Welcome to Week 6

This week we will be covering:

  • Weight Loss & The Role of our Hormones
  • Weight Management – why do our hormones make us Fat?
  • Blood Sugar Regulation & Our Hormones
  • Dieting & Weight Loss – Why Calorie Restriction doesn’t always work
  • Exercise, Weight Loss & the Adrenal Glands
  • Emotional Blocks to Weight Loss
  • Poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • PCOS Treatment Plan
  • Food Focus: Cinnamon
  • WEEKLY ACTION: Armpit Detox 
  • Health Kick 

Weight Loss & The Role of our Hormones

Video: The Major Hormone related Weight Loss Blocks

Weight Management – Why do imbalanced Hormones make us Fat?

Summary…….

  • Oestrogen dominance in the presence of low progesterone leads to Fluid retention 
  • High Cortisol levels leads to more fat being stored
  • Low cortisol is associated with poor thyroid heath and a sluggish metabolism 
  • Insulin resistance creates high blood sugar levels and excessive storage of carbohydrates as fat
  • Inefficient pancreas hormone secretion leads to bloating and sluggish digestion leading to a poor metabolism 
  • Excess toxins are stored within fat cells, so to protect the vital organs from exposure and damage, so until you release the toxins your body will deliberately hold onto fat

Blood Sugar Regulation & Our Hormones

Video: The Process of Insulin in regulating blood sugar levels

Why Diets Don’t Always Work

AUDIO: The Problem with Calorie Restriction Diets

Exercise, Weight Loss & The Adrenal Hormones

PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovary ailment( PCOS) is a common endocrine disease among women of reproductive age. Females with PCOS may have widened ovaries that contain small-minded collections of  follicles (fluid filled sacs) — located in each ovary which can be seen during an ultrasound exam.


Symptoms & causes

The symptoms of PCOS include: Infrequent or prolonged menstrual intervals, excessive hair growth, acne, and obesity occur in women with polycystic ovary ailment. In adolescents, occasional or absent menstruation is a common warning sign that the hormones are not balancing themselves, Oestrogen dominance is occuring and PCOS is likely to result.

  • Excess hair (hirsutism)
  • Hair loss, acne
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulties with fertility
  • Increased anxiety and depression and the other usual symptoms associated with periods.

The precise cause of cystic ovaries is unknown. Early diagnosis and natural herbal and nutritional treatment is important to prevent the long term risk factors which include obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Mainstream Medical Approach (western medicine)

This typically consists of:

  • Take the Oral contraceptive Pill to manage the painful periods
  • Medication: Metformin to help the body to reverse insulin resistance, but in my opinion there are safer ways to do this
  • Surgery to remove cysts if they become large and painful enough – not necessary to have such invasive treatment on the body when you can dissolve cysts naturally
  • Medication: Androgen blocking medication to prevent the hair growth and excess testosterone production

There is a safer, more natural approach to all of these steps, which will ensure the complete reversal of the condition, not merely management of the symptoms. Unfortunately some of these interventions are dangerous and don’t actually do anything to improve the infertility, commonly associated with PCOS, because they are not addressing the cause of the cysts (Oestrogen dominance)

Maca Root Powder

PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Mainstream Medical Approach (western medicine)

This typically consists of:

  • Take the Oral contraceptive Pill to manage the painful periods
  • Medication: Metformin to help the body to reverse insulin resistance, but in my opinion there are safer ways to do this
  • Surgery to remove cysts if they become large and painful enough – not necessary to have such invasive treatment on the body when you can dissolve cysts naturally
  • Medication: Androgen blocking medication to prevent the hair growth and excess testosterone production

There is a safer, more natural approach to all of these steps, which will ensure the complete reversal of the condition, not merely management of the symptoms. Unfortunately some of these interventions are dangerous and don’t actually do anything to improve the infertility, commonly associated with PCOS, because they are not addressing the cause of the cysts (Oestrogen dominance)

PCOS – TREATMENT PLAN

5 weeks in and you are already well on the way to addressing, step by step, each of the top 10 MUST DO STEPS TO BALANCING YOUR HORMONES!

Rest assured that everything we have been doing up until now, have been ESSENTIAL for healing and treating the cause of the Poly cystic ovarian syndrome:

  • Clearing out Excess Oestrogen
  • Detoxifying the body
  • Healing the Gut Microbiome & Treating Candida
  • Balancing Blood Sugar Regulation
  • Reducing Inflammation
  • Improving fertility & Ovulation

But here are a few of the super important extra steps I would encourage anyone who has been diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome to implement:

  • Follow the Anti-inflammatory, healing nutritive dense Balance Me Eating plan (stage 1, 2 or 3) ongoing
  • Avoid Xeno-estrogens (alcohol, synthetic oestrogen therapy – the OCP, HRT, IVF)
  • Switch your beauty routine over to natural organic products, 95% of our normal bathroom routine is full of endocrine disruptors
  • Massage Doterra Clary Calm essential oil blend directly onto the abdomen in the general ovary direction
  • Take Orthoplex FemCare, ongoing for 3-6 month
  • Make Maca a daily routine in your smoothies or cooking
  • See an Emotional Energy working ie kinesiologist, Body Consciousness therapist to determine the underlying ‘beliefs you have around fertility, motherhood, pregnancy, being a female etc which could be contra-indicating your natural female hormone flow.
  • Stay on ReleaseME or BalanceME beyond the 90 day program, until your cysts or symptoms are gone

PRESCRIPTION FOR OVARIAN CYSTS

Practitioner only Brand – ORTHOPLEX: FEMCARE

Ingredients:

Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste tree) fruit ext. dry conc.

equiv.Vitex agnus castus fruit (Dry) 700mg

70mg
Paeonia lactiflora (White Peony) root ext. dry conc.

equiv.Paeonia lactiflora root (Dry) 1.5g

214.28mg
Zingiber officinale (Ginger) rhizome ext. dry conc.

equiv.Zingiber officinale rhizome (Dry) 1g

90.91mg
Cinnamomum cassia (Cinnamon) stem bark ext. dry conc.

equiv.Cinnamomum cassia (Dry) 1.5g
Cassia oil 1.13mg

75mg
Gymnema sylvestre (Gymnema) leaf ext. dry conc.

equiv.Gymnema sylvestre leaf (dry) 1g
Gymnemic acid 22.50mg

50mg
Chromium picolinate

equiv.Chromium 25mcg

200mcg
Chromic chloride

equiv.Chromium 125mcg

675.67mcg
Total elemental Chromium 150mcg
Pyridoxine hydrochloride

equiv.Pyridoxine 10mg

12.15mg
Zinc amino acid chelate

equiv.Zinc 5mg

Pack Size
60 Tablets

Adult Dose
Take 2 tablets daily or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

Indications

  • May assist in the management of pre-menstrual tension/syndrome
  • Relief of menstrual symptoms
  • Vitex agnus-castus is traditionally used in herbal medicine to support healthy menstruation, cycle regularity, mild breast pain, heavy/irregular periods
  • Chromium is a main component of glucose tolerance factor aids the transport of glucose into the cells
  • Ginger is traditionally used for mild digestive disturbance such as flatulent dyspepsia and also as a carminative
  • Contains pyridoxine which is involved in hormone modulation and support of normal healthy neurotransmitter/nervous system function
  • Contains Zinc which helps to maintain healthy skin

Doterra: Clary Calm

PRESCRIPTION FOR OVARIAN CYSTS

1. Product – Femme Care

Practitioner only Brand – ORTHOPLEX: FEMCARE

Ingredients:

Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste tree) fruit ext. dry conc.

equiv.Vitex agnus castus fruit (Dry) 700mg

70mg
Paeonia lactiflora (White Peony) root ext. dry conc.

equiv.Paeonia lactiflora root (Dry) 1.5g

214.28mg
Zingiber officinale (Ginger) rhizome ext. dry conc.

equiv.Zingiber officinale rhizome (Dry) 1g

90.91mg
Cinnamomum cassia (Cinnamon) stem bark ext. dry conc.

equiv.Cinnamomum cassia (Dry) 1.5g
Cassia oil 1.13mg

75mg
Gymnema sylvestre (Gymnema) leaf ext. dry conc.

equiv.Gymnema sylvestre leaf (dry) 1g
Gymnemic acid 22.50mg

50mg
Chromium picolinate

equiv.Chromium 25mcg

200mcg
Chromic chloride

equiv.Chromium 125mcg

675.67mcg
Total elemental Chromium 150mcg
Pyridoxine hydrochloride

equiv.Pyridoxine 10mg

12.15mg
Zinc amino acid chelate

equiv.Zinc 5mg

Pack Size
60 Tablets

Adult Dose
Take 2 tablets daily or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

Indications

  • May assist in the management of pre-menstrual tension/syndrome
  • Relief of menstrual symptoms
  • Vitex agnus-castus is traditionally used in herbal medicine to support healthy menstruation, cycle regularity, mild breast pain, heavy/irregular periods
  • Chromium is a main component of glucose tolerance factor aids the transport of glucose into the cells
  • Ginger is traditionally used for mild digestive disturbance such as flatulent dyspepsia and also as a carminative
  • Contains pyridoxine which is involved in hormone modulation and support of normal healthy neurotransmitter/nervous system function
  • Contains Zinc which helps to maintain healthy skin

PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

2. Super food – Maca Root Powder

3. Essential Oils – Doterra: Clary Calm

This is an amazing combination or hormone balancing essential oils which can be used to boost your mood, regulate your cycle, increase breast size and reduce cysts on your ovaries.

APPLICATION

This product comes in an easy to apply roller bottle, which should be applied directly to the skin, if you have ovarian cysts I recommend massaging the oil into your abdomen morning and night. For general hormone balancing benefits simply place a little anywhere on the body, I like to put it behind the ears as it is pleasant smelling and doubles as a perfume. Just be warned, it’s super potent, in action and smell, so you only need a tiny bit!

CINNAMON

BENEFITS OF CINNAMON

  • High in Anti-oxidants
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Balances Blood Sugar levels
  • Protects Heart Health
  • Protects the Brain and prevents decline in Cognitive Function
  • Reverses Insulin Resistance
  • Treats Diabetes
  • Fights infections and Viruses
  • Reduces Cancer risks
  • Fights Candida Infection
  • Improves Dental hygiene
  • Reduces Allergies
  • Can be used a Sweetener replacement

Warm Caramel Apple Pie Bread

Ingredients
APPLE PIE BREAD:
  • 2 cups (228 grams) blanched almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon (8 grams) coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 91 grams apples, peeled, finely sliced (this is equivalent to almost 1 cup full or 1 small apple).*
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk, full fat
  • 4 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 6 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
CRUMB TOPPING:
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1¼ teaspoon coconut oil, melted
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
HOMEMADE CARAMEL:
  • 2 tablespoons (23ml) water
  • ¼ cup (35g) raw coconut palm sugar
  • ½ cup (111.5ml) full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
Instructions
APPLE PIE BREAD:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 6.4 x 3.8-inch loaf pan with coconut oil, and line it with a piece of parchment paper. Cut paper to fit lengthwise, leaving some excess on the edges. You can also make this bread on 8½ x 4½-inch medium loaf.
  2. Mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whist together the coconut milk, coconut oil, honey, eggs, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, mix dry and wet ingredients together just until combined. Do not over mix.
  5. Gently fold into the batter the apple slices and chopped walnuts (reserve about 1 tablespoon of walnuts for the crumb topping).
  6. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  7. Mix all the crumb topping ingredients together with your hands, then sprinkle top of bread with the crumbs and reserved walnuts.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, then cover bread with aluminum foil and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 more minutes. Total baking time should be approximately 50 minutes.
  9. While the bread is baking make the Caramel Sauce
  10. Bring the water and coconut sugar to a light boil in a medium saucepan, stirring the mixture constantly over medium heat.
  11. Add the coconut milk, vanilla, and salt, and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly so that it doesn’t burn. When the mixture start to thicken and turn darker in color it’s ready. Set aside to cool, and store it in a airtight container in the fridge.
  12. Set pan on a wire rack to cool. Carefully remove bread from pan while still warm, and drizzle caramel over the top before serving.

    Recipe serves 8-10 people. Store in the refrigerator.

RECIPE CREDIT:

ARM PIT DETOX

Your standard pharmacy and supermarket brand (conventional) deodorants and antiperspirant contain a variety of chemicals and additives and we’re putting this on our skin everyday, sometimes more than once! Whats worse, we’re putting it under our arms, where our lymph glands live, an area which is a direct pathway to the breast tissue, leading to a pooling of toxins in that area, believed to be one of the major contributing causes of breast cancer.

It takes something pretty un-natural to block the body’s natural ability to sweat, that’s the whole point of deoderants right, to stop us from sweating, but we forget that the whole point of sweating is to remove toxins and keep our body cool.

Here’s a list of some of the common chemicals in some deodorants, its ghastly!

Aluminum– some evidence connects aluminum to cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease
Phthalates- Endocrine disruptors often also found in plastic that can cause hormone imbalance and even infertility( especially in med )

Propylene glycol– common name: antifreeze. It is a hotly debated additive in personal care products but the Environmental Working Group reports that it carries a moderate hazard of immunotoxicity and allergies .

Formaldehyde– a known carcinogen … guess it kills the germs though .

Parabens– Another hormone disruptor and parabens have been found in biopsied tissue with breast cancer
Antibacterial Substance– I talked about these before but they are endocrine disruptors and can negatively affect the immune system
Why is this a big deal? Ever get sick and had a clump in your neck or armpit? That is a lymph node and they are a major part of your immune system. Putting endocrine disruption chemicals directly on top of them is a great route to screw up your hormones and suppress immune function .

The skin is the body’s largest organ and what touches our skin can easily enter our bloodstream. With skyrocketing rates of breast cancer, it would seem prudent to avoid these chemicals until farther research is done .

So when we do an armpit detox we are starting to draw out many of the toxins we’ve been shoving in over the years. Pretty good idea don’t you think?

ARMPIT DETOX PROTOCOL

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons of water (until you get right consistency, thick enough that you can spread it and it doesn’t run down your arm)

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a glass bowl,  with a wooden or non-metal spoon (stainless steel ok).
  2. Spread in an even layer over the armpits and allow to sit for 5-20 minutes. It is unlikely that you will feel any discomfort or irritation, but if you have a lot of toxins built up in your system, it may become slightly red.
  3. Generally speaking the redness is due to the increase blood-flow to the area, but it will go away quickly.
  4. Wash off in the shower or with a warm, wet washcloth.
  5. Repeat daily or as needed until under-arm odor goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.

BENTONITE CLAY

TACKLING BODY ODOUR

2 Major Causes of Body Odour

  1. TOXICITY

If you experience strong or regular body odor, its a sign that your body is eliminating toxins. As we have already learnt, the safest and most efficient route of removal is through the bowels, which is why I keep harping on about Enemas and regular bowel motions, but this high lights the ongoing importance of ongoing regular, gentle detoxification.

2. BACTERIAL OVER GROWTH

The good news is we have already tackled this systemically with the stage 1 protocol (KleanseME & ClearME) but you may still have a Candida overgowth, if you feel this is something you struggle with. In this case you may like to revisit week 4 and tackle the Anti-Candida protocol and recommended supplements (access week 4 here)

If its just a build up of bacteria or fungi within the armpit area, you may like to use some Doterra Tea Tree oil, a few drops in a carrier oil such as coconut or sweet almond oil under the armpit when you get out of the shower until the problem subsides. You can also look into the brand Dr. Organic, who do a great range of Tee Tree Soaps, deoderants and powders which you can use under the armpit to treat the suspected bacterial over growth.

  1. TOXICITY

If you experience strong or regular body odor, its a sign that your body is eliminating toxins. As we have already learnt, the safest and most efficient route of removal is through the bowels, which is why I keep harping on about Enemas and regular bowel motions, but this high lights the ongoing importance of ongoing regular, gentle detoxification.

DO IT YOURSELF HEALTH KICK

MORNING METABA-BOOST SHOT BENEFITS

  • Stimulates the Immune System
  • Increases Metabolism
  • Burns Fat
  • Supports Digestion
  • Warms the body
  • Fights infection
  • Clears Sinus

MORNING METAB-A-BOOST SHOT

INGREDIENTS

1 Grapefruit

2 tsp of apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of raw or manuka honey

1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or chillie flakes

Squeeze the juice from the grapefruit into a blender, add all the other ingredients and whiz until combined well. Then shot this amazing health boosting, fat burning metabolism kick each morning to help shift stubborn fat and wake you up for the day!