Featuring: Nutritional Biochemist Libby Weaver, Physician and Midwife, Dr Aviva Romm and mega mineral Zinc
This TEDx talk is a must watch for ALL you busy and stressed women out there (ahem, that's all of us then!) as it explains why we need to flip how we think about stress for all round mind-body benefit. We are living in unprecedented times and Nutritional Biochemist, author and speaker helps us make sense of how are bodies are responding to them. Deffo worth 17 minutes of your life.
Did you know our periods are officially recognised as our 6th vital sign by the American Academy of Paediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians? I know right?! Our amazing monthly cycles can actually be used as a predictor of health problems just like blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiratory rate and pain (our original 5 vital signs). It can also be one of the BEST ways of identifying underlying hormonal imbalances throughout our whole body too. Clever eh? Personally, I feel our periods SPEAK to us each month as a way of reporting back how 'well' our mind-body has dealt with the previous months' challenges. It is then up to US whether or not we listen. In this podcast, board certified physician, herbalist and midwife, Dr Aviva, helpfully describes how to recognise 'healthy' monthly cycles as well as less healthy ones. Knowledge is power and learning about your own monthly cycles is always going to be time well spent. Do you track your cycles already?
Must Eat & Take: Zinc
With winter approaching we would all do well to look at our zinc intake from food and consider a supplement if appropriate. I seem to be recommending it all the time right now but why is that? Well, zinc is an essential trace mineral that plays a role in more than a hundred enzymatic reactions in the body, so consuming foods high in zinc regularly is super important. According to the WHO World Health Organization, millions of people throughout the world may have inadequate levels of zinc in their diets. In fact, zinc deficiency is ranked the fifth-leading risk factor in causing disease worldwide!
When you see what zinc does, you'll realise why we all need to be paying attention to our daily intakes (reference: Dr Josh Axe):
Works as a powerful antioxidant
Boosts eye health
Enhances immune function via activating T-cells
Promotes wound healing via improved skin integrity
Balances hormones and supports reproductive health as it's required for oestrogen and progesterone production in men and increases testosterone levels in men
Required to balance insulin level
Promotes muscle growth and repair
Aids in nutrient absorption
Promotes heart health via lowering inflammation and oxidative stress
Plant-based sources of zinc for you to enjoy include: pumpkin, hemp seeds, chickpeas, cocao/cacao powder, cashews, mushrooms, spinach, avocado, almonds but if you don't like or eat these on a regular basis, then a supplement might be in order.
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