There’s no denying that honey is delicious goodness. However you eat it, swirled into a warm drink, as a natural sweetener in a post gym smoothie or enjoyed straight from the spoon, honey it’s a deliciously sticky, sweet experience for your tastebuds.
But not all honey is created equally. Supermarket honeys that generally come in squeezy plastic containers might be convenient, but this kind of honey tends to be cheaper for a reason.
Known as one of nature’s greatest all-natural healers, honey has been used as a home remedy for thousands of years. Even today, there are plenty of ways to take advantage of honey’s superpowers, from soothing a cough to embracing the natural sweetener’s antioxidant properties.
Find yourself an apiculturist. Beekeepers are also called honey farmers, apiarists, or less commonly, apiculturists (both from the Latin apis, bee; cf. apiary). Read below on why you want to find LOCAL Raw Honey!
Vitamins and minerals are essential substances that our bodies need to develop and function normally.
If you eat a variety of foods from the 5 food groups and have a balanced diet, you’ll get all the vitamins and minerals you need. Most people don’t need supplements and also high doses of supplements can cause problems.
The Magical Mineral…
Magnesium is a powerhouse and important mineral, playing a role in over 300 enzyme reactions in the human body. Its many functions include helping with muscle and nerve function, regulating blood pressure, and supporting the immune system. Not to mention cellular energy production, protein synthesis, and stabilisation of mitochondrial membranes.
Despite its importance, magnesium deficiency is all too common. In 2015, the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated that more than 30% of Australians aged 19 to 30 reported inadequate daily intake of magnesium, with the issue becoming even more pronounced in older age.
After a long cold dreary winter, we normally have an awakening with warmth and love in the sun and few things feel better than warm sunshine, those longer lazier days, and the relaxed, cheerful, kick-back attitude that comes with summertime. It hasn't been that was for us here in Australia as we went into our 2020 Summer however we are now feeling Summer and it is beauritiful isn't it?
Is it just a mood change, or are there actual, physiological benefits to the sunnier season? Actually, there really is science behind the benefits of summer.
Let’s check it out below...
Putting your Diabetes Type 2 into Remission
Type 2 diabetes is a silent killer.
It is difficult to estimate the exact number of people with diabetes in Australia, but it is likely that more than 1.1 million Australians are living with the disease.
Yet, it is a leading cause of heart disease and many other health complications. Once called “adult onset diabetes,” this disease now affects a growing number of children, ravaging not only quality of life but quantity, as diabetes shortens lifespan by up to 10 years. (2)
Type 2 Diabetes has a big impact overall - read on
The Cycle Strategy
Charting your cycle is easy and unlike joining a gym, starting a diet, or quitting coffee, it requires very little effort. In fact, when it comes to making healthy changes, cycle awareness has got to be the easiest habit to start, maintain, and implement. And it’ll give you massive rewards very quickly.
If you’ve got one minute to spare a day (it can even be whilst you brush your teeth or stick the kettle on), then this is a practice that you can do because it involves the simple act of noticing how you feel and writing it down.
Tracking and being aware of your menstrual cycle is the greatest act of self-care you can give yourself and it won’t cost you anything.
As you chart your own feelings and experiences you’ll start to recognise your own strengths and struggles, and with time you’ll find that there are moments in your cycle where you’re even able to predict your mood and energy down to the day.
Cycle tracking improves body literacy – your ability to read your body – which has tremendous knock-on effects in terms of self-esteem and mental health, so much so that I’m convinced that cycle awareness is the greatest untapped resource for improving the mental health of menstruating people.
It allows you to recognise whether you feel depressed or anxious at certain points in your cycle or most of the time. And if you feel that way most of the time, you may realise that your premenstrual time intensifies these feelings – a phenomenon called premenstrual exacerbation/magnification. But although the cycle can exacerbate mental health issues, it can also provide moments of relief, and tracking your cycle will allow you to make the most of them.
Menstrual Cycle 101
Before we get into tracking your cycle, let’s cover some essential information about your cycle so that we’re all on the same page.
The menstrual cycle refers to the length of time from the start of one period to the start of the following, e.g. 28 days, or 24, or 36 – we’re all different!
Day 1 of your cycle refers to the first day that you have your period (spotting is usually the end of a cycle).
Menstruation is the stretch of time in which you have your period.
Ovulation is when you release an egg and usually takes place around 14 days before your period starts.
The follicular phase is the first half of your cycle. It starts on day one of your period and lasts until ovulation. The hormone oestrogen dominates this phase, and as we move closer to ovulation, our energy tends to move increasingly up and out. This is the phase of the cycle which can vary in length.
The luteal phase is the second half of your cycle. It starts at ovulation and lasts until your period starts. The hormone progesterone dominates this phase, and as we move closer to menstruation, energy moves increasingly down and in. The luteal phase is fixed in length, at around 12-16 days (14 on average).
The Four Inner Seasons
After 2-3 months of tracking your cycle, you’ll get a sense of where your seasons lie, as well as your personal patterns, powers and pitfalls, and be able to make adjustments here and there to improve your experience of your cycle and make use of each phase.
You’ll be able to look at your calendar and make adjustments to your work and social life to suit where you’re at in your cycle, to a degree.
There will be stuff that you can’t change – perhaps a lot of it – but being in tune with your inner seasons will enable you to respect where you are in your cycle so that when it comes to the aspects that you can’t move around or skip entirely, you can at least be aware of what’s going on and take care of your needs so that there are less anguish and catastrophes.
This is about your cycle. Your body. Your life. Most of us have been taught that our hormones and reproductive systems will hold us back in life somehow, but I’m calling bullshit on that because it’s our cycles that will get us where we want to be in life – we’ve got them so let’s use ‘em!
Next Step is easy
Options you have:
- Create a Spreadsheet
- Mennstrual Track Sheets
- Phone or Tablet App
- Some wearable devices also track this information (Garmin watch etc).
If you are stuggling with your Cycle, feeling pain and or discomfort each and every month I would love to assist you.
The cultural shift is finally beginning.
It took a pandemic to bring widespread national focus to this issue. For the sustainability of the practice of medicine and for the health of all of us, it is time.
We must continue to keep the spotlight on the importance of optimally caring for our healers, Allied Health Care Professionals as well as our clients even after this pandemic has passed.
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