The Nutrient Your Hormones Need To Thrive!

THE NUTRIENT YOUR HORMONES NEED TO THRIVE!

12 / JUNE / 2024
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You need protein for a healthy menstrual cycle... it really is that simple, but this is one of the biggest things I see women get wrong as a holistic hormone coach

Skimping on the protein, especially at breakfast can cause hormonal havoc, driving up the cortisol levels and dysregulating your blood sugar levels. This is also why skipping breakfast altogether also isn’t helpful (I’m looking at you intermittent fasting).

Ideally, you're aiming for at least 1.5g/kg ideal body weight per day at an absolute minimum. Tbh, I actually have my clients on a fair bit more than that, but it is a good starting point.

SO WHY IS PROTEIN SO IMPORTANT FOR OUR HORMONES?

Proteins are the building blocks of life, and when it comes to your menstrual health, they act as key players in maintaining hormonal balance and overall well-being.

Adequate protein intake provides the amino acids necessary for hormone synthesis (making your hormones), helping regulate the delicate dance of estrogen and progesterone throughout your cycle.

This not only aids in a smoother menstrual experience but also contributes to mitigating common issues like irregular periods and hormonal fluctuations.

Furthermore, proteins are your allies in managing energy levels and preventing blood sugar spikes.

Stable blood sugar is a cornerstone of hormonal harmony, promoting a more predictable and comfortable menstrual cycle.

Use any of the examples below as a great foundation for making sure you get at least 30g of protein with your main meals (and yes ladies, I know 5 eggs is a lot! But one egg only has about 6g of protein)

Make protein a centrepiece of your meals, add some leafy greens and the rest tends to sort itself out!

30g of protein looks like 👇🏽
🥚 5 eggs
🍗 100g (3.5 oz) turkey
🍖 100g (3.5 oz) chicken breast
🥩 115g (4 oz) eye fillet steak
🥩 130g (4.5 oz) sirloin steak
🍣 150g (5.3 oz) salmon
🍨 285g (10 oz) greek yoghurt

*free range/organic where possible to minimise the amount of synthetic and added hormones

What is your favourite protein source? Let me know in the comments below.

P.S. Want support in mapping out your meals so you get enough protein every day, click here to chat with me about supporting your hormone health through balanced nutrition and lifestyle!

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5 Toxins That Disrupt Hormones

5 SNEAKY TOXINS THAT ARE MESSING WITH YOUR HORMONES

29 / MAY / 2024
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These sneaky toxins a.k.a endocrine disruptors appear in our day to day lives that add up significantly over time, overwhelming and overloading our endocrine (hormone) system, liver and detoxification with an increased toxic burden load on the body.

Which is why removing or reducing your exposure to even just one of these can really make an impact on your hormone health, because it is the things you do daily that make the biggest difference and a real game changer for your hormone health whether it to have symptom free periods or to support you through menopause.

HERE ARE THE TOP 5 THAT I RECOMMEND REMOVING/REDUCING:

  1. Plastics (BPA):
    BPA can be found in many plastics like bottles, containers, and can infiltrate food and water.
    Why you should avoid it: BPA imitates estrogen, disrupting the endocrine system and potentially leading to hormonal imbalances. Choose BPA-free plastics, or glass and stainless steel containers.

  2. Fragrances (Phthalates):
    Phthalates are present in cosmetics, perfumes, and personal care products like sunscreens, shampoo and skincare.
    Why you should avoid them: Phthalates can interfere with hormone production and function. Opt for phthalate-free beauty and personal care items.

  3. Non-Stick Cookware (PFOA):
    Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) can be found in non-stick cookware like Teflon.
    Why you should avoid it: PFOA disrupts the endocrine system, and the surfaces of these pans release toxic fumes when heated. Choose ceramic, cast iron, or stainless steel cookware instead.

  4. Inorganic Fruits + Veggies (Pesticides):
    Pesticides, commonly used in conventional farming, residue on fruits and vegetables can be ingested, and mimic estrogen or testosterone.
    Choose organic produce or wash your veggies with salt, apple cider vinegar and water to reduce exposure to these pesticides.

  5. Receipts (BPS):
    BPS is an alternative to BPA used in thermal paper receipts.
    Why you should avoid it: BPS can be absorbed through the skin and imitate estrogen, disrupting hormone balance.

    Minimise contact with thermal paper receipts and wash hands thoroughly after handling them.

It's not all or nothing when it comes to making these low-tox swaps. Start gradually, and with whatever comes most easily to you.

I'd love to know where you're starting, let me know below!

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Benefits Of The Sauna For Hormone + Metabolic Health

BENEFITS OF THE SAUNA FOR HORMONE + METABOLIC HEALTH

15 / MAY / 2024
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The sauna obsession is real and for good reason... Studies show regular sauna sessions decrease any risk of death by 40% (now whilst that isn’t hormone health or metabolic specific, I think I speak for all of us when I say that is INSANE).

To get all the benefits of sauna for longevity as well as hormone + metabolic health, studies suggest ~60 minutes per week (around 3 - 4 x 20 minute sessions).

HERE'S WHY I USE IT ALMOST DAILY

1. Stress Reduction: sauna sessions can help reduce stress by promoting relaxation and reducing cortisol levels. Lower cortisol levels contribute to a more balanced hormonal profile as well as support stress resilience - aka your body’s ability to tolerate stress easier

2. Improved Insulin Sensitivity: regular sauna use has been linked to improved insulin sensitivity. This is crucial for metabolic health, as enhanced insulin sensitivity allows cells to better respond to insulin, regulating blood sugar levels more effectively.

3. Increased Growth Hormone: sauna sessions may stimulate the release of growth hormone. Growth hormone plays a role in metabolism, muscle development, and overall vitality.

4. Detoxification: saunas induce sweating, which helps eliminate toxins from the body. Detoxification can support overall health and may indirectly impact hormone balance - say goodbye to estrogen dominance and hello to a happy liver.

5. Enhanced Circulation: Heat exposure in saunas promotes blood circulation. Improved blood flow can aid in the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to cells, supporting metabolic processes. Plus the sweating is a form of cardiovascular exercise which revs up the metabolism too.

6. Thyroid Function: some studies suggest that sauna use might have a positive impact on thyroid function, contributing to the regulation of metabolism. It does so by raising our core body temperature so our thyroid doesn’t have to work as hard to manage our metabolism and warmth.

7. Weight Management: sauna use can contribute to calorie burning and may have a positive influence on weight management. However, it's essential to complement sauna use with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

I also love the mental health benefits and improved immune function it gives me. I aim for around 60 minutes total a week to get all the benefits + support longevity.

Usually broken up into 3-4 x 20 minute sessions followed by a cold shower

Have you tried saunas yet? Let me know what you think below

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Top 5 Supplements Every Woman Should Be Taking For Hormone Health

TOP 5 SUPPLEMENTS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD BE TAKING FOR HORMONE HEALTH

1 / MAY / 2024
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One of the biggest questions I get when it comes to hormone health is ‘what supplements should I be taking?’

Now whilst 5 might sound like a lot, there are amazing companies out there that will do a great combo of these in the right dosages to actually help you see a shift.

But please note, I am extra picky with supplement companies that I recommend, as not all supplements are created equally - in terms of dosage but also the type/form of micronutrient that you are getting.

All my clients know how much I stress this, because the wrong type/dosage or even brand can actually make matters worse.

You are probably also wondering, do I even need to supplement?

Well, in reality, whilst I am a FOOD FIRST in my nutrition approach, a lot of these nutrients are no in our soils anymore which means they aren’t in our food, or we are doing things in modern society that deplete these nutrients so much that we are unable to reach the levels needed without supplementation.

BREAKDOWN OF TOP 5 SUPPLEMENTS

Please note this is not replacing medical advice, and you should always check with a qualified practitioner before taking anything (especially if you are on medications)

1. B Vitamins
These are essential for stress, energy, metabolic function, immune system optimisation and ovulation (especially B6, folate and B12).

Beef liver capsules or the food itself is a great option or a high quality B complex like Thorne, BePure or Pure Encapsulations.

2. Magnesium
The more stressed we are the more magnesium we use. Responsible for over 300 different functions in the body, magnesium is essential and helps reduce period pains, headaches and PMS. It can also support blood sugar regulation.

My favourite form is magnesium glycinate, starting dose around 300 mg - however there are different magnesium for different functions. I love Thorne, BePure, or Metagenics CalmX.

Food sources include leafy greens, cacao/chocolate, nuts and seeds.

3. Zinc
One of the biggest deficiencies in our soil is zinc. Zinc is important for ovulation, skin, hair, nails, immunity (to name a few), and 98% of my clients come to me in a deficient state.

Unfortunately the RDI is 15mg and often all you will get over the counter so won’t top your levels up. It is also depleted if you are on the pill. I normally have my clients on a higher therapeutic dosage.

Oysters, red meat and eggs are great sources. Brands I love include BePure, Thorne, and Eve Wellness - Period Pal/All Things Glow.

4. Omega 3's
Yes, even if you are eating fish regularly, this is normally still deficient. Important for brain function, reducing inflammation and therefore supports hormonal acne as well as period cramps.

The scary thing with this is a lot of companies have a higher mercury level than is actually healthy for us to be consuming daily, so I opt for very high grade tested supplements including Nordic Naturals, Designs for Health and BePure.

Food sources include: fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel), chia seeds, walnuts and flaxseed oil

5. Vitamin C
Normally only known for its immune system support, vitamin C is a powerhouse when it comes to cortisol control. Which really supports our hormonal balance.

Be mindful that too much can lead to loose stools and if you have hemochromatosis this is a no-no for you. It is also really hard to get through our food supply, as once the food is picked (e.g. an orange) within 4 days it loses 80% of its vitamin C content

My favourite brands include Metagenics CalmX, BePure, and Designs for Health Liposomal Vitamin C.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS

These are my top 5 supplements that create an amazing baseline for optimal health, however you may need to add some that are more specific to your goals. If you aren’t sure where to start or want a supplement review for tailored advice click here.

Inside the CWC you get access to all my favourite brands and supplement recommendations, as well as discounts off practitioner only supplements to support your health further. Click here to join us!

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4 Things Keeping You From Losing Belly Fat

4 THINGS KEEPING YOU FROM LOSING BELLY FAT

17 / APRIL / 2024
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Losing weight isn’t always easy… especially around our tummies. In fact, this is always the area of biggest complaint when clients come to see me.

Most people experience frustration, shame, and feeling like nothing is working, and I get it

You're eating well
You're exercising regularly
You've cut back on the wine
You've even stopped the daily chocolate fix in the afternoon
And you're feeling like you’re working really hard for not a lot of results

Don’t beat yourself up if you’re feeling any of these! I noticed this in almost all of my clients, which is why I actually don't focus on weight loss in my programs (hear me out)

I’ve done this enough times to know that… When we focus on the number on the scale, it becomes a mind game, all consuming and we look in the mirror every morning wondering why the belly still jiggles.

What we do instead... is focus on what's driving the weight to stick, healing at the ROOT CAUSE, so weight loss is a byproduct of nourishing your body

THERE ARE 4 REASONS TYPICALLY THAT WE STORE WEIGHT…

  1. Poor liver detoxification (hello too much caffeine)
    This speeds up our phase one pathways, but not phase two, which can lead to a traffic jam and our toxins being stored in our fat cells and therefore unable to be cleared from our body
  2. Sugar (you're not getting enough protein)
    If you're craving sweets, you're probably not eating enough, and especially not eating enough protein which keeps those cravings at bay.
  3. Alcohol (yes, every glass of wine does add up)
    It's not just the fact the body sees alcohol as poison and loads up the liver, but it is often laden with sugar, and creates extra stress... more than a trifecta right here!
  4. High stress (that busy schedule of yours is driving that cortisol too high)
    High cortisol causes our body to hold onto weight, particularly around the belly

TRY THIS ONE THING FOR EACH OF THE ABOVE:

☕️ You don't have to give up your coffee, but try having it 90 minutes after waking, with some added protein/fats and only one a day (or a few times a week)

🥩 Aim for 30g of protein at every main meal

🍹 Pause the alcohol for 4 weeks

🙏 Add in some time for you... practice saying NO to things from time to time.

These are the first steps, and I've built out the rest of the step-by-step framework inside Reclaim Your Radiance.

If you’re feeling like the weight just won't shift no matter what you try and want more support, click here for a complimentary wellness assessment call!

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The Mineral You Need To Optimise Your Sleep

THE MINERAL YOU NEED TO OPTIMISE YOUR SLEEP

03 / APRIL / 2024
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Studies have shown low levels of serum magnesium (magnesium in your blood) are associated with low quality sleep and insomnia

I’ve been saying this for years, and this article expands on the role magnesium plays in regulating our circadian rhythm.

If you’re struggling with your sleep, chances are your circadian rhythm is out of alignment and your cortisol and melatonin are out of sync. There’s a lot we can do to reset this, like sunshine exposure, adjusting caffeine timing, balancing blood sugar levels, blue light blocking glasses, dimming the lights at night etc…

But these things take time, it doesn't take just a week to throw your circadian rhythm off, so it can be a few weeks before things start to settle and regulate. Which we both know, when it comes to sleep, lying awake at night is not fun, you just want to sleep now. This is where magnesium comes in.

HOW MAGNESIUM SUPPORTS YOUR SLEEP

All in all, magnesium (especially when combined with B6), can be really supportive in supporting falling asleep, regular sleep patterns and calming the nervous system.

Here’s why this is something you need to know...

The more stressed you are, the more magnesium you use, and with your day to day stress you're burning through a lot more magnesium than you can get with food

Which is a contributing factor to not getting good quality sleep. If you’re stressed, you start to throw out your cortisol levels, reducing your melatonin production in the evening and this is what can often result in that ‘wired but tired’ feeling!

So you struggle to fall asleep, wind up waking up tired, feeling unrested and dragging your feet to get through the day, relying on caffeine for energy (which also depletes your magnesium). Not the best cocktail for us to feel optimal right?!

Magnesium helps you calm your nervous system, bringing down the cortisol and helps you shift into your parasympathetic state which then supports you in falling asleep.

It also helps prevent and soothe cramps, reduce sugar cravings and speed up recovery from training. All of which are even more beneficial at night time, am I right? Waking up to a calf cramp at 3am is excruciating. Not to mention when you sleep you are repairing and the magnesium helps optimise that.

Magnesium is responsible for over 300 different functions in the body, so getting enough daily will make a huge difference to not only your sleep, but energy as well.

MY DOSAGE RECOMMENDATION

Weekly wellness prescription: add ~300mg of magnesium (bis)glycinate to your evening routine. If you want a great quality brand, just DM me here and I can share with you the ones I love that are available in your country and watch your sleep improve tenfold!

Article: PMC6910806

With love,
Sheree xo

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Top 5 Takeaways From NZ Spirit Festival

TOP 5 LESSONS IN SPIRITUAL WELLNESS FROM ATTENDING NZ SPIRIT FEST - and why they matter to your spiritual well-being

20 / MARCH / 2024
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Camping, cacao, dance parties, ceremonies, immersed in nature, drug and alcohol free - a festival where Wellness meets ‘Woo’ as I would call it. NZ Spirit Fest was an incredible experience and one I will never forget. I am grateful I was able to fully immerse myself in the entirety of the 3 nights and 3 full days I spent there, and these are the top 5 lessons I wanted to share with you 😀

MY TOP 5 LESSONS

1. Dance… more
Ironically in the past week I have not been the only one to notice this, in fact numerous scientific studies have been brought to my attention (hello universe), that support what I am about to say. So before you skim over this one… I encourage you to look at the evidence here.

Dance was shown in one study by the BMJ to be the top form of exercise in reducing depression.

Another was linked to significant improvements in body composition in people who were overweight or obese.

Another found it was just as effective at improving the quality of life in people with Parkinson’s as any other form of exercise, also reducing anxiety, and improving depression symptoms.

Further research supports that dance was superior to other forms of exercise in relation to improvements in motivation, memory and social cognition.
But that’s not the best part, sure the science is there, which is amazing, but the personal reason this was one of the biggest lessons for me, was it was a form of true expression. It helps me become super present, tap into my feminine and move energy somatically (we actually did a 2 hour somatic dance workshop at NZ Spirit that was incredibly empowering).

Dance has always been part of my life, there have been chapters when there has been more than others, however dance, especially somatic which is a form I am really loving leaning into (both after a workshop in the US and here), to see the benefits mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

In both instances I had amazing downloads, creative ideas, and insights about myself. I notice when I attend my Monday night Hip Hop class I get bursts of creativity, and clarity as well as the incredible endorphin high.

Dance is so much more than movement, or exercise, in fact I don’t even see it as part of my training routine for my body, it is for my heart, soul and spirit and to feel connected to my essence and self.

So… will you try a dance class or even blast your favourite song and have a little dance party in your living room?

2. Gratitude for my Mother
This one deserves a blog of its own, but it is also super personal so I am going to keep it short and sweet.

One of the biggest inner workings we can do in our life is to heal the mother and father wounding that we have been exposed to. This is present in everyone, because there is wounding either from an unmet need (often done unconsciously by our parents or because of their own wounding), or from trauma.

This is not to blame our parents in any way, it is my core belief that they did the best they knew how to at the time, and it is our job to undo the conditioning that is holding us back from leading the life we wish to lead.

That being said, it was overwhelming to hear and witness stories from all different workshops and people of how under nurturing their mother was during their childhood. Again, there is no judgement or shame, it just really brought awareness to the fact that I was so deeply blessed to have a mother that nurtured me so deeply in a way I could feel and receive her love. Despite not receiving the same from my father, it was a beautiful reminder and awareness of what an incredible upbringing I had.

There was always a lot of affection, praise and connection as well as fun in my household with my mum around and whilst at times I would consider this nurturing a little over-nurturing I am eternally grateful that I experienced it, because it has shaped me into the nurturing, empathetic and caring person I am today.

My business and work with clients is always heart-centred, and it is reflected to me often. I know I still have a lot of work to do on the mother and father wounds, because heck, we aren’t raised perfectly. But I share this to encourage you to reflect on not only the inner work that needs to be done, but on the gifts you were given during your childhood - there are gifts in the trauma too.

3. Community is everything
We are all craving for a sense of love and belonging, it is one of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (see image below). And I can honestly say that there’s only been a few times and places I have truly felt that deep sense of belonging and acceptance.

The first being when I had my work family at Les Mills Howick, the second was my trip to the USA last year and connecting with the women who I’d come to love as sisters over the years, and finally the weekend just had at NZ Spirit.

I have evolved in my beliefs and as a human in this time, and so has my friendship groups and circles, but nothing compared to being in a room full of people at midnight, sober, dancing to some epic beats after having done a sound journey, somatic dance, talked about microdosing and having an abundance of energy from ceremonial cacao… and it all being normal.

There was no judgement, just acceptance and good vibes from everyone. My soul was lit up from this, I walked away from the 3 days with my heart full and feeling like I belonged.

Now this sort of vibe may not be your cup of tea, but I share this because I finally felt like part of a community (and a local one at that). And that feeling was profound. It’s also exactly why community is such a huge part of the programs I run, being able to connect with and share your journey, support, insights, and receive from other like-minded individuals actually fast-tracks our growth, healing and results because we feel safe enough to be ourselves.

4. Healing to Bliss
In every workshop I attended there were tears of some sort, you could either hear it, see it, or feel it coming from those around you. This is because energy was moving through people, they felt safe to be seen and for the trauma to come up and out. Whether this was in sound baths, breathwork, cacao ceremonies, somatic dance, or talks. The festival created a safe space for healing, and for the inner work to be normalised.

As someone who has been on this journey - doing inner child healing, deep somatic work, unconscious reprogramming and resetting limiting beliefs, I was fully prepared for a lot of emotion to come up. However, what happened truly surprised me.

In every workshop I felt grateful, elevated and hit a state of bliss. This was most prominent in the breathwork where I was laughing, deep belly laughing for over half an hour (or what seemed like that), driven from my subconscious. I had no control over it, but what I had tapped into was this pure state of bliss. In sound journeys I felt nothing but warmth wash over me as we were guided and smiles would just appear on my face. In the somatic dance or even when we were dancing late into the night I was tapped into this high vibration that made me feel the most alive and happiest I have ever been. Pure bliss.

And whilst I know that I have so many layers to go on my healing journey still, the inner work is a life journey, it was healing in itself to see that the work I had done, had enabled me to reach a new state of embodiment, a new set point, a new level of wisdom. Which is why I am so grateful for the deep inner work that we are now as a society leaning into more, and that I am able to support my clients through.

5. Let go of control
Living from that state of bliss was remarkable, to be able to hold it for so long in my body felt empowering. However, there were still deep moments of reflection and internalisation that happened that gave me great insight as to where I can improve moving forward.

This particular reflection was super powerful as it was delivered to me through the somatic dance and again through my friend Michelle who I was with when we were in discussion during a workshop.

“You are not responsible for anyone else’s experience” was the voice I heard. Another way this was expressed was “You need to let go of control”.

Even though I have never thought of myself as a controlling individual, especially when it comes to others, I have always needed to have control to feel safe in my life. Control of my food (cue eating disorder), control of my schedule (hello entrepreneur), control of my emotions (deep inner work), the list goes on.

What I hadn’t realised is that my deeply nurturing self, the one that just wants to help and care for others all the time, was actually (in a loving way), a need for control in some respects. It became my identity. I was always labelled as ‘the mother’ or ‘the nana’ of the group. Caring for everyone else, going into ‘saviour mode’ or ‘care mode’ the second anyone needed support of any kind… and there is nothing wrong with this. However, it meant I was unable to relax a lot of the time. It was a need to be needed that I was self-fulfilling and highlighted to me what I need to work on moving forward. That it is safe and okay for me to have the full experience too, and not feel responsible for those around me. The recovering people pleaser within me struggles with this, but it is a huge lesson for me to learn and integrate into my life.

FINAL THOUGHTS

So…. there you have it. My insights and learnings from one of the most powerful 3 days of my life. I hope that some of this resonated with you, and inspires you to self-reflect. Our level of emotional intelligence and self-awareness I truly believe determines how far we will go in life. Thank you for being her and on this journey with me and please feel free to reach out if any of this sparked questions, curiosity or a need for support.

Much love,
Sheree xo

Resources:
https://www.bmj.com/content/384/bmj-2023-075847
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0296089
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38270792/

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Are Weight Loss Drugs Damaging Your Gut

ARE WEIGHT LOSS DRUGS CAUSING YOUR GUT ISSUES

6 / MARCH / 2024
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In the last 12 months we’ve seen a massive increase in weight loss medications, particularly from a peptide perspective - injectables that help regulate appetite and in many cases insulin sensitivity.

Among these are GLP-1 agonists—Ozempic, Liraglutide, Semaglutide (US names) These drugs are known for their impact on weight reduction, but concerns about their effects on gut health and potential promotion of bacterial overgrowth have raised questions.

WHAT THE STUDY SHOWS

A recent study delved into the risks associated with these medications. Researchers tracked 4,800 non-diabetic obese individuals using GLP-1 agonists and compared them to 650 obese individuals taking bupropion-naltrexone. Their one-year observation painted a troubling picture:

-  The GLP-1 group faced a 9.1 times higher risk of pancreatitis, an inflammatory condition affecting the pancreas.

-  The risk of bowel obstruction was 4.2 times higher in the same group.

-  Additionally, the GLP-1 users experienced a 3.7 times higher risk of gastroparesis, a condition causing delayed stomach emptying.

Combining the risks of pancreatitis and bowel obstruction in the GLP-1 group suggested that approximately 125 individuals might potentially develop these conditions within two years of starting treatment.

The study revealed a strong association between these conditions and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), an ailment where bacteria thrive in the small intestine, leading to gastrointestinal issues.

Of concern is the potential rise in SIBO cases among those using GLP-1 agonists. The elevated risks observed for pancreatitis, bowel obstruction, and gastroparesis indicate a higher likelihood of SIBO development, hinting at an alarming trend among individuals seeking weight loss through GLP-1 agonists.

These medications function as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists, essentially working by stimulating insulin production to control blood sugar and regulate appetite. While their primary aim is weight loss, the significant side effects and potential influence on gut health raise a considerable concern.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The study's revelations highlight the necessity for additional research to deepen our understanding of how these medications might alter the gut microbiome and contribute to increased risks of gastrointestinal complications. As more findings emerge, a critical evaluation of the risks associated with specific weight loss treatments becomes imperative.

Weight loss drugs have positively impacted health management for many. However, the study suggests the importance of ensuring that weight loss pursuits do not inadvertently lead to unforeseen health complications. An in-depth understanding of the broader impacts of these medications, including their role in altering the gut microbiome, is crucial to ensuring their safety and efficacy.

As the healthcare landscape evolves, it's essential to comprehensively evaluate the implications and risks associated with weight loss medications, especially given their potential impact on gut health. The study's findings underline the significance of further research to understand the nuances and potential health consequences of these weight loss treatments.

Reference:
https://www.jwatch.org/na56649/2023/10/12/gastrointestinal-adverse-events-patients-taking-glp-1

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Easing Period Pain With Zinc

EASING PERIOD PAIN: A STUDY ON THE EFFECTS OF ZINC SULFATE

21 / FEBRUARY / 2024
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A recent study looked into how zinc sulfate affects high school students dealing with primary dysmenorrhea - that's just a fancy way of saying period pain or cramping that occurs without any other underlying condition. The study had 103 participants who were split into two groups: one group took 40mg of zinc sulfate, while the other group took a placebo for the first three days of their menstrual cycle for a total of three months!

Okay, let's cut to the chase. The group that took zinc saw a significant decrease in pain scores over the three months. But here's the kicker - the most noticeable changes happened during the third cycle. By the end of the study, the average pain scores in the zinc group were about half of what they were in the placebo group. Now, that's what I call progress!

HOW ZINC CAN HELP WITH PERIOD PAIN

Here's where I think it makes things interesting, because it takes about 100 days for the egg released during ovulation to mature - that's roughly three months. So, it makes sense that we saw the biggest improvements around that time. This is a huge reason why all my protocols with clients are for a minimum of three months to truly allow the intervention to work and solidify in the body.

Let's talk about period pain, or the fancy name for it - primary dysmenorrhea. Basically it’s caused by changes in prostaglandin levels, which lead to muscle contractions and, you guessed it, pain. These levels tend to spike when you regularly indulge on highly inflammatory foods like gluten, refined sugar, and those sneaky seed oils. To add insult to injury, low progesterone levels can also ramp up the pain - so if you’re overly stressed, or not ovulating effectively, you can bet your period pain is going to be more prominent.

Now, here's where zinc comes into play. The researchers believe that zinc works its magic by regulating prostaglandin enzymes, boosting antioxidant enzymes, and dialling down inflammation. And guess what? Previous studies have shown similar improvements with zinc sulfate, which just goes to show that we're onto something big here.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS

So, as your go-to wellness coach and expert, I'm here to share your Weekly Wellness Prescription:. I recommend popping 40 - 50mg of zinc for 3 - 4 days, starting the day before your period. Trust me, this little trick could be your ticket to a pain-free period (especially if you combine it with nutritional changes too).

References:
1. Yoon HS, Lee S, Kim JH, & Park SM. (2021). Association of beetroot juice supplementation with exercise capacity and performance: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Nutrients, 13(3), 905. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030905

2. Domínguez R, Cuenca E, Maté-Muñoz JL, García-Fernández P, Serra-Paya N, Estevan MC, Herreros PV, & Garnacho-Castaño MV. (2014). Effects of beetroot juice supplementation on cardiorespiratory endurance in athletes. A systematic review. Nutrients, 6(2), 750–766. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu6020750

3. Wylie LJ, Kelly J, Bailey SJ, Blackwell JR, Skiba PF, Winyard PG, Jeukendrup AE, & Vanhatalo A. (2013). Beetroot juice and exercise: Pharmacodynamic and dose-response relationships. Journal of Applied Physiology, 115(3), 325–336. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00372.2013

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Should You Eat Meat For Health

DOES EATING MEAT ENHANCE OR DECREASE YOUR HEALTH?

07 / FEBRUARY / 2024
SHEREE'S HEALTH DIARIES

Have you ever considered that the key to a longer life might be as simple as the protein on your plate?

It’s one of the biggest things I focus on with my clients, not just in terms of the quantity, but the quality of their protein.

WHAT THE RESEARCH SHOWS

Surprising as it may sound, a recent Japanese study has shed light on the potential impact of protein intake on longevity.

In this study, 833 healthy adults in their late 80s were examined, and the findings were striking. Participants with the highest protein intake demonstrated a remarkable 56% reduced risk of death compared to those with the lowest protein intake. What's noteworthy is that individuals in the high protein group, averaging around 110g of protein daily, consumed twice as much animal protein as the low protein group, which averaged 64g daily.

The researchers concluded that animal protein seemed to have a greater reduction in risk of mortality when compared to plant protein. It suggests that animal and fish protein sources seem to have a protective element, especially at older ages.

Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room – animal protein. There's a prevalent misconception about the health implications of meat, especially red meat. But let me tell you, I couldn't disagree more.

Meat, encompassing poultry and fish, is an integral part of our diet. It provides essential amino acids and micronutrients. Our ancestors have been consuming it for centuries, and it plays a crucial role in supporting hormone balance.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS

I fundamentally believe that humans were designed to eat meat 🍖. Numerous studies have consistently shown that meat is a superior, more bioavailable source of protein compared to plants. It's easier for your body to digest, break down, and utilise.

Of course, the quality of the meat matters - so choosing organic, free range and antibiotic free where possible is going to make a huge difference.

And don't get me wrong, you absolutely need plants (aka veggies) in your diet. It's about balance. Let's dispel the myth and stop demonising meat. Embracing a balanced approach that includes high-quality meat can be a key to unlocking not just a satisfying meal but potentially a longer, healthier life.

Reference:
Kurata, H., Meguro, S., Abe, Y., Sasaki, T., Asakura, K., Arai, Y., & Itoh, H. (2023). Dietary protein intake and all-cause mortality: results from The Kawasaki Aging and Wellbeing Project. BMC Geriatrics, 23(1). National Library of Medicine.
https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-023-04173-w

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