Womens Health Archives - Page 2 of 4 - Life Essence

April 20, 2017
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Ladies, you know I’m a Nutritionist and that I believe food is medicine. If you’ve worked with me in my clinic or been following me for a while, you also know that I work holistically – I have a deep understanding that all of our body systems work together – because we are beautifully complex beings! This is why I always discuss stress management, sleep and movement with my clients – not just diet. Because it’s all related – wellness will never be one thing in isolation. You can’t eat your way out of a stressed body, no matter how healthy the food. Likewise, you certainly can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet. And sleep? Well, she is the goddess that sits at the top of the pyramid, without her, your body will not function optimally, no matter what.

There are so many wonderful tools we can add to our personal health-kit (honorable mention to meditation and sun shine!) but what I’m really immersing myself in at the moment is essential oils. Oh baby, every single women needs these in her life!

 

My story (the short version)

Ok so here’s the deal. I’ve been personally using essential oils for over 5 years now, but in the past I’ve had a negative mindset around the whole “network marketing” thing, and so I haven’t been sharing them. For those of you who aren’t familiar with doTERRA, they’re a network marketing company – if you purchase these oils through me, I make a small commission. And this is what turns some people off, including me. Thats why I wasn’t sharing.

But thankfully, after a few loving conversations with friends and mentors, I realised I needed to get over myself (yes really!) and in February this year, I joined doTERRA as a Wellness Advocate. From the moment I made that decision, its been onwards and upwards with an abundant mindset! We all need to make money right? doTERRA allows me to do that in a way that feels really good to me. I’m sharing a product I really believe in and love. I’m helping people by educating them and introducing them to something that really has the ability to change their life! Just like Tara did for me, when she introduced me to doTERRA. I trust that the right people will see there is true integrity behind my words and I’m more than ok with the judgement that might come with being a Network Marketer. Everyone has the right to their opinion. Mine changed back in Feb and I’m so bloody grateful for that!

I realised it was crazy for me NOT to share these amazing gifts that Mother Natures has given us. I mean, why would I not advocate something I personally love and know to be incredibly beneficial in so many areas – emotions, digestion, skin care, mood, home cleaning, cellular health, detoxification, home remedies, safe + natural alternatives to just about everything! The list goes on…. so yeah, here I am lovingly sharing an AMAZING product with you today. 

The 3-min run down of what an essential oil is

  • Essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds (fancy jargon meaning small molecules that easily become vapours or gases) that are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Yep, they are 100% natural and straight from our beautiful Mother Nature!
  • Essential oils are what give plants their distinctive smells, they protect plants and play a role in plant pollination.
  • They have a very long history of use when it comes to healing the body – they’re a safe, effective and affordable alternative to synthetic remedies – yes please.
  • These pure plant extract as highly concentrated. 1 drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea!
  • They contain 100’s of natural compounds with many health + healing properties
  • No side effects and safe for the whole family.

Why doTERRA and how I use the oils

If you’re intrigued and want a little more info, I’ve put together all the basics for you right here. Have a read and then if it feels right, get in contact with me. I’d be more than happy to answer your questions (I know I had a lot when I was first learning about doTERRA!) Maybe you’re open to me sending you a few sample in the mail? I’d love to!

I’m going to be sharing a lot more about these oils in the future but for now, I just wanted to tell you why I became a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. So, now you know darling 🙂

A side benefit (you know, the opposite to a side effect!)

When I brought these oils into my business, I never expected to be collaborating with so many like-minded, beautiful and supportive people. The community is my favourite part of this oily journey so far. If you’re interested in collaborating with me to build your own abundant business, click here

 

Talk soon, big love, kiss kiss

Rach

 

 

March 29, 2017
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According to the World Health Organization, more than one in three adults has raised blood pressure. 1 in 3 is a pretty confronting statistic, especially when you think about what high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) can lead to: heart attack and stroke. The good news is, a few simple dietary changes can have a huge impact on blood pressure and I’m going to give you the best tips to get started in this article.

So what’s considered high and what do those numbers actually mean?

When we get our blood pressure taken, we get a reading like 110/80 or “110 over 80”. The 110 is our systolic pressure which is the the pressure exerted on our artery walls when the heart pumps. The 80 is the diastolic pressure which is the pressure exerted when the heart is at rest (ie in between pumps).

According to the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia, there aren’t any set figures for diagnosing high blood pressure, which leave it open to interpretation by your doctor. But according to common practice, you can use the following figures as a guide:

  • Normal blood pressure is below 120/80
  • Prehypertension is between 120/80 – 139/89
  • Stage 1 hypertension is between 140/90 – 159/99
  • Stage 2 hypertension is above 160/100.

What’s the cause of high blood pressure?

Hypertension is a lifestyle disease. It’s the result of a mismatch between our genes and the way we live our lives, including what we eat, our social habits such as drinking and smoking, our high stress society and our chronic lack of sleep and movement – all things that we have the power to change!

The Dietary Route

If you have high blood pressure, you can go down one of two paths. You can take medication that might help treat the symptom, or you can make dietary and lifestyle changes that address the root cause of the issue. If there’s anything you should be putting into your body, in my opinion, it’s healthier food, not pills! So, let’s go through the dietary basics:

Sugar & Refined Carbs

Everyone is banging on about sugar for a reason. This study shows that an increased consumption of sugar and sugar-sweetened beverages has been associated with high blood pressure and that by reducing our intake, we can lower blood pressure. This study shows similar findings.

If you have high blood pressure you need to dramatically reduce or eliminate sweets. Keep a close eye on your refined carbohydrate intake too, as these affect your blood sugar levels in a very similar way to sugar.

Potassium

One of the essential minerals for keeping our blood pressure in check is Potassium.This meta analysis took an in depth look at 19 clinical trials assessing the role of potassium on blood pressure concluded that “an increase in potassium intake should be included in the recommendations for a non-pharmacological approach”.

Unfortunately, the standard Australian diet is typically low in potassium, so if you have high blood pressure I suggest you increase the foods listed below which are naturally high in potassium:

Cooked and cooled potatoes, spinach, beet greens, silverbeet/swiss chard, sweet potatoes, wild Atlantic salmon, avocadoes, button mushrooms, banana’s, tomato paste (be sure to check for added sugar!), natural yoghurt.

Magnesium

Magnesium is another mineral that has been shown to naturally lower blood pressure, although to a lower extent than potassium. Together, these two minerals make a great team to lower blood pressure!

Foods high in magnesium – Nuts (not peanuts which are actually a legume), spinach, seeds, mackerel, beet greens, and dark chocolate (aim for at least 85%)

Cold Water Fish

A wonderful source of EPA and DHA, which are shown to be very effective at reducing blood pressure. Eating cold water fish 3 times a weeks is just as effective as taking a daily high-potency fish oil supplement (plus you get all the co-factors contained in this whole foods option that you miss out on when choose to supplement).

Good sources of DHA – Wild Alaskan salmon, tuna, sardines, herring, anchovies and mackerel.

Salt

We have long been told that high salt diets will raise our blood pressure. But, there are also studies like this one  published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which show that stroke, heart attack and death are more likely to occur in people with a low salt diet. So let straighten this one out:

The white table salt you buy from the supermarket is processed crap and should be avoided, as is the ‘added salt’ that comes in processed foods. On the other hand, unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt are a very different product and I think these are fine, if your adding them to the meal yourself. The thing is, if you’re adding salt to your own plate, you’re not going to add tablespoons of the stuff, but when it’s the hidden and masked in highly processed foods, that’s when your intake can become excessive.

In summary, here is the dietary approach to lowering your blood pressure:

Reduce your sugar & refined carbs intake dramatically, increase magnesium, potassium, EPA & DHA. Use real sea salt or pink Himalayan rock salt for your meals and avoid processed foods high in added salt.

 

 

March 3, 2017
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Oh darling, this list is delicious!

You may already be doing some of these (power to you sister!) but if you need to work on a few, thats ok, we’re all a beautiful piece of artwork in progress, not a finished painting.

Lets learn from each other, here’s what the happiest of us do best:

They know they won’t always get it right

We live in a world fixated on perfectionism. Women put so much pressure on themselves to always get it right, but learning the art of imperfection and allowing ourselves to make mistakes, is absolutely key, if you want to live a happy life. Take a new perspective on the things that don’t turn out how you wanted and ask yourself ‘what is the lesson being given to me here?’

They forgive themselves

No matter what it is you have done, if you forever bear the burden of past mistakes, you will never be happy. Its in the past and you can’t undo it. So forgive yourself darling, no one is perfect and we all make mistakes. The key is to learn from them.

They turn jealousy into inspiration

Comparison is the Queen of happiness thieves. Kick her ass to the curb and instead, use jealousy as an indicator of what you really want. Happy women let themselves be inspired by those they find themselves in envy of. They celebrate her! Because they know, that if she can do it, they sure as heck can do it too!

They go with the flow

You can’t control everything (and why would you want to, honestly?) You and I are part of something SO much bigger than us, there are energies out there that we have no influence over and sometimes, they’re going to rock our world. So go with the flow baby, have you noticed its what the happy people do?

They look within

Anyone who relies on others to be happy, is walking the wrong path. I don’t care how cliche’ it sounds, you honestly have to look within and realise that you are responsible for your own happiness. Its not about the situation, its about how you react to the situation.

They don’t try to change or fix others

To be truly happy, you need to either change your expectations of a person who is making you unhappy, or let them go. And know this: the relationships you have with others, is a reflection of the love and respect you have for yourself.

They focus on the positives

It’s easy to focus on problems, what’s going wrong and the hurtful things other people do to you. In fact, we overwhelm ourselves with it, making it nearly impossible to see the good stuff. But right beside the crappy stuff, is something amazing that you’re missing. Find the positives in your day. Slow down and savour them!  Do this every single day and soon you will see that you’re actually surrounded by so many beautiful reasons to be happy. And if you really want to amp up the positives, start a gratitude journal.

They invest their energy in the things they actually want to

Obligation can be kryptonite to your happiness if you constantly give in and do things you really don’t want to be doing. The trick? Happy people know the art of politely saying no and they understand that declining an invite is ok. If you want to be happy, you have to spend your time doing the things you want to do. And you know what, you do have time, you just need to find it.

They don’t play the blame game

What happy women realise is that culpability won’t change the situation anyway, so they don’t go there. Instead, they take responsibility for their situation and they continue working towards what they want. Like I said above, its how we react to the situation that makes the difference.

They don’t take other peoples opinions too seriously.

Happy women realise that the only person whose opinion of themselves REALLY matters, is their own. Because no matter what other people say to us (good or bad), its only the things that we believe that affect usA handy trick is to talk to yourself like you talk to your best friend. I bet you don’t tell her that she isn’t good enough do you?…

I honestly think happiness is the most important thing in life but shouldn’t waste our time chasing it, we need to create it.  – Rach x

 

March 3, 2017
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I’ve spoken about the very real danger of toxins in our beauty products here before. Sometimes it can all feel a little overwhelming though right? Where exactly do you start and how on earth are you supposed to know which ingredients are ok and which one’s might make you grow a second set of ovaries? I’ve done the research for you and compiled a list of 4 ingredients you can start avoiding right now – we all need to start somewhere.

PARABENS

These are typically added to cosmetic products to extend their shelf life and in recent years have become well known amongst the health conscious as an ingredients to avoid. Parabens are absorbed transdermally (through the skin) and according to this PubMed review, parabens are known to “increase female breast cancer incidence, to interfere with male reproductive functions and to influence development of malignant melanoma”.Another study showed that parabens were present in most breast cancer tumours. Its scary stuff ladies and the companies selling these products don’t give a hoot so PLEASE check your ingredients list and toss out anything that contains parabens.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Anything ending in ‘paraben’ ie methylparaben,  polyparaben, butylparaben etc.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Shampoo & conditioners, moisturisers, sunscreen, makeup, toothpaste, lubricant, shaving gel.

FRAGNANCE

These are synthetic compounds added to products to make them smell nice, and let me tell you, they are a chemical shit-storm. Did you know that a single ‘fragrance’ can be made up of HUNDREDS of ingredients? Most are chemicals, and what’s even scarier is that a fragrance is considered ‘trade secret’ so manufacturers don’t have to disclose what’s in them. So apart from the obvious issue of having no ideas what we’re actually putting on our skin, most fragrances contain phthalates (as a preservative) which disrupt our hormone system and synthetic musks which stop our cells from being able to detoxify correctly. If they can’t detox, they can’t defend themselves and disease sets in.

I wear doTERRA essential oils instead of perfume. These oils have a reputation for being the most pure, beneficial oils on the markert. If you would like to find out how your can purchase these beautiful oils at wholesale prices, feel free to email me on info@lifeessenceonline.com and I’ll be happy to help you. Or you can go here, then click on ‘join and save’

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Perfume, armoa, fragrance, natural fragrance, syntheric fragrance.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Perfumes, colognes, deodorants, soaps, laundry detergent, body butter, hand cream or anything that smells nice.

SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE

Used in products to make them bubble or foam and also as an emulsifier. It’s often contaminated with ethylene oxide which is a known carcinogen and interferes with human development. It also contains 1,4-dioxane which is a suspected carcinogen and very ‘sturdy’ chemical which doesn’t break down easily, so it remains in the environment long after you have rinsed the product off. The real worry with SLS is the long term build up in our bodies.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS).

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Shampoo, scalp treatments, toothpaste, body wash, facial cleansers, foundation, laundry detergent, liquid soaps, hair colour and bleaching agents.

TRICLOSAN

This is added to products to reduce or prevent bacteria from growing. It’s a suspected endocrine disrupter with links to thyroid and reproductive issues and in this study shows a strong link to cancer proliferation. Further to this, and my main concern is that it destroys our microbiome which science is showing more and more, is absolutely critical to our health (and pregnancy as I discuss in depth in this post)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Cloxifenolum ,Irgasan DP-300, Lexol 300, Ster-Zac

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Anything ‘antibacerial’, shampoo, soaps, detergents, toothpaste, deodorants, mouth washes, hand sanitisers.

An Important Note – I want to leave you with is this: Don’t be overwhelmed. ANY change you make today is fantastic & your future self will thank you for it. You have to start somewhere, so just start.