In this episode, naturopathic clinician Angela Hywood returns to the show to talk with host Sara Le Brun Blashka, MS, about the role of herbs in premenstrual syndrome (PMS). According to The Office on Women’s Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 90 percent of women report premenstrual symptoms at some point in their lives.
There are different PMS-related symptoms experienced between individuals, even different symptoms experienced by the same individual on different cycles. Angela breaks down PMS symptoms into four main subtypes, which she says can help in the decision-making process for diet and lifestyle support solutions.
Females with high histamine associated with their menstrual cycle also may lack the ability to produce an enzyme called diamine oxidase (DAO), which is responsible for breaking down histamine. Angela’s “giveaway detective signs” include migraine, general fluid retention, loose bowels, cramps, and ovulation and period pain. She recommends supporting the detoxification of histamine and supporting the immune system. Relevant herbs include rosemary, Schisandra, black cumin seed, and skullcap.
When considering iodine for breast pain during PMS, Angela looks for fibrocystic breast issues pre-menstrually. Importantly, she stresses being careful with dosages and keeping a close watch over individual iodine status.
Wild yam may provide estrogen support for women experiencing period pain. However, there are many misconceptions about the usage of wild yam, something Angela calls “the wild yam scam.”
>> Audio bookmark: Angela’s go-to herbal protocol for the luteal phase:
Lastly, Angela highlights the importance of a wholistic approach to addressing PMS, especially stress management and mental health support.
>> Audio bookmark: “Take a step back and ask: What is our body asking us?”
Millions of young men worldwide suffer from low testosterone levels but the symptoms are often mistaken for depression. One of the most high-profile celebrities to speak out publicly about having low testosterone is Robbie Williams, the singer formerly in Take That. Diagnosed with testosterone deficiency in his thirties, Williams initially sought treatment for depression, but was told by doctors that he had the testosterone levels of an 80-year-old.
Natalie was invited to join the conversation at an international summit, The Birth of Mothers, in January 2022. Her topic is one that is SO incredible important, Boosting Male Fertility. Watch here for Natalies advise and pearls of wisdom to help your man become super-fertile!
The festive season is upon us so here are my three top tips for navigating the endless social events and disruption to good habits.
This is especially important for those of us over 45 as it is so easy to indulge and undo all the good work leaving us feeling unwell and unhappy about the extra “thickening” around the middle which is so hard to lose!