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Why You Need to Clear Roundup from Your Body (Even if You Eat Well)

Even if you eat well and exercise, you likely have glyphosate toxicity. So before you take another bite of your salad or soup, join me as I share how you can avoid further exposure and clear glyphosate toxicity from your body.

Are You Dangerously Low in Magnesium?

Did you know up to 50% of Americans are deficient in magnesium? This has significant health implications because magnesium is needed to make hormones, detox, and take care of countless other vital processes in the body. Are you deficient? What can you do about it?

Reversing Chronic Disease with Paleo Habits with Lindsay Christensen

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Lindsay Christensen is a nutritionist, health coach & health writer. She's our new staff writer at WWC. In this episode we talk about Lindsay's chronic childhood illness, diagnosis, the different treatments she's taken and how taking a paleo approach has made a difference for her.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:35 Introducing Lindsay Christensen
Min 03:55 Lindsay's health history & recovery
Min 10:35 Lyme infection
Min 14:50 The ancestral approach to healing
Min 19:45 Lindsay's diet
Min 25:05 Being diligent with your health
Min 27:20 The circadian rhythms
Min 36:35 Lindsay's favorite botanicals & binders
Min 41:20 Intermittent fasting
Min 46:00 Lindsay's resources

To learn more about Lindsay Christensen, visit her website here  and follow her on social media:
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Resources:

Bridgit’s Supplement Shop 
The Best Supplements for Leaky Gut

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5 Easy Detox Swaps for Women’s Health

Are you doing all the ‘right things’ but still feeling blah?

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How Toxins Affect Your Weight with Lara Adler

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Lara Adler is an environmental toxins expert who teaches practitioners very detailed information about toxins so that they can share it with their clients. In this episode we talk about how & why toxins affect our weight, ways to reduce toxins in our lives, and childhood obesity.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:30 Maintaining healthy body weight
Min 07:10 How toxins & phamaceuticals affect body weight
Min 14:50 Genetics & body weight
Min 19:30 The diet & eating healthy organic food
Min 27:50 Other ways chemicals can trigger weight gain
Min 36:40 Going organic to reduce toxin exposure
Min 39:00 Doing away with plastics & fragrances
Min 44:50 Benefits of filtrating water
Min 55:25 Lara Adler's resources

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Resources:

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Tools for Teaching Toxicity
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Learn more about phthalates (chemicals in plastic) here

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5 Easy Detox Swaps for Women’s Health

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French Onion Meatball Soup by Maria Emmerich

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Maria Emmerich is a wellness expert in nutrition and exercise physiology who shares a passion for helping others reach their goals of optimal health. 

She recognized that modifying the Ketogentic diet around dietary restrictions can be challenging, so she created this book to meet the need! She includes many delicious recipes that can be enjoyed by those with or without dietary restrictions!

Here's one of Maria Emmerich's recipe from her new book  "Easy Dairy-Free Ketogenic Recipes."

Ingredients:

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or lard 1⁄4 cup chopped onions

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 tablespoons beef bone broth, homemade (page 106) or store- bought

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 large egg

For the Soup:

  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil or lard

  • 2 cups thinly sliced onions

  • 4 cups beef bone broth, homemade (page 106) or store- bought

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves Fine sea salt

  • For Garnish:

  • Fresh thyme leaves

  • Freshly ground black pepper

Prep time: 8 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

  2. Make the meatballs: Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and season with the salt; sauté until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Transfer the onion mixture to a small bowl and set aside to cool.

  3. Combine the ground beef, broth, thyme, and egg in a large bowl. When the onion mixture is no longer hot to the touch, add it to the bowl with the meat mixture and work everything together with your hands.

  4. Shape the meat mixture into 1 1⁄4-inch balls and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through.

  5. Meanwhile, make the soup: Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onions and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring often, until golden brown. Add the broth and thyme and boil for 10 minutes or until the onions are very soft. Taste and add salt, if desired. Ladle the onion broth into bowls and add the meatballs. Garnish with fresh thyme and freshly ground pepper.

  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to a month. To reheat, place the soup in a saucepan over medium heat for a few minutes, until warmed through.

Nutritional info (per serving):
Calories 385
Fat 31g
Protein 22g
Carbs 5g
Ber 1g

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Found This Interesting?

Maria Emmerich is a wellness expert in nutrition and exercise physiology. She shares a passion for helping others reach their goals of optimal health. 

She struggled with her weight throughout childhood and decided enough was enough. She decided to study health and wellness so she could help others stop wasting their time being discouraged with their outward appearance and not feeling their best mentally. Maria understands the connection between food and how it makes us all feel on the inside and out.

She is a International Best Selling author of several books including “Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking” "Keto" and “The 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse“
 

Nutrition for Thyroid Recovery with Caroline Stahlschmidt

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Caroline Stahlschmidt is a Certified Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP) and is a practicing functional nutritionist at the Functional Nutrition Alliance (FxNA) Clinic. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto's but has learned to thrive with her autoimmunity through diet and lifestyle modifications. In this episode we talk about thyroid, nutrition and advanced issues about thyroid markers.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 00:40 Results of our podcast survey
Min 06:05 Introduction to Caroline Stahlschmidt & her Hashimoto's diagnosis
Min 08:15 Factors that contributed to Caroline's Hashimoto's
Min 10:00 Unhealthy guts & your poop
Min 13:30 High TSH levels
Min 19:00 The Epstein Barr virus
Min 22:00 Caroline's evolution of symptoms
Min 26:40 Getting enough sleep & rest
Min 31:55 Nutrition & diet for good health
Min 41:05 Yoga & Caroline's healing journey
Min 47:05 Caroline's resources & work

To learn more about Caroline Stahlschmidt and the Functional Nutrition Alliance (FxNA) Clinic, visit their website here and follow them on social media:
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Free ebook (Food/Mood/Poop) 
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Why Detox Beats Dieting with Robyn Openshaw

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Robyn Openshaw is a researcher and wellness author of 15 titles, including 2017’s #1 bestseller Vibe, The Green Smoothies Diet, and 12 Steps to Whole Foods. She's our first guest this year where we talk about detox, toxins, dieting and eating healthy.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:15 Introduction to Robyn Openshaw & her new book "Vibe"
Min 07:30 Toxic load in the body
Min 09:40 Robyn's health history & her grandma's fight with cancer
Min 12:25 Robyn's first detox experience
Min 18:35 The 26 Day Detox program
Min 23:05 Taking green smoothies
Min 28:45 The Ketogenic diet
Min 35:20 The Paleo diet, carbs & protein
Min 45:20 Intuitive eating & detoxing
Min 50:30 Why detox is better than dieting
Min 52:05 Fulic acid, humic acid & minerals

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Resources:

Free Detox Video Mini Masterclass 
12 Steps to Whole Foods Masterclass 
How Not to Die by Michael Greger, MD
Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD

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Macronutrient Balance and Traditional Cooking for Weight Management with Wardee Harmon

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Wardee Harmon is the founder of Traditional Cooking School and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods. In this episode we focus on weight management, macronutrient balanced diets, traditional cooking and sourcing healthy foods.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 03:00 Introduction to Wardee Harmon
Min 06:00 Re-evaluating how we eat
Min 13:30 Eating low-carb & restricted diets
Min 16:25 Energizing vs satisfying dishes
Min 18:55 The concept of traditional cooking
Min 26:30 What foods to eat at home
Min 28:20 Learning how to cook traditional foods
Min 36:15 Wardee's programs
Min 39:30 Sourcing healthy food
Min 42:00 Wardee's menu plan & home cooking tips

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Epstein Barr Virus and Wildatarian Eating with Teri Cochrane

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Teri Cochrane is a certified Nutritionist and a thought leader in epigenetics and nutrigenomics who specializes in autoimmune conditions. Teri  will be sharing her groundbreaking findings as to why the Epstein Barr Virus has become an epidemic, how it can be reactivated in our bodies, how to test & treat it, its connection with other diseases and wildatarian eating.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:55 Introduction to Dr. Teri Cochrane
Min 04:50 Teri's introduction to Epstein Barr virus (EBV)
Min 10:00 Lyme disease and encapsulation
Min 12:30 What is Epstein Barr virus / Mononucleosis
Min 16:20 Wildatarian eating
Min 17:50 False positives for Lyme test
Min 20:10 Reactivating EBV
Min 27:15 Other diseases that can be connected to EBV
Min 31:15 Patterns in EBV
Min 33:30 Testing for EBV
Min 37:00 Why you have low cholesterol
Min 39:30 Treating EBV

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Seafood Safety & Seafood Benefits with Randy Hartnell

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Randy Hartnell is the Founder of Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics. He's our guest this week where we talk about seafood safety & the nutritional benefits of seafood. There are a lot of questions and misinformation around seafood but Randy's going to help clear up in this episode.

Click here to download an mp3 of "Seafood Safety & Seafood Benefits with Randy Hartnell".

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:05 Introduction to Randy Hartnell
Min 04:35 How Vital Choice was born
Min 09:00 Differences between farmed & wild fish
Min 13:30 Farmed salmon & eating out
Min 16:40 Fukushima radiation & seafood safety
Min 21:20 Benefits of eating seafood
Min 31:00 Antioxidants in seafood
Min 32:55 Vital Choice supplements

To learn more about Vital Choice, visit their website here and use coupon code WWC15 for 15% off through September 2017.  

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Randy's Book Recommendations

Hardwiring Happiness
When Brains Collide by Michael D. Lewis
The Queen of Fats by Susan Allport

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Vital Choice Supplements
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Cool Summer Symptoms with Seasonal Eating 

It’s summer and it’s hot! And hot weather can flame your internal heat, causing irritating symptoms. 

Sometimes just the outdoor heat alone is enough to flare your temper. Try getting stuck in a summer traffic jam with no AC in your car and two whining kids in the backseat. You have to have some serious zen to stay ‘cool’ and calm.

If you have excessive internal heat already, summertime can mean a flare up of ‘hot’ symptoms like:

  • Acne
  • Skin rash
  • Moodiness (could be anger, depression or anxiety)
  • Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Constipation.

Things like:

  • Eating spicy foods or inflammatory foods
  • Poor detoxification
  • Poor nutrition (ie: not enough healthy fats and water)

Can cause this excess heat. 

Let’s look at how you can use the traditional wisdom of eating with the seasons to cool your heat and get your feeling more balanced this summer.

Many of us now live in heated and cooled homes, with a supermarket within short distance. But it wasn’t so long ago that we lived in caves and huts, hunting, farming and foraging for food.  

In those days, living within the natural rhythms of the season came, well, naturally.  Observing the gifts of each season was the framework in which the early traditions of medicine were born.

In Chinese medicine, five seasons were observed, and the five elements of water, earth, fire, wind and metal pair with the five seasons. 

You may be wondering, “wait, what is this other season?” It’s late summer, and it corresponds with the Earth element. This does not being until late August. As I write this in late July, we are still in ‘regular summer,’ with the element of Fire dominating.

In Ayurvedic medicine, which originated in India, there are five elements as well and three seasons.  These three seasons represent harvest seasons, with Spring being a lean time without a harvest.  The three seasons also match the three doshas (constitutional types). The three seasons of Ayurveda represent two elements interacting; in the case of summer they are fire and water.

Summer, according to Ayurveda, is dominated by Pitta dosha- that hot, irritable, competitive and inflamed type. But I shouldn’t cast Pitta in too negative a light. We all need the fiery nature of Pitta to drive us forward, to digest our food, to energize us.

Ayurveda teaches that heat needs to be cooled with water, but not only plain water, also other cooling, watery things can tame heat.

Here are some foods that can cool you in summer:

  • Fresh, seasonal, organic fruit 
  • Lots of filtered water
  • Bitter greens
  • Basmati rice
  • Cucumber
  • Bok choy
  • Lettuce
  • Mint
  • Cilantro
  • Fish and seafood
  • Aloe vera juice or gel

You’ll also want to avoid these foods:

  • Fried foods
  • Heavy, greasy meats
  • Dairy products
  • Spicy foods

Eat a lighter diet in the summer, with salads and steamed foods predominating.  Don’t overeatin the summertime, as this can lead to indigestion.

Chinese medicine has some similar ways to look at controlling heat. Again water tames fire, but note that wood feeds fire. If you have summertime symptoms, you do not want to feed your fire!

Wood has to do with spring season and the body system of your liver. 

What foods burden your liver? 

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Food Additives
  • Lack of healthy fats
  • Dehydration 
  • Xenoestrogens and other toxins 

To avoid caffeine but still have a pleasant summertime drink, try:

  • Keep a pitcher of iced lemon water in the the fridge
  • Try chrysanthemum tea, from the Chinese tradition (more information)
  • Try a Pitta balancing tea, like this one I found online, with hibiscus and shatavari (an herb that is great for women’s health too!)

We have a special podcast, courtesy of Cate Stillman from the Yoga Healer podcast, featuring Cate’s Ayurvedic expertise on summertime, as well of that of her guests Dr. John Doulliard and Kate O’Donnell. Check it out here!

Do you have any tips on keeping cool with diet in the summertime?  We’d love to hear them!

Whole Detox with Dr. Deanna Minich

Dr. Deanna Minich is a nutritionist and an author. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, and a Registered Yoga Teacher. In this week's episode we talk about whole detox and restoring health.

Click here to download an mp3 of "Whole Detox with Dr. Deanna Minich"

Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 01:40 Introduction to Dr. Deanna Minich

Min 04:40 The 7 Systems of Health

Min 10:10 Colors & painting people

Min 14:00 Dr. Deanna's personal healing

Min 16:00 Healing as an art & creativity

Min 18:50 Moving & being active

Min 19:40 Women's health & creativity

Min 26:00 Balancing the 7 systems of health

Min 34:15 Dr. Deanna's detox program

To learn more about Dr. Deanna Minich, visit her website here and follow her on social media:

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Bridgit Danner, Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative

Summer Eating with Ayurveda with Kate O'Donnell & John Douillard

This week's podcast is made up of 2 segments from Cate Stillman podcast show "Yoga Healer". Cate is an Ayurvedic practitioner.

This episode is about summer and seasonal eating. Our guests are Kate O'Donnell who is an Ayurvedic chef, Ashtanga Yoga teacher & cookbook writer based in Boston and Dr. John Douillard who is also an Ayurvedic practitioner.

Play this week's episode here

Click here to download an mp3 of "Summer Eating with Ayurveda with Kate O'Donnell & Dr. John Douillard"

Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 00:10 Introduction to this week's podcast

Min 04:00 Getting overheated and inflamed during summertime

Min 05:15 Effects of caffeine, alcohol, tobacco & sugar

Min 08:35 Overheating and stress

Min 10:30 Getting transparency in the body

Min 14:30 Thriving with the core of Ayurvedic wisdom

Min 17:50 Kate's Mint cilanto coconut chutney

Min 22:20 The complexity of eating & diets

Min 24:00 Introduction to Dr. John Douillard

Min 25:00 Dr. John's go-to meals in summer

Min 26:05 Bile sludge and foods to decongest the liver & gall bladder

Min 28:00 Eating diversified foods

Min 31:20 Eating wheat & hard to digest foods

Min 34:05 Toxins

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These two guests were originally featured on Cate Stillman's podcast "Yoga Healer" here and here.

 

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The Right Way to Lose Weight with Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman

Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman is an author and has been a pioneer in the field of nutrition and functional health for many years. She is the author of the new book "The New Fat Flush Plan" which is our focus today.

Click here to download an mp3 of "The Right Way to Lose Weight with Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman".

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Into Menopause: Hormone Balance After 40 Summit

BUY the Hormone Balance After 40 Summit package here!

Hear 32 expert lectures on improving metabolism, balancing moods, increasing sex drive and more! And if you want to OWN the material, the summit sales package is on sale now for $79 pre-summit, $97 during the summit, and rising to $129 after the summit.  The package includes notes of each talk too and over $800 in bonuses!  Please click here to learn more...

You can also take our peri-menopause quiz here to help you identify your own symptoms and what could be going on for you. You’ll also get some articles on balancing hormones and once the summit starts you'll be automatically added.

Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 01:50 Introduction to Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman

Min 02:30 The Lamp Post story

Min 04:30 Hidden weight gain factors and their effects

Min 09:00 Ways to enhance estrogen metabolism

Min 10:00 How the liver helps in losing weight

Min 12:30 The connection between thyroid health and liver gall bladder

Min 13:00 Effects of a removed gall bladder & the supplement to take

Min 18:50 Cellulite & the lymph system

Min 20:05 Connection between fluoride, tea, and lymphatic system

Min 21:10 Tea, chocolate & caffeine

Min 24:20 Dr. Ann Louise's personal experience with weight

Min 28:15 Dr. Ann's book & how to get it

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Dr. Ann Louise's Resources: 

The New Fat Flush Plan 

Guess What Came to Dinner - Ground breaking parasite/weight loss connection

Super Nutrition For Women - Guide to combat PMS, alleviate yeast infections, lose weight, and strengthen your immune system.

Before The Change - Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause

Bile Builder supplement - Healthy bile and gallbladder support formula

Moving Into Menopause: Hormone Balance After 40 Summit

Take our peri-menopause quiz here to help you identify your own symptoms and what could be going on for you. You’ll also get some articles on balancing hormones and once the summit starts you'll be automatically added.

Spark Case Review

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Founder, Women's Wellness Collaborative

Reset Your Metabolism With Maria Emmerich

Maria Emmerich is a ketogenic diet expert and an author of various books with the newest being "The 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse: Reset Your Metabolism with 160 Tasty Whole-Food Recipes & Meal Plans"

In this episode we talk about metabolism and we're giving away a free book so be sure to listen to the end to learn how to enter the contest.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 02:25 Introduction to Maria Emmerich

Min 04:00 Maria's new book "The 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse"

Min 05:20 What works and what doesn't work

Min 07:50 Glucose & non-glucose burners

Min 09:30 Being in ketosis and burning fat

Min 11:50 What happens on consuming excess sugar/carbs?

Min 18:00 Doing the ketogenic diet the right way

Min 19:40 Exercise and mistakes people make

Min 21:50 Recommended tests

Min 26:30 Negative charges & grounding

Min 30:50 The ketogenic diet and its adoption by different people

Min 34:55 Minerals, mineral deficiencies and supplements

Min 38:30 Maria's resources including free recipes

 

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The Woman's Vitality Summit

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Spark Case Review

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The Wahls Protocol for Autoimmunity With Dr. Terry Wahls

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine, clinical researcher and an author of the book “The Wahls Protocol”.  She was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years but recovered and is now a cyclist!

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Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 01:30 Introduction to Dr. Terry Wahls

Min 05:50 Multiple sclerosis (MS) & its progression

Min 09:10 Steps to recovery and healing

Min 17:00 Terry's work helping other patients during her recovery period

Min 25:50 The relationship between MS & autoimmunity

Min 28:40 Stem cells and myelin sheath regeneration

Min 33:40 Preventing Multiple sclerosis (MS) & other autoimmune diseases

Min 38:00 Terry's autoimmune books

Min 40:00 Mitochondrial function & support

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Dr. Terry’s Resources: 

The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life

The Woman's Vitality Summit

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Gut Health Super Bundle

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Spark Case Review 

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What to Do About Menstrual Cramps

I’ve have gotten a few questions in a row about menstrual cramps, so thank you for guiding me on what information you want!

There are two types of menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), primary and secondary.  I’ll first give some tips on dealing with primary dysmenorrhea, and then cover the sources of secondary dysmenorrhea.  

Primary Dysmenorrhea

Primary dysmenorrhea is caused from the normal process of shedding your uterine lining each month with your period.  But the degree of pain and cramping varies for each woman, and you can influence the level of pain naturally.  

Here’s a bit of background on why menstrual cramps happen from the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine

“In the 1960s, it became evident that chemicals called prostaglandins are a central part of the problem. These chemicals are made from the traces of fat stored in cell membranes, and they promote inflammation. They are also involved in muscle contractions, blood vessel constriction, blood clotting, and pain.

Shortly before a period begins, the endometrial cells that form the lining of the uterus make large amounts of prostaglandins. When these cells break down during menstruation, the prostaglandins are released. They constrict the blood vessels in the uterus and make its muscle layer contract, causing painful cramps. Some of the prostaglandins also enter the bloodstream, causing headache, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Researchers have measured the amount of prostaglandins produced by the endometrial cells and found that it is higher in women with menstrual pain than for women who have little or no pain.”

The article goes on to explain a way to lower prostaglandins through food. How can this be done? Because prostaglandins are produced in the endometrium (aka endometrial lining) of the uterus, and because the endometrium grows in response to estrogen, if we can keep estrogen within a healthy range, then that lining will not overgrow, causing an overproduction in prostaglandins.  Pretty cool, right?  

Tips for Menstrual Cramps

1.  Magnesium

Your uterus is smooth muscle, and it requires magnesium to cramp smoothly. This is true for labor as well as your monthly period.  In addition to relaxing the muscles, it helps calcium be absorbed, and calcium is important for proper muscle function as well.

Due to insufficient minerals in the soil, insufficient greens and healthy foods in the diet and increased mineral need due to bodily stress, most of us are not getting nearly enough magnesium.

When I ask women if they are taking magnesium, they usually say, “well I’m taking a multivitamin.”

Unless you are taking a multivitamin with several pills included, the chances are you are not getting enough magnesium for your supplementation.

Magnesium is very bulky, and it requires usually four pills to reach the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of 400 mg.  If you don’t want to take a handful of pills, there is also magnesium powder that you can mix up with water.  And there is magnesium spray for your skin, and magnesium salts (Epsom salts) that you can use in your bath.  You can also get more magnesium form getting lots more greens in smoothies, salads or cooked form. 

Also note the RDA of 400 mg may not be quite enough for you.  You can experiment with taking more, and can safely do so long as it does not cause diarrhea.  Of course always ask your physician first if you are taking medication or have special conditions.

2. Drink Enough Water

A handful of clients have told me that just drinking more water cured their cramps.  It’s a basic, un-sexy tip, but water is important for tissue hydration and detoxification, so it makes sense that it can help.

The usual guideline for how much water to drink is half your body weight in ounces of water.  So if you weigh 150 pounds, that’s 75 ounces of water per day.  I think there is wiggle room here for less water if you are in cold climate and are no active, and more water if you are in a hot climate and more active.  

If you are actively detoxing, you may need more water.  That can include the natural process of detoxification that happens in the days before and during your period, and also if you are doing a detoxification protocol with a practitioner. 

Please try to drink filtered water, and don’t count coffee, juice or other heavier beverages in your ounces per day.  Note that coffee and other caffeinated beverages are actually de-hydrating because they act as a diuretic.  

Drink water away from meals as too much fluid with meals dilutes your digestive fluids.  Try to sip water to not overwhelm your body with fluid by gulping it down.  First thing is the morning is a great time to get hydrated and have a big glass of water.  Room temperature and warm is best, and you can add a generous squeeze of lemon of you like.

3.  Fish Oil (or Algae oil)

Whenever we have pain, including with menstrual cramps, there is usually inflammation. 

Fish oil is great anti-inflammatory substance.  It has the ability to manage inflammation over the long-term and also in acute situations. (Source)

For a standard maintenance dosage, 1,000 mg of fish oil is enough. But if you are coming from a background of lots of inflammation and you’ve never taken fish oil before, you may want to take 3,000 mg a day for a month. 

It’s not well known that fish oil can be used acutely at higher doses than 1,000 mg.  For example if you feel a flu coming on, you can take 3,000 + mg of fish oil a day, as it fortifies your cells’ walls so they don’t pass the virus.  For cramps, you can take a higher dose to help reduce the inflammatory prostaglandin activity.  

Another benefit of fish oil is it’s ability to regulate the immune system in cases of autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases are more common in women, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune thyroid disease, can contribute to estrogen dominance and resulting heavy periods and cramps.

If you are allergic to fish or on a vegetarian diet, you can take a DHA / EPA oil (these are two types of beneficial fat found in fish oil) made from algae instead of fish.  Here is a link to some products by Nordic Naturals.

4.  Anti-inflammatory Diet

Please don’t follow tips 1 - 3 without also creating a stable base with an anti-inflammatory diet. A big, big reason that women have menstrual pain is due to tissue inflammation from an inflammatory diet. Inflammation blocked hormone receptors, causing hormone imbalance.

Foods to avoid:

  • The whites- white bread, pasta, pastries and sugar

  • The drinks- wine, beer, juices, sodas, sweetened coffees and teas

  • The oils- seed oils like canola oil are inflammatory are found in most processed foods and restaurant foods

Foods to increase include:

  • Fatty fish like wild salmon and anchovies

  • Green vegetables

  • Berries like raspberry and blueberry

  • Fresh nuts and seeds like chia seeds and walnuts

  • Herbs like clove, ginger, cinnamon and rosemary

Foods high in fiber help clear excess circulating estrogen through the gut. As you learned earlier, keeping estrogen levels in a healthy range can reduce menstrual cramps caused by high prostaglandins.  

Other Reason for Menstrual Cramps (Secondary Dysmenorrhea)

A. Uterine Positioning

As you can hear about in my interview with Rachel Eyre, if your uterus is adhered to other tissues and can’t move freely, it is forced to twist which can cause you pain.  But you can treat that with specialized massage, castor oil packs or yoni steams, as Rachel explains.  

The whole interview is great, but I’ll point out that at minute 22 we start to talk about cramps, and at minute 35 we talk about techniques that can help.

B.  Endometriosis

Endometriosis can cause extreme pain, and also pain with intercourse, or bowel pain.  If your cramps require prescription painkillers and days off work, you may need to find a practitioner to help determine if you have endometriosis.  

Endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue (the tissue that lines your inner uterus) is found outside the uterus.  This misplaced tissue adheres to other tissues, and the endometrial tissue also responds to changes in your hormone levels with bleeding and inflammation.

Here is an article by our friend Melissa Turner at Endo Empowered about how to ready yourself for your period if you do have endometriosis.  Some of the tips match mine above, but she has some great new ones too, including using warming herbs and exercise.  Melissa and I also recorded a video on turmeric, which is another herb she uses to reduce inflammation and pain.  

 

C.  Adenomyosis

In this condition, the endometrial lining embeds within the uterine muscle, causing period pain or lingering pain after sex.  Risk factors for adenomyosis are genetics, estrogen dominance, childbirth or a surgical cut into the uterus.  An ultrasound or MRI scan can help with diagnosis.

D.  Fibroids

Fibroids are tumors of the uterus that are non-cancerous 99% of the time.  Up to 80% of women experience fibroids, and most women will be symptom free.  Dark-skinned women have a greater chance of having fibroids.  This is theorized to be related to low vitamin D levels in dark-skinned women, emphasizing the importance of vitamin D to our hormonal balance.

The mechanism of fibroids is not totally understood, but they grow under the influence of estrogen, so women with estrogen dominance are susceptible.  Estrogen dominance is very common as women approach menopause, so women in their 40s are prone to fibroids.

Uterine fibroids can occur within the walls of the uterus, inside the uterus or outside the uterus. Fibroids can cause menstrual pain, pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, abnormal bleeding, fatigue and anemia.

We have a great interview on the subject with Dr. Allan Warshowsky here.

 

E.  Copper IUD (Intrauterine Device)

I use a copper IUD for birth control and have very rarely experienced pain from it.  But I have heard stories from other women in which they reacted very poorly to their IUD, having pain and heavy bleeding.  This seems to be more common in younger women who have not gone through childbirth.

If you recently got a copper IUD, you may need a few months to adjust.  If you suspect it is still a problem, consult with your physician.  Also consider following my four tips above before you throw in the towel.

F.  Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

If you have an untreated infection it can cause increased pain with your periods. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease occurs mainly due to STD (sexually transmitted disease), but can also occur after childbirth and pelvic surgeries, including abortions.  It can cause cause infertility and can seriously stress your other body systems. According to Wed MD, one million American women experience PID each year.

Other symptoms of PID could be abdominal pain, painful urination, pain after sex, yellow or green vaginal discharge, chills/fever and nausea/vomiting.  If you suspect a PID, see a doctor.  And always practice protected sex with an untested partner. (Source)

G.  Cervical Stenosis

I have never encountered this cause in my years or work, but it is a possible cause so I will share it. Cervical stenosis is a narrow or narrowing of the cervix, the lower portion of the uterus.  If this area is narrow and your menstrual blood is trying to pass, this can case increased pain.

H. Uterine Shape

Some women have an irregularly shaped uterus that can lead to increased menstrual pain.  These abnormalities are:   bicornuate uterus (two uteri that lead to one cervix), septate uterus (normal uterus with a fibrous band of tissue bisecting it), unicornuate uterus (a uterus that develops from only one mullerian duct), uterus didelphys (two uteri, two cervices, and a septum, or membrane, dividing the vaginal canal).  (Source)

These conditions can be diagnosed by medical imaging, and are sometimes diagnosed during a C section.

I hope this article helps you get out of some monthly distress!  

Feel free to share your own tips for menstrual cramps below.

If you have not yet taken our interactive quiz on Your Hidden Hormone Stressors, we invite you to do so here.

Nutrition And More For A Healthy Cycle With Caroline Zwickson

Caroline Zwickson

Welcome to Day 5 of Fertility Week!

Caroline Zwickson is a fertility coach originally from Germany and has been living in the US for 16 years. She holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology and studied dreams, imaginations, and how to help people cultivate awareness for that and integrate it into their lives in order to create more wholeness. She did her Masters’ thesis on women and mind-body connection and looked into how women experience emotions like fear, joy and anger in their bodies, and how they can use the body to work with those emotions.

After graduating she slowly made her way into life coaching because she was passionate about helping people figure out not only why they're stuck but also what they can do about it, taking that future oriented outlook of life and really thinking about life in a positive way. Her focus in the coaching world is to help women create a fertile life; prepare them for a healthy pregnancy.

She had hormonal imbalances after coming out of the birth control pill and this experience made her dive deeply into women's hormones. She figured out a natural and holistic way to heal her hormone imbalances. The positive effects she experienced made her want to help other women. 

In this interview, we’re talking about:

  1. Nutrition and balancing hormones
  2. Our thoughts and their effects on our bodies
  3. Movement and exercise
  4. The luteal phase and blood sugar balance
  5. Supplements
  6. Diet and food sources

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