Welcome to Week 8

This week we will be covering

  • Finishing up your Detox
  • Extending your Detox
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis & Fibroid Treatment Protocol
  • PMS Survival Guide
  • Pyrroles Disorder
  • The Oral Contraceptive Pill
  • Food Focus: Natural Sugars
  • Recipe: Salted Date Raw Chocolate
  • Action: Home Detox Protocol
  • Health Kick: Say No to Toxic Personal Care Products
  • The Juju Menstrual Cup

Finishing Up Your Detox

Woo Hoo! You’ve made it to the final week of the Deep Cleanse

Whether it be that you’ve taken on the challenge of the Plant based diet for stage 2 and been diligent with the ReleaseME & DigestME supplements or even stepped things up and tackled the deeper cleanse Bentonite Clay and Psyllium husk protocol, at the end of this week, we’re calling it a wrap!

Well done if you attempted any changes at all, reduced your weekly alcohol or cut out processed foods and refined chocolate, any change at all is a great accomplishment and you should be really proud of yourself!

We hope that through the process you have discovered a whole heap of new ‘clean’ ways of eating, recipes and healthy foods which you didn’t even know existed or tasted great and you can continue utilizing these forever on wards. Remember this is a lifestyle program, educating and inspiring you to make better choices for yourself, so anything you enjoyed or found manageable, keep it up!

But I want to continue on the Detox Protocol

If you are loving the feeling of cleansing your insides and feeling really good knowing your flushing all the baddies out, then yes you can continue on the Bentonite Clay and Psyllium protocol but there’s a few thing we need to keep in mind!

Don’t over do it

Detoxing is absolutely necessary, but its also taxing on the body, that is, it takes a bit of effort. Chances are you’re supporting the process just nicely, eating well and following all the Balance Me tips, so YES you can continue on the Bentonite clay and psyllium protocol for another 4 weeks if you like.

Signs you may be over doing it

  • Feeling weak & Fatigued

This is a bit of a judgement call, because when you start detoxing and moving heavy metals etc, you will feel crap and tired. But then your energy levels will pick up, you may have a 2nd dip in energy levels a week or so later as your body dips into an even deeper cleanse and starts shifting some of the heavy duty toxins like metals etc, which of course can make you feel tired and fatigued.

What you just want to be aware of though, is if you can’t function, like the tiredness lingers for longer than a few days once you are 3 weeks in. This could just be a sign that your body is too depleted to detox for a long period time and we recommend having a break and tackling another round down the track.

  • Mental Dysfunction

If you feel like you can’t recall much, your memory and concentration are all over the shop or you start getting anxiety after previously feeling really good, its a sign you are probably a bit depleted and its time to rebuild for awhile

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is defined as a reproductive condition by which the uterine tissue, the endometrium, starts to grow outside of the uterus. This generally includes along the Fallopian tubes, around the ovaries, the bowel, in severe cases up into the stomach and intestines and in really severe cases it has also been noted to be found growing around the brain. This is bad for a number of reasons, this tissue sheds itself each month, just like the way it does in your uterus, resulting in internal bleeding which is very painful and inflammatory.  Additionally the excessive growth can block the tubes preventing pregnancy, affect ovulation, mess with digestion and bowel health and create intense PMS.

The primary cause of Endometriosis is Oestrogen dominance, something we are already well on the way to treating and reversing through this program. Additionally associated with the condition is nutritional deficiency, inflammation and toxic bowel congestion.

SYMPTOMS

  • Pain – before, during and after each period. Pain during sexual intercourse. Pain while evacuating the bowels and even when urinating. Pain can be lower back pain, or generalized abdominal pain
  • Heavy period bleeds
  • Mid cycle spotting 
  • Digestion problems
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Poor tolerance of the oral contraceptive pill 

TREATMENT

As you can see in the video above, the treatments offered from a mainstream medical model are very limited, which is more than likely why you have found yourself in this program, addressing the cause and symptoms from a holistic perspective.

The western medicine approach is surgery, a Laparoscopy, by which through key hole surgery they are able to burn off or cut out the excessive tissue growth and then women are generally put on the Oral contraceptive pill (if they are not trying to conceive)  to try and stop their periods and prevent the painful attacks. However there’s a big problem with this approach – nothing is actually done to address the cause of the extra uterine growth, which means, 9/10 the problems comes back, again and again. You will see this is the options given in the video above, but from a natural therapies perspective there is so much more we can do!

THE BALANCE ME APPROACH

As with all the treatment goals of this program we are addressing the body systemically and not merely looking at ways to remove the tissue. Layer by layer we are addressing all of the systems, organs and causes which have created the Oestrogen dominance and repairing the body as a whole, which means once the problem is gone and you stick to healthy eating and the recommended life style practices, you can say goodbye to Endometriosis forever!

Fibroids

What are Fibroids?

Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus. 9/10 these Fibroids are almost always benign, as in not cancerous. Fibroids can grow as a single tumor, or there can be many of them in the uterus. They can be as small as an apple seed or as big as a grapefruit.

Fibroids are extremely common 

About 20 percent to 80 percent of women develop fibroids by the time they reach age 50. Fibroids are most common in women in their 40s and early 50s. Not all women with fibroids have symptoms. Women who do have symptoms often find fibroids hard to live with. Some have pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. Fibroids also can put pressure on the bladder, causing frequent urination, or the rectum, causing rectal pressure. Should the fibroids get very large, they can cause the abdomen (stomach area) to enlarge, making a woman look pregnant.

Symptoms of Fibroids

It’s really common for fibroids to go unnoticedf or many many years as quite often they don’t produce symptoms until they are very large.

When they are large enough they can cause

  • Heavy bleeding which can be heavy enough to cause low iron and anaemia
  • Painful periods
  • Feeling of fullness in the lower pelvic/abdominal area
  • Enlargement of the lower abdomen
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain during sex
  • Lower back pain
  • Complications during pregnancy and labor, including a six-time greater risk of cesarean
  • Reproductive problems, such as infertility (rare(

The General Medical Approach

Unfortunately because fibroids are slightly more common in older women from ages 40-50, the major approach to fibroids is to remove the growth through surgery, which more often then not involves the removal of the entire uterus, ie a hysterectomy. I do not agree with this method, because again it is not addressing the cause of the tumorous growth, which means the women’s body continue on with hormonal imbalance which will just lead to more varied symptoms other than general uterine/reproductive signs including breast and cervical cancer which we know is a major risk factor of oestrogen dominance.

If the tumors are not large enough to warrant a lot of pain, which quite often they create excessively heavy bleeding outside of the normal menstrual cycle, gynecologists will recommend a Mireena, which is a progesterone dominant IUD, which does help to balance the difference between oestrogen and progesterone, however, again it just masks the problem and does not do anything to address the cause of the oestrogen dominance. More often then not the Mireena can create other problems of its own including weight gain, fluid retention, migraines, skin problems and depression.

The Balance Me Approach

Shrinking and completely dissolving fibroid tumors can be done with specialised herbal medicine and a supportive hormone balancing diet, like the balance me approach. Additionally as we will be targeting the cause of the tumorous growths, through balancing the hormones, you can expect the tumors to disappear and not return.

Causes of Endometriosis & Fibroids

  • Birth control pills
  • Spermicides on condoms
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Ingredients in cosmetics
  • Plastic cookware
  • Growth hormones in meat and milk
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • PCBs – polychlorinated biphenyls
  • Being overweight
  • Stress

Balance Me Treatment Protocol

REMEMBER: With this program you are already addressing all the fundamental underlying organ and tissue imbalances which are contributing to either of these conditions, so relax, its mostly all being taken care of!

Additionally, we need to address all of the factors in the list above, which means changing your life style to ensure you are not over exposed to any of the above. Check out this weeks ACTION PLAN – Home detox 101, as to how you can not only cleanse your body (Balance Me) but how you can also cleanse your home and environment so that you are addressing all of the causes of these pesky reproductive, but super common conditions!

Maintain Optimal Oestrogen Metabolism & Clearance

  1. Keep your Liver healthy & active

This organ is the major controller of detoxification and metobolism, ie the recycling of your Oestrogen metabolites and overflow. Without a happy, fully active liver, your oestrogen levels will build up again and create hormonal imbalance all over again.

2. Healthy Gut & Bowel Micro flora

Healthy and lots of it! The beneficial bacteria which should be abundant all the way through your digestive tract plays a big part in assisting the liver to metabolize oestrogen, with dysbiosis, an over growth of candida or other harmful bacteria you cannot effectively remove hormone byproducts from your body.

3. Active Regular Bowel Elimination

The third and final most important element of healthy oestrogen metabolism is the actual elimination and clearance of the toxins, excess oestrogen and other hormonal byproducts out of your body. So it is hugely important that you evacuate your bowes twice daily. So keep up the healthy fibre, fruit and vegetable intake, 2-3 litres of water daily and remember your good old friend the Enema – Coffee or Turmeric enemas, are a great way to flush out the crap!

Reducing & Removing Fibroids

Absolutely, Fibroids can shrink and be removed by the body naturally without relying on surgical intervention. We recommend that this process will take up to 3 months, sometimes longer if the fibroid is as large as a grapefruit, but the human body is extraordinary, so don’t under estimate it!

Here’s how to remove Fibroids naturally:

  • Improve Oestrogen Clearance
  • Flood the body with healthy, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods
  • Support Liver Function
  • Remove the source of Oestrogen stimulants ie OCP, HRT, Mireena and other IUD’s
  • Minimize alcohol intake, 5 standard drinks weekly is considered safe for a healthy liver to metabolize
  • Supplement with BoostME, 7.5ml twice daily for 6-12 weeks

BoostME: Progesterone supporting liquid herbal

From a physical perspective, this is caused from hormone imbalances, and specifically, the good old Oestrogen dominance picture which not only creates those inflammatory irritative excess symptoms like acne,

Additional Recommendations for Endometriosis & Fibroids

Avoid Endocrine Diruptors

Make the necessary lifestyle changes to avoid exposure to the common Endocrine disruptors, this can be a bit of a process, so don’t put unrealistic expectations on yourself, but make a pact to swap brands over as you can afford to, aim to swap something new out each month or as you can afford the replacement, safer option.

Remember the top Endocrine disruptors are:

  • Make up, Cosmetics  & Skin care products

Swap for: Natural, Organic Make up & Skin care products. We Love:

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  • Drinking Water

Swap for: A good quality home water filter or at the very least a water filter jug.

  • Canned Foods

Swap for: In those situations where you need to use pre-made or pre-packaged foods, always choose items in glass jars. Obviously making everything from scratch, fresh yourself is the best thing to do but its not always practical or possible, so just opt for glass jarred and organic where you can!

  • Non-Organic Meats & Poultry

Swap for: Non organic meats do tend to be more expensive, but if you can stretch the budget, its a really great idea to buy organic meats. If you can’t afford it, at the very least, have more vegetarian based meals and cut down your meat intake, because unfortunately non organic meat is loaded with hormone disruptors which is super bad for your system.

  • Office Supplies – ink cartridges and toners

Swap for: This is something that’s super hard to avoid, so just limit your exposure, don’t be afraid to whack one of those disposable face masks over your nose and mouth so you are not inhaling the fumes and definetely wear gloves. Even better, make sure you have the window open in your office area while handling the products. I know all of this sounds extreme but the more you can limit your exposure to these toxins, the happier and healthier your hormones will stay.

  • Receipts – thermal paper

Swap for: Again really hard to avoid, but if you don’t need a receipt, don’t get one, more often then not retail staff will ask if you need a print out of your EFTPOS transaction and unless you keep these for book keeping purposes, decline the offer. Thermal paper is super high in BPA and research has shown that handling this paper even for just a couple of seconds allows the toxins to get onto and under our skin, into our body. If you need to keep receipts, store them in zip locked plastic files or storage out of the way that you are not exposed to regularly, ie not in your immediate office or worse, living space.

Sadly, this list is just the start, see below for your weekly Action plan – The home detox 101, for the extended list of nasties to start eliminating from your life! 

Ongoing Prescription

Beyond the Balance Me 12 week protocol, we recommend staying on ReleaseME, because the chances are if you have had Endometriosis, PCOS, Fibroids or any of the classic Oestrogen dominant conditions you probably have an MTHFR gene mutation and are most likely not really efficient at metabolizing Oestrogen which means the bad stuff will probably build up in your system again over time. Of course if you eat well, exercise, stay stress free and generally take care of yourself this will occur more slowly or perhaps not at all even, but especially through different stages of your life, such as a pregnancy or periods of stress, you may be vulnerable to poor liver detoxification and elimination of the oestrogen metabolites.

Ongoing Prescription

ReleaseME, 1 tsp daily

RestoreME (this is the broad spectrum probiotic which you’ll be starting next week, you don’t.

RELEASEME: Clearing & metabolizing Oestrogen

RESTOREME: Boosting GIT Microbiome

The PMS Survival Guide

Premenstrual Stress or Tension

From a physical perspective, this is caused from hormone imbalances, and specifically, the good old Oestrogen dominance picture which not only creates those inflammatory irritative excess symptoms like acne,

Recommended nutrients, Mg, Evening Primrose, chocolate, zinc, B6

  1. Eat Dark Chocolate.

Yep there’s actually a reason why we crave chocolate around our period! Not only because its delicious, but good quality, real chocolate, made out of real cacao beans actually triggers the release of endorphins which boost our mood, reduce pain and give us an energy boost, all of the things we generally require when our period is due. Further more, real good quality chocolate is actually a source of iron, magnesium and antioxidants, so go ahead, knock yourself out with a bar of chocolate.

So Whats allowed?

Here’s hoping you have some Cacao powder in your super food pantry, because there’s lots you can do with it to get your fix!

Drinking Chocolate, Chocolate Bark, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate super food balls, Chocolate Truffles, the list goes on and on. Check out this Pinterest board for all the inspiration and recipes you need to get your chocolate fix.

https://au.pinterest.com/m4lhealth/healthy-chocolate-fix/

If you just want a quick fix, here’s some good quality Chocolate brands you can grab and go:

Pana Chocolate, Loving Earth, The Chocolate Yogi, Green & Blacks Dark Chocolate, Lindt 70% or above Dark chocolate, Alter Eco. Booja-Booja etc

There’s actually heaps available that you can choose, ideally opt for one that is dark, doesn’t have any refined sugars and Dairy free.

The PMS Survival Guide

2. Nutrient Therapy

Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin B6 & Evening Primrose oil have been identified as the key supplements which assist with PMS. It is believed this due to the fact that these nutrients are co-factors to specific neurotransmitters that help us to feel happy, relaxed and content.

3. Pain Relief

Pyrrole’s Disorder – could you have it and not even know about it?

Pyrrole’s Disorder – could you have it and not even know about it?

If you suffer with extremely debilitating PMS, which seems to last all month long, then you could have Pyroluria……

Pyrrole disorder, also known as pyroluria, kryptopyroluria, kryptopyrole or Mauve disorder is a biochemical imbalance involving an abnormality in haemoglobin synthesis that can be purely genetic or acquired through environmental and emotional stress and especially from ‘leaky gut syndrome’ and the over use of antibiotics.

Pyrrole disorder is caused by the overproduction of hydroxyhempyrolin (HPL). The HPL binds zinc and B6 preventing their use by the body and causing excretion in the urine and hair. HPL is a biomarker for oxidative stress and is neurotoxic. Stress of any kind will increases production of pyrroles/HPL which in turn decreases zinc and B6

So how does Zinc & Vitamin B6 deficiency look?

Zinc is essential for 100’s of enzyme driven activities within the body and is particularly important for healing, immune function, digestion, neurotransmitter activation, physical growth, memory, insulin sensitivity, and control of blood sugars, DNA replication and more, which is why this condition presents with so many varied symptoms.

Additionally Zinc and Vitamin B6 are essential for production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, the all round ‘feel’ good hormone, melatonin, the one that helps us sleep,  GABA our relaxation hormone, and acetyl choline which is important for memory and cognitive function. They are also involved in production of our steroid hormones such as cortisol – the ones we need for the inflammation control,  anti-allergy hormone and stress management and the conversion of oils in the body. Which means its super important for fat metabolism, liver and gall bladder issues and weight control. The oils EPA/DHA but mostly GLA, this is the one you find in Evening Primrose oil are found to be low in those with pyrrole disorder and are damaged by oxidative stress/free radicals/toxins created by pyrrole. So healing and treating Pyrrole disorder is a pretty complex process, due to the wide spread involvement and dysfunction of so many basic bodily functions.

Pyrrole POA – Plan of Attack

INVESTIGATION – getting tested for Pyroluria 

Only a very small number of GP or functional medical practitioners are aware of the condition or how to test for it, meaning it is not uncommon for your GP to refuse to test for it, so more often than not you are best to havee this done privately, as I will point out the instructions below. Most GP’s if they do test for it, still won’t have the ability to bulk bill you for the test and often charge anywhere r

See your GP about organizing a Urine sample to test for elevated levels of

Pyrrole’s Disorder – could you have it and not even know about it?

As you will soon see, elevated HPT can present in an extremely varied nature, which is another reason why the condition comes under much scrutiny from the medical world, but the reality is when you have toxic molecules in your system and severe nutritional deficiencies of key nutrients: Zinc, B6, Magnesium and Biotin as well as issues with hameoglobin, a sluggish liver, a system infection and a leaky gut, its no wonder the presentation is huge and women (or men) with the condition feel absolutely terrible!

Here are the common Symptoms

Abdominal pain Lack of hair on head, eyebrows and eyelashes areas
Abnormal body fat distribution Lack of regular menstrual cycles
Acne Loss of appetite
Allergies Low libido
Amnesia spells Low tolerance to stress
Anger – explosive Migraines
Anxiety/anxious Mood swings
Argumentative – likes to argue Morning nausea
Cold hands and feet Motion sickness
Constipation Much higher capability in the evening than mornings
Creaking in joints Nervous exhaustion
Delayed puberty Nervousness
Delusions Overwhelmed in stressful situations
Depression Pale skin, poor tanning or burn easy in the sun
Difficulty remembering dreams Panic attacks
Dramatic Paranoia
Dyslexia Pessimism
Early greying of hair Poor memory
Eczema Poor morning appetite/tendency to skip breakfast
Elevated eosinophil’s Preference for spicy or heavily flavoured foods
Emotionally unstable Prone to stitches when running now or as a child
Fatigue Reading difficulties
Fluid retention Seizures
Frequent colds, fevers, and chills Sensitivity to bright light
Frequent ear infections as a child Sensitivity to smells
Hallucinations Severe inner tension
Hyperactivity Skin rashes
Hypersensitivity to noise Significant growth after the age of 16
Hyper-pigmentation of the skin Social withdrawal
Hypoglycaemia Substance abuse
Inability to think clearly Temper tantrums
Insomnia Tendency towards iron deficient anaemia
Intolerance to alcohol Tingling in the arms and legs
Intolerance to drugs Tremors
Intolerance to some protein foods Unusual smelling body odour
Joint pain Unusual smelling breath
Knee pain

Pyroluria Test Costs

My personal choice for testing for Pyroluria is Analytical SAFE laboratories located on the Gold Coast, QLD. They have extremely strict testing, collection and storage requirements and in my opinion provide the most accurate test results. Under normal test results through untrained pathologists, the required handling is not understood or adhered too which can actually mean a lot of false negatives.

Safe Laboratories charge $80 or $65 for pension

Additionally 

All the pathology’s have a collection and a transport fee and they all charge different prices,

QML being the cheapest at $25.00

Sullivan Nicolades being the dearest at $130.00.

The rest are around about $45.00 to $55.00, the patient will have to ask the question when they phone to book an appointment.

So keep these pathology centre costs in mind, especially if you live close to different pathology centres

Pyrrole Collection Centres

NSW: Douglass Hanly Moir pathology. Laverty pathology depending on area, Capital pathology depending on area.

SA: Clinpath pathology. 285 Wakefield St, Adelaide 08 8366 2000

WA: Clinipath pathology.

VIC: Melbourne pathology. Western Diagnostic depending on area, St John of God Hospital 245 Ryrie St Campus Geelong 03 5225 1192. Mercy Private Hospital 141 Gray St East Melbourne  03 9419 4310. Mornington Hospital 262 Main St 03 9575 2362. IPN Health 412 bay St, Brighton 03 9596 8158. Dorevitch pathology depending on area.

TAS: Hobart pathology 7 John St 03 6223 1955

ACT: Calvary John James Hospital, 173 Strickland Cres, Deakin 02 6281 8100

NT: Darwin Casuarina Sullivan Nicolades pathology, 13/54 Bradshaw Tce, 08 8920 2111

QLD: Sullivan Nicolades pathology

Buderim, Nuclear Medical Suites, 23 Elsa
Wilson Dr, 07 5459 1409

Maroochydore, Shop 1/49 Baden Powell St, 07 5479 0103.

Brisbane

Healthscope, Red Hill Collection Centre

inside Red Hill Doctors Surgery, 11 Windsor RoadRed Hill QLD 4059, 07 3368 3680

Collection Instructions

COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS FOR URINARY KRYPTOPYRROLE TESTING

There are no special requirements or patient preparation for this test. A random urine sample is required, not the first morning specimen. As all test samples are adjusted for the level of hydration of the patient, it is not necessary for the patient to alter their fluid intake prior to sample collection.
Pyroluria is increased during stressful periods; therefore samples are best given during these times. If the patient is asymptomatic, it may be wise to postpone the collection until they are under stress or later in the day or evening.
If the test is for initial diagnosis of pyroluria, the patient should abstain from taking any vitamin or mineral supplements for 3 days prior to collection. If the test is to monitor efficacy of treatment, then the patient should continue with supplementation as diagnosed by their practitioner.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE PATIENT DOES NOT ALTER THEIR MEDICATIONS OR SUPPLEMENTS UNLESS UNDER THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THEIR DOCTOR.
The patient is to be given a specimen cup and two specimen jars (one containing white powder and one empty) by the pathology collection centre. The patient is to take all of these into the bathroom with them. THERE IS NO NEED TO URINATE IN THE DARK; NORMAL INDOOR ‘INDIRECT’ LIGHTS DO NOT AFFECT THE SPECIMEN.
The patient should urinate into the specimen cup, then shake or stir the sample to ensure that it is mixed well. The urine sample is to be slowly poured into both jars to about half full. If there is insufficient sample volume, a minimum of 10 ml is required in both jars. The lids are to be screwed on tightly on both jars and the jar containing the white powder (ascorbic acid) is to be shaken well to dissolve.
The samples are to be immediately wrapped in aluminium foil to protect against light and snap frozen. Samples are to be transported frozen packed in dry ice.
As kryptopyrrole is light and temperature sensitive it is important that the samples are handled and transported correctly to Safe Analytical Laboratories (SAL). If at any stage of the storage or transportation process, the
sample thaws, the patient and laboratory need to be informed. Data measured in the laboratory show that thawing and refreezing samples can reduce kryptopyrrole results by up to 20%. As such recollection should be performed.

The Oral Contraceptive Pill

Dr. Kelly Brogan on the OCP

Dr. Kelly Brogan is a well known medical doctor who specializes in mental illness. She is well known and highly regarded within the mainstream medical world and Kelly has been involved in multiple investigations and clinical trials linking the oral contraceptive pill and hormone imbalance to depression and anxiety. In her video above she briefly outlines why the OCP creates hormone havoc, you can also read more about the dangers of the OCP on her blog: http://kellybroganmd.com/that-naughty-little-pill-birth-control/

Natural Sugars

Recipe: Salted Date Caramel Raw Chocolates

INGREDIENTS
For the salted date caramel:
  • 1 cup (140g) dry dates
  • ¼ tsp ground sea salt
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
For the chocolate:
  • 100g cacao butter
  • 5 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup (or maple syrup)
  • ½ tsp vanilla paste (or natural vanilla extract)
INSTRUCTIONS
For the salted date caramel:
  1. Soak the dates overnight. I poured over just enough warm water to cover them, then left them at room temperature. I’m sure setting them to soak in the morning before making the caramel later in the day would be okay too.
  2. When you’re ready to make the caramel, drain the dates and reserve the soaking liquid. The soaking liquid is a good sweetener which you can use in smoothies so don’t throw it away!
  3. Add dates and coconut oil to a food processor or high speed blender, blend until smooth while adding just enough soaking liquid to reach a soft and caramelly consistency (I used approximately 3 tbsp).
  4. Scrape the caramel into a dish and stir through the sea salt. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
For the chocolate:
  1. Get a double boiler arrangement set up (I used a glass bowl over a small saucepan of barely simmering water). Add cacao butter to the bowl and gently melt. Be careful not to let it get too hot. I removed the bowl from the heat every few minutes to keep the cacao melting at a very gentle temperature.
  2. Once melted, add in cacao powder, agave and vanilla paste. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Use a half teaspoon measure to evenly pour a little chocolate mixture into the base of each chocolate mold. Put the molds into the fridge for five minutes to firm up. While they’re chilling, keep the chocolate warm (I kept mine sitting over the hot water, but with the flame turned off).
  4. Use a small spoon or a piping bag to put a small dollop of date caramel into the middle of each mold. You don’t want it to touch the sides, or be higher than where the final level of chocolate will be. You’ll have about ¼ cup or so of date caramel left, I’m sure you won’t have any trouble using it up some other way.
  5. Use a small spoon to evenly top up each mold with chocolate, then refrigerate chocolates for a few hours or overnight until firm.
  6. Best stored in the freezer, or in the fridge if they’ll be eaten within a few days.

My Top Picks!

Natural sugars which are derived from natural wholefoods or plants mean that they come intact with naturally occurring minerals and vitamins. When sugar is consumed in this manner, minimally processed and non-refined, it provides a serving of nutrition as well as the sweet hit which means it will not have an inflammatory effect on your system and is more easily metabolized and utilized for energy and less likely to be converted to fat and stored.

Organic Maple Syrup – just make sure it’s real maple syrup and not imitation maple ‘flavored’ syrup which is basically just refined sugar. The real stuff is also loaded with healthy minerals from the maple tree

Raw Honey – Raw meaning that it has not been heated to destroy any potential bacteria and all the living enzyme goodness. Its very difficult to buy raw honey in Australia due to stricter regulations (fear of bacterial growth which is pretty over the top) but approaching a local bee keeper or at farmers markets, some health food stores etc is the best place to track it down. Raw honey is naturally anti-bacterial and a great source of minerals as well as healing and soothing for the digestive tract.

Coconut Sugar – Coconut sugar has a low Glycemic index which means it won’t play havoc on your blood glucose levels. Like the others it too is high in natural minerals.

Rapadura Sugar – is unrefined cane sugar. It is pressed and naturally dried at low temperatures to maintain nutritional properties and there is no other processing involved, unlike other sugars that can be highly processed, refined and bleached.

Stevia – this is a natural extract from plants which is extremely sweet, so is quite potent and you only need a little. It is the most natural version and safest form used as a sugar replacement and does not have dangerous affects on the neurological system like aspartame, sucrolose and other artificial sweeteners.

Recipe Credit: Quite Good Food

Home Detox 101

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Top 10 Most Toxic Items in Your Home:

  • Air Fresheners
  • Aluminium,  Teflon & other non-stick Cookware
  • Make up & Cosmetics
  • Microwavable plastics
  • Chemical Cleaners
  • Moth Balls
  • Round Up – weed & garden spray
  • Mould
  • Flaking pain 
  • Anti-Bacterial Soaps

Plan of Attack

If you want to maintain a clean, toxin free body, then you need to create a clean toxin free home environment. There are a lot of chemicals and toxins we are exposed to that we have very little control over, like environmental pollution, car exhaust fumes, city smog etc, but we can make supportive choices as to how many chemicals we expose ourselves to within our immediate home environment.

Step 1

Make a list of everything you own and use on a weekly or even monthly basis from the list of the most toxic substances found in the home. Now number these from most frequently use to least.

Step 2

Make a plan as to how you are going to remove and replace these. I suggest at the very least, each week you throw out 1 item and replace it with a safer, greener option.

Step 3

Implement home detoxers! There are several really nifty tricks you can implement which help to counteract the dangers of toxins and radiation, shop around for things that you find pretty and put these on your Christmas or birthday wish lists, so that you don’t have to fork out the costs for everything.

These include:

  • Indoor plants

Check out this blog on the best indoor plants http://www.foodmatters.com/article/the-best-houseplants-for-purifying-air

  • Salt Lamps
  • Crystals
  • Diffuses with Doterra Essential oils
  • Laptop mats (protect from radiation)

Health Kick: Ditching Toxic Tampons & Pads

As we are learning really fast, anything that we put on our body eventually ends up in our body and the same goes for things that are in contact with our skin. When chemicals come in contact with your skin, scalp or any body part, including our girly bits , they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, directly exposing your delicate organs to inflammation, irritation and cellular damage. 

Feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary pads are an often ignored when we assess the toxic load in our lives, but these products are a source of dangerous toxic ingredients, including genetically modified chemicals and pesticides

The even scarier element to this is that manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads are not required to disclose the ingredients used in their products!!! Meaning as a consumer there is no way of actually identifying what dangerous chemicals are actually used to bleach, make absorbent molecules, softeners, plastics, adherents are actually used. 

Based on some digging around, its been identified that pads contain as many chemicals as  the equivalent of about FOUR plastic bags….either shoved up or right up close to your precious yoni. 

Endocrine Disruptors

We know about the dangers of endocrine disruptors – chemicals which mimic or scramble our naturally produced hormones, leading to infertility, menstrual dysfunction and even worse heart disease, cervical and breast cancer.  Sanitary pads and tampons are MAJOR SOURCE of these endocrine disruptors and provide a direct route to our most vulnerable hormone producing site, the ovaries.  Conventional tampons and pads may also contain dioxins, synthetic fibers and petrochemical additives.

Tampons Vs Pads

Considering on average we get our period every month, 12 times a year, for approximately 35-45 years, its important we are comfortable with our method of absorbing the very natural monthly flow. So when it comes to deciding over Tampons or Pads, it really has to be a personal preference, but which ever you chose, make purchasing ORGANIC a priority.

In my opinion, Tampons are more dangerous than Pads, even if you are choosing organic, as Tampons can react with bacteria in your body to create the ideal surrounding for bacteria to flourish, triggering potentially fatal toxic shock disorder( TSS )

There is however another option, that many women havn’t even heard of, and that is a Menstrual cup…….

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Introducing the Juju Menstrual Cup

Benefits of a Menstrual Cup

  • Reusable
  • Small and discrete
  • Safe for the body and female reproductive system
  • Easy to clean
  • Leak proof
  • Comfortable
  • Safe for the environment, reduces land fill
  • Economical, saves you approximately $100 a year in sanitary products

How they work

The small, flexible cup is made of medical grade silicone, just be wary some brands may not be made out of safe plastics. Instead of absorbing your flow, like a tampon or pad, it catches and collects it.

Just before your period begins, tightly fold the menstrual cup and insert it like a tampon without an applicator. Used correctly, you shouldn’t feel it. It’s similar to putting a diaphragm or birth ring in place. The lips of the cup form a suction over the cervix capturing the bleed discretely and comfortably.

Your cup will spring open (you may need to rotate it first) and rest against the walls of your vagina. It forms a seal to prevent leaks. The blood then simply drips into the cup.

Some types are disposable, but most are reusable. To remove it, you pull the stem sticking out the bottom and pinch the base to release the seal. Then you just empty, wash with soap and water, and replace. At the end of your cycle, you can sterilize your cup in boiling water.