THIS HORMONE CAN HAVE A MASSIVE IMPACT ON YOUR HORMONE BALANCE

THIS HORMONE CAN HAVE A MASSIVE IMPACT ON YOUR HORMONE BALANCE

In modern day life, you are exposed to lots of sensory lights such as lights in your home, fluorescent lights in the work place, blue light from televisions, mobiles, ipads, laptops etc.

We are living in an environment with more toxins than ever before, there are lots of demands placed on us day in day out in the home and at work and your stress levels are higher than ever. 

There seems to be a bombardment of life, noise, work etc that’s never ending.  When do you find the time to relax and unwind anymore!

SYMPATHETIC SYSTEM

You have a sympathetic system which is your “fight or flight” part of your nervous system.  When this system is triggered, your body thinks you are in danger and you need to get away from that danger. 

This is your “stress mode” which has just been switched on. 

When stress mode is switched on, you will have some of these symptoms:-

You will feel more tense

Your heart rate goes up

Your pupils dilate

Your muscles contract

Your saliva production reduces

Your digestion is impaired and doesn’t work very well

More glycogen is converted to glucose and released into your bloodstream

Your immune system can also be lowered over time if your stress levels stay high

It is important that this stress mode is switched on and off again periodically during day to day stress which everyone experiences such as being late or getting a project finished on time at work.  This is classed as a normal kind of stress and your body can handle this type of stress without it having a long term effect on your health and hormone health. 

It is when stress levels are increased and you are constantly running round all over the place without catching your breath or taking a break, that the problems can start to occur. 

PARA SYMPATHETIC SYSTEM

You also have a parasympathetic system which is the ‘rest and digest’ part of your nervous system.

When this system is activated, you will be feeling:-

Relaxed and calm as your heart rate drops

You can digest your food as digestive enzymes are released and you can get rid of toxins correctly

The parasympathetic system is responsible for controlling homeostasis which means the balance and maintenance of the body’s systems.  This goes on to maintain long term health, improve digestion and conserve energy.   It restores the body to a state of calm and allows it to relax and repair. 

Both parts of your nervous system are important, but if overstimulation occurs of your sympathetic nervous system, then cortisol will be increased. 

If cortisol is increased for a long period of time, you can start to feel:-

Irritable

Have food cravings

Want to eat more

Not be able to sleep well

Feel fatigued

Increase your body fat

Low levels of immunity so you can get sick more often,

Your risk of heart disease or stroke increases

Your bone density decreases

You age quicker and your skin ages quicker

You lose muscle tone and strength

Your hormones will go out of balance

Over time, with the increased cortisol levels, it starts to affect your DHEA levels. 

DHEA is your calming hormone so now you will feel more hyper and alert.  Your body will hold onto your belly fat and decrease your growth hormone production. 

Your body is now in survival mode not growth mode.

This is why it is so important to learn to relax at some part of your day every day.  You can help your body to relax and reduce stress by taking some time out for yourself every day by doing something that you know will relax you.  It can be different for lots of people, you could have a mineral salt bath, read a book, take a 30 minute walk, deep breathing, meditation etc.

I certainly recommend practicing deep breathing and doing this a few times during the day to check in with your stress levels. 

Sit quietly and close your eyes if you can.  Breathe in for a count of 7 deep in your belly (or however long you can do), hold it and then release for a count of 7.  Try to do 10 to 15 rounds of this deep breathing a few times during your day.  You could set an alarm on your phone to do this. 

It is so important to do this and I can’t emphasize it enough that everyone should be making it a normal part of their day to relax more and reduce stress as much as possible.

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WHAT IS COLLAGEN POWDER AND HOW CAN IT HELP YOU WITH AGING?

WHAT IS COLLAGEN POWDER AND HOW CAN IT HELP WITH AGING?

As you get older, your collagen is reduced and you begin to see wrinkles in your skin, your joints may start to ache.  The ability to fight disease is reduced and you get tired faster.

One of the main reasons this is happening is because your body stops making as much collagen as you age.

Collagen is a protein, but it is more than just a protein.  It is found in every part of your body including your muscles, bones, skin and hair. 

WHEN YOUR PRODUCTION OF COLLAGEN SLOWS DOWN, THE FOLLOWING CAN OCCUR:- 

Your skin loses its elasticity

Your ligaments are more stiff

Your stomach lining loses some of its function

Your hair and nails grow more slowly and lose their strength and shine

Collagen is made up of amino acids and collagen is what holds everything together in our bodies where it is supposed to be.  Your body can make amino acids from protein in your diet.  This process can slow down if you are ill or you have a lot of stress in your life.

Collagen is 30% of the protein in our body and 70% of the protein in our skin.

You can supplement your collagen supply by eating more in your diet.  You can do this by eating collagen powder.

Collagen has always been part of the human diet and you can get it from eating animals.  The majority of the collagen comes from the bones, the skin, and the ligaments.  These parts can be used to make foods and supplements that are rich in collagen..

To get the collagen, you can make some bone, broth which is rich in collagen.  It does take a little time to make bone broth because you have to simmer the bones for a number of hours to release all the collagen they contain.  It does make a delicious soup if you add more vegetables to the broth. 

COLLAGEN POWDER

Collagen powder is just as good as the bone broth and it comes in powder form.  There are two types, collagen peptides and collagen protein. 

COLLAGEN PEPTIDES IS HYDROLYZED GELATIN  

Gelatin is what is produced when collagen is heated. The collagen peptides are easy to digest and you can mix it into drinks, smoothies etc.

COLLAGEN PROTEIN IS GELATIN POWDER

It is the purest form of collagen.  It will gel up when it is mixed with liquids.  It is ideal for baking and cooking.  This one may be harder for some people to digest.

SUPPLEMENTING WITH COLLAGEN POWDER HAS MANY BENEFITS:- 

It can cut down on wrinkles, and give the skin more elasticity

Your skin, hair and nails will grow better

It improves bone and joint health

It may improve hormone production.

It can help coat the digestive tract, and so help towards healing a leaky gut

It could help your body to make more collagen of its own

There are different brands to choose from so have a look for the ones that have been produced using collagen from grass fed or pasture raised animals so there is no chance of it containing antibiotics and hormones.

I do like the Gelatin by Great Lakes and you can buy it from Amazo

 

HOW CAN POMEGRANATES HELP WITH MENOPAUSE?

HOW CAN POMEGRANATES HELP WITH MENOPAUSE?

The deep red, sweet juice of the pomegranate has been clinically studied to increase the health and vitality of our blood.

Pomegranates are known to be of help for fertility due to them resembling human ovaries.  They not only look like ovaries, they produce the same hormones, estrogen and testosterone.  This is good news in the treatment of menopause.

Article about the identification of estrone in pomegranate seeds

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031942200861336

Our cells layer that make up connective tissue found inside and outside our body is called epithelial tissue.  It is flat and packed together and it is this epithelia that has a likeness for the pomegranate seeds inside the pomegranate and it can benefit our epithelia tissue. 

There has been a 3 year study on the effects of drinking pomegranate juice with people who had atherosclerosis.  After 3 months of drinking pomegranate juice of around 225ml daily, it was noted that the plaque build up in the arteries was reduced by 13%. 

Just imagine if you are a regular drinker of pomegranate juice and the huge health benefits you can achieve. 

POMEGRANATE FOR MENOPAUSE RELIEF

Pomegranates can be compared to look like an ovary.  If you look at an opened pomegranate you can see the likeness of an ovary and its eggs.  Pomegranates can provide the same estrogens as your ovary, which are estradial, estrone and estriol. 

BONE LOSS REVERSED

There was a study with rats who had their ovaries removed in a study in 2004 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.  The rats suffered accelerated bone loss but when they were fed pomegranate extract and seeds for 2 weeks, their bone mineral loss reverted to normal rates.

Here is a link to the study.

http://bit.ly/2rhyLrJ

MOOD IMPROVEMENT

The same Japanese researchers in the 2004 study also found that when rats were given pomegranate extract, it lowered depression levels.  This resulted in them wondering if this could be effective for women with depression. 

HEART HEALTH

The rate of death from heart disease in women after menopause is higher than death from breast cancer.  The research about pomegranates does seem promising to help women overcome heart disease after menopause.   Pomegranates are also high in antioxidants which can help prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidising and leading to heart disease. 

BLOOD CLOTTING

One study in the Journal of Medicinal Foods showed that pomegranate juice slows down platelet aggregation and thins blood, preventing clotting.

IMPROVES CORONARY HEART DISEASE

Several different studies have found that cardiovascular health is improved with the use of pomegranate juice since it reduces plaque, increases nitric oxide, and may prevent plaque from building in the arteries in some patients.

A study in 2007 showed that drinking around 225ml of pomegranate juice daily for 3 months increased oxygen flow to the heart muscle in patients at risk of heart disease. 

BREAST CANCER

Laboratory studies have shown that the anthocyanidins, flavonoids, and oils found in pomegranates could help prevent breast tumours from developing.

Foods that contain phyto estrogens such as the pomegranate, do not increase the risk of breast cancer.  They act as a natural adaptogen which can increase your levels of estrogen when the body is low.  They can also block the stronger estrogens when levels are too high. 

In 2011, a study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry compared the pomegranate extract to drugs such as Tamoxifen and Estradiol.  The researchers suggested that pomegranate extract may prevent estrogen dependant breast cancers.

Here is the study about Tamoxifen

http://bit.ly/2mFMS4t

HOW DO POMEGRANATES WORK THEIR MAGIC?

Around a 225ml glass of pomegranate juice contains about 40% of the RDA of vitamin C, and also is rich in vitamins A and E and folic acid.

Pomegranates contain antioxidants known as phytochemicals which can protect your cells in the body.  The juice of a pomegranate was found to contain high levels of antioxidants than most other fruit juices such as cranberry or blueberry and even more than red wine or green tea. 

I have always known that pomegranates were good for heart health but from doing more research I have found them to also benefit women during menopause.  So why not include some into your diet today either by drinking the juice or eating the seeds.

SOURCES:

http://bit.ly/2DIttIk

BERGAMOT ESSENTIAL OIL FOR HORMONE BALANCING

BERGAMOT ESSENTIAL OIL IS GREAT FOR HORMONE BALANCING

Essential oils are often overlooked as part of a healthy lifestyle. I have started to include these in my day to day life as part of a healthy lifestyle over the age of 40.
 
Young Living Bergamot Essential Oil is an excellent oil for hormone balancing.
 
Bergamot is a citrus fruit and the oil is made by cold pressing the rind of the fruit. It is used to flavour Earl Grey tea.
 
Bergamot is high in polyphenolic compounds (antioxidants)
 
It is the only citrus fruit to contain melitidin and brutieridin which has been proven to have anti cholesterol effects similar to statin drugs.
 
Bergamot essential oil is great to be used for a lot of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. 
 
 

HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS

You can inhale them by rubbing some of the oil into the palm of your hand, hold your hands over your mouth and nose and breathe in. You can also apply the oils to your pulse points or the back of your neck. You can diffuse the oils in a diffuser which I love to do. You can also use for a massage by diluting the oils in fractioned coconut oil or other carrier oils such as almond oil. They can also be added to a hot bath.
 
HERE ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS:-
 
HORMONE BALANCING
 
Bergamot essential oil can help with balancing your hormone levels and also blood sugar levels. Drinking earl grey tea can also have a good effect on hormone balancing because it contains Bergamot.
 
HEADACHE RELIEF
 
Bergamot essential oil can help promote nerve sensitivity so could provide some relief from headaches or joint pain. Apply a few drops to your forehead and behind your ear for headaches or you could diffuse the essential oil for relief.
 
AS AN ANTI DEPRESSANT
 
Bergamot oil contains limonene and alpha pinene which can have a stimulating effect. It can lift up your mood and give you an energy boost. It works by releasing the feel good hormones and also helps with digestion too to improve appetite and give you more energy.
 
FOR ANXIETY
 
The flavonoids in the essential oil can act on the glands to stimulate the production of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. The oil can help to you to relax.
 
SLEEP AID
 
Bergamot essential oil can help you to relax before bed so you get more sleep.
 
FOR CONCENTRATION
 
Bergamot essential oil can help with concentration as it helps to give you more clarity.
 
GOOD DIGESTION
 
Bergamot oil is good for digestion as it can help to promote the secretion of digestive enzymes and also bile flow so you can absorb the nutrients from the food you are eating. Rub some of the oil onto your stomach area.
 
You can also ingest Young Living Bergamot essential oil to help if you have some constipation or digestion discomfort. It is important that your digestion keeps moving everything out and you are moving your bowels daily.
 
I love to use Young Living Essential Oils because I have found them to be the best quality and they are therapeutic grade.  This means that you can ingest them.
 
How do you use Essential Oils and do you have a favourite one?