JOURNAL: Relieving PMS

If we do not take care, we will not be able to give of ourselves entirely – in our relationships, work, goals and passions. We simply are unable to ‚Äėshow up‚Äô in our own lives. ¬†We hope that you enjoy this post, part of The Self-Care Series.

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Women are lunar by nature, and our menstrual cycles are intimately connected with the moon’s cycles. Similar to the phases of our menstrual cycle, there are four primary phases of the moon cycle, and as with the different energies of the moon cycle, so too does our menses bring on different energies throughout our cycle. They reflect each other and complement one another when in sync.

When we support our cycle throughout all its phases, we are nurturing ourselves while creating hormonal balance. Having balanced hormones can not only help to decrease PMS symptoms but can also increase fertility and overall health as our bodies prepare to ‚Äúreproduce‚ÄĚ when we are functioning at our optimum. ¬†Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, describes symptoms a woman may have a few days before her menstrual cycle, including tender breasts, bloating, cramps, mood swings, and headaches.

Supporting each phase of your cycle holistically begins with the foods you eat, the activities you partake in, and the integration of herbal medicine to support, rebalance, and restore the body.

Menses

Day 1-4

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Because the focus of this phase is to clear the blood/uterine lining out of the body, it is essential to support your body through this elimination process. You may feel more tired than usual and have cravings for things like red meat or chocolate. These cravings are usually your body speaking and asking for iron-rich and magnesium-rich foods.

NOURISHMENT

Dark leafy greens, nuts & seeds, sea vegetables, bananas, and raw dark chocolate + plenty of water. ¬†EFA rich foods like avocados, wild caught fish, cod liver oil, hemp seeds & Nato. ¬†Plenty of water –¬†daily.¬†Eliminate coffee/excess caffeine during this time if cramping tends to be aggressive.

HERBS TO REPLENISH

Drink herbal tea or infusions of Red raspberry leaf and Stinging Nettles to help with cramping & replenish iron into the body. Red Raspberry Leaf works as a uterine tonic, reducing flow and can relieve symptoms of PMS. Ashwagandha, an adaptogenic herb that helps to regulate hormone imbalances and nourish the body. Chaste Tree/Vitex can aid in stabilising an irregular menstrual cycle.

FOR CRAMPS

Try cramp bark tincture Рtake every 15 minutes until intense symptoms subside and Magnesium & B vitamins to diminish menstrual symptoms.  If you are someone who suffers from Premenstrual Syndrome or painful menses it may be ideal to start Seed Cycling on the first day of your period. Seed cycling is a simple system where you consume different seeds at different times of the month to support the endocrine system to balance hormones. 

Seed Cycling during the follicular phase (the first half of the menstrual cycle): flax and pumpkin seeds are used to balance excess estrogen and encourage progesterone production for normal ovulation. Flax seeds are an especially rich source of lignans that bind to excess estrogen to help the body eliminate it. Pumpkin seeds are used for their essential fats and zinc content, important for progesterone production.

Seed Cycling during during the luteal phase (the second half of the menstrual cycle): switch to sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Sesame seed lignans help balance excess estrogen, but are not as potent as the flax seeds used in the first phase. Sunflower seeds offer natural selenium content for liver support and hormone regulation as the menstrual cycle comes to a close.

LIFESTYLE

The body is working hard, which causes fatigue, so make sure that you are getting extra sleep Рabout 8-9 hours a night Рand enjoying restful activities that are not strenuous. Massage just before your cycle is helpful for promoting circulation.  Self-massage is a great way to relieve tension or stress in the body. Gentle massage of your abdominal area in a clockwise motion can help reduce cramping, discomfort, and constipation associated with your cycle. Incorporate soothing essential oils such as lavender.

MOVEMENT

Avoid high impact workouts during this time. Focus on long walks, gentle yoga, or light stretching, making sure to avoid doing inversions in yoga because they reverse blood flow. Walks in nature are the perfect way to calm and soothe your senses at this time.  Practices such as Restorative and Yin Yoga are slow moving and can help you move through this time compassionately. Avoid hot yoga classes as they can bring too much heat to the body.

NEW MOON

Day 1

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During this time, the moon is virtually invisible from the Earth, as it is aligned with our view of the sun and is in a position where the light of the sun does not reflect off of it. ¬†The moon is in the closest proximity to the sun, that it will be at for the whole month. This signifies a new beginning of the month’s moon cycle and a time for renewal or rebirth.

HONORING THIS PHASE

This is a time where we may feel the need to withdraw and look within ourselves. It can be a time of introspection and an opportunity to make plans and set intentions for the coming month. Try:  Journaling & free form writing.

 

FOLLICULAR PHASE

Day 1-13

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This phase starts right after bleeding stops. This is when estrogen and testosterone levels are rising, the building of the uterine lining and the maturation of an egg happens, and natural way that the body prepares for pregnancy. During this time, it is essential to make sure that you are nourishing. yourself, so that there is a proper maturation of the egg and rebuilding of the uterine lining.

NOURISHMENT

Nutrient dense foods, with a heavy dose of protein and healthy fats. Enjoy: root vegetables, oats, quinoa, millet, lentils, salmon, eggs, nuts & seeds, and oysters as they have a variety of minerals and vitamins to offer the body. Plus healthy fats like ghee, avocado & coconut oil.  Aim to eat regularly throughout the day and focus on whole foods that can not drastically increase blood sugar. Substituting simple carbohydrates for complex carbohydrates can reduce this spike, and incorporating fats and proteins into every meal aids your body in maintaining a healthy blood sugar level.  Regular meals + regular meal times can help balance blood sugar.  Plenty of water Р daily.

HERBS TO REBUILD & RESTORE

Drink Nettle tea or infusions to rebuild the body.

LIFESTYLE

This is a perfect time for creative projects, and new activities. Deep, therapeutic massage can support you during this time.

MOVEMENT

Your energy can be at its peak, so if you are planning any vigorous activities or workouts, now is the time.  This is also an excellent time to tackle challenging projects as well!  Power Yoga or Ashtanga Flow can help to active this energy and increase internal fire. Due to the outward energy we feel, this may be the perfect time to enjoy a sport or new activity with friends in a social setting.  

FIRST QUARTER/WAXING MOON

Day 2-13

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At this time, the moon begins to move a quarter around the Earth, reflecting some of the sun’s light off of it. During this phase we slowly begin to see a crescent of the moon appear, getting larger as the month progresses. This is a time of heightened, active energy where we feel inspired to set to work on our intentions and put our thoughts and words into play/place.

HONORING THIS PHASE

Allow your intentions to be brought to fruition. Embrace the productive energies and allow yourself to be active in your month’s purpose.¬†Try scheduling new activities, starting new creative projects or spending time with new friends.

 

OVULATION PHASE

Day 14

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Ovulation happens on the most fertile day of the cycle, which is the day we are most likely to get pregnant. During this time, higher levels of estrogen are released, triggering gonadotropic-releasing hormones. This results in a surge of luteinising hormones, which brings about the release of one mature egg. The egg is released from the ovary and travels down the fallopian tube where, unless fertilised within 24 hours by a sperm, pregnancy will not occur.

This phase typically occurs around the middle of your cycle, usually day 14 for most women, but for women on a 32-day cycle, it could be on day 16 as well. This phase only lasts for one week while the egg is released from the ovary and travels to the uterus. During ovulation, you may feel warmer than usual as your body temperature increases by .5 degrees.  If you are trying to get pregnant Рthis is a perfect time! If not, be sure to protect yourself during this phase.

NOURISHMENT

Avoid dense foods as they can often make you feel a bit lethargic. Opt for: quinoa, lots of leafy greens, vegetables, rice, and cold water fish. During this phase, it is important not to cool the body too much, so it it may be best not to eat entirely raw meals but instead to consume a mix of cooked and raw foods. ¬†Plenty of water –¬†daily

HERBS TO ACTIVATE & REGULATE

Try taking Maca a few days before ovulation and a few days after to balance hormones.

LIFESTYLE

This is an excellent time to socialise, meet up with friends, schedule a date night! Massage and Acupressure can also help relieve any stiffness or soreness.  The instinct of the body is to prepare for a pregnancy. Whether pregnancy is in your intentions or not, your libido is likely to increase to promote this natural cycle. Honoring these instincts can be incredibly nurturing. Remember if you are not planning to conceive, ensure your preferred mode of birth control is in effect. Try the Justisse Charting App.

MOVEMENT

Activating exercise like hot yoga, spinning & interval training are highly beneficial during this phase.  Breathwork or Breath-Of-Fire (long deep breathing, diaphragmatic breathing) can be used as a breathing exercise to stimulate energy production. It can also help to boost libido, which can be rising at this time. Sitting in a comfortable position, with your hands resting on your knees, you can inhale in and out through your nose, while your abdomen slings in with each exhale and out with each inhale. Theses breaths should be quick and vigorous, yet still deep and controlled.

FULL MOON

Day 14

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When the month’s moon cycle is at its halfway point, it reaches the full moon. At this time the earth is positioned in between the sun and the moon, which are in perfect alignment with one another. The reflection of the sun on the moon’s surface illuminates it and gives the vision of the full round moon.

HONORING THIS PHASE

This phase brings about strong, active energies. This is the perfect day to dedicate your time to your intentions and making things happen. This can also be a time of intense emotions. Pay attention to how you are feeling and what’s triggering these feelings, as there is often a profound truth to them.  Try: Communicating your feelings and expressing yourself in various ways.

LUTEAL PHASE

Day 15-28

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In the luteal phase, assuming pregnancy has not occurred, the unfertilised egg will be broken down, and estrogen and progesterone levels will drop. During this time the body rebuilds the uterine lining and prepares for the upcoming phase of menstruation in the next cycle.  This phase begins about one week after ovulation, and continues until the end of your cycle/the day you start menstruation again.

NOURISHMENT

During this time, it is essential to increase protein, fiber, and healthy fat intake as well as warming foods as your body gets prepared to do a lot of work. Consume: brown rice, root vegetables, nuts & seeds, salmon, beans, avocado, ginger, turmeric, and curries. Plenty of water Рdaily.  Avoid things like alcohol and caffeine during this phase since they can increase PMS symptoms and drain the body of much-needed nutrients for the upcoming bleeding phase.

HERBS TO CLEANSE & PREPARE

Start sipping on herbal teas and infusions daily like Raspberry Leaf & cramp bark, if you experience cramps before or during your period.  Burdock Root helps to remove excess hormones that have built up in the body by gently detoxifying the liver. Triphala- works to cleanse and detoxify the digestive tract. Try taking this a few days before menstruation to support elimination, relieve constipation and help support detoxification. For bloating or edema: drink Dandelion root tea daily.

LIFESTYLE

You may naturally notice wanting to slow down, and feel more introverted, it is essential to listen to these cues and give yourself ample space. Indulge in activities like journaling, massage, meditation, and yoga.  Castor Oil packs are a great alternative to a massage during this time. They are used for detoxification, anti-inflammation, lymphatic stimulation and drainage and as a digestive aid. In this case, they can help with menstrual irregularities, abdominal cramping, and muscle pain or tenderness.

MOVEMENT

Light exercise is encouraged during this phase to help balance mood and hormones. Just be sure to stay away from anything too strenuous as it can deplete the body. Slowly decreasing the intensity of our exercises as we move towards the end of the phase can help prepare our body for the change in cycle.  Iyengar Yoga, which is based on the foundations of Yoga, or Hatha Yoga,  focuses on proper posture and alignment connected to breath work, providing a slower, more grounded practice.  Pilates can support this phase as we move more towards grounding ourselves and looking within. Pilates helps to balance our alignment and strengthen our core and pelvic floor.

WANING MOON

Day 15-28

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At this time, the moon begins to move to its last quarter rotation around the Earth. During this phase, the reflection of the sun’s light on the moon becomes smaller, and we once again see the crescent of the moon appear, now getting smaller as the month comes to an end.

HONORING THIS PHASE

This is a time where we begin to recoup from the high energies of the full moon and feel a balance in our lives. Hopefully, the manifestation of our intentions has flourished, and we can bask in the success of our plans. This is a time to look towards the upcoming month with new plans and intentions.  Try: Taking quiet time & space for self. Organising your home or work environment. Creating new boundaries.


These are general patterns, not all women‚Äôs bodies have the same cycle patterns. If you are uncertain of your menstrual cycle patterns or something is out of balance, reach out to us for support. ¬†Our¬†passion lies in women’s wellness and guiding women towards make positive and sustainable changes. ¬†

JOURNAL: Scent

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If we do not take care, we will not be able to give of ourselves entirely – in our relationships, work, goals and passions. We simply are unable to ‚Äėshow up‚Äô in our own lives. ¬†We hope that you enjoy this post, part of The Self-Care Series.

Our sense of smell is believed to be one of the strongest memory banks that we have as humans, and this is due to the connection between the brain and the olfactory Bulb. ¬†This post focusses specifically on how you can utilise essential oils as a means of self-care, to allow yourself to be transported. When you inhale an Aroma (essential oil) those molecules interact with the central part of our brain known as the amygdala, this is part of the limbic system and was at a time known as the ‘smell brain’.

The receptors in your nose that receive scent, then interact with your limbic system, and the specific parts of your brain relating to memory. This is often why when we smell something, it can trigger a memory. When we choose to create a purposeful regime regularly, through slowing down and using scent as a vehicle to infuse a quiet moment, this can encourage the body to come to know this scent and moment as a time of inducing the rest and digest response in the body. A time to relax and be intentional with our time.

I hope that by using these thoughtful rituals and blends they become a tool that you can come back to time and again, which will over time allow the body to be reminded of a time to relax. Just as old memories are triggered by past smells.

Here are a few different ways that you can bring essential oils,

into your life and self-care routine:

DIFFUSERS

Place 1- 6 drops of essential oil into your diffuser. It is always nice to use a diffuser prior to the time that you want to be spending in that chosen space of your house, so that when you return the aroma has already begun to diffuse into the air.  Try quietly reading a book or do something relaxing like stretch or meditating while you enjoy the space.

HUMIDIFIERS

Add 1-9 drops of the essential oil to water.  Humidifiers can allow the essential aromas to be distributed throughout a room. These are an option in a bedroom, also nice in that they do not heat or damage the essential oils.

BATH

Mix essential oils with Epsom salts and place in your bath.  Run the bath, add the oils and close the door in order to trap all the aromas in.

HANDS

Sometimes when you are short on time, try placing a drop of essential oil in the palm of your hand, find a quiet spot to sit and gently inhale and exhale the aroma for 5 minutes. You may be surprised at how calming and effective this can be. Deep breathing can stimulate the rest and digest response, that ‚Äėit is safe‚Äô. This is a powerful tool, coupled with essential oil.

HEART

Press one drop of essential oil onto your clothes over your heart and smell that scent as you go about your day.

Here are just a few of  favourite

calming and peace inducing essential oils

that you can bring into your routine:

Roman chamomile

Lavender

Rose

Ylang Ylang

Geranium

Neroli

Clary sage

Grapefruit

Note: there are however certain essential oils that should be avoided altogether during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  The rest should definitely be avoided for the first trimester, to be safe. The following are to be avoided altogether:

Anise Star

Birch, sweet

Cumin

Oregano

Sage

Tarragon

Wintergreen

Aniseed

Camphor

Hyssop

Parsley seed or leaf

Thuja

Wormwood

Basil

Cinnamon

Mugwort

Pennyroyal

Tansy

Thyme

Enjoy being transported.


The spirit of this post lies in our passion for women’s wellness, and guiding women towards making positive and sustainable changes to their lives, in order to come home to themselves and their cycle.

 

JOURNAL: Menses & Fertility

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If we do not take care, we will not be able to give of ourselves entirely – in our relationships, work, goals and passions. We simply are unable to ‚Äėshow up‚Äô in our own lives. ¬†We hope that you enjoy this post, part of The Self-Care Series.

Acupuncture can be used to regulate the menstrual cycle, either to restore a regular period in women who have irregular periods (metrorrhagia or oligomenorrhoea) or when the period is absent (amenorrhea). Regulating the menstrual cycle is also of benefit to women who suffer from conditions including Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, who are trying to conceive and may have irregular ovulation and irregular cycles as a result.

Optimal results can be achieved with weekly acupuncture treatments, for a period of three to six months. Weekly acupuncture treatments are directed at correcting any underlying energetic imbalances in the body, as well as coinciding with the specific physiological changes of each phase of the cycle. The menstrual cycle is divided into four distinct phases: the menstrual, follicular, ovulation and luteal phases.

FIND YOUR DAY:  PHASE 1 MENSES (DAY 1-5)

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Day one of the cycle is marked by the full flow of menstrual blood (not spotting). The pituitary gland signals for the production of the hormones FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) and LH (Lutenising Hormone) to stimulate the growth of follicles. Acupuncture treatment during this phase is directed at moving blood to ensure the endometrial lining built up over the previous month is fully shed and to reduce the pain from cramping as well as treating any other symptoms that coincide with the period.

Foods to regulate menses during Phase 1

  • Whole Foods.
  • Meats/Poultry.
  • Stock/soups made from bones (provide bone marrow and calcium from the bones)
    • Small tip: add a tiny amount of vinegar to assist with the release of marrow and calcium from the bones.
  • Marinated meat.
  • Stewed casseroles (long duration cooking).
  • Egg yolk, legumes, grains, green leafy vegetable, beetroots, red wine (best consumed during food ‚Äď assists in promoting circulatory actions of wine).
  • Soup ‚Äď Boil whole chicken, add vegetables & herbs ‚Äď slow, long cooking preferred.
    • Carrots, mushrooms, shallots, sweet potatoes.
    • Yam, goji berries, lychee, fresh ginger.
    • Drink stock with the meat.

Menstrual Phase Herbs

RED RASPBERRY LEAF.  A uterine tonic, it relieves cramping and pain.  Drink as a tea or infusion daily.

NETTLE: High in iron to support blood loss & remineralize the body.  Drink as a tea or infusion daily.

CRAMPBARK:  Helps relieve cramping associated with menses. Take as a decoction or tincture daily.

TURMERIC:  Anti-inflammatory. Supports digestive system. Helps with menstrual cramps.  Add to food or take in capsule form as needed.

Menstrual Phase Adaptogens

CHAGA MUSHROOM:  High in iron to support blood loss. Supports immunity & regulates energy. Works as a cleansing aid, to support this method of cleansing (menses). Drink as a decoction or in powder form daily.

ASHWAGANDHA: Helps to regulate hormone imbalances. Nourishes the body. Boosts immunity. Take in tincture or powder as needed.

PHASE 2: FOLLICULAR PHASE (DAY 6 – PRE-OVULATION)

During this stage of the cycle, oestrogen builds. This increase in oestrogen thickens the living of the uterus and increases cervical fluid. Acupuncture during this phase is aimed at improving the uterine and ovarian blood flow to aid follicular development, increasing the lining of the endometrium and increasing cervical fluid.

Foods to Improve Yin during Phase 2

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  • Nutrient rich foods.
    • Fruits/ vegetables, protein (tofu, fish, soy milk, soy products).
  • Barley, millet, string beans, asparagus, dark ‚Äď coloured beans.
  • Blueberries, mulberries.
  • Seaweed, fish eggs, dairy products.
  • Duck, pork.
  • Keep well hydrated.
    • Minimum 2 liters of water a day (preferably warm), may need to exceed quantity if involved in physical activity which promotes sweating.
  • Avoid:
    • Stimulants ‚Äď coffee, spicy ‚Äď rich foods.

Phase 2: Herbs

RED CLOVER:  Increases oestrogen levels. Works as a uterine tonic. Is a fertility support.  Minimises complications related to endometriosis and ovarian cysts.  Drink as a tea or infusion daily.

NETTLE: High in iron to support blood loss.  Drink as a tea or infusion daily.

Phase 2: Adaptogens

ADAPTOGENS:  HOLY BASIL.  Regulates blood sugar. Boosts immunity.  Drink as a tea or infusion daily during this phase.

PHASE 3: OVULATION

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The release of an ovum (egg) from the dominant follicle is triggered by a surge in the hormone LH. The cervix is open and fertile cervical mucous increases just before ovulation occurs.  Acupuncture treatment during this phase is focused on assisting the release of the ovum.  Once ovulation occurs, the fertilised egg remains in the fallopian tubes until 5 days after fertilisation. During this time the cells keep dividing until there are so many cells you cannot count them.

Foods during Phase 3

At five days, the embryo is called a blastocyst and it makes its way into the uterus to implant. At this time, the progesterone levels increase and so does your basal body temperature. The reason for this is to provide a warm environment for the embryo to implant as well as enhancing the communication between the embryo and the endometrium (uterine lining). Based on this reason, foods consumed should be warm without being too hot or spicy and also avoiding cold foods.

Phase 3 Ovulation: Herbs

RED CLOVER: Increases cervical mucus and lubricates the vagina. Drink as an infusion daily.

Phase 3 Ovulation: Adaptogens

SHATAVARI: Boosts LH production, which promotes healthy ovulation. If you are looking to conceive, take it from menses up until ovulation begins, then stop and resume next cycle.

MACA: Increases energy and stamina. Increases libido. Balances oestrogen levels. Take in powder form or capsule daily or as desired.

PHASE 4: LUTEAL PHASE (POST-OVULATION)

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During this phase, progesterone is increasing. Progesterone is secreted by the corpus luteum (what is left of the follicle after the release of the ovum) and helps to thicken the endometrium for implantation, and is necessary to sustain a healthy pregnancy. The ovum travels down the Fallopian tube into the uterus after ovulation.

If fertilisation has occurred, the embryo will implant in the uterus. Acupuncture treatment during this phase depends on whether or not pregnancy is trying to be achieved. If a woman is trying to conceive then treatment is focused on assisting implantation and securing the embryo to prevent miscarriage. If not trying to conceive, treatment is focused on regulating qi flow to prepare for the next cycle.

Foods to improve Yang during Phase 4

  • Baking foods for a long duration, such as a roast chicken turn the heat down a little and bake for longer. This puts more warmth into the food especially if its marinated with great herbs and spices.
  • Garlic, onions, chicken, lamb, trout, salmon, lobster, prawns, mussels.
  • Black Beans.
  • Walnuts, chestnuts, pistachio nuts.
  • Raspberries.
  • Add ginger, shallots, cinnamon to food.
  • Stewed fruit is also a great snack idea.
  • Avoid : Eating excess spicy foods ‚Äď in moderation.
    Cold food, ice cold drinks, coffee ‚Äď and other caffeine type beverages.

Also important to enhance the health of your digestion, as a poor digestion means poor absorption of nutrients. If you have leaky gut syndrome, it is ideal to avoid foods your body is allergic or intolerant to and minimise the processed, sugary foods as this can impact your digestive health.  To improve your gut, try taking bone broth.

Bone broth:  In a stockpot, add the water, organic chicken carcass or chicken parts and veggies and bring to a boil. Strain bones and veggies.  Sprinkle the powdered gelatin, one scoop at a time, into about 1 Р1.5 cups of cold water, and mix well. Add the thickened gelatin to the broth, mix well and eat daily during this phase.

Other tips include:

  • Varied fresh food.
  • Eat while relaxed ‚Äď avoid eating when in a hurry (affects digestion).
  • In the beginning of your day have warm water with a squeeze of lemon.
  • Lightly cooked meals.
  • Try and have a mixture of sweet, bitter, pungent flavours in cooking.
    • Sweet Flavours ‚Äď root vegetables, grains (not in excess).
    • Bitter Flavours ‚Äď rocket, watercress (assists in digestion).
    • Pungent Flavours ‚Äď onions, coriander, chives (assists in digestion & moves Qi).
  • Sip green tea and/or peppermint tea during food to enhance digestion, or perhaps small amounts of red wine, as this too can assist in digestion.

Herbs and adaptogens during Phase 4:

CHASTE TREE BERRY (AKA VITEX): Helps to lengthen the luteal phase. This is important as a short luteal phase can be indicative of conception issues in the future (or currently if you’re trying to conceive). Boosts progesterone levels.  Take in tincture or capsule form daily during this phase.

GINGER: Warms the body.  Helps clear gas and bloating.  Supports digestion & detoxification.  Drink as a tea, add to food or take in capsule form as needed.

BURDOCK ROOT: Removes excess hormones. Cleanses the liver. Drink as a tea or infusion daily.

ADAPTOGENS:  HOLY BASIL.  Lifts mood and helps with mild depression associated with PMS. Drink as a tea or infusion daily during this phase.

ASHWAGANDHA.  Balances stress levels.  Increases vitality and energy levels, which can be low during this phase.  Take in tincture or powder as needed.

LIVER SUPPORT

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In addition to supporting the individual stages of the menstrual cycle, we can support our liver all month long. Liver health is vital for proper hormone balance and menstrual health.

LIVER SUPPORTING HERBS

Dandelion root; Burdock Root; Milk thistle; Chicory root; Yellow Dock.

Ask us about 858 Liver tonic.

Fiber:  Certain fibers bind to excess oestrogen in the body and help the liver to metabolise and excrete it. Fiber also helps to balance blood sugar levels and reduce cortisol levels, lowering the burden of stress in the body. In addition, fiber promotes digestive regularity, reducing constipation related to PMS.  Ensure you’re getting 35 to 40 grams of insoluble fiber per day.  Ground flax seeds are a good option for they can specifically bind to oestrogen receptors and balance levels.


CLEANSING

The liver is a strong and resilient organ Рit is the only organ that can regenerate itself! Give your liver a break by doing cleansing one-day a week throughout the month. This will give it an opportunity to rest and flush out toxins.  One-day per week Рeat light and nourish with soups, salads, juices, herbal teas, infusions & plenty of water.

This self-care guide is written in the spirit of spreading the word of wellness, and with the hope that this may have a ripple effect on women and men searching information regarding fertility. ¬†To reach beyond closed doors, borders and places unknown. ¬†If you are needing assistance with your health or wish to discuss your and/or your partner‚Äôs fertility, you can call the clinic and make a time to discuss this on¬†0211 836 894. ¬†If you reside outside of Hawke’s Bay, Skype consults¬†are available¬†on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

Koha, Thanks & Stuff

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We use the customary term, Koha at The Health Boutique. Koha is an offering or donation and does not necessarily need to be in the form of money. It is a gift or offering given from the heart. There will always be an assessment session open and available every week at The Health Boutique for Koha. ¬†The assessment session incorporates spinal assessment or Chinese Medical meridian assessment. Please feel free to forward this offer onto anyone who you feel may be in need of a caring opinion and may suit this offer. ¬† NgńĀ Mihi. ¬†Thanks & Kindest regards.

 

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