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Self-Pleasure Your Way To Hormone Balance

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This is a guest post by a colleague of ours, Courtney Davis. Learn more about Courney’s work here.


 

Its no secret that stress and cortisol directly impact your hormone balance and overall well being. When you prioritize your pleasure, you improve your health and beauty.

In addition, the orgasms and sexual pleasure you experience on a regular basis affects you in areas that no one really talks about – your self-confidence, your motivation, and how satisfied you feel with your life.

 

For many women, self-pleasure is not often a priority– and when they do self-pleasure, it usually centers around using a vibrator or their hand to briefly stimulate the clitoris to achieve one (or multiple) peak orgasms.

It’s true that this is fun and enjoyable! However, self-pleasuring in this way rarely enhances your life in a long-lasting, meaningful way.

 

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When I coach women to self-pleasure with intention, I help them to use their sexual energy to fuel their life, unleash their gifts and purpose into the world, and of course, experience deeply fulfilling intimacy.

 

When you self-pleasure with the intention of exploring and deepening your connection with yourself, you will begin to know and appreciate your body on a more intimate level.

You’ll release shame, limiting beliefs, and experience immense self-love! In addition, intentional self-pleasure opens the doorway to sexual freedom and pleasure beyond what you’ve ever imagined.

 

So, how do you self-pleasure for personal transformation?

 

  1. Set an intention for your self-pleasure. Before you begin touching yourself, take some deep breaths, place a hand on your heart, and set an intention such as self-acceptance, self-love, or gentleness. Decide to nourish yourself and be completely present during this time. In addition, remove the goal of orgasm! By approaching self-pleasure with the intention to connect with and explore yourself, you will create space to experience new pathways of pleasure and orgasm.

 

  1. Whole-body massage. Give attention to your entire body– especially your breasts, hips, and inner thighs. Really spend time warming yourself up and visualize infusing love into your body with your hands. Breathe slow and deep while you do this.

 

  1. Go inside. After massaging your body, give attention to your vulva and pubic area. You can stimulate your clitoris but avoid making this the end-goal of your self-pleasure. If and when your vagina is ready (meaning she is wet, open, and feels ready for penetration), explore the inside. Using your hand or a non-vibrating wand, massage all throughout the inside of your yoni.

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The simple act of touching yourself internally may bring up emotion for you.

 

Be gentle and patient with yourself– take note of what you feel. It’s normal to feel numbness, pain, tension, and/or pleasure inside your vagina. Simply explore her and express love to her.

 

The more time and attention you devote in your self-pleasure practice to exploring inside your yoni, the more you will awaken profound depths of pleasure and self-discovery. The inside of the yoni holds deep layers of emotion and wisdom– so when you explore and unlock this, you awaken powerful intuition and potential!

 


Some keys to remember while you self-pleasure:

breathe deeply, maintain a loving intention, remove the goal of orgasm, and simply enjoy exploring your body!


 

If you’ve never self-pleasured in this way before, it is likely that you will experience immediate, profound shifts in your relationship with yourself and how you show up in the world. Your sexual relationship with yourself can and should be an ongoing journey of discovery and self-actualization.

CourtneyDavis

Courtney Davis is a sexual empowerment coach and founder of The Empowered Woman. She is dedicated to the sexual & personal empowerment of women through E-Courses, her Conscious Online Pleasure Shop, and Coaching.

Her mission is to help you experience life-changing pleasure, erotic power, and deep fulfillment. One way she does this is by helping women deeply reconnect to their vagina to experience self-love, fulfilling sexual intimacy, and personal transformation.

To learn more about awakening your sexual potential and pleasure, visit TheEmpoweredWoman.ca

 

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What I Eat In A Day During My Period

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What Should You Eat On Your Period?

 

Our modern world ensures that every woman out there is aware of the thousands of different diets you could utilize to reach your health goals. However, not many diets take a woman’s menstrual cycle into account. In fact, as we go through our menstrual cycle our nutrient requirements and calorie needs shift quite a bit. In this way, you can use nutrition to care for your body and optimize your hormones to increase fertility, reduce PMS, lose stubborn weight and more! This is the definition of my Eating For Your Cycle method.

 

Have you ever noticed that you crave chocolate on your period? There’s a reason why: your body is letting you know it requires more magnesium. In addition, it’s normal to crave more sugar before your period starts. In fact, our hormones naturally make us more insulin resistant. This means it’s easier to throw off your blood sugar, which makes you ‘hangry’ and crave all the sweets!

 


When you Eat For Your Cycle, you modify your nutrition for the 4 phases of the menstrual cycle to have a positive impact on your health and hormone balance.

It’s easy to prevent or remedy the instances mentioned above with knowledge of proper nutrition for the female body.


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Spiralized Estrogen Detox Salad for the Ovulatory Phase of Your Cycle

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An Estrogen Detox Salad- it’s all in the fibre

Use spiralized veggies to increase the amount of fibre and veggies in your diet in a delicious way. Spiralizing your veg is also a time-saver; it’s much easier than tedious chopping!

I love to add spiralized beets, squash, zucchini, and carrots to my meals and create delicious recipes.

I had an irresistible craving for an Asian-inspired salad and came up with this estrogen detox salad. Seasonal mangoes and zucchini noodles (instead of pasta) just had to be in the dish. I found happiness in my first bite… it tasted exactly how I envisioned and I was totally satisfied. Read More

Here’s What I Did To Get Rid Of My PMS Symptoms Naturally

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In the past, I experienced really bad PMS symptoms.

It all started when I was in my teens; I used to get a headache right before my period started. After a while, I began to experience an intense negative shift in my mood. I got irritable; I almost felt like a different person for the last half of my cycle.

Finally, my breasts became really sore right after ovulation. It seemed that this was the norm for a lot of my friends as well.

When I started to learn more about hormone health I realized that PMS symptoms are common but they aren’t normal. Most symptoms are signs of hormone imbalance. This knowledge inspired me to take action to eliminate my PMS.

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A Rejuvenating, Relaxing Aphrodisiac! Damiana Does It All

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Damiana, Otherwise Known As Turnera Aphrodisiaca

Damiana is one of the lesser known superstars of women’s health. It’s a shrub native to southern Texas and Mexico, and the leaves are harvested and dried to make herbal tea. From my personal experience, I find it to be very effective. It’s one of those herbs that you feel instantly after taking it. Read on to learn about the many benefits damiana can provide you! Read More

The Ultimate Guide: Practice the Art of Beauty with Schizandra Powder

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An Ancient Beauty Secret

 

Schizandra powder is a herb that was held in high regard by women in the imperial courts of China. These women, known as ‘jade girls’, carefully practiced the art of beauty, and schizandra was an essential part of their ‘beauty diet’ for its many beneficial effects.

In addition to its beautifying benefits, schizandra powder is a vitality herb that promotes abundant energy, a sharp mind and a calmness that’s invaluable in our busy modern world. This is my top recommended herb, both in my classes and to my clients because it promotes balanced hormones.

In this article I go in depth on the benefits of schizandra powder and you’ll learn the best, most beneficial ways to integrate it into your diet. My hope is that you will develop an appreciation and the same reverence that I have for schizandra. Read More

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Focus On Your Foundation: Health Basics You Need To Get Results

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Today, I’m going to share with you the health basics I wish I knew when I got started with nutrition and my own adrenal healing journey.

When I first started out, I loved to learn about superfoods, detox and herbalism. I was a sponge, sucking up all the nutritional inspiration I could get my hands on. At some point, I felt l knew quite a lot about these topics but struggled use the information effectively to get the results I was seeking. Read More

Condiments: The Easiest (And Best!) Way To Eat Hormone Balancing Foods Right Now

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So you want to incorporate more hormone balancing foods into your diet.

… but you’re tired after work and don’t have the energy to cook a healing meal.

Maybe cooking isn’t your thing.

If it’s mid-week already and you haven’t even had a chance to sit down and make a plan, we hear you!

When you have brain fog and you’re energy’s low, the gap between knowing what to do and taking action widens. Luckily, there is an easy way to increase the nutritional quality of your meals without modifying your cooking at all!

The answer: condiments.

Add our top condiments to meals you currently enjoy, or try out our complimentary nutrition guide.

It includes simple guidelines to help you make healing meals with what you have on hand.

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1. Kelp Flakes or Sea Veggie Flakes

Dry seaweeds are crushed up into flakes that are the size of a dried herb like oregano. Sprinkle seaweed flakes onto your savoury food as an alternative (or as an addition) to a salt. If you currently season your dishes with a high quality pink Himalayan rock salt, you may not get enough iodine. Kelp is a whole-food source of iodine which is essential for breast and thyroid health.

Sea vegetables are naturally wild hormone balancing foods. This means they haven’t been hybridized like most vegetables available in the supermarket. Because they propagate themselves and survive in the wild, sea vegetables are extremely nutrient dense and high in minerals. They help support the nervous system, and if you consume them regularly you may find your tolerance to stress increases because of their calming effect.

Seaweed is a good source of vitamin-C, pantothenic acid, zinc and copper and an amazing source of vitamin-K, riboflavin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese.

You can purchase the kelp or sea vegetable flakes at many health food stores.


Traditionally, condiments were developed for digestive support first, tasty flavor second.

Today, many condiments are toxic mimics of delicious home-made recipes. For example, relish and pickles used to be full of live ferments. Now these condiments are merely a blend of sugar and vinegar.


 

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2. Fermented Vegetables and Sauerkraut

Pickles come in so many forms: cucumber, beets, carrots, tomatoes, beans, asparagus… you name it! Our ancestors reaped the benefits of fermented hormone balancing foods by consuming them with all their meals. It’s only in the last 50 years that we have abandoned ferments and lost touch with the friendly bacteria.

In general, fermented vegetables are beneficial for our overall health and also provide critical support for our digestion. For example, sauerkraut supports the liver with detoxification and it’s main role of processing hormones. The probiotics inherent in the fermented cabbage help you absorb your food and aid the natural digestion of meats.


One of our friends has the following recommendation:

“Eat equal portions meat and kraut for optimal digestion.”


Ferments are essential if you’re struggling with symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Fermented vegetables provide the body with bioavailable vitamin-C for your adrenal glands, liver support to efficiently process your hormones, while at the same time healing your gut.

In fact, it’s simple to make your own hormone balancing foods, you can check out a great easy recipe for ferments here. If you choose to purchase them, make sure you get unpasturized ferments, which are stored in the fridge section of the market.

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3. Bone Broth

Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones over a period of hours to extract all the beneficial gelatin and nutrients that are stored in bones. It’s a powerful hormone balancing food! Add a cup of bone broth to your meals (use to make rice, quinoa or as a base for soup) or sip a cup of broth on the side.

The gelatin in a good bone broth supports gut health by repairing the gut lining, which can become compromised if you have adrenal fatigue. Poor gut health is a likely reason that you may be developing additional food sensitivities, allergies and increased inflammation. Including a daily cup of bone broth can help fix those aches and pains and give your body essential collagen to rebuild.

Naturally, we love the true, nutrient-dense bone broth recipes from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon of the Weston A Price Foundation. There is a recipe for chicken, beef and fish broths/stocks at the end of this post here. Here’s a recipe for a delicious beef stew that can be made in a slow cooker or InstaPot!

Add these hormone balancing foods to your meal now and then try out our nutrition guide to fix the foundation of your meal.

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Adrenal Fatigue And Weight Gain: 7 Ways To Lose Weight Now

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When you have adrenal fatigue, one of the most frustrating symptoms is the inability to lose weight.

In addition, many woman with adrenal fatigue suddenly gain an extra 10 lbs without changing a thing. Same diet, same exercise routine… same everything. But now they feel like they have to buy new pants. How is that fair?

Then they do what any normal person would do to try to lose weight… exercise more and eat less. And it doesn’t work. In fact, you may even gain some more pounds! Read More

How To Reduce Cortisol Levels Easily And Naturally

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Download The Adrenal Fatigue Quiz Here!

Right now, would you define yourself as a ‘stress ball’?

 

Do you feel like you’re perpetually running behind these days and it’s making you grouchy? Are you tired of having to give yourself a pep talk each morning to face the day? Do you wonder when you’ll be able to shake the stress and get into the clear?

If you’re thinking, ‘oh my gosh, that’s me!’, you may have something called adrenal fatigue.

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