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Paleo Caramel Sauce Infused with Christmas Spices

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As the festive season comes along with many indulgent foods, it can be comforting to know the healthy alternatives to choose from. Our Naturopath Suzie is sharing her passion for deliciousness with everyone – this paleo version of caramel sauce can be drizzled over ice cream,  Christmas cake, pancakes, stewed fruit, caramelised bananas … or whatever you desire!

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Method

Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan, simmer oSauce 5ver a low heat for 5-10 minutes allowing the spices to infuse through the sauce.

Serve immediately, or store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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5 natural ways to help reduce excess hair growth

If you are experiencing excess hair growth in areas that are typically characteristic of male patterns (e.g. face, chest, stomach, upper lip and excessive leg and arm hair), you may have a condition called hirsutism. Thick and excessive hair can be in part contributable to genetics, however hirsutism is most likely caused by elevated levels of androgens (male hormones), including testosterone. Androgens boost male pattern hair growth and intensify the pigmentation of body hair, making it look darker and more noticeable.

spearmint tea has been shown to reduce hirsutism

While it is important to get professional advice to address the underlying cause of hirsutism, here are 5 simple and effective naturopathic interventions that can help reduce symptoms.

1. Spearmint tea

The consumption of spearmint tea has been shown to reduce hirsutism and significantly decrease androgens in females with elevated levels. It was also shown to increase sex hormone binding globulin levels and consequently decrease circulating testosterone (source). For a therapeutic effect, aim to drink 4 cups per day.

2. Low glycemic diet

Carbohydrates that have a high Glycemic Index (GI) rating are quickly broken down by the body and result in a rapid spike in blood glucose levels, which consequently triggers the pancreas to release large amounts of insulin. In contrast, low-GI carbohydrates, which take longer to digest and are generally higher in fibre, result in a slower, steadier rise in the blood glucose, and a steadier insulin response. While insulin is necessary to transport glucose from the blood into the cells, spikes in insulin can drive spikes in androgens, resulting in that unwanted hair, or hirsutism. Opt for low GI carbs such as brown rice, quinoa, barley and rye: and aim to have a protein at every meal.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is not only a delicious, warming spice perfect for winter but it has also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity (source). This can play out to reduce excess androgens and help to treat hirsutism particularly in women with PCOS and insulin sensitivity.

4. Licorice root

Now before you get excited, we are not talking about the delicious black sweet, loaded with sugar but rather the straight herb found in teas and herbal tinctures. Licorice root has been shown to significantly reduce testosterone levels in women with elevated levels (source), helping to reduce hirsutism. Speak to your naturopath before supplementation.

5. Exercise

Regular exercise can significantly improve insulin sensitivity, which as we now know, can help reduce androgens in the body. Aim to move your body daily with high intensity exercise incorporated 3-4 times per week.

For further support please book in to see us for a consultation.

Tabitha & Maddy x

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4 Fertility Enhancing Effects of Cinnamon

Spring-2014

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The cooler weather calls for warming spices, of which cinnamon is our favourite. Not only does this delicious spice impart a warm and slightly sweet dimension to meals, but it is also a host of many amazing health benefits. The three
active chemical compounds found in cinnamon – cinnamaldehyde, cinnamlyl alcohol and cinnamyl acetate – are responsible for its widely researched therapeutic effect. At AYH, we frequently request patients to increase their
consumption of cinnamon as an aromatic digestive, as a warming circulatory stimulant to promote blood flow to reproductive organs, and to support balanced hormone responses.
When it comes to fertility, here are our top 4 fertility-enhancing effects of cinnamon:

1. Lowers blood glucose levels and increases insulin sensitivity

A  2007 study showed that the intake of 6g of cinnamon per day (a heaped teaspoon) reduced blood glucose levels by improving the insulin receptor function and consequently insulin sensitivity. This effect will therefore help prevent pre-eclampsia, obesity, type 2 diabetes, all while regulating energy levels, promoting regular ovulation and balancing reproductive hormones. This is particularly beneficial for our patients with PCOS.

2. Improves circulation

The warming and blood thinning effect of cinnamon increases circulation in the body. Good blood circulation ensures that ample oxygen and nutrients are nourishing reproductive organs, enabling them to function at their best.

3. Reduces inflammation

Cinnamon is generous in it’s proanthocyanidin content, and this antioxidant is particularly beneficial in dampening pain and inflammation associated with experiencing endometriosis, period pain and ageing.

4. Anti-spasmodic

The antispasmodic effect of cinnamon makes in not only an excellent spice to aid digestion and calm stomach cramps, but is also useful in relaxing the uterus and easing period pain.
One teaspoon per day is recommended to reach a therapeutic effect. Supplementation is also available for more sever cases. Book in for a consultation to determine the dose necessary for you.

Simple ways to increase cinnamon consumption

  • Enjoy a warm cup of cinnamon tea (we love Pukka’a cinnamon and licorice tea) or spice up your nut-milk hot chocolate as a treat!
  • Add a teaspoon to your morning porridge or smoothie
  • Sprinkle on top of natural yogurt with stewed apples / pears and some nuts for an afternoon snack
  • Add to curries and casseroles
  • Coat sweet potato in coconut oil and cinnamon for a delicious side dish
  • Add to baking such as a almond meal cookies and quinoa flake & coconut topped apple crumble

 

Wishing you all peace & happiness. 
Yours in good health,
Tabitha x and Madeleine
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