Vitex agnus castus also known as chaste tree or chaste berry is an herb that is commonly used in Europe to treat hormonal imbalances and menstrual pains. While this does not work for everyone, many women with PCOS – including me seem to have great success with it.
After coconut oil, castor oil is probably my favourite oil when it comes to home remedies. I have recently started loosing a lot of my eyelashes and eyebrows and castor oil has been a life saver.
Magnesium is probably one of the most important elements that our bodies need to survive. Is important for healthy bone formation, regulating blood pressure, maintaining heart health, energy production and nerve functions. It also aids in blood sugar control. A magnesium deficiency is a little difficult to diagnose, as magnesium can not be measured with a normal blood serum test. The serum contains less than 1% of the body’s total magnesium. A more accurate alternative would be a RBC magnesim test which checks the amount of magnesium in the red blood cells.
I am a huge fan of probiotics and I am constantly looking to improve my gut health. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that improve the digestive system. They are naturally found in human bodies, however taking antibiotics or eating an unhealthy diet can lead to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. Apart from antibiotics sugar, GMO foods, stress and other medications can also destroy good gut bacteria. When the body loses too many good bacteria, taking a probiotic supplement can help to replace them.
My favourite supermarket in Abu Dhabi is Mawasim, located in the Mushrif area. I have been a huge fan from the beginning and they are slowly getting more and more products. For everyone who loves organic fruits and vegetables as much as me and is looking for affordable staples this is the right place to go to. I love supporting small local businesses that believe in the same things I do: affordable organic foods, that are good for the planet and for us.
Apple cider vinegar may seem not very spectacular, but when it comes to the health benefits and diversity it is an outstanding superfood. While it is commonly used for salad dressings and marinades there are so many more uses for apple cider vinegar. It can help regulate blood sugar, improve digestion, clear skin, reduce bad cholesterol and strengthen the immune system. The vinegar also aids to remove toxins and helps with weight loss.
I love natural products that I can easily add to my daily routines. Diatomaceous earth or kiselgur is a not very well known superfood made of fossil remains called diatoms (marine phytoplankton). It is a white powder that has the amazing ability to help the body to increase the absorption of calcium.