The Art & Science of Female Hormones

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Day 28: Lymphatic System This topic pertains to all women even if we are not cycling, the health of the lymphatic system is important for our overall health. It is a place where I start with many of my patients know matter what they are seeing me for.....hormonal imbalance or any kind of chronic illness you have to address the lymphatic system. 🌀🌀🌀 _ Those of you who have had any lymph nodes removed you are probably familiar with the concept lymphedema and this ties into one of the most important things that the lymph system does which is removes waste products and extra fluid from the extra cellular matrix. This the ground substance between all the cells in your body, the lymphatic system is a separate circulatory system and relies on the contraction of our muscles to gently push the lymphatic fluid through the body. This system permeates all our tissues, it is intimately related with brain and central nervous system health. 🏄🏾‍♀️🤾🏿‍♀️🤸🏽‍♀️🚴🏼‍♀️ _ It basically helps us eliminate toxins and waste products, throughout the entire body, alot of this happens overnight while we are sleeping, Sleep on our sides with our necks properly supported but not too much pressure on the neck. Sleeping on backs or stomach is less supportive for lymphatic flow from the brain into the rest of the body for elimination. 😴🧠 Lymphatic system is also an integral part of our immune system. When we have an infection the lymphatic system moves the white blood cells around in the body and when we have an infection the lymphatic system kicks into gear and that is where specific immunity happens. 😷 _ The lymphatic can become very sluggish if you have chronic infections that haven't been cleared from the body. When you are dealing with low immunity it is important to address the health of the lymphatic system. It is theorized that the health of the lymphatic flow may have an indirect impact on our ability to move progesterone around in the body and as we know this is so important to keep estrogen and progesterone in balance. ⚖️ _ Continued in comments.....

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Dr Meghan Walker

ND & Superwoman Builder.
Host – Entrepology Podcast? Superwomen, Entrepreneurs, Difference makers – check out the latest episode xo ?#entrepologylinktr.ee/drmeghanwalker

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Thanks @bcblueberries for these fun blueberry facts. ⠀ ⠀ One large handful (1/2 a cup) of juicy blueberries contains just 44 calories but has 2 grams of dietary fibre and 10% of your daily recommended vitamin C content.⠀ ⠀ Blueberries ranked number one in antioxidant health benefits in a comparison with more than 40 fresh fruits and vegetables.⠀ ⠀ The blueberry is one of the only foods that is truly naturally blue in colour. The pigment that gives blueberries their distinctive colour—called anthocyanin—is the same compound that provides the blueberry’s amazing health benefits.⠀ ⠀ People have been eating blueberries for more than 13,000 years.⠀ ⠀ The blueberry (genus Vaccinum) is one of the only commercially-available fruits that is native to North America.⠀ ⠀ Blueberries were called “star fruits” by North American indigenous peoples because of the five-pointed star shape that is formed at the blossom end of the berry.⠀ ⠀ A single blueberry bush can produce as many as 6,000 blueberries per year.⠀ ⠀ British Columbia is the largest highbush blueberry growing region in the world. As a country, Canada ranks third behind the US and Chile. Blueberries are Canada’s most exported fruit.⠀ ⠀ The silvery sheen (or “bloom”) found on the skin of blueberries is a naturally occurring compound that helps protect the fruit. This why you should only wash blueberries right before you’re going to eat them. The berries should be stored in the refrigerator and will keep fresh for up to 10 days.⠀ ⠀ Consumption of blueberries has been linked to health benefits including a reduced risk of cancer, increased insulin response, a reversal in age-related memory loss, and lowering blood pressure. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #availablenow #canadianfruit #blueberries #antioxidant #healthyfoods #nutrition #smoothie #entrepology #entrepologylifestyle #entrepologyliving

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Dr. Jolene Brighten

Women’s Hormone & Post Birth Control Syndrome Expert
✨Real talks about hormones, the Pill, birth control & lady parts
Free Hormone Resourceslinktr.ee/drjolenebrighten

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Did you know that blood sugar and insulin imbalances + inflammation are at the root of PCOS? These imbalances leads to hormonal symptoms like weight gain, acne, irregular periods, hair loss, and infertility. . When women are given the pill for PCOS it only addresses the hormones, not the root cause. And while those symptoms are being masked, conditions like heart disease and diabetes continue to develop. And you know what else contributes to heart disease and diabetes? The pill. 😦 . There's now evidence suggesting an imbalance in gut flora may also be driving PCOS. Guess what messes with your microbiota (good gut bugs)? The pill. 😮 Now that isn't to say taking the pill causes PCOS. Nope. But it is to say that if you already have a condition that puts you at risk for heart disease, diabetes, is inflammatory and bacterial dysbiosis may be involved then maybe your best option ISN'T a pill that does that too. . How can you love those good gut bugs up and reduce inflammation? ✔Eat fiber rich food: fresh ground flax seeds, leafy greens, celery, avocados, and artichokes. ✔Eat whole turmeric, turmeric powder, and drink turmeric tea. ✔Include ginger in your diet in soups, stir fries and teas. ✔Include variety in your diet and avoid eating the same foods every day. ✔Make sure to eat healthy fats and proteins with your meals. . Treating PCOS requires a holistic approach. Giving the pill to treat symptoms is a disservice.👊🏻💥 . If you've been given the pill for symptoms then please grab my Birth Control Quick Start Guide (☝🏼link in profile @drjolenebrighten) and learn how you can start supporting your body today!💖 . In the guide I provide you with diet and lifestyle tips to transition easily off the pill, protect yourself while you're on it and get your hormones back in check.

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Dr Tanya Lee ND RH
Naturopathic Docere. Registered Medical Herbalist. Left-handed idealist. Biomusicologist


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This past weekend, we were lucky to be gifted 3 pounds of a 16-pound Chinook salmon wild-caught by our Airbnb hosts in Lake Huron. We tried our best to eat most of it while there, but still ended up with about 1 pound that needed care before going bad. There was a fire ban in effect so smoking it wasn’t an option! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In order to preserve the salmon without a freezer, I made gravalax (cured salmon) with the ingredients that we had on hand at the cabin - sea salt, lemon rind, fresh dill I brought from my garden, and vodka. I cured this for 4 days (in a chilled cooler while cabin-ing) and it turned out perfect. I can’t believe how unbelievably easy it was to make it. I paired it with zucchini fritters made from our 100000 pounds of zucchini produced by our garden, as well as sprouts and nasturtium flowers, also picked from our urban garden. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Wild-caught salmon is considered one of the most nutrient-dense foods. It is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids (one of the highest sources compared to other seafood), vitamin D, antioxidants, vitamins (B3 and B12) and minerals (selenium, phosphorus). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀What do all of these biochemicals have in common? They help reduce inflammation (great for heart disease prevention) and keeping the brain healthy, alert and strong. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Considering most salmon we have access to is farmed and imported, we can’t always be sure that the standards of their living conditions and feed are up to par. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Though wild-caught is ideal for consumption, many fish are actually bred in hatcheries and then released in to the “wild” which may negate the health benefits of wild-caught fish. Therefore, the type of salmon needs to be considered when purchasing for consumption. Wild Alaskan Salmon, and other varieties such as Chinook, Coho or Sockeye salmon have been found to contain minimal toxins. Atlantic salmon, wild or farmed, is one of the most contaminated varieties of salmon and should be avoided or eaten sparingly.

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Holly Lucille

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Charley Cropley
National College of Naturopathic Medicine-1979. Practicing ND/teacher/author 35 yrs. Trained hundreds of Dr.s in my methods of nutrition/Self-Healing

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A bit about me: I graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1979 and have been a practicing Naturopathic doctor, teacher and author in the Boulder/Denver area for the last 35 years. I have trained hundreds of doctors in my methods of nutrition and Self-Healing, am the author of numerous articles, several books and courses, and I frequently lecture at the colleges of Naturopathic Medicine. I am honored to be able to say that I am widely regarded as one of today’s leading thinkers and teachers in the philosophy and practice of self-healing. I I no longer prescribe any medicines. I teach my “students” to heal all manner of health problems by strengthening their skill and self-control in four areas: wholesome nutrition, strengthening exercise, positive thinking, and developing honest, caring relationships. My students learn how to master their illnesses by mastering themselves. And importantly, I practice what I teach. The real work of self-healing is gaining freedom from drugs, sugar, coffee, overeating, sedentary living, laziness, anxiety, depression, moodiness, irritability, etc. We heal these roots of sickness in ourselves not through force and self-coercion, but through compassion and wisdom. We learn to love ourselves wisely in the ways we perform our most ordinary, everyday activities. Link to my website in bio! #naturalmedicine #naturaldoctor420 #naturopathicmedicine #naturopath #naturopathy

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Dr. Christina Bjorndal
Mom, wife, friend, explorer, author, naturopathic doctor, keynote speaker & mental health advisor




Dr Shannon Morgenstern ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Calgary Canada.
Eco-Living Guru
Environmental Medicine Nerd.
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Dr. Jennea Wood ND
Naturopathic doctor doing my best to walk the talk and live the lifestyle I teach my patients.
Clinic in San Rafael, CA



Lara Briden

❣️ period revolutionary—leading the change to better periods
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⭐️Dr. Carrie Jones, ND, MPH
Functional Med Hormone Doctor. Medical Director for @dutchtest
Hormone Educator & Expert? Speaker/Real Talk. Portland♥️ No Medical Advice

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How’s your sex drive? Are you attracted to your partner...or meh? 🤷🏼‍♀️ This is post 28 in our huge hormones 101 series and we are all about your sex drive. Go back a post if you need a refresher. 🤓 . I once had a patient who complained of low sex drive. She was in a relationship and we were trying a lot of things. I kept asking about her attraction to her partner and she was kinda luke warm about it but felt the problem was her hormones. 😕 . They ended up breaking up and on her return visit she said to me, “OMG it turns out I have a huge sex drive! I just wasn’t attracted to him. I’m dating someone else I’m wildly attracted to and it’s incredible!” 🙌🏼 . Turns out, attraction can play a huge role in sex drive and this can be governed by the brain hormone, DOPAMINE! 💪🏼 . Dopamine comes from the amino acid, Tyrosine. Among other things, it’s part of your reward and motivation center. 🧠 . Why do you crave chocolate or alcohol or the text/touch of your new romantic partner? That rush you feel is dopamine flooding your brain and it makes you feel GOOD! 😙 . With attraction in the beginning of a new relationship (or one night stand - let’s be real) we thrive off the dopamine excitement! It’s a hot, sexy, feel good feeling and we want lots of it! 😍 . Over time though in a relationship (or due to other factors like diet, stress, and lifestyle) we don’t get a big dopamine release so attraction leading to sex drive decreases. 😒 . Obviously this doesn’t happen with everyone but if you’ve lost that loving feeling with your mate, you need to find ways to rediscover them and feel attracted to them again! 🤗 . Dopamine is an amino acid so make sure you’re getting enough protein in your diet! Cofactors to make dopamine include iron and vitamin B6. It’s degraded by COMT and MAO so if your enzymes are fast, you’ll have less dopamine. 🙂 . Can you test dopamine or take it? Talk with your functional practitioner about dopamine or organic acid testing!♥️

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Dr. Alan Christianson
Helping people with adrenal & thyroid issues feel normal again.
NMD☀️Author | NYT Bestseller, Adrenal Reset Diet #adrenalresetdiet Let’s connect ⤵️linktr.ee/dralanchristianson



Andrea Maxim ND
Helping you.Start.Build.Systemize your holistic practice with simple strategies! Host of Profitable Practice Podcast

Crush 2018 Workbook ⬇️www.maximizedbusiness.ca/goalsetting2018

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Who else needed this today?

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Dr. Erica Oberg
Taking care of my Windansea community and beyond with natural, integrative medicine, retreats in Italy, Mexico, and lots of love.www.drericaoberg.com



Dr. Ashley Mayer

Mommy.Physician —> Healthcare The Way Nature Intended.World Champion.Yogi.Organic Life & Craft Beer Lover
Wellness: drgreenmom.com

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The question I get asked most often from parents on the 💉vaccine topic is aluminum (Al) in vaccines and what effects long term can Al have on their Little. Al is an adjuvent in many childhood vaccines, is a known neurotoxin 😱 and is used to stimulate an immune response. Al is a key player in Alzheimers and is being studied in ADD/ADHD. Al might be found in our environment, but our bodies don’t use it, we store it, just like so many other toxins we are burdened with. It’s a shame scientists haven’t found a less toxic alternative to Al in infant/child vaccines, so until they do….. 👉What parents can do: Silica helps to remove Al from the body & is very gentle, along with cilantro, parsley, chlorella, and chlorophyll. 🔸https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3862809/ 🔸Exley C (2011) Reflections upon and recent insight into the mechanism of formation of hydroxyaluminosilicates and the therapeutic potential of silicic acid. Coord Chem Rev 256: 82-88. https://www.futsci.com/uploads/project/file/d04e5662604bbc06f8956c00009d3116c24ed414.pdf 🔸https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10731501/ 🔸https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8726215/ 🔸https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16988476 🔸https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22763878 🔸https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3546016/ 🔸https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja964476n?journalCode=jacsat #vaccines #kidshealth #doctor #detox #organic #pregnancy #naturopathicmedicine #kids #wellness #mom #momlife #herbal #healthcare #pediatrician #herbalife

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Dr Paul Hrkal
Husband | Dad | Naturopathic Doctor @myPureBalance Wellness Clinic Port Credit & @PainAndWellnessCentre Vaughan | Medical Director @AOR_healthwww.paulhrkalnd.com

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I’m Razi Berry and I’m thrilled that we’ve connected! If you’re here it’s because you like to explore the ways that love and our relationships affect our physiology, biology, psychology and consciousness. ✨ . When I say relationships I mean relationships with each other, ourselves, and with the world around us. ? . As a Naturopathic journal publisher I believe and seek to understand the Vital Force in all living things that propels and inspire us toward wellness and bliss and that our divorce from this is the cause of all dis-ease. ⚡️ . As a publisher, writer and coach I like to help people express themselves through the reality of the living experience in an embodied way. ?? Whether in health or relationships or business we get stuck in our heads and miss out on the fullness of what we can create and experience. ? . That’s why I say “It’s not all in your head. Embodiment is the new mindfulness”? As a teenager I was so sensitive and began to dissociate from the full phenomenon of living in an embodied way. I developed an eating disorder and was dying from heart failure as a result. ? . A transformative experience that some would call and NDE left me fully healed from the dis-ease I was living and dying from. It was the return that left me more aware of the reality that the body-mind is one and not two disconnected “things” . That gift allowed me to understand and develop my intuition that is a lost sense we are all born with. This sense has merely atrophied and it’s essential that we return to it for personal and planetary wellbeing. Honoring the vital force and intuitive sensibilities now leads all my personal and professional endeavors and I’d love to take you on a journey with me? . Love is Medicine, @razi.berry

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