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Perimenopause - The great rollercoaster

Did you know that the symptoms many media, doctors, and most women commonly refer to as ‘Menopause’ are in fact those of Perimenopause?   So let’s get our terms straight. Menopause is the life phase that happens 12 months after your last period, and is usually when symptoms such as night sweats and insomnia will settle down.  It’s a time of low oestrogen and you should expect to be symptom free and happy during this period.  The average age of menopause in Australia and New Zealand is 51 Perimenopause on the other hand is the 10 or more years leading up to menopause.  It’s this time of much change in a woman’s body and can bring on all sorts of unpleasant...

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Pomegranate as ‘Art-ery’ Therapy

I find it interesting when I look at fruit, or slice it open. It's often remarkably like the internal body tissue it’s primed to support.  Is it not nature’s clever way of directing the traffic?  Omega 3s for example, which are known for their support of mental health are found in abundance in walnuts, which looks just like a brain. When I cut open a pomegranate I observe luscious drops of red pearls in two distinct chambers, separated by a soft, furry pith reminding me of little drops of blood moving around the left and right chambers of the heart.  It should be no great wonder then that research has identified that the simple pomegranate has an effective artery-clearing action...

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