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Is your cycle in check? || The Truth about the Pill

The menstrual cycle is a complex interplay of hormones that can be influenced by a number of biological and lifestyle factors. Hormones vary across different lifespans as they work to control our internal mechanisms and systems, dictating mood, metabolism, digestion, immunity, and reproduction. These days, its as though some doctors will find any reason to prescribe women the pill. In the medical world, the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) is an appealing prescription due to its benefits in suppressing one's normal hormonal processes to reduce such clinical presentations such as irregular cycles, PMS or acne. However, a temporary mechanism exists which does NOT address the cause of the initial

Have you heard about the Mind-Gut connection?

Do your digestive symptoms change when your mood does? Or does you mood change when your digestive symptom flare up?….Or have you never really thought about it? To a lesser extent if you have ever experienced the sensation of butterflies in your stomach when you're nervous or anxious, then this is an example of the mind-gut connection. Within your digestive tract there is its own nervous system. Known as the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). Many people refer to the digestive tract as the second brain, due to the large number of neurochemical cells and messengers within the gut wall. The ENS is a branch of the autonomic nervous system which has many neurons (nervous system cells) going into th

Sweet Potato Frittata Recipe

Following on from Jades article about Preconception Care (READ IT HERE), she has given us some great snacks and meal ideas for pregnancy. Hunger can strike instantly between meals, so it is essential to be organized with snacks when this arises. By making sure there are snacks on hand ready that are high in complex carbohydrates and protein to fill you up. Some great snack ideas include: • Boiled eggs • Homemade granola breakfast bar (recipe coming soon) • Smoothies with vegan/vegetarian protein powder • Trail mix (dried fruit and nuts) • Humus with brown rice crackers Sweet potato frittata mix Ingredients (aim for organic where possible) • One large sweet potato diced into

Preconception Care: everything you need to know

As most of us are aware of, there must be a sufficient number of actively moving sperm and a healthy egg from a female to conceive. Additionally, the woman's body must be a state of full function to be able to carry and sustain an egg. There is a significant amount of evidence suggesting that dietary intervention can improve ovulation, conception, and the chance to birth a healthy baby for their entire life and future generations to come¹. It can reduce the risk of miscarriage, infertility, unhealthy babies, and congenital disabilities. The goal for preconception care is to improve women and male health before conception to reduce risk factors that affect pregnancy outcomes and the health o

Raw Bounty Slice

Ingredients Base 1/2 cup macadamias 2/3 cup almond meal 3 tbsp coconut oil 1 tbsp maple syrup Coconut layer 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 1 cup coconut milk, canned variety 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract Pinch of salt 3 cups shredded coconut Chocolate layer 1/2 cup coconut oil 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/2 cup raw cacao powder Method Base In a food processor, blend macadamias, almond meal, coconut oil and maple syrup to a fine consistency. Spoon onto a medium container and smooth over. Place in the freezer. Middle layer Whisk together melted coconut oil and coconut milk, until well combined and there is no separation. Add the vanilla essence, salt and shredded coconut and mix well.

How To Eat Organic on a Budget

Eating organic has its many benefits. It is widely accepted that organic produce is farmed free from synthetic chemicals or genetically modified organisms. Consumption of pesticide-contaminated food is thought to have an accumulative toxic build-up effect and has been shown to impact the body, as some studies have revealed it a contributor to some cancers, hormonal disruption, neurological damage, and issue on skin, eyes, and lungs¹. While pesticide residue is regulated in Australia, organic foods are generally considered healthier and fresher because of the lack of pesticides, additive, antibiotics, hormones, or other chemicals². Research has also revealed slight differences in nutrient lev

Roasted Atlantic salmon and cauliflower silver beet rice

Following on from last weeks article about fish intake and mercury, here is an awesome recipe for Roasted Atlantic Salmon. You can get a good quality Atlantic salmon from ALDI supermarkets in the fresh and frozen section. - ½ silver beet bunch - ½ cauliflower - 2 Atlantic salmon fillets - 2 shallots - Mint - Basil - 1 tsp. cumin - 1 tsp. chili flakes - Lemon slice to serve 1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Place salmon on a tray, skin side up with skin cut lengthways 1 cm apart and cook for 15 minutes. 2. Place cauliflower and shallots into a food processor and blend until fine. Place into a fry pan on medium heat and season with salt, pepper, and cumin. 3.

Top Tips for Juicing

Juicing is something that has gone a little bit out of fashion. With people touting the sugar levels in juice makes the whole thing bad for you. But juicing is a practice which, when done correctly, can be a great way to get added nutrients into your diet. Juicing allows the nutrients within the fruit or veg to become easily digestible by the body, essentially bypassing the bodies first stages of digestion in terms of breaking down foods. 1. Juice veggies, not fruit. This is the number one rule when wanting to juice for you health. While juicing fruit tastes delicious, you are essentially concentrating the sugar from the fruit, and discarding the fibre. The fibre is vital when consuming f

Red Velvet Skin Smoothie Bowl

These foods are high in antioxidants, especially the beets which are also an excellent source of folate, potassium, nitric oxide – also responsible for improving cardiovascular health. Image: @webdesignnewcastle Image: @lucyturner Ingredients: ½ frozen banana Handful of frozen raspberries ½ cup of dairy-free milk of choice (coconut, almond, rice) 1 tbsp of Cacao powder ½ an avocado 1 sml boiled beet Optional: Vanilla protein powder Toppings – choice of: Coconut chips Chia seeds Flaxseeds Cacao chips Tips: - Freeze your bananas to save them form spoiling - The avocado gives the smoothy the “velvet” consistency, however alternatively this can be substituted with protein powder for added thickn

Daily Practices for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Being the largest organ in the body, the skin plays many vital roles such as providing a physical barrier from the external environment¹. While some skin conditions can be complex, some practices can be adopted every day to improve the quality of your skin slowly. Water water water For optimal health of the organs in your body in general, but also because you skins needs hydration for the proper integrity/production of membrane surfaces to flush impurities from here. When the skin becomes dehydrated, there is more chance of it becoming dry, flaky and infected from bacteria. Drinking between 2-3 liters a day should be sufficient to prevent this. Avoidance of dairy Dairy avoidance is usually r

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