Hormonal Migraines

Hormonal fluctuations can worsen or bring on a migraine. A drop at the end of your cycle before your period starts can be a trigger or too much oestrogen from a lack of detoxification through the liver and gut can trigger an inflammatory cascade involving histamine.

Things you can do to treat hormonal migraines;

– Support your progesterone pathways naturally using herbs such as chaste tree, Wild Yam and nutrients such as Lutein, found in red fruit and vegetables, which plays a vital role in progesterone production

– natural progesterone creams available from your GP – protects the brain from the oestrogen drop before your period and reduces the histamine response

– If you are experiencing Migraines after your period – it could be related to an iron deficiency. The menstrual blood loss can be a migraine trigger if you are iron deficient

– Magnesium and Vitamin B2 are also very effective Migraine treatments

– Food sensitivities can play a huge role in the treatment of Migraines – Gluten in particular has been found to be a trigger.

– Get your hormones and nutrient levels checked.

If you would like to get your profile done – book in for a free chat with us here at Natology!

We offer hormone testing including your treatment plan and 2 consultations for $250.

Testosterone is the new black

To all my gents:

If you want to get fit, lose body weight, improve your energy levels and mental health, you need to know what your hormone levels are. Here is why, what and how:

1. Testosterone:

After the age of 30 your Testosterone levels begin to drop off. It is important to know what your levels are in detail.
Most people don’t know that there are differences in the type of Testosterone tested.

1. Total Testosterone – this is the sum of Testosterone in the bloodstream but doesn’t tell us how much of this has actually gotten into the cell to have an effect
2. Free Testosterone – is what has actually managed to get into the cell. Here is where the magic happens. Once it is activated in the cell it makes men feel happy, strong and confident. This means muscle growth and sex appeal gentlemen! Who doesn’t want that?

Low Testosterone is associated with:

• Obesity, diabetes and Cardiovascular disease
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Fatigue
• Low energy
• Reduced sex drive and lowered fertility

2. Cortisol

This adrenal hormone is needed to produce energy but if it is imbalanced it can cause unwanted weight gain and trigger cravings. We need this hormone to wake up and get ready for the day in the morning and it tapers off as the day goes on and is at it’s lowest at night when it’s time to sleep.
To all men out there: High Cortisol is a Testosterone killer! That means high stress wipes out al of the hard earned T.

Low Cortisol is associated with:

• High abdominal fat
• Low energy and fatigue
• Reduced Libido
• Anxiety and depression

For more info book in a free call to discuss the best option for you or book in to get your hormones tested directly here.

Why it is important to get your hormones checked

Our hormones control everything from the way we feel, look, or appetite, weight, pms, muscle tone, mood and much more.
A simple blood test can help get to the bottom of what’s going on for you. Let’s talk about some of the most important hormones in the body.

OESTROGEN:

➕ Makes your skin look lush, blemish free and hydrated
➕nourishes our bones
➕important for fertility and regulating our menstrual cycle
➕it’s a mood booster

If there is too much oestrogen circulating around the body it can lead to some pretty unpleasant symptoms such as:

➖heavy periods
➖migraines
➖breast tenderness
➖endometriosis and fibroids
➖weight gain
➖acne

Equally is the hormone progesterone which can make is feel amazing when it is in abundance. It’s kind of like the yogi of the hormone. It loves to relax and shine.

In abundance

➕gives you thick and shiny hair ( which is why pregnant women always have such glowy luscious tresses)
➕puts you in a zen headspace and helps you sleep like a baby at night
➕important for fertility and pregnancy, it is released after ovulation and your body produces more when you are pregnant to keep the uterine wall nice and thick for the placenta to attach and feed the baby

When it’s lacking

➖ it can cause hair loss
➖anxiety and sleeplessness
➖fertility and pregnancy issues

Last but not least drumroll please for….: Testosterone
Men and women need this hormone and it has different actions for either.

In Men

➕increases muscle tone and growth
➕boosts libido
➕influences hair growth on the body as well as the scalp
➕boosts mood and confidence

In women it also influences libido and mood as well as the decisionmaking process.

There are many more hormones whichare important and can be tested on an individual basis. These include stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin, thyroid hormone a\which affect our metabolism and weight.

If you are interested in getting your hormones checked, we offer a hormone testing package here at natology and this is how it works:

1. Book in for a phone consult to tell us what’s going on so we can choose the right tests for you

2. You will get a personalized blood test form sent out to get a test done at a standard pathology lab – takes 10minutes

3. We will receive your test results back within 2 days and will make an appointment to discuss your results and create a treatment plan for you.

The cost is $250 which includes both consults and your tests.

Book in for a free chat to discuss what’s best for you or book in for your personalized hormone testing package here.

POST-PILL ACNE?

Click here to find out what you can do to prevent post-pill acne

Certain types of oral contraceptive pills are designed to suppress the oil glands in your skin and when you stop the pill your hormones surge again which increases the oil production again. This generally lasts fo 6 months, which can be really annoying when you are trying to flaunt your beautiful blemish free skin on a selfie.

Here’s what you can do to prevent the post pill-acne blues:

1. Make sure you don’t just come off the pill and hope for the best. Prevention is best and you should really start treating the underlying cause a couple of cycles before you stop the pill.

2. Treat stress and sleep issues as they may have been causing stress levels to push a hormone called Androgen up. This hormone causes our skin to break out mainly around the chin area and the back. Androgen also throws your menstrual cycle out of balance and can cause long cycles and might mean you are not ovulating (anything longer than 35 days is considered too long).

3. Avoid cow’s milk – it contains hormones which mimic oestrogen (cow’s milk is for feeding baby cows, so they can grow big and strong). So that means hello almond milk lattes and goodbye cheese, yoghurt and ice cream. While you are at it, also avoid sugar as it spikes insulin which makes acne worse as it affects how your ovaries respond to hormones.
That means no sugary fruit, juices, chocolates, lollies or sweet alcoholic drinks – yes, wine and champagne are sweet alcoholic drinks too.

4. Get your hormones checked 3 months post coming off the pill – anything earlier will give you a false reading as your body will still be affected by the hormones in the pill. A good test is the DUTCH – hormone test as it assesses all hormone levels including Androgens and Adrenal hormones which hugely affect your skin.

5. Make sure your digestion works and you stay clear of food allergens – any bloating or skin flare ups after food should be noted and checked out. You can get your food allergies tested via a simple blood test with us at Natology.
Take bitter herbs and zinc to get your stomach acid levels up – this usually gets rid of any bloating after meals.

Want to find out more on how to keep your skin looking fresh even off the pill? Book in for a free chat to a Natology Naturopath here.