Celiac disease is a malabsorption syndrome and chronic digestive disorder. The intestine is not able to absorb vital dietary nutrients from foods containing gliadin, an alcohol-soluble portion of gluten. This condition which is often hereditary means the sufferer has a serious intolerance to wheat (including durum, semolina and spelt), rye, oats, barley, and related grain hybrids such as tritaclae and kamut.

Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joint. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis which is characterised by joint degeneration and loss of cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis which is also an autoimmune disorder. In this case the body's immune system attacks its own cartilage and tissue surrounding the joints.

Some detoxification experts advocate fasting, while others do not. It is known that the components of any well-designed detox program will stimulate the body to cleanse itself, but people who are underweight, are undernourished, have weak hearts, have blood sugar issues or are ill should avoid fasting. Some studies have shown that restricting food intake can actually lead to bingeing.

Hemorrhoids are extremely common in industrialised countries and it is estimated that fifty percent of persons over fifty years of age have symptoms of hemorrhoidal disease. Although most people may begin to develop hemorrhoids in the twenties, the symptoms do not become evident normally until in ones thirties!

Enhancing female hormones

Balancing hormones - Natural treatments and remedies?

At Natures Clinicals we suggest you look at the following protocol when balancing hormones.

  • Reduce stress (stress has a powerful impact on the adrenal glands which help manufacture hormones)
  • Tonify your adrenal glands ( for optimum production of estrogen and progesterone)
  • Improve digestive and liver function, so that the downgraded hormones can be eliminated from the system by the bile.
  • Exercise, as this will help greatly.
  • Eat a health promoting diet, which creates optimum balance for your body as a whole
  • Support baseline hormone levels with supplements and herbs where necessary

Diet to help balance hormones

Increase plant estrogens. (These are able to bind to estrogen receptors and weakly stimulate them. In doing so they limit excessive hormonal stimulation from your own, much stronger estrogen hormones.)

Plant estrogens include coumestrol containing plants.Sources are

Soya beans (sprouts) 71.1 ug/gm dry weight - USE FERMENTED sources only - Natto, Miso and Tempeh
Alfalfa sprouts 5.1 ug/gm dry weight
Soya beans 1.2 ug/gm dry weight
Green beans 1.0 ug/gm dry weight
Brussel sprouts 0.4 ug/gm dry weight
Split Peas 0.3 ug/gm dry weight

Plant estrogens also include isoflavone containing plants. (Very weak stimulators). Sources are:
Soya beans (use fermented sources only), alfalfa, clover, parsley, liquorice, chick peas, mung beans, whole grains.

Also consider Lignans. On ingestion they convert to biologically active oestrogens.Sources are:
Linseed, rye, buckwheat, millet, oil seeds, sesame, sunflower, dried seaweeds, whole legumes, whole grains.

Some plants contain tiny amounts of estrogens, E.g. Liquorice, French beans, Apple, Rice.

To avoid chemical oestrogen mimics in the environment, which can contribute to reproductive hormonal problems in both sexes, you should, eat organically fed animal produce and avoid keeping or heating foods in plastic wrap. To protect the nutritional content of your food, you should also avoid using pre-prepared and packaged foods, or foods that have been microwaved.

Decrease intake of certain fats, especially saturated and hydrogenated fats, while increasing intake of fish oils, flax seed oils, olive oils.

Increase green leafy vegetables, except brassica family foods cabbagecabage, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower).

Use organic meat and fowl if possible.

Increase nuts, seeds and avocados

A hypoglycemic diet can be useful, especially limit refined carbohydrates and eat low G.I foods.

Supplementation to help balance hormones

Consider the following on an individual basis, especially if you cannot get enough of these nutrients through your diet:

B complex including plenty of B6 within this (e.g. 100mcg)

Vitamin E is good if you experience breast tenderness, tension, irritability as it modulate prostaglandin and improves estrogen ratios'

Fish oils 3000mg each day as they help regulate inflammatory mediators. Evening Primrose oil can also be helpful for many sufferers

Herbs to help balance hormones

Herbs can be of great assistance with the below treatments in balancing hormone levels. Some examples are:

Reduce Stress -Withania
-Siberian ginseng
Tonifying adrenals -Liquorice
Improve digestive function -Bitters
Improve liver function -Dandelion
-Milk Thistle

Herbs can also support baseline hormone levels. Some of the following depending on your case history:

Dong quai Black Cohosh Wild Yam
Liquorice Hops Peony
Ginseng Sage Red Clover
Beth Root False Unicorn Root

Other herbs may be used depending on your symptoms e.g. skin, circulatory, etc. Please see a qualified herbalist or naturopath for individualised formulas