Irregular menses?

Irregular menses?  We have seen remarkable effects with a very simple solution!  Seed cycling promotes healthy hormonal metabolism! Flax balances out estrogen while sunflower and sesame seeds can balance out progesterone.

Seed Cycling Tips

Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of fresh ground raw seeds and remember to hydrate with all the extra fiber 😉

How do you know when to start if your cycle is irregular? Use the moon cycle.

The new moon start with flax seeds.

The full moon start with a sunflower/sesame seed combination. 

Happy regular cycling! 

XO,

Dr. Cindy

ND, RN, Midwife

Sabita Holistic Center

How Flamingo Therapy Can Help Your Osteoporosis!

Did you know osteoporosis affects 1 in 4 women over the age of 50? This is common concern for women after menopause, but thankfully there are many good natural remedies that can prevent osteoporosis before it even begins!

A simple remedy I share with my clients is Dynamic Flamingo Therapy! It’s simple and easy because it involves standing on one leg 3 times a day for one minute. Just don’t forget to do both legs! If you feel unsteady, lightly hold onto something for stability.  A fun way to remember this therapy is to put a picture of a flamingo over your sink in the bathroom or the kitchen and feel free to multi-task this with other activities.

A recent study on this standing therapy showed that it helped decrease risk of osteoporosis and fractures, even increasing bone density of the femur.

Happy Flamingo-ing Ladies!

XO,

Dr. Cindy

ND, RN, Midwife

Sabita Holistic Center

When HOT flashes meet Summer HEAT: How to deal!

Ladies! Feeling HOT, HOT, HOT!?

What could be worse than having hot flashes in the heat? Tired of hearing about cold water and cold cloths? Been there, done that? The truth is that is NOT working to control the hot flashes and sweats; the flushed face and chest that lasts now for what seems like hours when it used to be just a few seconds. So let’s not just focus on the symptoms but let’s help reduce and prevent them in the first place!  

One of my favorite supplements to suggest for hot flashes is magnesium. Many of us are depleted in magnesium and it works for so many issues! Studies have shown that magnesium can reduce hot flashes significantly and hot flashes can deplete magnesium (minerals can be lost through sweat). Magnesium can also be helpful for insomnia, constipation and muscle pain too!

Start low at 250mg and if no improvement move on up to 500mg after a few nights. The only real side effect is diarrhea which for most people will occur when taking around 800 to 900mg. There is a sustained release product if you trend towards diarrhea already.  Different blends of magnesium are indicated for various other issues which will be discussed in another tip.

Sleep well and dry ladies!

Have any questions about hot flashes or magnesium? Let us know!

XO,

Dr. Cindy

ND, RN & Midwife

Sabita Holistic Center

Not feeling in the mood?

Not feeling in the mood? While taking the pill can make life feel more convenient, it will also stop your regular hormones from doing what they need to do.  This reduction in estrogen can actually cause changes in some women’s vaginal area that is similar to changes that occur with menopause. So, what to do? Try using coconut oil for lubrication.  Did you know coconut oil lube can actually enhance sensation, help couples last longer, and make sex feel more pleasurable overall. Yes, please! Just a reminder before slipping into the sheets, make sure to try some on a small area first to see if you are sensitive to it.

We can help with hormonal testing. Have questions? Call 203-254-2633 for a free 15 minute consult.

XO,

Dr. Cindy

ND, RN & Midwife

Sabita Holistic Center


Turmeric: Did you know?

Turmeric: Did you know?

I get a lot of questions about Turmeric, mostly in relationship to “how much should I be taking”.

Turmeric is one of those supplements that has been touted as good for everything.  In fact, it is pretty incredible. Mostly I prescribe it as an anti-inflammatory. I also think it is a good idea to eat your supplements which means cooking with it. Sometimes you cannot take a therapeutic amount by just eating it as a food.

If you want anti-inflammatory effects you need to get 500 to 1,000 milligrams of curcuminoids per day.”

When using the spice on its own, the common rule of thumb is that there are 200 milligrams of curcumin in one teaspoon of fresh or ground turmeric (though it varies a bit depending on the source and origins).

Did you also know?

  • Turmeric serves as a natural pain reliever

  • It also aids in digestion and gives our bodies liver support

  • It is a good source of Vitamin C, Magnesium, Iron and Potassium

  • Turmeric an be used for moderate skincare, especially for pimples


XO,

Dr. Cindy

Dr. Cindy is a ND, RN, Midwife and Instructor with more than 30 years experience.

If you would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Cindy call us at (203) 254 - 2633 to discuss your health concerns. We would love to help!


Need a new Quick & Healthy Breakfast Idea?

Want to start your day with a hearty breakfast but don’t have time in the morning? Why not pull out your slow cooker – it’s not just for dinner!   Prep some oatmeal to cook overnight and come down in the morning to a hot, delicious breakfast ready to go!

Steel-cut oats works best, as they are the least processed of all oatmeal varieties, meaning they are coarser and maintain their texture after cooking - rolled oats can get a bit mushy overnight.  

For 4 servings, start by combining one cup of steel-cut oatmeal with 3 cups of water and a pinch of kosher or Himalayan salt in the pot of your slow cooker.   Set to cook on ‘Low’ overnight (or for 6 hours if yours has a timer). Then pick one of the add-ons below, or simply use your imagination!

✅  Substitute full-fat coconut (or almond or cashew) milk for one half of the water in the recipe.

✅  Include ¼ teaspoon vanilla, ½ teaspoon cinnamon & a diced, peeled apple before cooking.

✅ Top cooked oatmeal with fresh berries, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, or  chia seeds

✅ or swirl in a spoonful of almond or peanut butter.

XO,

Koren Bradshaw

Koren is a clinical nutritionist and certified lactation counselor passionate about functional nutrition and lifestyle education.

If you would like to set up a consultation with Koren call us at (203) 254 - 2633 to discuss your health concerns. We would love to help!


Can toxic overload stall your weight-loss?

So many of our toxins accumulate, overwhelming our bodies defenses. When the liver gets sluggish this impedes normal metabolism including fluid retention, puffiness and bloat. By reducing or eliminating what creates toxic overload and giving the body the nutrients it needs we can help eliminate chronic inflammation. By eliminating food sensitivities we can help to strengthen the gut.

Time to load up on the cruciferous veggies, berries galore, garlic and spices to help speed things up.

Have you been wanting to make some changes and looking for some professional and personal support?

We started off the beginning of the spring cleanse series. Everyone in the group had their own insights into how the cleanse helped them. Feeling clearer, with improved focus was one example. The idea of the cleanse was not to lose weight but all of us did. Moving forward with healthier eating habits and less sugar cravings was a general theme. Were we going to go back to old habits? Likely, but maybe not quite the same as before. One participant pointed out, his goal was to have smaller portions. Another plans to have healthy protein shakes every morning.  I’m proud of all of us. None of us had to do this for our health, it is not an easy task to change what you are doing daily, but we did it and are the better for making this commitment to ourselves.  

It’s easy to fall out of sync, exercise too little, lose touch with yourself, work too much, lose touch with yourself, or over-indulge. In just a few short weeks of releasing toxins, science based nutrition you will experience the trans-formative power of nutrient dense whole foods. Let me bring my 25+ years of naturopathic experience with no fads, no gimmicks, no BS!

XO,

Dr. Cindy

ND, RN & Midwife

How Milk Thistle Can Help Your Spring Cleanse

Currently I, and my group of yearly spring cleansers are entering our second week of “detoxing”.

The benefits of our cleanse are already observed with some weight loss, some clarity, less headaches. I’m quite proud of one of our members who has cut her large dunk’in coffee down to a tiny cup.

There are so many ways to cleanse your body of the toxins that are ubiquitous in our world. Silybum Marianum  commonly known as milk thistle is one herb you will usually find it in any cleanse product that you purchase.

Milk Thistle has been utilized for multiple ailments but the one it is best known for is to help the liver detoxify. It has antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory components.

I have prescribed it frequently and have seen it, along with other measures, improve liver function tests.

It is considered safe with minimal side effects. It can actually lower blood sugar, so if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia you want to make sure you are aware of this possibility. If you have a ragweed allergy you may also react to Milk Thistle.

Milk thistle also has positive estrogenic effects, and may act like a phytoestrogen which means that it can hop onto the estrogen receptor sites it may help decrease your chances of breast cancer and also may help maintain healthy bones. However, you may read about warnings not to ingest if you have or are at risk for breast cancer. The jury appears to be out about whether or not Milk Thistle helps or hurts someone with hormone-sensitive cancers. Always discuss with your healthcare practitioner before starting any supplement if you do have a medical condition.

Interested in joining our next Spring Cleanse Group? Give us a call at 203-254-2633. We plan to start on Saturday the 27th at 2pm with a follow-up on May 4th and May 11th.

XO,

Dr. Cindy

ND, RN & Midwife

Does CBD Oil Interact With Other Medications?

CBD oil is everywhere. You can find it on the internet, at the local health food store, it may be recommended to take by your Doctor, whether a primary care practitioner, a psychiatrist or an oncologist.

While I have seem remarkable positive results with CBD oil, it can have significant interactions with certain medications, and this all can vary depending upon each person.

Most of you have heard that you shouldn’t have grapefruit juice with certain medications; but most do not know the reason why this is of concern.

Our bodies have an enzyme system called cytochrome P450.  This system helps certain drugs break down, while grapefruit as well as CBD oil along with other supplements and drugs can block cytochrome P-450 from working fully. To complicate this subject more, this enzyme/system varies from person to person.

So what does that mean to you?  It could possibly mean an overload of certain medication, which could potentially create toxicity for your body.  On the positive side it could mean that you may require less medication.

Let’s add another issue; for some drugs, Grapefruit juice and CBD oil ingestion may have the opposite effect in that the drug needs to be broken down in order to create the active component. In these cases, you may be receiving an insufficient amount of your medication to be effective.

So what do you do?  If you are on any medication you should  check with your pharmacist and a healthcare provider to see if CBD oil is safe for you to take.  

XO,

Dr. Cindy

ND, RN & Midwife

Call us today to see if CBD Oil is right for you - (203) 254 – 2633