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Hormones + Wellness

Beth Bridges

The beauty of being sick and tired.

We all know that phrase, ‘I’m sick and tired, of being sick and tired’ … but today I wanted to offer you a different perspective on feeling this way.  Often, we berate our bodies for feeling the way they do. As if our poor bodies are punishing us – through illness or burnout or exhaustion. But, really … there is...
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Period pain: normal or not?

Period pain: normal or not?

Period pain: normal or not?  If you’re someone who suffers with period pain each month, it can be disheartening and overwhelming to hear, ‘period pain isn’t normal and we’re not supposed to get it’, from someone who’s supposedly ‘in the know’. Well, what am I doing wrong, you might think. And why do I get it?  As a naturopath, I...
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Why I'm not interested in being exhausted anymore

Why I’m not interested in being exhausted anymore.

I’ve now entered my 30’s – and the one thing I am mega certain about as I move through this new milestone is this: I’m simply not interested in being exhausted and burnt out anymore. Can you relate? Over the years – in this crazy journey that we call life! – I have come to deeply believe that it is...
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Are these 7 things messing with your hormones?

Are your hormones talking to you lately? Here are my top 7 things that I believe are interfering with the hormonal status of Modern Women: 1. Too much coffee / caffeine. Caffeine directly drives stress hormone production within the body, which is at the root of so much of the hormonal disharmony women experience these days. A little bit is ok...
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Why coming off the pill was the best thing I ever did

Why coming off the Pill was the best thing I ever did.

My journey Like so many teenage girls, I was put on the oral contraceptive pill at age 16, to ‘help’ my acne and irregular periods. Far from ‘helping’, I believe this experience (and this very powerful pharmaceutical), contributed hugely to the anxiety, intense unexplainable sadness, and mood swings I experienced over those years. At one point, I was even placed...
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Your hormones are your guide

Your hormones are your guide.

Hormonal imbalances are reflective of SO much more than just our physical health – they often reflect things about our lives that desperately need to change.  They shine light on what isn’t working, where we need to draw stronger boundaries, and dramatically raise our own self-care.  So often, we just ignore our hormones, and brush off any hormonal symptoms so...
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My journey with anxiety

My journey with anxiety (and how I continue to overcome it).

Me and anxiety have always been old friends.  About 12 years ago, I was a 19-year old uni student, and I used to have to run out of the lecture theatre as an impending anxiety attack would approach, fearing the ‘closed-in-ness’ of those walls. I used to be driving on the freeway and be scared that I’d crash my car...
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Women, stress and hormones

Women, stress and hormones.

Collectively, women are having a harder time than ever before with their health (myself included). For so many of us, every day feels like a constant struggle to just ‘get everything done’ – an endeavour that, unfortunately, always seems to come before our own wellbeing. Even if we are aware of our need to nourish and nurture ourselves, it’s still a...
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Why I'll never diet again

Why I’ll never diet again.

When you study nutrition or naturopathy, your life becomes an analysis of EVERYTHING you put past your lips. It really does. Maybe not for everyone, but for me, it seemed like a necessary rite of passage for becoming a health practitioner. But it’s not just within the walls of the lecture theatres. It seems like EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, there’s a...
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