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DEPRESSION: LOW SEROTONIN MAY NOT BE THE CAUSE

If a deficiency of serotonin is not causing the problem, then what is? Many physicians have been asking this question for a long while, and there is actually plenty of research that answers this question. The problem is that, until now, this research had not made it to mainstream media, and so remained largely unacknowledged by the public.

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VITAMIN C ICE LOLLIES

Sometimes getting supplements in can be tricky, and you need to get creative. I have many a trick up my sleeve for sneaking supplements and medicines into little ones, or to hide the taste and texture from even the fussiest of adults.

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HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD YOUR THYROID IS “FINE”?

Have you presented to your GP feeling exhausted, gaining weight, constipated, depressed, with cold hands and feet, hair loss, dry skin, and just feeling generally not great? The doctor may have run some blood tests, and tested your thyroid… and more often than not, told you that it’s “fine”. Your thyroid probably hasn’t been tested properly.

HOW TO HEAL YOUR ANXIETY

A cumulation of everything that I want everybody to know about anxiety, to empower them and direct them to a path of a calmer life so that they can live their life to the fullest. Everything you need to know about anxiety: hormones, gut health, nutrition, testing and everything in between!

ENDOCRINE (HORMONE) DISRUPTING CHEMICALS

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s) are a class of chemicals that mimic, block or interfere with our hormones, such as oestrogen. They can lead to hormone imbalances, infertility, miscarriages, preterm birth, low birth weight, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), sperm abnormalities and breast cancers.

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DRY BODY BRUSHING

The lymphatic system is a complex network of tissues, vessels and organs that work together to remove waste from organs. Lymph fluid contains white blood cells and is thus an integral part of the immune system. When the lymphatic system becomes congested we can present with symptoms such as cellulite, puffiness, water retention, weight gain,Continue reading “DRY BODY BRUSHING”

ADAPTOGENS FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT

Adaptogens are a class of herbal medicine which help the body deal with stress. Adaptogens have been used in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines for centuries to promote health, wellbeing and longevity.

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IMMUNE TEA

This blend of herbs has traditionally been used by naturopaths and herbalists to support a fever and help the body fight off infection. It contains herbal medicines which are suitable for all ages.

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SUPPORTING YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM

In today’s time we are unfortunately surrounded by stress – work, family, city living, health, money, pandemics – the list goes on. Stress negatively impacts almost every biochemical pathway in our bodies and contributes to anxiety, poor sleep, low immunity, digestive disturbances, infertility and so much more.

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5 FOODS TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

Research shows that inflammation is a key mediator in the development of cardiovascular disease, obesity, autoimmune conditions, depression, chronic pain, dementia and many other health conditions that we are seeing on the rise in today’s times. This is partly due to the food we are eating – what we eat can either increase or decrease our bodies inflammatory response.

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH IODINE?

Iodine is an essential mineral which is most commonly known for its involvement in thyroid hormone production. It is also critical for oestrogen metabolism, breast health, ovulation, progesterone production, pregnancy and lactation. Iodine is crucial for human health, and though we only need small amounts of it, deficiency is common.

TOP NUTRIENTS FOR MALE FERTILITY

The research is robust; men’s fertility is on the decline. Big time. Sperm counts have dropped significantly in the last few decades. Thankfully, men generate new sperm every 72-76 days. This means that unlike women, who are born with all of their eggs, men have an incredible opportunity to completely change the health of their sperm, and therefore the health of their future children, prior to conceiving.

ENDOMETRIOSIS

Endometriosis is a whole-body inflammatory disease, it is not just a reproductive disorder. The average time taken from the onset of symptoms to a diagnosis of endometriosis is 7-10 years. Unfortunately, this means there are many people walking around with undiagnosed endometriosis.

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH VITAMIN D?

Vitamin D in the body acts as both a vitamin and a hormone. By far the most important function of vitamin D is that it aids in absorption of calcium and phosphorus through our intestines. Adequate vitamin D levels are essential for a healthy pregnancy and levels should be screened prior to conception.

LOW LIBIDO?

A strong libido is a by-product and benefit of peak health. Your hormone health, and thus your libido, is a reflection of multiple aspects of your health, hence a lacking libido is a sign of an imbalance on either a physical, mental or emotional level.

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH MAGNESIUM?

Magnesium is a phenomenal mineral which is required for over 300 reactions in the body. It is involved in thyroid hormone production, oestrogen metabolism, insulin sensitivity (PCOS, weight management, diabetes), carbohydrate metabolism (sugar cravings), energy production, sleep, muscle contraction (period pain, endometriosis, blood pressure, heart health), as well as neurotransmitter production, helping to alleviate anxiety and depression.

SEED CYCLING FOR HORMONE BALANCE

Seed cycling is believed to help balance oestrogen in the follicular (pre-ovulation) phase and progesterone in the luteal (post-ovulation) phase of the menstrual cycle. There are two phases for seed cycling: Phase 1 of seed cycling involves eating one tablespoon of raw, ground pumpkin seeds and one tablespoon of raw, ground flax seeds from day oneContinue reading “SEED CYCLING FOR HORMONE BALANCE”

HISTAMINE AND HORMONES

Histamine is an immune signalling protein, which is released by mast cells – a type of immune cell. Histamine is also a neurotransmitter, and too much of it can cause anxiety and insomnia, and block serotonin (your happy chemical) production. Thus, histamine can have a big impact on your mood. Histamine also stimulates oestrogen production.Continue reading “HISTAMINE AND HORMONES”

PREMENSTRUAL DYSPHORIC DISORDER (PMDD)

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a very severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Symptoms occur in the luteal phase (the second half) of the menstrual cycle and can include anxiety, depression, panic attacks, anger and suicidal thoughts.

MANAGING MENOPAUSE

As most of us know, menopause is defined as the cessation of menstrual periods and can be diagnosed after 12 months of amenorrhoea (no menstrual periods). It is the natural state the body enters after the ovaries have stopped ovulating, due to depletion of eggs. Menopause generally occurs between the ages of 40 and 55Continue reading “MANAGING MENOPAUSE”

OPTIMISING PRE-NATAL HEALTH

There is much that can be done to optimise your health and wellbeing prior to conceiving. Infact, there is plenty of research to show the impacts that our diets and lifestyle have on fertility outcomes – from falling pregnant, to staying pregnant, to enjoying pregnancy! Taking 4-6 months prior to attempting conception to clean upContinue reading “OPTIMISING PRE-NATAL HEALTH”

PERIOD PAIN IS NOT NORMAL

Period pain is not normal. Yep, I said it. Why on earth would pain be normal? It wouldn’t, and it isn’t. Sadly, period pain is common and is debilitating for many – debilitating enough to take strong pain killers each month, or to go on the contraceptive pill which is sold as a cure. TheContinue reading “PERIOD PAIN IS NOT NORMAL”

PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS)

PMS is the name for a cluster of symptoms that can be experienced in the 1-2 weeks preceding a menstrual period. Symptoms can include mood swings, fatigue, bloating, food cravings, anxiety, depression, tearfulness, breast tenderness, headaches/migraines and skin blemishes. In fact, over 150 symptoms have been attributed to PMS! The root causes that drives PMSContinue reading “PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS)”

TOP 5 FOODS FOR FERTILITY

Healthy parents create healthy babies. The inclusion of certain nutrients can improve fertility, aid conception, support healthy foetal growth and reduce the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. There are many wonderful foods to include to support your fertility and pregnancy.

OPTIMISING YOUR THYROID HEALTH

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that sits in your throat, which releases hormones that govern many functions in the body including your metabolism. Nutrition creates the building blocks for thyroid hormones, so there

REDUCING PLASTIC FOR YOUR HEALTH

Plastics contain a number of toxins which have been shown to be alarmingly harmful to human health. Research shows that these chemicals can contribute to obesity, PCOS, infertility, some cancer and more.

NUTRITION FOR YOUR SKIN

Each person will have a unique skin presentation and health story which has got them to where they are. Individual and natural treatment is best – treat the underlying cause.

WORKPLACE WELLNESS

Given that the majority of us spend at least 1/3 of our lives at work – it is a great place to start implementing some changes when trying to increase our overall health and quality of life. Not to mention increasing workplace productivity and decreasing days of sick leave taken (employers take note!). Here are some simple steps to help cultivate wellness in the workplace.

AVOIDING TRAVELLERS SICKNESS

I have just returned from almost two months exploring India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Avoiding traveller’s diarrhoea was really high on my priority list, probably even higher than seeing the Taj Mahal. As a naturopath and nutritionist, I have a particular interest in digestive disorders; post-travel IBS is something I have seen in my patients many times before.

THE DIRTY DOZEN AND CLEAN FIFTEEN

Hippocrates (the Father of modern medicine – you have probably heard of the Hippocratic Oath) said ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’. Ann Wigmore much later stated that ‘Food can either be your fastest form of medicine or your slowest form of poison’.

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH ZINC?

Zinc is important for immune function, wound healing, digestion, healthy hormones, libido, brain function, sperm development, thyroid function, fertility, pregnancy, growth and development in children, healthy hair, skin and nails, and a whole lot more.

MINDFUL COFFEE CONSUMPTION

When used properly, coffee can help to keep you alert and switched on. It is a high source of antioxidants due to it’s flavonoid content, and there is research suggesting that coffee reduces the risk of colorectal and liver cancer. This is a good thing! However too much of a good thing, is generally not a good thing.

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP?

Whether it’s difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, sleeping issues are frustrating and increasingly common. Aside from the obvious fatigue and grumpiness, the repercussions of not getting enough sleep are diverse and can have detrimental effects on seemingly unrelated aspects of our lives.

SILLY SEASON SURVIVAL TIPS

The Christmas parties have well and truly begun and the frivolities are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Here are our top tips for surviving the festive season.

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SPRING CLEANSE SOUP RECIPE

So… I have a confession. I work in a health food store within one of Melbourne’s largest markets. I am surrounded by fresh and organic produce – access to cheap, healthy food has never been so easy. But sometimes, when the sun is shining, I spend my lunch break sitting in the sunshine, just thinkingContinue reading “SPRING CLEANSE SOUP RECIPE”

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH IRON?

Iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutrient deficiency worldwide. Our bodies do not produce iron, therefore it must be obtained solely from our diet.

WHAT DOES YOUR PERIOD HAVE IN COMMON WITH YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE?

A woman’s menstrual cycle is literally so important that it is now being considered a crucial element of overall medical health assessment. A woman’s menstrual cycle is now being classified as the fifth vital sign, as put forward by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

NATURAL BEAUTY SOLUTIONS

Of course true beauty comes from within – from the thoughts you think and the food you eat. But what if I told you that your skin is your largest organ, and one of your bodies’ main channels of toxin elimination? What we put on our skin affects our health just as much as what we put in our mouths.

WINTER WELLNESS

Our immune systems are seriously sophisticated and work very hard on the daily to keep us well. When our immune system becomes compromised, our usual defence forces let down their guards, leaving us more susceptible to the infection of pathogens and we become unwell. Utilising food as medicine has never been more appropriate than when trying to prevent and treat colds and flus.

THE PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Naturopathic medicine is governed by a set of guiding principles which define it more so than its modalities. That is, although naturopathy primarily utilises “natural medicine” i.e. herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, dietary changes and lifestyle advice, the true identity of naturopathy lies within these six principles.