9 Tips To Help Balance Hormones

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If you have troubles such as fatigue, skin issues, weight gain,trouble sleeping, always sleeping, PMS, endometriosis, infertility, PCOS or other issues, there’s a good chance that you might have hormone imbalance!

Hormones are critical chemicals in the body that act as messengers, triggering other reactions and influencing processes. Hormones are made by the endocrine glands – which include the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands, pancreas, testes and ovaries.

We discovered a great page from Wellness Mama that give 9 super tips on balancing hormones. These include everything from exercise tips through to dietary changes herbs, minerals and supplements.

One of the ones that caught my eye is to attempt to avoid hormone-disrupting toxins such as plastics. While avoiding plastic is easier said than done, I think it is extremely important. Plastics have been shown to leach into foods and cause an estrogenic effect, disrupting hormone balances in the body and have even been linked to reduced fertility in males.

I would suggest to start replacing kitchen storage and cooking equipment with glass or stainless steel. Switching out plastic-bottled water for filtered is a good idea. Buying fresh produce that has not been plastic wrapped is optimal – however one thing that continues to frustrate me is how organic produce is plastic wrapped in larger stores in the UK. This almost defeats the purpose! I suppose they do it to differentiate it from non-organic when it comes to the cash register…

So the first step is to limit plastics in foods but then there are other important steps such as limit exposure to chemicals from non-food sources. This gets tricky owing to the prevalence of these things in the modern world.

Ok, here are the full 9 Tips To Help Balance Hormoneshttp://wellnessmama.com/5425/balance-hormones/


How to Make Amazing Natural Homemade Sunscreen

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It’s ironic to think that to “protect ourselves” against skin cancer, some of us (not me!) cover ourselves in highly toxic chemicals that are now possibly thought to increase the risk of skin cancer!

It just goes to show how effective marketing can be? Most sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals that in many cases may actually promote skin cancer growth and free radical production in the body! In fact, in the years since sunscreen use began, skin cancer rates have actually risen, and a 2007 document from the FDA stated (get this) that: “The FDA is not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen use alone helps prevent skin cancer”.

In fact, according to Wellness Mama, who has researched this in depth, many reports show that most sunscreens actually raise skin cancer risk.



We discovered an amazing formula over at WellnessMama.com for a natural sunscreen. It also has the bonus of being incredibly moisturizing and nourishing for the skin! I was amazed to find out that ingredients such as Red Raspbery Seed oil has a natural SPF of 25-50!

Note that the formula also calls for zinc oxide which could be considered optional. If you are a natural purist you might wish to avoid it. O
ne thing that was interesting was that Wellness Mama stated it is important to get non-nano zinc oxide. Why is this intriguing? Because nanoparticles are ultrafine particles that are literally so small that their absorption rates are typically much hugher. In other words, nano zinc oxide is more readily absorbed by the skin – which seems highly undesirable. In truth nanoparticle science is very new and the long term effects are absolutely not known.

Another thing I really liked about Wellness Mama’s article was that she linked to the Environmental Working Group‘s research into toxic chemicals that are even found in “natural” brands of sunscreen (remember what I wrote recently about the word “natural” now being the most abused, meaningless term in the whole of the consumer product industry?

Another simple bonus tip I would suggest for people concerned about overexposure to sun – get a super-wide brimmed hat and a long sleeved shirt. Job done. Or for the ladies, what about a stylish parasol?

Ok here’s the link to the full tutorial for the natural sunscreen:
http://wellnessmama.com/2558/homemade-sunscreen/


Black Cumin Seed Oil – The Most Powerful Oil In The World?

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Black Cumin Seed is a remarkable seed which has been in use as a herbal remedy since ancient times. It was revered by old Hippocrates, one of the most famous physicians of all times – and the Prophet Muhammad, who stated it to be “a remedy for every illness except death”.

The oil pressed from the seed is now regarded as having numerous health benefits including boosting the immune system and supporting the liver.

Studies have also shown that it contains compounds such as thymoquinone, found by scientific researchers to be active against cancer cells – as well as being strongly antibacterial.

The full list of benefits reported from black cumin seed oil are quite tremendous and it’s easy to see why it was considered a panacea (“cure all”) in old times.

People have also noticed that Black Cumin Seed Oil has a benefit to their hair, skin and nails and some are using it as a “secret ingredient”, adding it to creams for healthy, glowing skin.

Black Cumin seed oil is available in liquid or capsule form and you can obtain it online, for example on Amazon.

Read the full report on Black Cumin Seed Oil from our friends at Natural Living Ideas here – http://www.naturallivingideas.com/black-cumin-seed-oil/

We also have a herbal page on cumin with additional research.

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