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Balance Your Hormones Naturally With These 4 Tips

Balance Your Hormones Naturally With These Effective Solutions

By Contributing Author: Helen Sanders

 

Hormones are the chemical messengers in your body that regulate all aspects of life. Some examples include estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline and insulin. They all have a number of important roles in the body and when even slightly out of balance, they can cause widespread health problems.

Hormones are produced by various glands including your thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testicles and pancreas. Imbalances are common, however, their treatment normally includes the use of synthetic hormone replacement. This leaves people dependent upon prescription drugs and at higher risk of side effects like osteoporosis, stroke, anxiety and reproductive issues.

Finding natural ways to balance your hormones can be a simple yet effective solution without the worry of nasty side effects associated with synthetic treatments. So let us take a look at how to naturally balance your hormones.

Start By Eliminating All Toxic Kitchen, Beauty and Body Products.

Every single day we expose ourselves to harmful chemicals without thinking twice about it. We clean our kitchens, we apply lotions and potions to our skin along with cosmetics in an attempt to enhance our appearance.

However, many of the products we come into contact with on a daily basis are made with potentially harmful chemical ingredients including DEA, parabens, propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate.

The best way to prevent harm is to use natural alternatives like essential oils and coconut oil.

You would be astounded at the sheer amount of uses coconut oil has – from making an excellent moisturizer to an antibacterial cleaner for your home.

Of course, knowing which products are safe and which should be swiftly thrown in the trash can be difficult. This is why the Environmental Working Group evaluated over 72,000 products, ranking them in an easy-to-understand guide. If you check the EWG’s “Skin Deep Cosmetic Database” you can see which products to use and which to steer clear of, making sure you know exactly which product to disregard and keep your family safe.


High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Exercise is an excellent tool for balancing hormones as well as promoting overall health and wellbeing by reducing inflammation, promoting sleep, lowering stress and helping you to maintain a healthy weight.

Those with hormonal imbalances are at higher risk of adding stress to their system through long periods of exercise which can further increase the imbalance. This is why working out at shorter periods with a high intensity – such as high intensity interval training – is more beneficial.

In fact, a study conducted by the University of Notre Dame Medical School in Sydney, showed that “HIT is associated with increased patient compliance and improved cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes and is suitable for implementation in both healthy and ‘at risk’ populations” (source).


Eat More Healthy Fats

Fatty acids are essential building blocks for the production of hormones. Consuming foods with short, medium and long chain fatty acids is key to keeping your hormone levels consistent (source).


Get More Sleep

Lack of sleep can be detrimental to your body for a number of reasons, one of which being the fact it can significantly affect your hormones.

Lack of sleep is one of the three biggest contributors to excessive levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). A report published in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism stated that “Stress can lead to changes in the serum level of many hormones including glucocorticoids, catecholamines, growth hormone and prolactin” (source).

Hormones work on a schedule, therefore a normal sleeping pattern is a big contributor to the regulation of hormones. Cortisol for example, is regulated at midnight, so people who sleep after this time never truly a break from their stress response.

Getting enough sleep (7 to 8 hours per night) is the best way to not only regulate hormones but also improve immunity, reduce anxiety and prevent excessive weight gain.


Final Thoughts

Hormonal imbalances affect millions of people every day. Many present themselves in forms most people don’t associate with an imbalance of hormones such as thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, menstrual irregularities and infertility.

Changes in weight, ongoing feelings of anxiety, insomnia, and changes in appetite are all symptoms of hormonal imbalance which can be addressed with natural solutions.

Controlling stress, getting enough sleep, exercising and removing harmful toxins are just a few ways to naturally balance your hormones. Even if you do not feel your hormones are out of balance, these good habits make healthy additions to your life and promote overall health and wellbeing.

 

 About The Author

Helen Sanders is chief editor at HealthAmbition.com. Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Our goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. We pride ourselves on making sure our actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.

The Healing Benefits of Manuka Honey

The Healing Benefits of Manuka Honey

While honey has been around for a very long time as a healing remedy, it has been only recently that it is making a comeback.

As a woman with herpes and a doctor who supports these women, I am always looking for natural ways to manage herpes symptoms.

I have known about the healing properties of honey, but after reading a Dr. Mercola article about herpes and honey, I now realize that Grade A honey from the grocery store could actually make herpes symptoms worse. You MUST use Manuka honey!

According to one study, when a researcher treated patients with Acylovir for one herpes outbreak and honey for another, the overall healing time with honey was 43% better than Acyclovir for cold sores and 59% better for genital sores. (Nutrition and Healing)

 AND

 There were NO side effects with the honey!

 So, if you are a woman with herpes and you want to:

-speed up your healing
-decrease pain associated with outbreaks
-reduce crusting of sores


Here’s what you need to know.

-DON’T try to use Grade A honey from a grocery story. Why? It has been linked to increased herpes symptoms

-You must use Manuka honey from New Zealand. It is actually considered a medical device.

-Honey works by drawing out liquid from a wound and killing off local microorganisms. It also contains an enzyme that releases hydrogen peroxide when it comes in contact with a wound.


Here’s what you’ll need to DO

-Use Raw Manuka honey- in liquid or semi liquid state

-Apply honey 4 or more times/day (if you are a women treating genital herpes sores, panty liners can helpful)

 (As a side note, eating local honey from your area can help with allergies!)


Secrets To Success Course Registraton

Hello Ladies! I am so excited to share with you that my exclusive Secrets to Success: Foundations Course is now open for registration for the next few days only! 

While some women are just sick and tired of being sick and tired (these are the women registered and going though the course right now), I know that there are some of you who are fearful to say YES.

You are sitting on the fence on this one. You tell yourself that you’ll figure it out…SOMEDAY

Or wait until that partner comes knocking to figure out how to have the talk.

 

How do I know this?

Because I have worked with women from around the world with H. Not having an outbreak today? Not dating anyone? Feeling okay today?

Then for today, you might be able to cover up your PAIN and SHAME. But eventually it WILL resurface. And when it does, you will regret not giving yourself the EDUCATION and TRANSFORMATION you deserve.

While this course is NOT for women who are unwilling to learn and grow, this IS for women who are ready to conquer this diagnosis and once and for all feel EMPOWERED, PEACEFUL, and PASSIONATE again.

This course is only offered about twice a year and includes 4 live calls with me, access to the private Facebook group full of other women to support you, as well as a ton of bonus material that you can work on at your own pace! You will receive lifetime access to the course materials, so you can go back to it time and again. By registering today, you have instant access the the virtual course (live calls start March 12th). 

Everything can be done in the privacy of your own home as you can choose to remain as anonymous as you want. There will be no mention of H on invoices and nothing will be snail mailed to you. 

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How Apple Cider Vinegar is Beneficial to The Immune System

The Health Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Immune System

By Contributing Author: Helen Sanders

Most people have heard of apple cider vinegar, even if as nothing more than an addition to your favorite salad dressing. However, raw apple cider vinegar (sometimes called ACV for short) has been praised for centuries for its medicinal properties. Drinking a small amount of this yeasty, fermented goodness daily can offer a huge host of health benefits, most notably, boosting and aiding the function of your immune system.

For those infected by the herpes virus, boosting your immunity is one of the best ways to prevent future outbreaks. Therefore, making dietary additions that can benefit your immune system can keep the virus at bay and help prevent any herpes related health complications.

 

What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Raw, organic apple cider vinegar is made from (as the name suggests) organic apples. Because it is not pasteurized, the apples maintain many of their nutritional benefits. Plus, due to the two fermentation processes needed to make ACV, a number of enzymes are produced. This makes ACV the magic, life giving, cure-all elixir so many people claim it to be.

 

How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Benefit the Immune System?

There are a number of properties in ACV that can aid the immune system in one way or another. ACV contains potent malic acid. This is a strong antiviral and one reason why many people who drink ACV daily feel their immunity is boosted as they do not experience as many colds or other viral infections.

Furthermore, apple cider vinegar is rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes all of which are beneficial to the body.

Finally, many varieties of apple cider vinegar contain probiotic microorganisms.  As your gut flora is imperative to maintaining a healthy immune system, using apple cider vinegar to promote the growth of good bacteria could just improve your overall immunity.

 

Does Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Offer Other Health Benefits?

A daily dose of ACV can provide you with a plethora of health benefits in addition to boosting your immune system. These include:

  • Aiding digestion
  • Promoting weight loss
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Aids skin complexion
  • Promotes beautiful, shiny hair

 

How Should You Use Apple Cider Vinegar?

As the name suggests, ACV s a vinegar and is incredibly acidic with a sharp, sour taste. It should therefore never be sipped straight from the bottle, it must be diluted.

It should be mixed into an easy to consume detox drink, mixing it with water, some honey and a twist of lemon. This will help to not only dilute the fermented fruit, but also take away some of its sharp sourness. If you are interested in trying your own apple cider vinegar detox drink, you can use this recipe to create your own at home.

 

Which Types of Apple Cider Vinegar Should I Use?

Like most things, not all products are created equal. When looking to purchase a bottle of apple cider vinegar, you obviously want the best quality that is going to offer the most health benefits. Therefore, you need to choose a raw, organic apple cider vinegar.

This should contain remnants of the apples that produced it. You will be able to tell this as it should have a cloudy matter floating in the vinegar. I know that doesn’t sound particularly appealing, but believe me, that’s the gold right there.

That floaty, cloudy goodness is the part that contains all of those beneficial probiotics and enzymes and is exactly what you need to reap all of the major health benefits. Just be sure to give the bottle a good shake each time you use it.

A good recommendation is Bragg Organic Raw and Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, which you can buy at most grocery stores.

 

Should Anyone Not Try an Apple Cider Vinegar Drink?

Although the health benefits are apparent, there are some people who should avoid trying their own ACV drink at home without consulting their doctor first. For instance, if you manage your blood sugar or are taking anti-diabetic medication, speak with your healthcare provider before trying a ACV remedy at home.

If you suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)  or IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) you should consider avoiding apple cider vinegar altogether as for any kind of digestive or reflux issue, drinking something so acidic could be incredibly painful.

Also, drinking apple cider vinegar can cause dental issues as it is known to damage the enamel on your teeth. Therefore, ensure it is diluted properly and try drinking it through a straw to prevent any permanent damage to your teeth.

 

So, Should You Try It?

Although it is not conclusive whether apple cider vinegar is quite the magic potion so many people claim it to be, science does back its many health benefits. Therefore, it could be worth trying for anyone looking particularly to boost their immunity!

 

Looking for additional support? Get the help you need with Dr. Kelly’s Amazon Best Seller “Live, Love, & Thrive With Herpes

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Helen Sanders is the creator of www.HealthAmbition.com and is passionate about sharing simplified and actionable health and nutrition advice for regular people on the go! 

Inspirational Women with Herpes

Inspirational Women with Herpes

This post has one purpose, and one purpose only: to inspire all of you through the stories of real women with herpes.  The women I am going to share with you today all have one thing in common – well, one thing aside from being diagnosed with genital herpes.  Each of these women have used determination to find the positive aspects of their diagnoses, used their courage to share their stories, and used their stories to inspire and help others in their situation.

The first woman I would like to share with you all is Kristy Spraggon.  Kristy is an inspiring woman who has chosen to embrace her diagnosis by sharing her secret with the world.  By doing so, I believe she has inspired many others to share their own secrets, whether those are related to sexual health or not.  Kristy has also used her experience of being diagnosed with herpes to start a discussion around overcoming shame.  I encourage you all to check out her website, as she has so much to offer us as we embark on our healing journeys!

The next woman I am excited to share with you all is Ella Dawson.  I first came across Ella’s story when my mom and thesis adviser sent me her article in Women’s Health.  I was immediately inspired and in awe of her courage to tell everyone and anyone that she has genital herpes.  Ella’s mission is to combat the stigma associated with STDs and STIs. Listen to her story and why she is telling it as she willingly creates a vulnerable place for herself in this incredibly inspiring video.

The last woman I believe will inspire and motivate you all to find your inner courage is Jenelle Marie Davis. Jenelle is the founder and executive director of the STD Project. The STD project exists to eradicate the stigma associated with STDs by spreading awareness.  The project spread awareness through story sharing, education, and exposure to resources.  Yet again, Jenelle shows us all how we can use our experience as women with herpes as a teacher and a motivator to create positive outcomes in our lives.

Each of these women have their own approach to using their own stories to inspire and help others, but regardless of their approach they are making differences in their own lives as well as others’.  The purpose of this blog is not to make you all feel as though you need to go to such great extents to use a negative experience as a positive motivator in your lives, but rather to show you all the power of sharing your story.  Saying the words “I have herpes” can sometimes seem like the most difficult thing you will ever say, but as these women show it gets easier with every attempt.

I encourage you all to kick-start your healing process again by sharing your story on the Pink Tent forum.  I speak from personal experience when I say that it is extremely liberating and therapeutic to share your story, even if just in print!

I hope you have all found the women mentioned above to be as inspiring as I have.  And remember, you are just like each of them.

Live, Love, Thrive.

Dr. Kelly

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Herpes Diet & Triggers

Diet & Triggers

What Foods Trigger Herpes Outbreaks?

One of the most universal recommendations specific to the management of herpes is to be mindful of the two amino acids arginine and lysine in your diet. Herpes outbreaks and many other chronic viruses are triggered by high amounts of arginine.

Arginine feeds herpes and encourages its growth and reproduction.

Lysine, on the other hand, boosts immunity and offers up protection from future outbreaks.

To sum it up….

Lysine is your FRIEND
Arginine is your ENEMY

Ideally, you want to decrease the foods that are high in arginine and increase the foods that are high in lysine.

A great tool for determining the lysine and arginine content of food is to use the lysine/arginine ratio. Foods that are high on the lysine/arginine ratio are more beneficial for a person who suffers from herpes.

What foods are high in Lysine?

  • Most Vegetables and fruits
  • Dairy-based products including cheese, milk, and yogurt
  • Fish, Chicken, Lamb, and Beef
  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Sprouts
  • Quinoa
  • Amaranth

What foods are high in Arginine?

  • All nuts and nut products
  • Nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter etc.)
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Seeds (except hemp and flax)
  • Oatmeal
  • Brown Rice
  • Raisins
  • Whole Wheat and White flour
  • Carob
  • Lentils
  • Wheat germ
  • Dried beans including soybeans and tofu
  • Protein shakes, multivitamins and bodybuilding supplements that contain arginine

The above food recommendations are meant to point you in the right direction towards managing your outbreaks and living a vibrant, healthy life. As discussed, there are many known triggers when it comes to herpes and certain foods.

Each person with herpes is unique in their body and what things trigger a herpes outbreak. For those who are sensitive to foods, I highly recommend a Paleo style diet.

Environmental Herpes Triggers
Herpes prefers to live in warm, moist environments with lots of friction. As such, here are a few quick tips to decrease your potential triggers

  • Avoid hot environments like hot tubs and saunas
  • Use padding in bike shorts to decrease friction when biking
  • Avoid thongs, as they can be irritating. Opt for organic cotton panties
  • Do not stay in wet clothing too long after working out.

If you want to learn more about what might be triggering your outbreaks, check out my Amazon Bestselling book Live, Love and Thrive with Herpes: A Holistic Guide For Women.

Herpes Treatment

Herpes Treatment

How To Deal With Herpes, When There Is NO Cure!

When I was first diagnosed with herpes, I feverishly researched everything I could about managing herpes and herpes treatment. I was shocked at how much misinformation and myths were out there. It seemed like everywhere I turned there were false promises of a herpes cure. I was confused, overwhelmed and felt quite vulnerable.

In the beginning, I fell for scams in hopes of eradicating herpes from my body. Over the years, I spent tiring hours attempting to find the magic bullet, only to find my pocketbook dwindling and my hopes diminishing.

I spent thousands of dollars with acupuncturists, Ayurvedic practitioners, Qi Gong masters, pills, salves, psychics, Reiki masters, tonics and website scams hoping to cure the incurable.

Let me speak clearly- There is NO cure for herpes.

AND….some “cures” found online can actually harm you!

The Good News About The Bad News: Herpes Treatment

While there is no cure, women from around the world are managing their herpes symptoms using a combination of natural remedies and/or pharmaceuticals.

The herpes virus can be treated either topically or internally. Most pharmaceuticals (Valtrex, Acyclovir etc.) and natural remedies work by decreasing the replication of the virus. The less power the virus has to replicate, the weaker its power to create an active infection.

Suppressive Vs. Episodic Herpes Treatment

Some women use suppressive or daily therapy while others use episodic.

When the virus is not active at the surface of the skin and symptoms are not present, the virus considered to be dormant in the body.

During these dormant phases, some women choose to use a natural or pharmaceutical antiviral as a preventative measure for decreasing transmission and decreasing potential reoccurrences. This is considered daily or suppressive treatment.

This differs from episodic treatment in which a person only uses antivirals when symptoms are present.

The potential downside of using pharmaceutical antivirals on a daily basis is that some people have side effects when using the drugs, some people develop a resistance to the drugs and finally, the drugs can be hard on the liver and kidneys over time.

No matter which herpes treatment you choose, life with herpes can be managed.

Every healthcare provider would agree that the best defense against the herpes virus is a strong immune system.

Adequate sleep, a proper diet, regular exercise, stress management, avoiding known herpes triggers and supplements specific to the herpes virus are some of the key tools to support a strong immune system.

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The Secret Life of Shame

79The Secret Life Of Shame

I had the privilege of spending a week in silence with Gangaji this summer, and I can honestly say that for the first time in my life, everything stopped spinning and what was left was the the truth and the essence of who I really am.
While there are no words to explain this, it is my true invitation to you to STOP. Stop living in the past, stop telling yourself the stories that disempower you, stop living a life of shame! 

Whether it is the shame of herpes or the shame of divorce or the shame of abuse….

We all have something that we can let go of!
As Gangaji so clearly explains in this interview, shame is only available when we reflect upon the past that doesn’t even really exist. In THIS moment, if you can just close your eyes and breathe, you will see that there is nothing to be shameful of. You are still as beautiful and brilliant as you ever were.

You see, you can choose to relate to herpes as “God is punishing you” or “you are a victim to herpes”

OR 

You can choose to relate to herpes as if “God is giving you an opportunity to remember who you really are” or “life is always giving you exactly what you need to morph into a better you”.

Does the butterfly struggle before it releases from the cocoon?

Absolutely!

Remember that you are not separate from that which created you. 

You are beautiful!
You are brilliant!
You are the light!
Listen in to this episode as Gangaji investigates the secret life of shame.

 

Webcast originally posted on gangaji.org

Free Herpes Testing?

ID-100305156What do you do when your herpes test results are inconclusive or confusing? 

After working within the herpes community for many years, this question is more common than one would think. Let’s review some of the most common scenarios and the appropriate interpretations of these results.

Scenario A
Patient presents with itching, redness and a few “bumps” in the genital region. 

Testing: Culture of “bumps”, DNA testing and Type Specific IgG Blood Testing for HSV-1 and HSV-2
Results: Tests come up negative for all of the above.
Interpretation: This could indicate that the “bumps” were caused by something other than HSV or that the results indicate a “false negative.” This scenario would warrant a re-test. Sometimes there is not enough virus in a lesion for the test to accurately come back positive. This often happens when a lesion is in the process of healing or if the lesion is the result of a recurring infection. If this is a recently exposed individual, then it would take some time for the body to build up antibodies to the virus. If future blood tests come back positive for HSV-1, HSV-2 or both, then this would most probably indicate a new herpes infection. It can take up to 6 months from exposure for a blood test to come back positive for those individuals who are infected.

Scenario B:
Patient presents with some redness and itching in the genital region. No lesions are present.
Testing: Type Specific IgG Blood Testing for HSV-1 and HSV-2
Results: A low positive for HSV-2
Interpretation: This would indicate that the patient might have been exposed to herpes, but future testing would be required. If future blood testing came back again as a low positive, I would recommend a Western Blot Test, a more expensive and yet more accurate test for HSV.

Scenario C:
Patient presents with no known genital symptoms, but does have a history of cold sores. 
Testing: Type Specific IgG Blood Testing for HSV-1 and HSV-2
Results: HSV-1 positive and negative for HSV-2
Interpretation: The positive test result for HSV-1 is not surprising since the patient reported a history of cold sores. Cold sores are caused by the HSV-1 virus. Unfortunately, a patient such as this can not rule out genital herpes, since 85% of the population has genital herpes and does not know it. A blood test can determine the presence of the virus, but it does not indicate the location of the virus in the body.

These are just a few of the many scenarios that people find themselves in when they are reviewing their herpes test results. While index values less than 1.1 should be considered negative and those greater than 3.5 should be considered positive, what about all those numbers in between? 

According to the literature, the Gold Standard for herpes testing is a test called the Western Blot. Due to the expense of this test, it is not not routinely performed as a primary screening for herpes. Where this test shines is in its accuracy. 

The Westover Heights Clinic is currently offering free herpes testing for those individuals interested in a clinical study. If you find yourself in a scenario where your results are inconclusive, a Western Blot test might be a great next step for you.

As with all of the blood tests for herpes, the results will indicate the presence or absence of the herpes virus, but it will not indicate the location of the virus. 

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Practicing Self-Love

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By Contributing Author Stephanie

As I was beginning to write this blog, I started with looking for articles about self-love. There are so many articles out there telling us how to love ourselves and how to practice as much patience with ourselves as we do with others. Although these are all beautiful and inspiring articles I found that the majority was missing one thing.  What do we do when we feel completely unable to love the person we are today, right at this moment?

This is something I have struggled with my whole life, but when I was diagnosed with herpes it became even more difficult.  As women we are constantly surrounded by messages and images telling us what beautiful is, what the ideal woman acts like, and what our health says about our character as women.  It can be extremely difficult to push those messages aside in order to learn to really love yourself, but I would like to share with you all how I have been able to start to do just that in order to accept myself exactly the way that I am. Over the last year I have made it a priority to really get to know myself.  By that I mean I wanted to know what makes me feel happy, sad, excited, anxious, and what things were really most important to me in my life.  Through my efforts this year I have been able to understand what triggers my emotions, what I really value in my life, and many other things I would have never guessed were a part of who I am a year ago.  

Interestingly enough, understanding myself in these ways has helped me to fall in love with the person that I am. When reflecting on this experience, I like to compare it to falling in love with another person.  As we get to know someone, either intimately or as a friend, we start to accept that person for everything he or she is as well as everything he or she is not.  As we accept a person for all he or she has to offer we can start to really love that person unconditionally.  I believe this is what has happened in my relationship with myself over the last year.  By allowing myself to get to know me I have been able to accept myself for everything that I am, and that has given me the ability to love myself unconditionally, herpes and all. I challenge you all to get to know yourselves on the same intimate level you might imagine you would get to know your life partner on.

If you are struggling with accepting yourself as a woman diagnosed with herpes, understanding deeper traits about yourself will allow you to put less emphasis on such a small aspect of your health and life.  Remember that others will only judge you as much as you judge yourself.   I hope what I have discovered will help you all as you begin the same journey that I started a year ago.  Be your biggest fan, and the journey towards unconditional self-love will be easy.