Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating With PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

Plant-based eating can offer several benefits for individuals with PCOS.

While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of a plant-based diet on PCOS specifically, adopting a plant-based eating pattern can contribute to overall health improvements, which may help manage PCOS symptoms. Some potential benefits of following a plant-based diet in treatment of PCOS include the following:

PCOS – POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME

What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. In fact, PCOS is the most common endocrine condition in women of reproductive age. It is characterized by a combination of symptoms, including irregular menstrual periods, excess androgen (male hormone) levels, and enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid (follicles), located in each ovary as seen during an ultrasound exam.

PCOS is associated with long term metabolic and psychological conditions such as diabetes, depression, and CVD (cardiovascular disease). It is a chronic condition with potential long lasting effects on a woman’s life.

The Pregnant and Breast-Feeding Vegetarian: Meeting Nutritional Needs

Due to being vegetarian, pregnant vegetarians generally tend to eat less protein (and yet are not likely to be protein-deficient) and more carbohydrates than pregnant non-vegetarians.  As such, a vegetarian diet in pregnancy is not considered to be inadequate.

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Myth: Eating Soya Increases Breast Cancer Risk

Myth: Eating Soya Increases Breast Cancer Risk

In this article, we look at the known causes of Breast Cancer, and look to disprove the myths that eating soya foods increase the risk of breast cancer.

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Oestrogen Metabolism Part 2: Hormone-Driven Cancers

DIETARY changes and the addition of specific nutritional supplements CAN benefit oestrogen metabolism, and as such reduce the risk and incidence of all diseases and conditions in which these oestrogen hormones play a role. (more…)

Menopause: Definitions and Dietary Tips

THE DEFINITION OF MENOPAUSE

“Menopause is one of the most loaded words in a woman’s vocabulary, conjuring up, as it does, visions of a neurotic, dried-up, rapidly ageing woman struggling with uncontrollable hot flushes, a spreading waistline, mood swings, brittle bones, a softening mind and the threat of a host of dread diseases waiting to take over an increasingly fragile body.”  (A quote from the book: “Menopause: A Complete Guide”).

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Oestrogen Metabolism Part 1: Understanding the Basics

OESTROGEN is a broad term for the group of female hormones.

The most potent of these hormones is estradiol.  Two less powerful yet equally important ones include estrone and estriol.

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Study on Women and Heart Implications

Gardner-2001 Study on Women and Heart Implications

The objective of this study was to determine the effect of soy protein and isoflavones on plasma lipid concentrations in postmenopausal, moderately hypercholesterolemic women.

Why was this study done?

The importance of maintaining optimum plasma lipid (HDL, LDL, total cholesterol) concentrations is well established. This study was designed to help understand the effects of soy protein (with or without additional isoflavones) on blood lipids in postmenopausal women.

What did the study find?

The group taking soy that included additional isoflavones had a significant drop in both total and LDL cholesterol levels.

You can download the full case study here.

The Value of Soya for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition of “porous bones”, whereby the density and quality of skeletal bones is reduced. This results in a weakness of skeleton and an increased risk of fractures.

Women are ten times more likely to suffer from osteoporosis than men. However, men can also be affected. One in three women AND one in five men over the age of 50 are affected by osteoporosis.

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The Value of Soya in Women’s Health

Women today face many challenges throughout all the phases of their lifecycles, not least of all making and managing time to care for themselves.

Specific life-cycle phases can pose specific health challenges if not supported with correct nutrition and good lifestyle habits, namely pregnancy, parenthood, menopause, and older-age.

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