The power of protein!
According to dieticians at University of California, eating the right amount of protein can help you feel full longer and stave off hunger pangs.
Protein acts as an appetite suppressant more than any of the other macronutrients. Protein stabilises blood sugar levels and leads to a slower, but prolonged energy release. Spikes and dips in blood sugar levels, which can lead to increased snacking due to increased hunger sensation, are thereby reduced. This can help to prevents excess calories from being consumed.
At this time of the year, rosehips are in abundance around England.
Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant, their colour ranges from red to orange.
Rosehips are great at this time of year to give the immune system a good boost. Rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, rosehips are excellent for cold and flu prevention when made into a syrup. Adding raw local honey increases its antibacterial activities.
The use of herbal medicine to balance hormones and endocrine symptoms goes back centuries. We know today that the way plants interact with the endocrine system is via plant compounds, also called 'phytochemcials' - chemicals that can act directly on the hormone itself, or by interacting with their receptors, thus having the potential to affect the adrenals, thyroid and sex hormones in the body.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats are essential fatty acids that we need to consume in our daily diet.
Omega 3 fats are important for local hormone regulation which control inflammation, dilation and circulation to the reproductive organs and increased intake of Omega 3 has been found to reduce period pain and improve fertility Ref.
Acupuncture is commonly used for a variety of gynaecological conditions. It is often employed more specifically to help women with conditions related to hormone imbalance such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, painful periods and menopausal symptoms.
Hormones are chemical messengers that are involved in energy metabolism, growth and development, muscle and fat distribution, fluid and electrolyte balance, and sexual development including
Hormone regulation can be very effectively supported through diet, no matter what stage of life cycle you are in - from puberty to menopause.