Heavy period: What to do

Heavy period: What to do

Heavy bleeding really sucks. The constant worry of it seeping through your clothes, that weird hot flood of blood when you stand up, the extreme lethargy!  Many women end up too scared to leave the house as a result. But how much is too much? I have a medical reference book that says “if periods are reported as unacceptably heavy, then they are”!

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Sugar and Alternative Sweeteners, what’s good, what’s bad?

Sugar and Alternative Sweeteners, what’s good, what’s bad?

Sweetening food has become an obstacle course of decision making. How are we to know what’s healthy? Is Agave acceptable? What about date syrup? Stevia? Maybe returning to cane sugar is best!?

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Can you ever balance hormones with hormones?

Can you ever balance hormones with hormones?

Our hormones are constantly changing in response to our external and internal environment. The reproductive hormones follow a general pattern called the menstrual cycle for most people while they're of a certain age range. Having balanced hormones is a colloquialism for meaning having hormones that don't cause us any trouble. It has very little to do with the actual levels of our hormones we might expect to see on any test results. 

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5 things your periods shouldn't do

5 things your periods shouldn't do

1. Hurt so much you can't do what you want.

2. Bleed so much you have to wear two types of protection at once.  

3. Last longer than 8 days

4. Leave you feeling weak

5. Be shorter than 3 days

 

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Cut the bullshit. The only diet I recommend.

Cut the bullshit. The only diet I recommend.

Eating healthy has never been more complicated. We have used technology to massively improve food availability but often in the process of doing that we have sacrificed their nutritional value.

Take bread for instance, by refining the wheat, it becomes easier to make bread in reliable and enormous amounts but by doing so almost all the nutrients are stripped from the grain, meaning they then need to be added back in artificially afterwards. It's why bread has gone from just 3 ingredients to the tens of ingredients you'll read on a package nowadays. Our food tech has been a blessing and a curse. 

One of the worst outcomes of this has been the confusion people have around food. It's become very complicated to assess if something is good or bad for you. The short lived popularity of specific diets only confuses people further and the daily headlines demonising fats one day, carbs the next really seals the deal. 

I've had many a patient brag about eating certain foods under the impression it's a health food only to have the rug pulled out from under them when I explain the truth to the matter.  Below are some of the products people get wrong. Hope you enjoy cutting the bullshit. 

  • Vegan processed cheese

The real deal: nut cheese

  • Gluten free anything

Sadly gluten free products are often full of sugar and weird additives to compensate for the lack of tasty gluten. They're trying too hard to mimic something you're used to having when you'd be better off having entirely different foods instead. Sometimes it's best not to substitute.

The real deal: don't eat bread lol

  • Vitamin water

Sadly this is a secret sugared up product. If they claim to be sugar free you may be surprised to find they are using aspartame instead. It's another sweetener but with potentially even worse side effects than sugar does! Effectively it's water with additives.

The real deal: fruit infused water or watered down juice

  • Probiotic yoghurt drinks

The real deal: kefir yoghurt or milk

  • Special K

I'm shocked by how many people think special k is a diet food because of their advertising campaign that showed people losing weight since exchanging one of their meals a day with a bowl of special k. This gets extrapolated to mean the cereal is in some way good for you.

The real deal: home made granola

  • Zero sugar drinks

Sorry but this is another aspartame ridden area. You may be better off actually having the cane sugar original product instead.

The real deal: sugar!  

 

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