We all know we are living in a changing environment. Our population is bigger than ever and as a consequence our farming processes and food production has had to adapt to meet demand. This has a major impact on the quality of our foods which are lacking in vital nutrients due to the lack of minerals in our soil and produce being picked and shipped too early so they cannot ripen naturally. Have you noticed sometimes when you’re on holiday abroad the food tastes so much nicer? This is because it is fresh and has been allowed to ripen in its natural environment. In addition we are busier than ever, leading stressful lifestyles* and eating fast easy pre-prepared foods!
*Please see my previous article (10th December) for useful techniques to help reduce your stress.
All this combined means that 70% of us are lacking in trace minerals and vital nutrients, and this has major implications on our health.
For women, infertility is increasing – 1 in 8 couples have difficulty in conceiving. Up to 80% of women suffer from PMS and other related conditions, and 16% of us are absent one or more days from work per month!
These conditions can all be linked to hormone imbalances, in particular the sex hormones Oestrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone (require essential fats for production), but also Insulin, HGH and Thyroxin (require complete proteins for production).
Hormones are messengers in the body and deliver instructions to the cells, and if they are out of balance they can make us feel a little out of whack.
Did you know there are different types of PMS? They are:
PMS-A, PMS-D, PMS-C and PMS-H.
PMS-A is linked to symptoms of anxiety, irritability, mood swings nervous tension and emotional instability. These symptoms are a response to higher oestrogen levels and lower progesterone levels.
PMS-D is linked to symptoms of depression, anxiety, rage/aggression, confusion, clumsy and tearful. These symptoms are a response to lower oestrogen, higher progesterone and androgens.
PMS-C is linked to increased appetite and cravings, headache, fatigue, fainting spells, heart palpitations in response to higher insulin levels.
PMS-H is linked to symptoms of weight gain, bloating, water retention, confusion and breast tenderness and is in response to higher levels of Aldosterone.
It is possible to have symptoms from each group.
In the first instance, and in order for these hormones to do the correct ‘balanced’ job, a healthy liver is a must! Think of the liver as the control room. It has more roles within the body than any other organ.
The first step is clean up the diet (see also my post Christmas blog of 7th January for the low down) and cleanse the liver of toxins on a regular basis. The Natures Sunshine Healthy Starter Programme is a full body cleanse that detoxifies the liver, kidneys, blood and cleans the intestinal system allowing the elimination of harmful toxins such as xenoestrogens locked in the fat cells, from the body (see my blog of 28th October which explains all about toxins). Now is an excellent time to introduce this 20 minute presentation by Emma Whitnall who explains what the Healthy Starter Programme is, what it does and why it is necessary.
Sit back and take it all in.
Following the cleanse, we can maintain hormone balance by making better food choices. In all cases continue with a clean diet free of all the inflammatory foods and stimulants as mentioned by Emma and in my link above. I have also included here a list of foods that can aid hormone balance: Soya, Mung beans, Flax, Linseed, Sesame, Lentils, Yams, Ginseng, Red Clover, Liquorish Root and Fennel.
Applying this as a starting point will not only help improve the symptoms of PMS but also other related women’s health issues. You have to try it find out! Way better than facing those awful symptoms every month!
I incorporate the Healthy Starter Programme into my programmes, it helps to excel weight loss results and improve health related conditions so it gets a massive thumbs up from my clients.
* Please note the Healthy Starter Programme is not suitable in Pregnancy or Breastfeeding, and I offer an alternative Support Programme for mums
To find out more and to get some great tips for easy long term weight loss and health, tune in to my free Webinar on Tuesday 24th February at 8pm, click here to register
I hope you have found this helpful, if you have any questions about health conditions, nutrition and cleansing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch e-mail email@example.com.