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PCOS Acne: A Natural Approach

What is PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is an endocrine disorder and one of the most common reproductive disorders in women of reproductive age.  This syndrome affects roughly 4-12% of women and can have a huge impact on fertility as well as an increased risk in other health conditions such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity. 

PCOS is diagnosed by hyperandrogenism, and menstrual irregularities, it is considered to be a syndrome with a spectrum of severity.  So while you may have been diagnosed with PCOS you may exhibit only some of the symptoms that hallmark this disease. 

PCOS Acne

While none of these symptoms are ideal, one of the most disheartening and frustrating symptoms that 14-34% of women diagnosed with PCOS exhibit is acne.

While other PCOS symptoms can be managed and hidden, acne is not one of them. This can cause self confidence issues and ultimately affect quality of life.

Acne in PCOS is caused by hyperandrogenism, a hormone imbalance which causes an increase in the male hormone called testosterone. Testosterone causes an increase in the natural oils in our hair follicles called sebum.

The increase in sebum along with bacteria being trapped beneath the hair follicles causes comedones and cystic-like lesions which can appear on the face, neck, upper back and chest. These under the skin cysts are often very painful, inflamed and can leave behind scarring. 

If you suffer from PCOS and acne, here are some easy natural remedies that can help heal and reduce the prevalence of these unwanted blemishes:

Nutrition: Treating PCOS Acne From Within

Our skin is a representation of our digestive system. If you have PCOS and acne you most likely have some level of chronic inflammation in the body as well as insulin resistance.

Sounds scary but the good news is there are many foods and supplements that can help to reduce these symptoms.

An anti-inflammatory diet including lots of healthy omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, sardines, mackerel, flax seeds, walnuts, olive oil) can have a positive effect on PCOS and acne.

Limiting our carbohydrates and increasing our protein consumption can level out the insulin in our body and reduce metabolic symptoms of PCOS.

PCOS Skin Care

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can be a life saver. This natural product has strong anti-microbial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

This over-the-counter product also contains natural acidity which balances the pH of your skin and encourages the growth of healthy bacteria flora on the skin.

Studies have shown that lactic acid can help reduce the prevalence of acne. Use this product as a toner after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Turmeric Face Mask 

Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

Here is a great home remedy to reduce redness, the prevalence and size of blemishes as well as reducing hyper-pigmentation and scars caused by acne:

1/2 teaspoon of organic turmeric, 

2 tablespoons of organic plain yogurt

1 teaspoon of raw honey (Manuka provides the most health benefits)

Combine the above ingredients into a thick paste. Gently cleanse the skin, and apply to the face with clean hands avoiding the eye area.

Let sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse.

*Turmeric can cause temporary staining for those with light skin.

If staining occurs gently, wipe the area with a milk soaked cotton ball.

Clean Makeup Brushes

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes and sponges?

These forgotten beauty products can be a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause and worsen acne.

Clean your brushes weekly with a mild soap, and allow then to dry completely before use.

Facial Renewal Acupuncture 

Facial Renewal Acupuncture can also be a very effective way to treat and reduce cystic acne.

Acupuncture works by inserting tiny needles into the face, causing positive micro-trauma to the area. This micro-trauma signals the production of collagen and elastin to the area, healing blemishes, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and smoothing skin complexion.

If you want to know if facial acupuncture is right for you, contact us for a free 15-minute phone consultation.

Although PCOS and acne can be troubling, the good news is there are lots of ways to naturally manage and improve these unwanted symptoms.

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Photo: Elena Ryzhkovich @yadoohari

PCOS: Top 3 Supplements

I typically get asked “what more can I do if I have PCOS?”

Supplementation along with regular acupuncture treatments is one way that you can positively affect your PCOS diagnosis.

Insulin Resistance

With the correct supplement regimen you can impact your menstrual cycle and increase ovulation by treating insulin resistance.

What does insulin resistance have to do with ovulation, you might ask? A major component that contributes to anovulation in people with PCOS, is insulin resistance. This is when muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond efficiently to insulin, making it more difficult for the cells to absorb glucose from the bloodstream.

This in turn leads to anovulation because higher blood glucose levels cause the ovaries to produce too much testosterone, which interferes with the development of the follicles and prevents normal ovulation. It might go without saying but irregular ovulation is a key factor that can contribute to difficulty in getting pregnant.

Top 3 supplements to help reduce insulin resistance and improve ovulation: 

1. Myo-Inositol 

Myo-Inositol is a part of the B complex vitamin group. It is involved in the metabolism, transport and breakdown of glucose and its conversion to glycogen.

It’s a key factor involved in insulin signalling and it acts as an intracellular secondary messenger, regulating a number of hormones such as thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) (1).

People with PCOS typically have low levels of myo-inositol so supplementation can help improve insulin sensitivity, hormone regulation and improve menstrual/ovulation cycles. 

In a double blind clinical trial, people with PCOS received myo-inositol or a placebo. Results showed that myo-inositol increased insulin sensitivity, improved glucose tolerance and had a positive effect on ovulation.  The myo-inositol group had a 70% ovulation rate, compared to a 21% ovulation rate in the placebo group. Also, the Myo-inositol group had a 66% reduction of serum total testosterone (2). 

2. N-acetylcysteine (NAC)

NAC is an amino acid that helps to replenish glutathione, one of the most powerful antioxidants our bodies need. This antioxidant improves circulating levels of insulin and insulin sensitivity in hyperinsulinemic women with PCOS (3).

Due to NAC’s ability to positively improve insulin sensitivity, it helps people with PCOS to ovulate more regularly. Also, because of its ability to support ovulation, NAC has been used effectively as an adjuvant to Letrozole to help it perform better for ovulation induction. Letrozole is a common medication that is used to help those with PCOS ovulate. 

In a double blind study comparing 2 groups of people with PCOS, the first group was in the NAC + Letrozole group and the 2nd group was in the  Placebo + Letrozole group. The NAC + Letrozole group had bigger follicle development and a 20% higher pregnancy rate compared to the Placebo + Letrozole group (4).  

3. Omega 3 from Fish Oil (DHA + EPA) 

Omega 3’s from fish oil help to improve PCOS by decreasing testosterone, helping to increase ovulation and menstrual regulation.  As mentioned before, insulin resistance increases the ovaries’ production of testosterone and contributes to anovulation. 

In a double blind clinical trial, people diagnosed with PCOS that had elevated testosterone and irregular menstrual cycles were divided into two groups. 

The first group was given Omega 3’s from fish oil for 8 weeks while the second group was given a placebo for 8 weeks. The omega 3 group had a reduction of serum testosterone and were 24% more likely to have a regular menstrual cycle compared to the placebo group (5). 

Not all omega 3’s are the same though: omega 3’s from fish oil are more effective than omega 3’s from non-animal products (plants). This is because omega 3’s from non-animal products are composed of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) and only a small portion of this is converted to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). 

DHA + EPA are what make up the omega 3’s from fish and they don’t need to be converted.  

Contact Us

It is important to mention that it’s best to speak with a qualified practitioner prior to starting a supplement regimen for safety and dosing.

The practitioners at Whole Family Health are always happy to assist you in your fertility journey, contact us today to book a free 15-minute phone consultation! 

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PCOS Holistic Nutritional Program

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 10 people and is the leading cause of infertility. It is commonly associated with insulin resistance and glucose intolerance.

Research has shown healthy eating habits and regular physical activity helps to manage PCOS.

Our Holistic Nutritional Consultant has formulated a comprehensive nutrition program to help reduce symptoms, balance hormones, and optimize organ function by using food as medicine.

She uses a combined approach of both Eastern & Western philosophy to get to the root of the problem.

The 4 week PCOS Nutrition Program includes:


– Customized meal plans tailored to your unique body
 – Recipes & grocery lists
 – Weekly support check ins
 – Specific protocols to balance hormones
 – Lifestyle modification support

If you’ve been wanting to learn how to nourish your body so you can feel happy & healthy in your body – here is your chance!

Special Offer $256

until Sep 30, 2020
(Reg. $320)

For more information book in for a free 15-minute phone consultation.

Tune in to our Facebook Page on Thursday, Sept 24 @ 7pm MT

for our Video Premiere on PCOS Nutrition.

Alicia is going to give you a little sample of her PCOS Nutritional Program!

photo: Elena Ryzhkovich

PCOS Awareness: Facebook Live Events

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) effects 1 in 10 people. It is a genetic, hormone, metabolic and reproductive disorder that can lead to life-long complications.

It can lead to severe anxiety, depression, obesity, endometrial cancer, type 2 diabetes, liver disease and cardiovascular disease.

10-15% of womxn are estimated to have PCOS. It affects millions of people worldwide and carries serious potential long term health consequences. Yet 50% of people living with it are undiagnosed.

It is the leading cause of infertility.

According to the National Institute of Health 50% of people with PCOS will develop type 2 diabetes before age 40.

Some studies show that people with PCOS have 3 times higher risk of developing endometrial cancer and may also be at increased risk of ovarian and breast cancer.

But there’s plenty one can do to address PCOS naturally and through lifestyle changes.

Tune in to our upcoming

Facebook Live Events for supporting PCOS:

Sep 10th:
Supplements for PCOS
with WFH Fertility expert Christina Pistotnik @yegacupuncture

Sep 14th:
Mindfulness for PCOS
with WFH Mindfulness Instructor Dr.Alda Ngo @mindfulnessforfertility

Sep 18th:
Yoga for PCOS
with WFH Fertility Yogi & Acupuncturist Mykayla Sorensen @mykayladoesacupuncture

Sep 24th:
Holistic Nutrition for PCOS
with WFH Women’s Health Holistic Nutritional Consultant Alicia Hamilton @wildbloom.botanicals

For more information on how we can support you with your PCOS symptoms, contact us for a free 15-minute phone consultation.

Canadian Infertility Awareness Week | Free Events

April 19-25
2020 theme | We See You

We know that many of your fertility treatments have been put on hold.

We want to help you transform it into an opportunity to continue to optimize your overall health and fertility.

Throughout the week, we will offer free resources on our Social Media to support you through this uncertain time.

You can keep nourishing the soil before planting that seed.

You and your body will be ready when your treatments can resume.  

FREE Facebook Live Events Schedule


Monday, April 20th
7pm
MINDFULNESS | NOURISHING LIFE
w/ Dr. Ald
a
Registered Doctor of TCM | Acupuncturist | Mindfulness Instructor
Mindfulness decreases stress, calms the mind & helps you recover a sense of peace. All of which supports hormone balance and nourishes life.

Tuesday, April 21st
7pm

DETOX YOUR HOME & YOUR BODY 
w/ Christina

Registered Acupuncturist | FABORM | Fertility Specialist
Learn simple ways to detox your home & body from harsh chemicals and hormone disruptors.

Wednesday, April 22nd
7pm

YOGA-PRESSURE FOR HORMONE BALANCE
w/ Mykayla

Registered Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
Balancing postures & acupressure points to support hormone balance.

Thursday, April 23rd
7pm

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SUPERFOODS 
w/ Alicia
Holistic Nutritional Consultant
A simple superfood approach to reducing inflammation in the body to support hormone balance. 

Friday, April 24th
7pm

LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID: CONNECTING WITH YOUR PARTNER 
w/ Sandra MacLean
Registered Clinical Counsellor | Masters in Counselling Psychology | Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist
Join Dr. Alda & Clinical Counsellor, Sandra in their conversation about how to connect with your partner under the extra pressures of home quarantine.
 

Click the links below to watch Live Events on Facebook or the Replays:

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The Skinny on Eggs

Egg Magic

“ If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends, if broken by an inside force, life begins. “

Did you know that an egg is considered a single cell when unfertilized? Technically, it’s the yolk that is considered the largest cell on earth. (The yolk of an ostrich egg, to be exact). Crazy pants.

An egg cell can give rise to any other type of cell, and is basically designed to support the development of an entire whole new animal. Not entirely new news, but somehow amazing to stop and think about.

Egg Benefits

All to say, for being so affordable, eggs are super nutritious- jammed full of 18 vitamins and minerals, high in protein and important lipids, namely mono and poly-unsaturated fats.

Research shows that despite their past denunciation for being high in cholesterol, their other nutrients, including zinc, selenium, retinol and tocopherols actually have antioxidant effects. They help protect us from degenerative diseases, including cardiovascular disease (what eggs have been accused of causing in the past.)

It’s true that they’re high in cholesterol, however, solid research shows that dietary cholesterol has a smaller effect on total blood cholesterol and harmful LDL cholesterol than overall mix of fats in the diet.

Although another study reports that one egg per day is safe, anything beyond could increase the risk of heart failure with age.

Egg Landscape

That said, in Chinese Medicine, it’s all about each individual’s constitutional landscape.

For example, those with diabetes or heart disease should limit their egg intake. Eggs are also a common allergen, and can cause inflammation and mucus congestion in those who are systemically prone to this.

Ultimately, the middle road and everything in moderation is optimal, and it never hurts to chat with a health professional about what your body’s specific needs are.

Contact us for a free 15 minute consult if you have any questions.

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Paige’s Famous Sausage Lentil Sweet Potato ‘Stewp’ Recipe

Ingredients

4-6 links of hot Italian sausage (pork or turkey)

2 medium sized sweet potatoes cubed

1 bunch kale chopped, stems removed

1 onion chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

¾-1 cup dried lentils or 1 can of lentils

6 cups beef or chicken broth 

Method

Cut open casings of sausage and remove the meat. Saute in a large soup pot, breaking up the meat until cooked through.

Add chopped onion and minced garlic. Saute together until fragrant and translucent. About 1-2 minutes.

Add cubed sweet potato to the pot and saute 1 minute. 

Add lentils and broth. Cook for about 20-30 minutes until lentils are cooked.

Once lentils and sweet potato are cooked, add chopped kale. Stir into soup until the kale is bright and soft. Don’t overcook!

Add salt and pepper to taste.  

Enjoy!

Note: Use as much broth as you’d like. More broth will make it a thinner soup consistency and less broth will make it more of a stew consistency. 

Together While Socially Distancing: Free E-Health Events

We are aware that it’s extra important for our WELLBEING as humans to remain socially CONNECTED as we are physically distanced.

Especially as we are collectively experiencing the stress and anxiety of this extraordinary time.

We really are in this
TOGETHER.

Please join us for the following  

FREE
Facebook Live Events:


March 23rd & 30th
7pm

YOGA-PRESSURE
FOR ALL THE PEOPLE 

Calming postures & acupressure points
for everyone. 

w/ Mykayla
Registered Acupuncturist & Yoga Teacher 



March 24th
7pm

YOGA-PRESSURE
FOR FERTILITY

Balancing postures & acupressure points
to support fertility.

w/ Mykayla
Registered Acupuncturist & Yoga Teacher



March 25th & April 1st
7pm

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION 
FOR ALL THE PEOPLE 

Breathing & bringing presence & resilience into these times.  

w/ Dr. Alda
Registered Doctor of TCM, Acupuncturist & Mindfulness Instructor 



March 31st
7pm

SUPPORTING FERTILITY 
What you can do during home isolation to keep supporting your fertility.  

w/ Christina
Registered Acupuncturist & Fertility Specialist 


April 2nd
7pm

IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS  
Learn what foods help to boost your immune system. Alicia will share an easy recipe that you can prepare at home.  

w/ Alicia
Holistic Nutritional Consultant


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How Estrogen Dominance Affects PMS

How does a typical menstruating day look for you? Is it full of cramps, moodiness, cravings, and tears? Or is it introspective, relaxed, and intuitive?

Premenstrual syndrome is just as the name implies; a syndrome. It’s a disorder, meaning something is out of order – out of the ordinary. Sadly, many people face physical and emotional pain during their period and accept it as normal. But I am here to tell you that PMS is not normal!

Our bodies weren’t designed to hurt us, they are incredibly intelligent and work hard for us every single day. Every ache and pain is a signal to us that something is out of balance. It’s important to keep in mind that these signals can be suppressed when we take Advil or Midol. So if we can remember to observe and thank these symptoms, we can see that they relay a message that it is time to make a change.

UNDERSTANDING SYMPTOMS

What do we think of most when we think of ‘that time of the month’? The first thing that probably comes to mind is emotional instability, moods swinging from happiness to anger to tears.

If you’re familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine, you know that emotions like anger and frustration are related to ‘Liver Qi stagnation’. Although the organ systems in Chinese Medicine are broader functional systems than the actual physical organs, there is some overlap. So one of the major symptoms of PMS leads us to the clue that the liver may be out of balance.

The liver is responsible for regulating and excreting hormones. If it’s congested due to dietary and environmental stress, old hormones get recycled into the body creating hormonal imbalances, like estrogen dominance.

ESTROGEN DOMINANCE

Estrogen dominance is not uncommon, and it is particularly prevalent in those who suffer from endometriosis. It presents in people with essentially too much estrogen compared to progesterone. Estrogen can over saturate the endocrine system for two possible reasons. One, you are taking in too many xenoestrogens. Or two, your body is not breaking down and excreting old estrogen properly.

Xenoestrogens are synthetic and naturally occurring compounds that have estrogenic-like effects within the body. They come from pesticides, conventional makeup, nail polishes, birth control, plastics, BPA, conventionally raised meat, and naturally occurring phytoestrogens come from foods like soy or dairy. These compounds have the ability to bind to estrogen receptors in our bodies and potentially cause hormonal imbalances.

On the other hand, if your liver is sluggish and it isn’t excreting old estrogens properly, they get recycled back into the body creating an excess. The liver is responsible for conjugating old estrogens so that they become water-soluble and leave the body via urine. Because the liver plays such an important role in excreting old hormones, any hormonal imbalance can indicate that the liver is in need of some support.

Signs of estrogen dominance are PMS, mood swings, anger, endometriosis, abnormal weight gain, hormonal acne around the jaw area, irregular periods, cramping, bloating, blood clotting, fatigue, sore breasts, breast cancer.

Estrogen dominance is incredibly common and is not something to be feared. We simply need to understand it to correct it.

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Pesticides: Pesticides and herbicides are a huge problem if you are suffering from hormonal imbalances or liver problems. Our bodies are bombarded with chemicals on a daily basis and the liver has to deal with it, often creating stagnation. Choose organic produce instead, especially those that are typically heavily sprayed and listed on the ‘dirty dozen list’.

BPA and plastic: BPA can imitate the body’s hormones, and it can interfere with production, secretion, function, and elimination of natural hormones. Try to avoid water/drinks that are bottled in plastic.

Conventional beauty or cleaning products: Often conventional soaps, makeup, nail polish, lotions, perfumes, air fresheners have compounds that can mimic estrogen. Swap out products for organic and eco-friendly products to reduce the chemical load in your home.

Nutritional deficiencies: Zinc, Magnesium and B vitamins all play a role in regulating hormones. Studies suggest that nearly 75% of the population are deficient in magnesium, zinc and vitamin B12. Add these into your supplement regime to help regulate hormones.

Low fibre diet: Estrogen latches onto fibre and leaves the body via stool once it has completed its cycle. If you don’t have regular bowel movements (1-3 times daily), estrogen is reabsorbed into the bloodstream, creating estrogen dominance.

Lack of movement: Movement helps to increase blood flow. More exercise like hiking, yoga, dancing, lifting weights, Qi gong, or swimming helps to reduce the number of fatty deposits in the liver so it can metabolize hormones more effectively.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Focus on supporting your liver with foods and herbs. Don’t eat any dense fat in the mornings so that your liver can continue to cleanse itself and get rid of excess estrogen. Dense fats include avocado, eggs, meat, coconut. Save these for lunch or dinner.

Eat cooked, warming, nourishing meals while menstruating to soothe the reproductive system. Try having baked yams, sweet potatoes, beets, warm soup, warm greens, and cruciferous vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

Cruciferous vegetables are an extremely important part of pain-free menstruation due to their ability to stimulate phase 2 of liver detoxification. It is in this phase that old estrogens leave the body. When the liver is overburdened, phase 2 is slowed down, impacting the regulation of hormones.

Drink ginger tea! Ginger relieves menstrual cramps, nausea, and upset stomachs. Try having this before and during menstruation to help avoid cramping. This warming herb helps move blood and the hormones move with it. Remember that it is important to take herbs consistently to really receive their benefits.

MOVE!!! Do some gentle yoga or go for a walk. As difficult as this may seem while experiencing cramps, it will help reduce pain by pumping out stagnant blood pooled up in the liver. By moving blood with movement, you are helping move old hormones out of the body.

Take Broccoli sprout extract. Perhaps one of the most promising supplements to take for estrogen dominance. Sulforaphane, the active compound in broccoli sprout extract, has a unique ability to stimulate the phase 2 liver detoxification system.

The phase 2 pathway is very important since it is the final stage for the removal of harmful compounds and detoxification of excess estrogens. It is so important because it’s actually quite easy to stimulate phase 1 detoxification (for example with herbs and B-vitamins) but it is more difficult to activate the very important phase 2 pathway.

This pathway is essential for the elimination of excess hormones like estrogen. Sulforaphane also has an impressive range of anti-cancer activity by preventing cancer cell replication and reducing tumour growth in women’s reproductive systems.

Drink Nettle and Raspberry leaf tea. Raspberry leaf and Nettle support the reproductive system by supporting the adrenal glands production of progesterone, the opposing hormone needed to balance estrogen. In women’s health, the ovaries get a lot of attention for producing the reproductive hormones. In truth, the adrenal glands share equal responsibility in producing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When hormones are thrown off balance, it’s important to look at the health of the adrenal glands as they help to regulate normal levels.

Eat fruit. A woman’s reproductive system is like a flowering tree that requires the proper nutrients to bear fruit. And those nutrients come from, well, fruit. The phytonutrients found in fruit play a critical role in avoiding disease and polycystic ovary syndrome with the help of their anti-cancer and anti-tumour properties. The abundance of antioxidants found in fruit also helps detox a stagnant liver to help remove old estrogens. The active water content in fruit hydrate a thirsty liver and soothe tight muscles that are associated with cramping. Eat an abundance of fruit; especially berries, apples, papaya, cranberries, pomegranates and melons.

Use organic tampons and pads. The chemicals found in conventional tampons and pads are endocrine disruptors meaning they mimic the action of estrogen in the body and cause imbalances. This rule also applies to household cleaning products, makeup, detergents, and food. Buy organic as much as possible.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T DO

Try to limit meat as much as possible while menstruating because its hormone content can mess with our own. You should definitely avoid red meat, processed meat, sandwich meat, and conventionally raised meat. Choose organic, grass-fed meat if you do choose to eat it.

Avoid heavy, creamy, cheesy sauces. These are hard on the liver and create even more stagnation.

Avoid oily or fried foods as the fat content slows down the liver.

Avoid consuming ice cream, iced drinks or chilled foods as the coldness increases stagnation and cramping.

Avoid drinking alcohol. For obvious reasons. Especially right before or during your period. We need to support our liver as much as possible during this time, not repress it.

Avoid eating too late in the evening. Nighttime is when the body regenerates all of its organs. Your liver is supposed to be repairing itself, not secreting bile to digest the food that you ate. If you eat late at night, your liver won’t fully regenerate.

Don’t repress your emotions. Repressing your emotions puts stress on your organs and slows down their function. Say how you’re feeling aloud, even if it’s just to yourself, or journal how you feel as a form of release.

CONCLUSION

It’s the liver!

Four Health Benefits of Farro

Farro is the nutritious and healthy ancient grain that we featured in our mindful eating for men’s cooking class when we teamed up with RGE RD’s co-owner, Chef Blair.  It has such remarkable health benefits that we wanted to discuss them here in our blog.

1. Farro is fibre packed

We often tend to turn to brown rice to increase our fibre intake.  However, farro contains 4 times as much fibre as brown rice. One cup of farro has the equivalent of four medium sized bananas in fibre!

The complex carbohydrates found in farro also break down more slowly, helping to steady our blood sugar levels.  The extra fibre is essential to help keep our colon healthy, reduce arterial plaque build up and balance our gut microbiome!

2.  Farro is protein rich

Perhaps it isn’t typical to consider grains as a great source of protein, however, farro is packed with protein.  One cup of farro provides 28 grams of protein. This is the same amount as a three ounce piece of sirloin steak!

Protein is an essential macronutrient that helps to build muscle, tissue and cells.  Higher protein foods can also help to keep the body feeling fuller for longer, causing a rise in fullness hormones and reducing hunger hormones.  

3.  Farro is highly antioxidant

Whole grains can be just as important as fruits and vegetables, when it comes to being a rich source of antioxidants in the diet.  Farro is an excellent source of polyphenols, carotenoids and selenium. These are all important antioxidants for the body.

Antioxidants protect the body’s cells from free radical damage.  This can help to prevent against diseases such as cancers, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases.  

4.  Farro is high in B vitamins

In general, B vitamins can be difficult to acquire through a vegetarian diet, and yet they are so essential for our health.  Farro contains multiple B vitamins, especially vitamins B3 (niacin) and B2. This makes farro a perfect addition to a plant-based diet. 

B vitamins are crucial for metabolic health, helping to convert carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy.  In addition to helping maintain high energy levels, these vitamins also support the central nervous system in general. They keep the brain healthy and benefit neurotransmitter function.

If you want to learn how to incorporate farro into a stupendously delectable meal, please see the recipe from our Mindful Eating Cooking Class with Chef Blair from Rge Rd.  

This cooking class was such a hit that we will most certainly be doing another one in the future!  Stay tuned to find out where and when!

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