Can What You Eat Affect Your Hormones?

A hormonal imbalance can significantly impact mood, appetite, and overall health. Some factors are beyond a person's control however, manageable elements such as stress and the diet can influence hormone levels.

The endocrine system circulates hormones, which perform various functions throughout the day.

Even small changes in hormone levels can result in adverse effects, including extra stress on the body. Symptoms can grow worse over time, and a hormonal imbalance can lead to chronic issues.

For some people, making simple lifestyle changes can help to restore levels of hormones.

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Turning a Breech Baby

So, you are 7.5 months pregnant. At this stage, the expectation is that the baby will have made its way into position, head-down bum up by now. I mean that’s all they had to do to keep up their end of the deal.

There’s always going to be a few babies out there that didn’t get the memo. Perhaps they are just super comfy where they are or there is some reason why they can’t. If you find out that you are one of the lucky mums with a baby that wants to hang out feet first don’t panic.

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To Nurture Is Our Nature

What is nurturing? Is it maintaining a strict diet or exercise regime in the belief that this is what we need to do for our health and wellbeing? Or is it real life, getting out into nature, eating what we instinctively feel is best for us, learning to listen to our own intuition. To nurture is our nature - we need to be nurtured and we need to nurture. It’s a dance that is crucial to thriving health, happiness and a long and fulfilled life.

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5 Things Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health

In Chinese medicine, the tongue is used as a very influential source for diagnosis, as it's the only external organ of the body with visual indicators. We look at the tongue to measure various factors; we look to see the shape, quality, texture, coating, and colour of the tongue because of its many relationships and connections in the body and the internal organs.

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Cathy Bell
The Five Elements ~ What Type Are You?

According to ancient Chinese philosophy, the Five Elements – or the five pillars of Creation – are the building blocks of the universe. In order, the elements are: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. The five elements are considered to be phases of a cycle of change. Each person’s physical and mental constitution can be described as a balance of the elements in which one or more may naturally dominate.

Find out which element you are and how to best keep yourself in balance.

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Focus on Cancer - Nausea during treatments

Nausea and loss of appetite can be common side effects of some cancer treatments and while medications to prevent or treat nausea are often combined with chemotherapy drugs, many patients still experience symptoms.  For the “foodies” and our patients who experience much pleasure from eating, this can be an especially difficult side effect as they no longer take pleasure in nourishing their bodies.  However, managing nausea and loss of appetite for any patient is crucial during cancer treatment in order to maintain energy levels and prevent rapid weight loss, which can complicate treatment.

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How to Survive Sitting At Work All Day

Many people spend the majority of their day sitting down as they tend to sit when commuting, working in an office or studying, and relaxing at home. Prolonged sitting can cause a range of adverse health effects, including bad posture and back health.

In this article, we look at what good posture means, explain the correct sitting position to achieve it, particularly when sitting at a computer and devise ways to minimise the time you spend sitting at work.

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