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FIBROIDS

A fibroid is a benign tumour made up of muscular and fibrous tissue which develops in the uterus. Mainly effecting women between 30-50 yrs although can affect younger women. It is suggested that 4 out of 5 women will have fibroids at some point during their lives although 75% are symptom free, so completely unaware they have them. In fact many women with fibroids will never experience any problems whilst performing their daily activities as well as maintaining a good quality of life. Fibroids start to shrink naturally after menopause.

However, some women experience symptoms so severe that their ability to maintain their day-to-day activities proves difficult. For these women medication to regulate hormone levels, or surgery to remove the fibroid/s and in some cases remove the uterus, (hysterectomy) seems to be the only way to obtain relief from the unpleasant symptoms.

There are four types of Uterine Fibroids.

Subserosal fibroids, found on the outer uterine wall, can continue to grow putting additional pressure on surrounding organs, causing pelvic pain/pressure.

Submucosal fibroids, found just under the lining of the uterine cavity are the least common type, these large fibroid tumours may increase the size of the uterus cavity, blocking the fallopian tubes causing complications with fertility. Can cause very heavy, excessive menstrual bleeding and prolonged menstruation.

Pedunculated fibroids grow on a stalk, and can grow inside or outside of the uterine wall. They can cause pain and pressure as the fibroids are able to twist on the stalk.

Intramural fibroids, these benign tumours also known as uterine leiomyomas or myomas are found within the uterine wall. The most common of the fibroids can make the uterus feel larger than normal when it expands, so is sometimes mistaken for pregnancy or weight gain.

The additional pressure placed on surrounding organs by the growth of the fibroid can cause frequent urination and pressure. It can also cause excessive menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual cycles, pelvic, back pain and bloating. If located in the cervix area can cause some pain/discomfort during intercourse.

There are no clear reasons why we get fibroids although it is thought that hormones may be a factor. With genetics and ethnicity playing a role. Fibroids are known to be more common in black women.

Nonetheless there is growing evidence, albeit anecdotal, that nutrition can help in reversing and preventing the majority of degenerative diseases we are plagued with today.

We have long forgotten that as women we are very intuitive beings, nobody knows our own body better than we do and if we really think about it we may be able to remember that our body was giving plenty of warnings that all was not well. Everything you feel, that slight niggling pain, the headache, feeling tired and listless are all signs that our immune system is struggling to do its job.

If the immune system is in full working order, nothing can penetrate it. The immune system is our body’s defence against infectious organisms and other invaders. The immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade our systems and cause disease. It is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. We were not designed to get sick!

Ignoring the warning signs as we so often do because of the pressure of family, housework, cooking, looking after elderly parents as well as holding down jobs will eventually take its toll.

So what can we do to heal naturally. We need to get back to basics, it would be almost impossible to revert back to just being a wife, mother and grandmother but we can prioritise and make sure that we look after our bodies properly, make time for ourselves, to pamper and nourish our inner self.

Food for Thought
An 87 year old homeless man, interviewed during the 1970s, was asked how he looked so good, he said “living on the streets is a choice for me, I like the freedom it affords me. And,” he continued, “I don’t eat junk food.”

The market vendors would give him left over fruit or vegetables, whilst a few local restaurant owners would provide him with a free wholesome meal occasionally. He was incredibly fussy about what he put into his own body.

Why didn’t he eat junk food “if I don’t look after my body, I will have nowhere to live.”

To kick start the bodies inborn healing mechanism we have to change the way we nourish ourselves. A 7 day freshly extracted juice body cleanse is an excellent way to begin. Natures fast food flooding the system with all the nutrients it requires, followed by a maintenance programme of one or two juices a day and a “clean” meal.

As well as eating clean it is necessary to manage what you feed your mind, as stress and emotional problems are on the increase with women having to deal with more and more pressures as mentioned above. Think about what you ingest through your ears and eyes, turn off the tv and change your reading material if necessary.

For more in-depth information contact me;

Carol Brace:
29th February 2016

Sleep – Why is it so important

Why is sleep so important to our health and wellbeing, we all know that if we are tired, we can be moody, lack energy, and generally feel unwell, but what is really happening to our bodies:

According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, sleep aids learning, memory, metabolism, weight, mood, cardiovascular health as well as a healthy immune system.
Everyone has their own body clock ( Circadian Rhythm ) a 24 hour cycle that determines when we get sleepy and when we wake. In an ideal world we would wake with the sun and sleep when it got dark.
When we begin to feel sleepy, we fall into very tiny sleeps (nod off for 5-10 seconds) these spells can happen whilst reading or watching television, but can also happen behind the wheel of a car, which is obviously dangerous for those driving as well as other road users. It is thought we need 8 hours sleep a night but most people find they don’t need that amount and can manage quite happily on less.
Studies have shown that sleep disorders can affect the brain and nervous system, cardiovascular system, metabolic functions and immune system. Some of those at risk of sleep deprivation include night shift workers, lorry drivers, parents and teenagers.
Stress suffered due to school, work, personal pressures at home etc can also hamper sleep patterns
There are two kinds of sleep: REM (rapid eye movement sleep when we dream) and non-REM sleep, also called slow wave sleep (SWS). It is during the slow wave sleep that healing takes place, allowing our body to rejuvinate and restore itself, this is also why we tend to sleep more when we are sick to enable the body to heal
Drinking alcohol or tea, coffee, high caffeine drinks before bedtime. Temperature of the bedroom, partners that snore, bright lights, pain or discomfort, even some medications can have side effects that can cause sleep disorders.
The nutrients you give your body can directly affect the amount and quality of sleep you get. Want to learn more about how nutrition affects our overall health sign up to our newsletter for dates of events.

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep. Homer @ 800BC
Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. Thomas Dekker 1572 – 1632
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin 1760 – 1790

October – National Cholesterol Month

Are you someone who is concerned about your elevated cholesterol but not really sure if, or how you can help yourself naturally. There are ways in which you can help your body maintain a healthy balance, which includes a balanced cholesterol level.

So what is cholesterol?  It is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in all cells of the body. The liver makes most of the cholesterol the body requires, with a small amount made by the lining of the small intestine and individual cells of the body, it can also be taken into the body by the food we eat.

There are two types of cholesterol circulating in the bloodstream – HDL (High Density Lipids) and LDL (Low Density Lipids). The HDL are the helpful ones, forming a part of the hormone messaging system so are considered healthy. The LDL levels are the ones which must be kept low in order to prevent arterial plaque and atherosclerosis. Furring of the arteries is the end result of high cholesterol levels which leads to heart valve disease, stroke and other potentially fatal conditions.

Cholesterol is essential, it forms part of every cell in the body and serves many vital functions. Our bodies need cholesterol to maintain healthy cell walls, it is the major precursor for the synthesis of vitamin D and of the various steroid hormones (which include cortisol and aldosterone in the adrenal glands, the sex hormones progesterone, the various estrogens, testosterone, and derivatives). It also aids in the manufacture of bile (which is stored in the gallbladder and helps digest fats) it is important for the metabolism of fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E and K.

As you can see cholesterol is not the bad boy it is portrayed to be. However, elevated blood cholesterol is a very different story, it is a widespread problem today and can lead to blocked arteries and stroke. It is commonly treated with drugs that have unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects.

There are ways you can help yourself in reducing your cholesterol levels. Elevated cholesterol is thought to be the by-product of eating foods with high levels of saturated fat, usually fatty animal products like fatty meats, bacon, eggs, sausages and fried foods, so careful attention to diet and a reduction of these foods can help in reducing high levels.

Increasing your levels of exercise aiming for at least 20 minutes a day can have a beneficial effect on your cholesterol levels. You can achieve this if you find something you enjoy doing rather than joining a gym with all good intention only to give up after the first couple of sessions. Do something that makes you feel good, take a 20 min walk in a park or along the beach in your lunch break, nature is an amazing “pick me up” if you take the time to enjoy it. Dance, again you don’t need to join a class (unless you want to ) you can do this in your kitchen, just put on the music you danced to in your youth and move that body, however you choose to do it, find the fun in movement you are more likely to stick to it if it is something you enjoy.

Following a 5 or 7 day juice cleanse program will not only help to reduce your cholesterol, it will cleanse the blood stream, kicking off the bodies own natural healing mechanism. There are lots of natural juice therapists out there now who will help you choose a programme that is right for you and support you if necessary.

Use this special month to learn all you can about the good and bad of cholesterol and how you can turn your situation around,  you owe it to yourself to live a life free from disease, we were never designed to spend as much time dying as we spend living.

Natural – Holistic – Wellbeing

It is all about “balance” I have successfully achieved this with my body by practising Natural Holistic Wellbeing, recognising what my nutritional needs are to enable the whole of my body to remain balanced.
A balanced body is a healthy body so by making sure I meet my nutritional demands easily on a daily basis I have achieved a truly healthy body that doesn’t let me down by becoming stressed or sick.
My working life as a Natural Juice Therapist is becoming busier by the day. With a passion to make a difference in the world I find I haved joined lots of juicy, raw groups on various forms of social media so have become swamped reading posts every day and commenting where I think I have the expertise to help. I have come to realise it is now time to practice my natural, holistic, wellbeing in this area. I have removed myself from all but a few groups and amazingly, over the last few days I have found so much more time to do the things I love, the things I planned to do when I began my journey 8 years ago.
Yesterday, I parked away from my local town and walked in. I found a lovely new shop that had been there for a month but I had been to busy to notice, I went into the council offices to pay for the venue I had booked for a forthcoming workshop and bumped into my old yoga teacher ( I gave up my weekly class over a year ago as work got in the way ) I start again next Friday. I then popped along to check out her new venue as I wasn’t sure where it was – I was met by a lovely couple who now run it on a volunteer basis, apart from running it as a venue that is used daily for different therapy’s as well as yoga, pilates, and fitness classes etc. they also run youth clubs from there on a voluntary basis doing lots of things with young people, one of which is teaching nutrition. So instead of spending, what was becoming many hours a week I am going to spend some of those saved hours really making a difference to a group of kids, I will be a part of the cooking class they hold each week teaching nutrition, which will of course include juicing. It didn’t end there – I picked up an NHS community health leaflet on my way out, so every Wednesday morning I am going to join the 75 min walk covering the beautiful riverside and rural footpaths around Sandwich.
If all that can happen in just one day of changing how I look at the ways in which I can have more “me” time to live out the next 60 odd years on this amazing planet, just bring on today – I’m off to the hairdressers this morning and instead of my usual rush I will be parking further away, connecting with real people and definitely “smelling the roses” Have a brilliant day however you choose to spend it. 9th May 2015

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