Hormone Balance Basics

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What To Eat During Ovulation Week

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You’re trying to conceive and ovulation week is approaching… fast!


Right now, it makes sense to stack the odds in your favor for a successful pregnancy. One crucial area to address is what foods you include in your 3 daily meals.


Your meals influence your fertility because your body relies on the nutrients from food to create the ideal internal conditions for a healthy pregnancy.


So what are the best foods to eat during ovulation week to increase chances of conception (and support general hormone balance)?


Here’s our ultimate guide to the nutrients and foods your body needs to be in peak form for ovulation.


Key Fertility Nutrients


B Vitamins assist with the egg release during ovulation and implantation. They also help your body metabolize and eliminate the high amounts of estrogen you produce. This makes room for the perfect progesterone balance that you need to maintain a pregnancy. B Vitamins also have the added bonus of boosting your mood!


Get It From Food- The best ovulation foods that are high in B Vitamins are egg yolks, dark leafy greens, legumes, whole grains, and seeds such as sunflower, hemp and sesame. Make sure to soak or sprout them before cooking so they’re easier to digest.


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How the Pill Really Works: Hormonal Birth Control, Your Cycle & Your Body

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An Interview with Holly Grigg-Spall

Madeline interviews Holly Grigg-Spall, the author of the bestselling book Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control.

In this interview, you’ll get the up-to-the-minute truth on the ranging effects of hormonal birth control and how properly educating yourself about your female body (and your menstrual cycle) is the best thing you can do before you decide how to address any of your health symptoms. Read More

How To Self Pleasure For Optimal Sexual And Hormonal Health

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Meet Courtney Davis

Madeline did an interview with women’s sexual empowerment educator Courtney Davis. Courtney teaches women how to connect to their vagina and body for more pleasure, power and fulfillment. She is the creator of Viva la Vagina, an e-course for women designed to help women experience the full spectrum of orgasm and help them increase their capacity for pleasure.

This post is not a transcript, but written based on the information in the interview. We hope you enjoy both the interview recording and this article!


Women’s Sexual Health

Sexuality is not thought to be a part of our everyday life. It’s common to believe that you’re only sexual at certain times, for example when you’re having intercourse or when you masturbate. In fact, a healthy sexuality is understanding that the sexual part of yourself is always there. It’s part of the whole ‘you’. Read More

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Use Essential Oils for Fast-Acting Hormone Balance

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The Power Of Essential Oils


Essential oils have a variety of hormone balancing benefits, which is why they have earned a place in my natural healing tool kit.


In fact, I’ve been working with essential oils in my health coaching practice since 2013. Since, then, I have seen essential oils help to eliminate menstrual cramps and relieve menopause symptoms. I often prescribe essential oils to my private clients because the oils are so effective. This article is a primer on how to use my favorite oils for hormone balance. Read More

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Intermittent Fasting And Hormone Balance

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What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you eat within a defined period of time and otherwise avoid eating. For the purpose of this article, intermittent fasting means eating within a 6-9-hour window and avoiding food for 16-18 hours. This is usually achieved by eating dinner around 6:00-8:00 pm and eating the first meal of the day around 10:00 am to noon.


Intermittent Fasting Benefits

This controlled eating pattern has many benefits including:

  • reduce insulin resistance (it can lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes)
  • increase human growth hormone which is important for tissue repair, healing, muscle mass
  • improve cellular repair and remove waste materials from cells
  • weight loss (including belly fat)
  • reduce inflammation
  • improve brain health

You can see why intermittent fasting is something to consider! However, you’re probably wondering if intermittent fasting is okay for women, especially women with a hormone imbalance.

That answer is not a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. It depends on what kind of hormone imbalance you have. Read More

The Symptoms & Causes Of Low Progesterone

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Low Levels of Progesterone


If you struggle with low levels of progesterone, you may experience some of the following symptoms:


  • Skin issues
  • Mood swings
  • PMS
  • Heavy periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Fibroids
  • Brain Fog
  • Miscarriages

And more…


Your body naturally wants to keep your hormones balanced, so how could progesterone levels deplete in the first place?


It’s important to find the cause of your low levels of progesterone. Once you address the root cause, it’s much more simple to find a course of treatment that’s right for you.


Read on to learn about the hormone and how your levels can become depleted. Read More

8 Fertility Foods That Harmonize Your Cycle

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We know; there are countless ‘best of’ fertility foods lists… but ours is different.


In fact, the secret to increasing the effects of fertility foods is to use them in tandem with your menstrual cycle. Coordinating food with your menstrual cycle is known as ‘eating for your cycle’, and it gives you better, faster results!


Read on to understand what foods to focus on in each phase of your cycle to optimize fertility.

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How Spring Cleansing Balances Your Hormones

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Spring cleansing, when done properly, can help you jump start your weight loss, increase energy, balance moods and significantly reduce a variety of hormone related symptoms. However, there are lots of popular cleanses out there that can actually cause more harm then good if your hormones are imbalanced. In this article,  I’ll explain how to design a cleanse that will help you balance your hormones and get your energy back fast.

Liver health is essential to hormone health because many important hormones are processed and synthesized in the liver. If the liver can’t function optimally, due to a combination of toxicity, genetics, aging and nutrient deficiency, it may cause the following hormone imbalances:

  1. Excess Estrogen – Estrogen is metabolized in the liver and eliminated through sweat, urine and the bowels. If the liver can’t eliminate excess estrogen out of your body then you can experience symptoms of estrogen dominance, like bloating, breast tenderness, irregular periods, fibroids, endometriosis, weight gain, irritability, hot flashes, sleep issues and amplified PMS, peri-menopause and menopause symptoms.
  2. Hypothyroid- A stressed liver can reduce the conversion of your bodies usable thyroid hormone and sometimes cause hypothyroid symptoms like thinning hair, cold hands and feat, constipation and a slower metabolism.
  3. Adrenal Fatigue Prolonged liver toxicity can also elevate your cortisol and  cause symptoms of adrenal fatigue. 

The cleanse that I recomend for balancing hormones is 21 days and focuses and follows these three important steps:

1. Removing Offending Foods Eating foods that you’re sensitive to can put extra stress on your gut and liver. Removing the main allergenic foods from your diet such as those on the list below, will also help you figure out what you’re sensitive to in the long run:

  • corn
  • dairy
  • sugar
  • gluten
  • soy

2. Supporting Liver Detoxification Include lots foods and herbal teas that support your liver in removing toxins more efficiently. Some examples of liver detoxing foods are:

  • leafy green vegetables
  • schizandra berries
  • beets
  • cilantro
  • goji berries
  • raw fermented sauer kraut
  • dandelion leaf and root
  • burdock root
  • radishes
  • lemons

B vitamin and probiotic rich foods are also really important. A deficiency in certain nutrients impair the body’s natural detoxification process.

3. Supporting Your Organs Of Elimination- After you get the toxins out of your liver, you need to remove them from your body through the bowels, urine, skin and lungs. To detox the bowels during a cleanse you want to increase your fibre intake to 35 g/ day (but slowly if you’re not used to this much).  Fibre is particularly essential in removing excess estrogen. If it doesn’t go out through proper elimination then it can be reabsorbed into the blood stream and cause hormonal problems. I don’t recommend juice cleansing or the master cleanse because of this. My favourite sources of fibre during cleanses are:

  • an abundance of raw and cooked vegetables with each meal
  • chia seeds
  • ground flax seeds
  • slippery elm
  • sunflower seeds
  • pumpkin seeds

To increase detoxification through your skin, do things that make you sweat such as:

  • saunas
  • detox magnesium baths
  • vigorous exercise
  • hot yoga

If you’re interested in doing a cleanse, I’m offering a full day women’s cleansing retreat april 30th in Calgary where you’ll have access to my 21 Day Hormone Balance Cleanse and get to learn and sample all the recipes.  Learn more about this here.