip to the country is not on a person’s agenda if they suffer from IBS! You probably don’t hear many GP’s mention IBS, but more and more medical practitioners are slowly starting to recognise this condition and realising the benefits natural medicine has for people with IBS. There are no cure or treatment in the medical world, but natural medicine has great success supporting IBS patients – and it’s a wonderful thing when the medical profession works hand-in-hand with the natural medicine profession, then great things happen in the health industry!
Here a patient of mine shares her story of combating IBS with nutrition and herbal medicine and how she is thriving today, symptom-free.
This is my favorite tool, for beautiful skin and a healthier body. Great to start this in spring, so you feel ready to hit the beach with confidence, but more importantly worth doing all year round for its health benefits.I often recommend dry skin brushing to my patients, as a very easy and helpful tool to support the body’s natural detoxification process.
Dry skin brushing manually support your lymphatic system in removing toxins for elimination and help exfoliate your skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ and many toxins are cleansed through the skin every day. If the body is unable to release toxins through the skin and the lymphatic system we can get rashes, acne, hives, itchy skin and even eczema and psoriasis… Here’s how to do it correctly