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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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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.

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Episode 11 – Getting Your Period Back When It’s Been AWOL – With Claire Baker

Periods.  There, we said it.  Cecelia’s most unfavorite topic – we’re going there in this episode.  She admits, she doesn’t really like talking about it (at all which makes for a very interesting podcast!).  As personal as the topic is, we either have one or we are waiting for one (or it’s gone awol) and for a lot of women, periods aren’t something you’ve necessarily been able to take for granted.

Since IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY (I can hear you singing in your best voice.. “Happy Birthday To You!”) we’ve dedicated this month to our most talked about topic, periods, PCOS and hormones!  Something for everybody.

Listen on demand via iTunes or clock on the bar below.

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PCOS or your cycle gone AWOL? Let me introduce Intermittent Fasting!

Thought about fasting?  Never had I ever thought this could be a good idea until one night I watched a documentary with Michael Mosley and it got my mind in a spin.  Everything I had ever been taught about hormone health was being thrown out the window when it came to eating habits.  In the 80’s and 90’s we were taught that we needed to eat small and often, keeping our metabolism stimulated.  Fast forward to the present and research supports a variety of ideas about how and when we should eat.  What does it tell us.  Never say never.  Sidestep for a second if you will.  What we know today, we will learn something new tomorrow no doubt, but in the essence of always having our finger on the pulse and adapting to each breakthrough we discover, it truly is a trap to become set in our ways.  And there we have it – fasting.  Who ever thought this could be good for our health and our hormones?

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5 Supplements That May Safely Save Your Hormones

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It can be a confusing world out there.  So many different supplements, so many reasons to take them. Then, we’re told maybe they are a scam, they are ineffective and a waste of your good, hard-earned dollars.  Yes, it’s super confusing and of course fear creeps in.  Fear is not a great place to make a choice from, ever.

But since every single cell in your body requires nutrients to work and our soils aren’t necessarily able to pass on those nutrients any longer (because we’ve kinda sterilised them…), supplements have become essential for almost all of us living in the western world.  Of course, oils aint oils, meaning that not all supplements are made the same.  It’s important we consider how they are prepared, where they are sourced and manufactured. Usually a very simple test will tell you.  You get what you pay for.  There is a vast difference between many over-the-counter or supermarket brands as opposed to those you can get your hands on via your local practitioner. It’s not to say you shouldn’t take either but know when you need what. That is where the difference lies.