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The Health Hormone Series – Testosterone

Whilst you might think testosterone is only for the fella’s, think again.  Women need testosterone and the amount we need changes throughout the course of our reproductive and non-reproductive years.  For women, testosterone is made in both the ovaries and the adrenals as well as in fatty tissue.  What you may also be unaware of, is that as we age and progress through menopause, our testosterone becomes much like a superpower.  It continues to become more important and more useful as we get older, unlike oestrogen which declines once we hit menopause, testosterone is there in full force.

That during our reproductive years there is less testosterone available.  This is because Sex Hormone Binding Globulin or SHBG binds to almost all our free testosterone during our peak years and inactivates it as we age, SHBG begins to decline allowing more available testosterone and whilst the ovaries might pack-up shop on oestrogen production, they become very important to produce testosterone once menopause arrives.  It’s also this decline in oestrogen that allows more testosterone in the body.  Seems everything within you is working towards this special hormone rising as we get older.

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Just When I Thought It Was Over… FNQ, I’m Coming For You!

This Saturday is supposed to be the Grand Finale of my tour, The Wellness Collective.  My loves, it’s fair to say we’ve been around the block and back again.  At least until this week. We had the beautiful people at GoVita Cherries in Cairns reach out and ask if we’d consider heading up north for one more event.  Truth be told – the thought of warm weather was completely appealing and in true NK style, I had already ticked off the particulars well before our friend at Go Vita got a reply.  Far North, you are on my mind.

Ladies of Australia – we’re headed to Cairns!

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What Really Happens To Your Hormones in Your 30’s?

During my time on ‘the road’ (ok seriously, there were few roads involved, my preferred mode of transport across Australian Desert is in an aeroplane!) for The Wellness Collective Regional Tour, it became increasingly apparent that us ladies really don’t have too much of an understanding around hormones and ageing.  I thought about it.  Is this because we are in denial, happily avoiding the inevitable?  Is it because we seriously have no idea OR perhaps it’s because nobody is talking about it.  In any case, most of us have very little clue as to what’s about to happen.  The blur of the mid thirties until menopause doesn’t seem to get any decent TLC.

Our body’s are certainly cyclic and Chinese Medicine beautifully summarises these cycles for women to come around every eight years or so.

Around 8 years of age: We commence puberty.  Young girls begin to show breast buds, there may be changes with cervical fluid as they prepare for the arrival of the period.  This doesn’t mean the period arrives at 8.  It’s set to show up somewhere between 11 – 14 as an average.

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The Period Party – Episode # 79. Addressing Candida Overgrowth To Balance Oestrogen with Kirsty Wirth

The gut.  The hottest topic in healthcare since penicillin – the epicentre of our health.  I say to patients everyday, if you’re not making inroads towards better gut health, you must.  If it’s the ONE thing you do, please start here.  There’s no skimping on gut health.  I’ve been busting for us to publish this episode because it’s a ripper and because our guest, Kirsty Wirth knows.  Kirsty is the founder of Kultured Wellness, a company who’s mission is to inspire and educate people to take control of their health by eating real and fermented foods that nourishes the brain and the gut.  She’s the brainchild behind Cultured Wellness Culture Starters and function supplements and she’s here to feed your minds right here!

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The Number One Food To Avoid If You Have PCOS

 

The advances around hormone imbalance, especially Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) at present are pretty darn impressive – and thank goodness, it’s high time we began to get the answers many women have been bashing down their doctors door for, trying to answer since forever.  Even more exciting, is that much of the current research is coming out of our own country. The University of Sydney is pushing out some pretty impressive information.  With 20% of women suffering from PCOS, we must get answers.  One thing we’ve known for quite some time is that diet is paramount when it comes to hormone imbalances like PCOS. Just incase you didn’t catch that, I’m going to say it again, just because I truthfully don’t think we’re listening when it comes to diet.  Diet is  P A R A M O U N T when it comes to hormone imbalances like PCOS.  You hear me sister – you better keep reading.