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Turmeric Lemonade For Glowing Skin & Pain Free Periods

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Looking for turmeric recipes to get this superfood into your diet?

 

This turmeric lemonade is a perfect summertime tonic for glowing skin and balancing hormones. Make a large batch to store in the fridge. When you see the jars filled with a beautiful sunny orange hue, it’s easy to consume it daily.  

 

Here’s why turmeric is so good for you:

 

Get The Glow


Curcumin is a bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level. Consuming anti-inflammatory nutrients that contain antioxidants support the overall health of the skin when taken daily. If you have redness, curcumin can help soothe and calm your skin down.
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Condiments: The Easiest Hormone Balancing Foods

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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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Autumn Crunch Salad to Balance Hormones

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Are you eating enough salad to balance your female hormones?

 

Salads are often thought of as a healthy ‘diet’ meal that is a lower calorie alternative to other entrees. However, in order to achieve a healthy hormone balance between, say, estrogen and progesterone, you need to eat the correct amount of the correct foods.

If you choose a salad as an entree, it’s got to be packed with nutrition. You need to feed your body the building blocks to make progesterone.

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Red Cabbage Chicken Salad Bowl With Walnuts & Fresh Mint

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RED CABBAGE CHICKEN SALAD BOWL WITH WALNUTS & FRESH MINT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This salad helps detox ‘bad’ estrogens from the bodies which may help reduce PMS and menopause symptoms. The walnuts provide liver supportive nutrients and omega three which help support healthy hormones. It’s also great to eat during the ovulatory phase of your cycle.

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 ounces cooked Organic Chicken
  • 1-2 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbs. Lemon Juice
  • ¼ tsp. Sea Salt
  • Dash of White Pepper
  • 1 large Red Cabbage Leaf (2-3 Radicchio leaves will also work well)
  • 2 cups chopped Baby Spinach or Chard
  • ½ cup shredded Carrot
  • 1 Tbs. chopped and toasted Walnuts
  • 3 Fresh Mint leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

Start by cooking your chicken (time saver: purchase a cooked organic rotisserie chicken from your local market) and once cooked, allow to cool in the fridge.

Toast chopped walnuts in a small frying pan on low heat, stirring frequently (about 3-5 minutes).  Let cool on a plate.  

Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and white pepper in a mixing bowl.

Add chopped baby spinach and shredded carrot to the mixing bowl and toss to combine with the olive oil mix.

Carefully tear a leaf off of the red cabbage and place in a portable storage container.  Scoop salad into the cabbage leaf and top with cooked chicken and chopped, toasted walnuts and additional sea salt and white pepper to taste.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Sarah Steffens is a Personal Chef based in Los Angeles.  She specializes in Paleo, Autoimmune and Whole30 cooking and believes food is the starting ground for practicing kindness to one’s body, mind and spirit.  In addition to cooking for private clients, she also creates recipes and photography for Whole30.  She shares recipes and kitchen tips at Savor & Fancy.

 

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.