Is your cycle a pain in the knee?

Most women will admit that having a monthly cycle is a pain in the neck – it can affect your mood, energy, or the desire to socialise – plus many other things. But did you know that the hormonal changes surrounding your menstrual cycle also affect the function of the ligaments in the body?

Most people are familiar with lower back pain or pelvic pain associated with a cycle, but there is also an increase in reported incidences of knee pain during this time too. Recent research suggests that females are more likely than males to suffer knee injuries. Menstrual cycle-related changes in the nerves that control muscle activity could explain why.

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Spring has sprung – 10 things to know about hay fever, acupuncture & herbal medicine

1. We love spring but it also means more pollen in the air!

2. For hay fever sufferers more pollen (allergens) can lead to blocked sinus, itchy eyes & throat, tearing, sneezing, congestion and in some cases wheezing, asthma and hives.

3. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) may be able to help alleviate these symptoms and strengthen the body’s immune system, so you’re less susceptible to allergic reaction.

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The benefits of incorporating skipping into your workouts

Firstly, I’d just like to be clear that this is not about skipping your workouts, but incorporating skipping INTO your workouts. It’s a subtle difference, but can have drastically different outcomes!

Recently, I started including skipping into my workouts and it’s been a really fun addition. I also found out there are many benefits for your body and overall wellbeing.

Here are some articles that I’ve come across exploring the benefits of skipping.

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