RED HERRING OR RED FLAG??

Inanna is among the most important goddesses in the Mesopotamian culture. She is primarily known as the goddess of sexual love and is sometimes referred to as ‘The great mother’. It is believed that The great mother, Inanna, gave a gift to a woman that is not known among men.
And this is the secret of blood.
The flow at the dark of the moon, the healing blood of the moon’s birth – to men, this is flux and distemper, bother and pain. They imagine we suffer and consider themselves lucky. We do not disabuse them.
In the red tent, the truth is known. In the red tent, where days pass like a gentle stream, as the gift of Inanna courses through us, cleansing the body of last month’s death, preparing the body to receive the new month’s life, women give thanks — for repose and restoration, for the knowledge that life comes from between our legs, and that life costs blood.
The female anatomy is mystery to the world…the menstrual flow is a blessing in disguise. When on the red robot, our hormones have a time of their lives doing a tango with little imps…if the red herring decides to take a rain-check, then there is trouble in paradise. Could there be a mini you on the way or are your ovaries just being classy by wearing a string of pearls?

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he pearls in this case are cysts on the ovary. When there are numerous cysts on either one or both ovaries, then that’s a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition that affects up to 1 in 10 women of childbearing age.

In a nutshell, PCOS is characterized by hormonal imbalances, involving not just the reproductive hormones, like estrogen and testosterone, but also hormones that regulate blood sugar, fat storage and appetite.

he pearls in this case are cysts on the ovary. When there are numerous cysts on either one or both ovaries, then that’s a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition that affects up to 1 in 10 women of childbearing age.

In a nutshell, PCOS is characterized by hormonal imbalances, involving not just the reproductive hormones, like estrogen and testosterone, but also hormones that regulate blood sugar, fat storage and appetite.

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Symptoms of PCOS may include irregular periods, acne, abnormal hair growth, enjoying the libido of a 19-year-old male while having the facial hair of a 16-year-old boy, weight gain or difficulty losing weight. Women with PCOS often develop metabolic syndrome which increases your risk for heart disease and diabetes. The reverse is also true: Women with metabolic syndrome are more likely to develop PCOS. PCOS is also a leading cause of infertility.

With PCOS, it’s a little hard to tell the chicken from the egg. Does weight gain lead to hormonal imbalance or does hormonal imbalance lead to weight gain? Either way, it quickly becomes a vicious cycle.

Polycystic ovary syndrome treatment generally focuses on management of your individual main concerns, such as infertility (whether or not you want to become pregnant), hirsutism (abnormal hair growth), acne or obesity and lowering your chances of getting heart disease and diabetes.

The good news is that PCOS is a manageable condition but a lot of it is up to you and making lifestyle changes can be challenging. Losing weight (if you need to), exercising, eating a diet low in carbohydrates (especially sugar and grain based foods), diet that’s high in protein, vegetables and fiber. In fact, I think that’s a great dietary prescription for just about anyone!

Here are some well-known home remedies for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

  1. Cinnamon

Researchers from Columbia University have found that cinnamon supplementation can help improve menstrual cyclicity in women with PCOS. Plus, a pilot study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility indicates that this herb can help reduce insulin resistance in women with PCOS.

  • Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of hot water. Drink it daily for a few months or until you are satisfied with the results.
  • You can also include this spice in your diet by sprinkling cinnamon powder on your cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter sandwich and on other foods.

 

  1. Flaxseed

Flaxseed can also be used to combat PCOS as it helps decrease androgen levels. It contains lignans that increase the production of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) that binds testosterone in the blood, thereby preventing it from wreaking havoc in the body.

Plus, being high in fiber, flaxseed helps slow down glucose metabolism and lower cholesterol levels. The omega-3 fatty acids in this superfood also reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease.

 

  • Mix one or two tablespoons of freshly ground flax seeds in a glass of water. Drink it daily for a few months or until you are satisfied with the results.
  • Also include ground flax seeds in your diet regularly by adding it to your smoothies, soups and salads.

 

  1. Spearmint Tea

Spearmint tea can also help deal with PCOS due to its anti-androgenic properties. A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that drinking spearmint tea can help reduce hirsutism, or excess body hair, by reducing free and total testosterone levels and increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels.

  • Boil one cup of water in a pan.
  • Add one teaspoon of dried spearmint leaves.
  • Let it simmer for five to 10 minutes.
  • Strain and drink this tea twice daily for a few weeks.

 

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is also beneficial for dealing with PCOS because it helps control blood sugar and keeps your body from producing too much insulin. Less insulin means less testosterone. Plus, it will help you lose weight and improve your overall health.

  • Mix two teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.
  • Drink it daily in the morning and before meals. Continue for several weeks or until you see improvement.
  • You can gradually increase the dosage of apple cider vinegar to up to two tablespoons per glass, two or three times a day. If the taste is too strong for you, mix the apple cider vinegar with orange or any other fruit juice.

 

Note: Kindly consult with your physician in case of any allergies

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane Wanjira says:

    Very informative…duely noted

    Liked by 1 person

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