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Is my acne hormonal?

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Is my acne hormonal?

I hear it a lot in my clinical practice: "I think my acne might be hormonal". In a sense all acne is hormonal. You may not have overt hormonal aberrations turn up on your blood test, but there may be something more subtle at play. Let me explain...

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My top 10 herbs & nutrients for PCOS

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My top 10 herbs & nutrients for PCOS

Herbal medicine has a long history of traditional use, throughout the world, for menstrual irregularities and fertility.  More recently, scientific research has been showing positive results for herbal and nutritional treatments for polycystic ovarian syndrome, and deepening our understanding of the underlying causes.  We now know that herbs and nutrients can be used to adjust levels of specific hormones and encourage the normal, healthy function of organs.  Teamed with modifying our diet and forming good habits in our daily lives, these therapies can form the basis of long-lasting hormonal change. 

Whilst there are some effective natural medicines available over the counter, herbs and nutrients are best prescribed by a trained Herbalist, Nutritionist or Naturopath (both Herbalist & Nutritionist).  When choosing a natural medicine practitioner look for someone with a sound education in Science and who is a member of a government-recognised Professional Association. This means that the practitioner is bound by a duty of care that ensures that they do no harm.  Ask to see their qualifications.  There are a range of treatments that your practitioner may select for you.  Here are my 10 favourite:

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The PCOS solution part 2: healing your gut

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The PCOS solution part 2: healing your gut

You might wonder what the heck your gut has to do with your hormones and ovaries.  Well, a growing body of Scientific research has been highlighting the importance of gut bacteria and digestive health in recent years.  Personally, I have found that patients have the best results with PCOS when they do a gut healing program as part of treatment.

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The PCOS Solution Part 1: beat PCOS with delicious food

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The PCOS Solution Part 1: beat PCOS with delicious food

So now that you know you have PCOS what can you do about it?  The most important change you can make is to your diet and the first step is to quit refined sugar.  Sound difficult?  It’s actually not that hard once your body learns a new way of enjoying food.  In fact, low sugar, whole food eating can be delicious. So much so that you will never want to go back.

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PCOS explained: what happens in your body when you don't ovulate

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PCOS explained: what happens in your body when you don't ovulate

So you’ve been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).  Confused?  I was.  You may have been told it’s about cysts, excess male hormones or lack of ovulation.  All you really know is that something is not right.  It might be showing up for you as acne that persists well beyond your teenage years, excess hair on you belly, chin and upper lip, irregular periods, weight gain, or maybe you’ve finally decided it’s time to have a baby and the pregnancy test is negative month after month...

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How to Recognise PCOS

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How to Recognise PCOS

Got acne? Irregular periods? Excess hair growth? Trouble conceiving? Scalp hair loss? You might have polycystic ovarian syndrome.  Read on to find out...

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