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4 Fertility Enhancing Effects of Cinnamon

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon

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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Fertility and Weight Control

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Weight Control

 
 

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Being both underweight and overweight can have a significant impact on
hormone balance and consequently menstrual cycle rhythm. 
Clinically, in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) whom
are also overweight, research and clinical practice both show that just a
drop of 5% of body weight can result in more regular ovulation.

 

On the other hand however, being underweight and having low intake
of healthy dietary fats can compromise hormone production, and can
be a significant contributor to  menstrual irregularities. This is common
to amenorrhea (absence of periods) and also irregular ovulation.

 

Ensuring regular intake of clean healthy fats and adequate body
fat levels 0f between 19-26% will therefore assist in balancing hormones
and regulating your menstrual cycle. If you feel you’d like some input
and advice with your diet and how it can support menstrual regularity,
 

 

 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

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 Level 1, 101-103 Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025  Phone: 0421 921 469
Consultations Available: Wednesday to Saturday 8.00 am – 5.00 pm
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Understanding Irregular Menstrual Cycles

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Something we see all the time at awaken your health is women experiencing
irregular menstrual cycles. Whether they’re just coming off the oral contraceptive
pill, are trying to conceive, or are wanting to reduce bothersome symptoms of
hormonal fluctuations such as pre-menstrual anxiety, mood swings and
weight gain (sound familiar?); we see it all.

 

Most women agree that the feel their best with a regular and balanced
menstrual cycle. Whilst it’s crucial to uncover the underlying cause
of menstrual irregularities through particular investigations and thorough
case taking of corresponding symptoms,there are some simple baseline
steps that can be taken to promote a regular and problem-free cycle.
Over the next 5 weeks we will explore these steps and share a weekly
tip on how to get some harmony into your hormones creating a
balanced and regular menstrual cycle. Hurrah!

 

Using a period App to track your cycle- this daily ritual of checking
in with your body -which takes no more that 2 minutes –  allows
you to assess what’s happening in your body. You may wish
to take note of symptoms such as breast tenderness, food cravings,
changes to appetite, moodiness, brown spotting before your
menstrual flow, the heaviness of your bleed, and so on.
Cultivating this body awareness by keeping a record of your cycle
provides valuable information to share with us to your next consultation,
and helps you mentally work towards your intention of having a regular cycle.
It may also be interesting to note where you are in relation to the moon’s cycle.
While the theory is largely founded on traditional beliefs, it is believed
that women are more likely to ovulate on the full moon and menstruate on
the new moon, due to the impact of changing moon light on your
ovulation timing. I for one, also have a moon / lunar app on my
iPhone which helps me be aware of where I am at in relation to the moon’s cycle.

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Luckily, technology makes recording these symptoms and changes
so simple. Using a menstrual tracking app allows you to quickly
enter in this information, which is stored conveniently on your phone,
tied in with your iCal.  A good app will chart your cycles, predict fertile
windows and inform you when you are due to menstruate.
Sound convenient? We think so too!
Some apps to check out include:

 

 

For more information on tracking your cycle and understanding your
menstrual patterns book in for a consultation.

 

Wishing you all peace & happiness. 
Yours in good health,
Tabitha x
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 Level 1, 101-103 Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025  Phone: 0421 921 469
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Fertility & Hormone Balancing Banana Icecream

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Introducing… Fertility Friday!

Fertility is not just about making babies, but rather a deeper reflection of
optimal health, nutrition,balance & vitality. Whilst there are infinite variations
on ‘normal’, for the ladies at least , it means experiencing a balanced
menstrual cycle, free of debilitating pain, mood-swings, skin breakouts,
weight fluctuations, and without drive to overeat.

Here at awaken your health, we love nothing more than
harmonised hormones and are dedicated to helping you achieve just that!
Each Friday, we will post recipes, tips,give examples of common
clinical presentations and the latest research
that will help you nurture your hormones and promote optimum fertility.

So, to kick off our first Fertility Friday and to celebrate the
last weeks of summer we are starting with our super simple and delicious

Balance-Banana Ice-Cream

If you haven’t tried making banana ice-cream before, then you are in for a treat!
This recipe is not only gluten, dairy and sugar-free but also contains
essential nutrients & ingredients that help balance hormones and
promote fertility including:

Maca– this South American root vegetable has been used for centuries to boost fertility.
It is a hormone balancing, libido & stamina enhancing superfood that is also
nutrient-rich.
Coconut butter– A rich source of mct saturated fat, which provides the building
blocks needed for hormone synthesis. Not enough fat in our diets can lead to
poor hormone production and hormonal disturbance.
Cinnamon– This super spice is fantastic for improving insulin sensitivity
and balancing blood sugar levels. It also promotes blood flow to the
reproductive organs. Balanced blood sugar levels are essential for
regular ovulation and healthy ormonal balance.
Banana– High in tryptophan, which converts to serotonin or our ‘happiness hormone’
and helps ward off postnatal depression. Bananas are also high in potassium,
an essential nutrient for regulating blood pressure and preventing pre-eclampsia.

Ingredients:
2x frozen bananas (peel, chop & freeze)
1tsp maca powder
1 tbs coconut butter or oil
¾ tsp ground cinnamon

Optional: chopped nuts or seeds of choice – pepitas or cashews are excellent
for their generous Zinc content.

Method
Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until
smooth and creamy. If bananas are too frozen, add 1 tablespoon of water.
Add chopped seeds or nuts!

Fertility Friday
Enjoy!

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

 Level 1, 101-103 Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025  Phone: 0421 921 469
Consultations Available: Wednesday to Saturday 8.00 am – 5.00 pm
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