Menstrual Health, Fertility, PCOS & Amenorrhea | Lara Briden {Podcast #048)

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About Our Guest: Lara Briden

Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and the period revolutionary—leading the change to better periods.

Informed by a strong science background and more than twenty years with patients, Lara is a passionate communicator about women’s health and alternatives to hormonal birth control.  Her book Period Repair Manual is a manifesto of natural treatment for better hormones and better periods and provides practical solutions using nutrition, supplements, and natural hormones.  Now in its second edition, the book has been an underground sensation and has worked to quietly change the lives of tens of thousands of women.

Lara has helped thousands of women find relief for period problems such as PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, and peri-menopause and currently has consulting rooms in Christchurch, New Zealand.


In This Episode We Discuss:

The Contraceptive Pill Paradigm

The paradigm that The Contraceptive Pill can replace women’s hormones or be as good as women’ hormones.

Reclaiming ovarian function and reclaiming women’s own hormones.

The importance of ovulation.

The Menstrual Cycle - cultivating shakti (divine feminine energy)

Cravings During the Menstrual Cycle

A quality source of magnesium may help with cravings during the cycle. Lara recommends Magnesium Glycinate.

The Infertility Epidemic

Related Listening

Dairy and Cows Milk

How your regular cows dairy (A1 casein) can be a problem for inflammation but A2 dairy can be highly medicinal.

The Importance of Melatonin on Fertility and Reproductive Health

Blue Blocking Glasses are so important for overall melatonin health.

PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome)

  • Basically the situation of elevated androgens (other hormone).
  • The problem with ultrasounds - not a valid way to diagnose PCOS.

Hypothalamic Amenorrhea

  • Commit to increased amount of food for six months but ensure digestion is proper.

Immature Reproductive Organs

Compromises the ovary-brain connection (Hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis).

The Contraceptive Pill

  • Pill bleed is not a real bleed.
  • Can cause immaturity of the menstrual cycle.

Related Listening

Veganism and Menstrual Health, particularly Amenorrhea

Healthy Menopause

  • Naturally it is a smooth transitioning period that can be symptom free.
  • It is closely related to insulin resistance.
  • Mindset and expectations around menopause.

+ MORE!

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Protein Pancakes (Gluten Free)

High protein savoury pancakes that is primarily made of Urad (black gram lentil) – is known to be like “meat for a vegetarian.

Medicinal Qualities: 

  • Doshas: This pancakes are good for Kapha & Pitta.
  • Season: Especially great in winter and cold climates.
  • Male Aphrodisiac – Helpful to increase sperm count in men.
  • Can be a little hard to digest. 

Ingredients

  1. Besan (chickpea) flour – 1/4 cup
  2. Urad flour – 3/4 cup
  3. Onion (chopped) – 1
  4. Salt – per taste
  5. Ajwain Seeds – 1 tsp
  6. Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  7. Tumeric – ¼ tsp
  8. Water – 1 to 2 cups
  9. Ghee or oil for cooking
  10. Fresh Coriander for garnishing
  11. Squeeze of lemon juice ?

Method

  1. In a large bowl mix flour, onion, salt, ajwain, turmeric & cumin seeds
  2. Add water & mix well to make a batter, ensuring no lumps of flour remain
  3. Heat tawa or non stick pan and drizzle on 1 teaspoon of ghee
  4. Spoon 2-3 tbsp of batter onto pan and spread to make a pancake
  5. Shallow fry for about ½ minute. Press down with spatula

6. Flip over and cook on other side for ½ minute

7. Spoon a little more oil or ghee on the sides of the pancake to make it crisp

8. Flip it one more time for about 10 seconds

9. Serve hot with chutney

10 Garnish: With a squeeze of lemon and fresh coriander. ? ?


Related Recipe: Sweet Buckwheat Pancakes


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